Friend officiating a wedding ceremony
March 25th, 2019

A recent survey showed that 43 percent of couples chose to have a friend or family member officiate their wedding ceremony. What’s driving this trend? Continue reading

gay marriage, same sex marriage, christian, church
May 5th, 2015

Is same-sex marriage part of a redefinition of an age old institution? That’s an easy one: yes. Gays and their allies should just give up trying to combat that charge. Marriage has been around since well before the United States. … Continue reading

January 29th, 2015

For many of us, the word priest conjures up images of old men in long robes walking down aisles swinging censors from side to side, or standing stonily at pulpit reciting liturgies in long-dead languages. The reality is much livelier … Continue reading

January 9th, 2015

As marriage equality sweeps across the United States, ordained ministers are left to figure out their role in the institution. For denominations that have fundamental disagreements with same-sex marriages, do they continue to officiate ceremonies or do they abdicate the … Continue reading

June 18th, 2014

In a move illustrating the growing acceptance of same-sex marriage, TV legend Patty Duke recently became an ordained minister online in the Universal Life Church. The actress, whom many will remember from her roles in The Patty Duke Show and … Continue reading

near death, universal life church
December 5th, 2013

What does it feel like to die? This was the question explored in Anderson Cooper Special Report: To Heaven and Back, which aired recently on CNN and featured the personal testimony of three individuals who died and came back to … Continue reading

home church, ordained ministers, Universal Life Church
December 2nd, 2013

Should ordained ministers receive tax breaks on housing allowances? No, according to a recent ruling by a United States District Court judge. If the decision goes unchallenged, an Internal Revenue Service exemption for clergy housing allowances would be reversed. Universal … Continue reading

freedom of religion
July 29th, 2013

What does it take to show public servants that public meetings are not the place to hold prayers, and that doing so violates the United States constitution? It may seem as if every avenue has been exhausted, but the Wisconsin-based … Continue reading

ULC, reality tv
May 7th, 2013

What would it be like to peer, with a mere flick of the remote control, into the lives of a family of Orthodox Jews living in Queens, New York? Perhaps you would like to catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse of secret … 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