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

December 29th, 2014

The New Year is upon us and as we gather to celebrate with our friends and families, you will undoubtedly hear about resolutions. January 1st brings with it a renewed focus on the possibilities for the future. Universal Life Church … Continue reading

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January 31st, 2014

How would you like your wedding officiant to be C-3PO, the saucer-eyed bronze-plated android from Star Wars? Perhaps you would prefer to have his counterpart, the garbage-bin-shaped R2-D2, as your ring-bearer. The concept is not as far-fetched as it may … Continue reading

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January 29th, 2014

Ministers ordained online have long performed weddings, baptisms, and funerals, but what about exorcisms? Does battling “demonic possession” have a legitimate place in church operations, or is it a dangerous throwback to medieval superstition? Writer and civil rights activist Eliyahu … Continue reading

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October 16th, 2013

Can environmentalism be a religion? Of course it can, according to a Universal Life Church minister, Ken Layne. On his blog on Gawker, Layne explains that environmentalism shares many of the characteristics of conventional religion, but it is relevant to … Continue reading

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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

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July 16th, 2013

Do ministers provide essential services to members of society? Should members of the clergy be brainstorming ways to overhaul their ministries and remain relevant in the twenty-first century? A new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center suggests most Americans … Continue reading

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July 15th, 2013

Imagine having your wedding officiated by “Kramer”, the quirky character from the hit 1990s television sitcom Seinfeld. Surprisingly, reality might not be so far-removed from fiction: it turns out Kenny Kramer, the real-life inspiration behind the fictional Cosmo Kramer, has … Continue reading

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July 8th, 2013

As many families get ready to go on summer vacation camping trips, other families are preparing at home for the most important spiritual observance in the Muslim faith: the Holy Month of Ramadan. Unlike festive holidays such as Christmas and … Continue reading

DOMA, Prop 8, marriage equality, gay rights, ministerial rights
June 26th, 2013

After months of deliberation, the United States Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the country’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  The federal law did restrict U.S. federal marriage benefits to opposite-sex couples, though that was deemed unconstitutional. … Continue reading