Universal Life Church Blog

Meaningful Wedding Vows

April 11th, 2014
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Ministers in the Universal Life Church will often be asked to participate in wedding planning as well as perform the ceremony itself. Writing vows can be tricky for some folks; while it may take some time for inspiration to strike, … Continue reading

Gluttony and the Age-old Battle Against Excess

April 10th, 2014
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Many of us are relieved at the prospect of Lent ending on 19 April. It means the end of ritual fasting and the chance once again to indulge the senses. Although gluttony has traditionally been regarded as one of the … Continue reading

The Real Noah’s Ark, $73 Million

March 14th, 2014
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There are many different ways for people to celebrate their faiths, whether they are Jewish, Mormon, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim or anything in between. Those who chose to exercise their beliefs in the context of an organized religion often do it … Continue reading

Weird Wedding Rings

February 28th, 2014

You found your soul mate, the one person you are destined to spend the rest of your life with. However, between planning your wedding, sending out invitations, deciding upon your cake, and other food, you still have one very important … Continue reading

The Boundaries of Religious Liberty

February 21st, 2014
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The recent anti-gay bills in the Arizona and Kansas legislatures purport to defend the ancient concept of religious liberty, or more broadly, “freedom of conscience”. This is a misunderstanding, if we can use that word to talk about a bill … Continue reading

Survival of Fittest: the Evolution vs Creation Debate

February 7th, 2014
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Earlier this week, Bill Nye “the Science Guy” debated Creation Museum founder Ken Ham at Ham’s facility in Kentucky. The two discussed if creationism as a literal interpretation of the Bible is a viable model for explaining our origins. Universal … Continue reading

Man of the Year: Pope Francis

January 31st, 2014
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Since Pope Francis was elected Bishop of Rome in February, he has been drawing a younger crowd to the Catholic faith with his more moderate and even liberal views on controversial political topics. Since he began his papacy attendance at … Continue reading

Where Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty Went Wrong

January 24th, 2014
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In this past month’s news the patriarch of beloved reality television family of ‘Duck Dynasty’ publicly spoke against the gay lifestyle. He cites the bible as his main source of information about his own ethical representation of homosexuality. Phil Robertson’s … Continue reading

Threats to the American Family

January 23rd, 2014

As a wedding officiant, you may be asked to perform a ceremony of which you disapprove. You are encouraged to follow your gut instincts; you certainly have every right to refuse your services for any reason. We commonly see this … Continue reading

How to Celebrate the Chinese New Year

January 14th, 2014
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Chinese New Year has somewhat mystical origins; it is based on the ancient lunar-solar calendar and is a time to honor heavenly deities and ancestors. Along with the general day off of work and traditions of feasting with family, the … Continue reading