American Idol, perform a wedding, wedding ceremony, ULC
April 12th, 2013

Award-winning pop country singer Kelly Clarkson has announced that fellow country star Blake Shelton will perform a wedding after Shelton’s manager, Brandon Blackstock, proposed to her. Cosmopolitan has suggested that Shelton will use an online ordination with the ULC Monastery … Continue reading

get ordained
April 9th, 2013

The Universal Life Church gets a lot of publicity, from the ordination of celebrity ministers like Kathy Griffin and Conan O’Brien to the fight for sacerdotal rights across the United States, but the entertainment industry has taken the church’s exposure … Continue reading

get ordained, wedding officiant
March 26th, 2013

Two of the stage and film’s most venerable actors—Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart—will be adding a new dimension to their relationship very soon. McKellen, who plays Magneto in the X-Men films and the wizard Gandalf in the Lord of … 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

ULC
February 18th, 2013

Universal Life Church weddings have taken place in almost every location imaginable–from ski resorts to rock concerts, dance clubs, and even late night talk shows. They have been tiny and intimate, consisting of a single couple and their closest friends … Continue reading

Universal Life Church, Church of England, Become Ordained
January 11th, 2013

In yet another twist in the drawn-out tug-of-war between traditionalists and progressives, the Church of England (CofE) will no longer oppose the ordination of gay bishops in civil unions. The Church’s House of Bishops (HoB) has announced gay clergy will … Continue reading

close up of man pointing to Bible verse against white background
November 1st, 2012

How would you like to live an entire year following the Bible’s instructions on female conduct? Rachel Held Evans of Dayton, Tennessee, did exactly that, then wrote a book about her experience. Although she has faced criticism by the evangelical … Continue reading

group of young adults sitting against white backdrop
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

May 7th, 2012

China’s culture is one of the oldest existing ones in the world, and it thus has wedding traditions that are ancient as well. The phrase “mass wedding” often conjures up images of stadiums filled to the brim with white-gowned brides … Continue reading

November 21st, 2011

We all know the Village People for classic hits like “YMCA” and “In the Navy”, and for their eccentric, flamboyant outfits depicting archetypes like the biker, construction worker, police officer, sailor, Native American, etc., and now two members of the … Continue reading