August 29th, 2014

It was almost certainly the highlight of the young couple’s life. There was Paul McCartney, former member of the Beatles, smirking at them from the stage as they held up a sign asking him to marry them. With most big-name … Continue reading

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July 23rd, 2013

In a continuing effort to make abortion services harder to obtain, legislators in the U.S. state of Texas have filed a bill to ban abortion as early as six weeks after conception. To the chagrin of pro-choice activists, the proposed … Continue reading

August 27th, 2012

When we think about soap operas, we tend to think about marriages rocked by scandalous extramarital affairs, not stable, long-lasting unions marked by mutual respect and understanding. Even those who love soaps love a happy marriage, though. For Roger Newcomb, … Continue reading

July 3rd, 2012

The obesity epidemic in the United States is something we’ve been following closely here on the ULC Monastery blog, with particular concern over the link between obesity and religion. Now another study by researchers in New South Wales has strengthened … Continue reading

March 30th, 2012

Religious activists rallied in San Francisco on March 23 to protest a new federal requirement backed by U.S. president Barack Obama that would force insurers of religious-affiliated institutions to provide free contraception for employees. The Universal Life Church Monastery believes … Continue reading

February 3rd, 2012

On the same day as the Washington state senate votes on a bill to legalize gay marriage, the Florida senate was preparing to vote on a bill that would legalize prayer in public school classrooms, further illustrating the widening rift … Continue reading

January 25th, 2012

On 23 January, at a packed Senate committee hearing in the Washington state Capitol in Olympia, the Legislature secured the last vote required to pass a pair of bills (House Bill 2516 and Senate Bill 6239) legalizing same-sex marriage in … Continue reading

January 20th, 2012

Just two days after it was posted on Youtube, the video had racked up over 2 million views and now has over 15 million. The number of comments now totals over 30,000. In it, the author, Jefferson Brethke, recites a … Continue reading

December 29th, 2011

Bill Cosby brings levity to the Bible in his comedy routine. Is this inappropriate, or an innocent take on familiar material and what does it say about his beliefs? Continue reading

December 19th, 2011

Rick Perry’s “Strong” ad relies on terribly weak rationale to make an untruthful, hateful appeal to voters. Continue reading