October 6th, 2014

A recent ISIS video begins with a group of men as they come into focus, beating on the door of a Syrian policeman’s home at midnight. He answers and is grabbed, shackled, and blindfolded with a bag over his face. … Continue reading

November 20th, 2013

It is not news that church attendance is declining in many Western societies. But what is causing people to turn away from churches, and should anything be done to be revive them, or should we just let them die out? … Continue reading

October 25th, 2013

Take away barriers to gender and religion in marriage, and what is left? Apparently, love. That is what it boiled down to for a retired Catholic priest and his Jewish partner, who finally got married in the U.S. state of … Continue reading

get ordained, ordained online, famous people ordained
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

get ordained, gospel, Christian
June 17th, 2013

Perhaps the most beloved book of the New Testament is the Gospel of John. It is the most frequently used at Christian funerals, it wins out in polls as the favorite book among Christians, and its preamble was used for … Continue reading

buddhism, freedom of religion, separation of church and state
May 29th, 2013

Should children be taught yoga in public school classrooms? That is the question being mulled in a lawsuit filed by legal representatives of two California parents. Lawyers for the parents have argued that teaching yoga in public school classrooms violates … Continue reading

May 24th, 2013

“If you do not believe Jesus Christ died for your sins, you will go to hell.” Christians and non-Christians alike are familiar with these unwavering words, which form the cornerstone of most Christian theology. The belief has not gone unchallenged, … Continue reading

pastoral care of the sick
April 30th, 2013

If we are to believe the words of her critics, the late Agnes Gonxha—better known as Mother Teresa—celebrated the pain and suffering of the sick and poor. In a recent Alternet article, Valerie Tarico explores the nun’s attitude toward suffering … Continue reading

protest against rape
April 29th, 2013

Women who dress like prostitutes deserve to be raped, according to a student minister who regularly preaches on the University of Arizona campus. As if to pour salt into an open wound, the student made the remarks just before a … Continue reading

newspapers, Universal Life Church
April 22nd, 2013

When two bombs ripped through Boylston Street during the Boston Marathon on Monday, 15 April, the United States and the world community grieved the loss of three lives as well as the more than 170 people who sustained injuries almost … Continue reading