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October 10th, 2013

Do religious trends pander to self-centered desires? Evangelist Billy Graham suggests they do in his new book, The Reason for My Hope: Salvation, which is due for release on 15 October. In it, he criticizes churches for compromising the integrity … Continue reading

March 21st, 2013

Much has been made in the media lately of the rise of the “Nones”, but are Americans really becoming secular as quickly as news outlets suggest? Results of a new survey confirm this view, claiming that religious affiliation is undergoing … Continue reading

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October 9th, 2012

Young Americans are turning away from organized religion more than ever, it appears, as religion becomes more intertwined with U.S. politics. Robert Putnam, a Harvard political scientist and public policy professor who has been following the trend closely, spoke on … Continue reading

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September 24th, 2012

How would you like to go to your local house of worship one day only to hear your minister, priest, rabbi, or imam tell you which presidential candidate to vote for? A growing number of religious leaders in the United … Continue reading

September 4th, 2012

The Hamilton County, Tennessee prayer dispute has taken yet another twist with a Jewish rabbi’s withdrawal from the list of scheduled County Commission prayer leaders. The rabbi’s withdrawal leaves only one non-Christian–a ULC minister–on the Commission’s list of prayer leaders … Continue reading

August 20th, 2012

If you’ve been reading the ULC Monastery blog lately, you’ll recall that Scott Underwood, drummer for the pop band Train, got ordained in the online church to become a wedding officiant. We’re happy to say Underwood successfully performed a wedding … Continue reading

August 14th, 2012

Louisiana mayor Bobby Jindal’s religious school voucher program is experiencing opposition from what might be seen as an unlikely source: a Baptist preacher. Rev. C. Welton Gaddy, ordained minister for Preaching and Worship at Northminster Baptist Church in Monroe, Louisiana, … Continue reading

August 6th, 2012

It turns out Stone Age men may not have been the stoic, macho, callous wooly mammoth hunters we envision them to be in the popular imagination. In her book Death and Dying in the Neolithic Near East, anthropologist Karina Coucher … Continue reading

August 2nd, 2012

Ministers say the darnedest things. In a sermon to his congregation at Knollwood Church in Mobile, Alabama, Pastor Aaron Fruh declared that God caused the Great Flood to punish the people of Earth for practicing gay marriage. For ULC wedding … Continue reading

July 31st, 2012

This past week saw a terrible tragedy in Colorado.  Our hearts go out to those touched by this horrific and senseless event, and we pray for a sound recovery both physically, and psychologically.  There are those that don’t want to … Continue reading