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Planning a Baptism Ceremony for an Adult

January 15th, 2017

As a ULC minister, you might be asked to perform a baptism. If you’ve never performed this ritual, you might be apprehensive about undertaking it. Here is a quick primer for planning the ceremony. More in-depth resources are available throughout … Continue reading

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Why Do Christians Get Baptized?

January 13th, 2017

Baptism is first mentioned in the New Testament in reference to John the Baptist. Matthew recounts: “People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. 6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized … Continue reading

Children wearing Christmas hats on the beach.

Millennials and Christmas Holidays

January 11th, 2017

The holidays might be over, but we should discuss how millennials face the Christmas season. If you haven’t seen the “Hipster Nativity Set,” you might want to take a minute and search for it on Google. It features wise men … Continue reading

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The Episcopal Church Goes Green

January 9th, 2017

The Episcopal Church has made many strides in social justice throughout the years, most noticeably, giving the LGBT+ community a place to worship and get married in the church. Another outreach that the Episcopal Church is on the forefront is … Continue reading

A dry January tradition has begun in England in an attempt to curb excessive drinking.

An English Tradition: A Dry January

January 7th, 2017

In 2012, a campaign began in England to decrease alcohol consumption. It’s gained momentum in the UK, and it’s making its way into the United States. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH) 87.6 percent of … Continue reading

New Year's resolutions on sticky notes

Creating New Year’s Resolutions That Stick

January 3rd, 2017

If you’re one of those people who have stopped setting New Year’s resolutions, you’re not alone. It’s demoralizing and defeating when you set high expectations for yourself on January 1, only to keep those goals for just a few days … Continue reading

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Tips for Sticking to Your Bible Reading Plan

December 29th, 2016

If you’ve decided to do more Bible reading in 2017, you need to have a plan. Fortunately, there are many different apps and websites that offer a plan based on your own preferences and schedule. It seems so easy to just … Continue reading

Loneliness affects many people, especially around the holidays.

Loneliness and How It Affects Your Health

December 27th, 2016

“Keep in mind that to avoid loneliness, many people need both a social circle and an intimate attachment. Having just one of two may still leave you feeling lonely.” –Gretchen Rubin Those without friends and family at the holidays often … Continue reading

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The Importance of Self-Care to Your Faith

December 27th, 2016

Lives don’t only get busy through the holiday season, although that certainly doesn’t help in managing your schedule. When you feel as if your calendar is out of control, you get stressed. What can you do to keep your life … Continue reading

Some think Boxing Day is simply another shopping holiday

Boxing Day? A Holiday or Shopping Day?

December 26th, 2016

December 26, the day following Christmas, isn’t just the day when everyone returns their gifts and eats leftovers. The day has much more significance than most of us realize. In the church, December 26 is St. Stephen’s Day. Stephen was … Continue reading