An armed guard protects a church
June 4th, 2019

After a flurry of violent attacks, churches are increasing security measures. But not all agree that armed guards and metal detectors are congruent with Christ. Continue reading

Letter received from Nashville church
March 28th, 2019

A Nashville-based church passed out cards with the names and addresses of local residents and instructed congregants to pray for, and then write a letter to, the individuals on the card. Not everyone appreciated the gesture. Continue reading

Nike shoes on fire
September 11th, 2018

Just when it seemed like the nationwide debate over former NFL player Colin Kaepernick was dying down, Nike poured some high-intensity fuel on the fire by featuring the controversial figure in a new ad campaign. Now churches are urging people to donate their gear instead of burning it in protest. Continue reading

A sign promoting Pokemon outside a church
July 25th, 2016

If you own a smartphone, watch the news, or are active on social media, then you have undoubtedly heard about the new craze that’s sweeping the nation: Pokémon Go. The popular franchise’s latest release takes the form of an augmented-reality … Continue reading

April 24th, 2012

Disclaimer: The following article is a satire. Satire is the use of irony and sarcasm to criticize an argument or expose its faults and absurdities by pretending to defend it. It explicitly states the opposite of what it means. Pastor … Continue reading

April 19th, 2012

If it seems as though women, blacks, the elderly, and others get the short end of the stick when it comes to bank loans, it’s because they do. For years predatory lenders have targeted these and other underprivileged groups for … Continue reading

April 9th, 2012

The obesity epidemic in America is more severe than ever. In previous blog entries the Universal Life Church Monastery has discussed the link between health and religion, but this isn’t enough. Churches and other religious groups need to take a … Continue reading

March 20th, 2012

Online ordinations have been booming in the last couple of years, with more people than ever becoming wedding officiants to marry their friends and family. With changing ideas about what constitutes a wedding, people are searching for novel ways to … Continue reading

March 19th, 2012

Here on the ULC Monastery blog we like to bring our readers’ attention to the current state of the social justice landscape. Because a big part of the church’s mission is to forge a sense of equality and solidarity, we … Continue reading

February 28th, 2012

In his campaign for the U.S. presidency, ultra-conservative, right-wing Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum has stepped up his appeal to the public’s religious sentiments by attacking former president John F. Kennedy’s belief that state and church should remain separate. If Santorum … Continue reading