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Disarming the Nuclear Family

The fight for equal rights has been a difficult journey for the LGBT community. Even though there has been a global shift in attitude when it comes to same-sex relationships and trans individuals, some people hold tightly to the ideas of the past. One of the largest reasons that people stand against issues like gay […]

Upon the Roof of the Wythe Hotel

The United States has seen its fair share of changes regarding states switching their stances on gay marriage these past few weeks. Today, there are around 30+ states that allow gay marriage, and more are soon to follow. Now gays are looking to get married, and with their options open, it comes down to places […]

Have Your Cake And Eat It Too

Lately, conservative bakers have been in the news for their objections to constructing wedding cakes for same-sex couples. Melissa Klein was the darling of the Values Voter Summit as she sobbed onstage about being “forced” to close her bakery, Sweet Cakes By Melissa, after incurring a lawsuit for refusal of service to a lesbian couple. […]

Religion and Morality

A recent study in Science reveals some potentially surprising findings about our understanding of morality. As it turns out, individuals who identify themselves as religious are no more “moral” in their day-to-day behavior than individuals who don’t identify as being religious. The study, conducted with over 1,200 people, required participants to receive five random texts […]

The Myth of Traditional Marriage

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to question long-accepted myths about the sanctity of marriage. If you are preparing to get ordained, you may be pondering the moral and philosophical nuances of traditional marriage. The deeper you look, the more you may find that your ideas about marriage, and what you take for granted […]

Coming Out: the Church and LGBT Issues

Research from Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) suggests that many churchgoers are in the closet regarding their support for marriage equality. Being a supporter of this and the LGBT community in general might not seem like a very big deal to some, but to others it can mean the difference between being an outcast and […]

Falling Like Dominoes

If you would like to get ordained in order to perform a wedding ceremony, you may be wondering what the official Universal Life Church (ULC) position is concerning same-sex marriage. Although it is important to point out that no minister in the ULC is forced to participate in a wedding ceremony or perform a wedding […]

Marriage Equality and Religious Freedom

While it undoubtedly came as a surprise to many, on April 28, the United Church of Christ filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the legality of Amendment One, a North Carolina law banning same-sex marriage. The law also provides criminal penalties for ministers who “officiate” a wedding in the absence of a state-issued marriage […]

A Bewitching Moon For All to See

A Super Moon occurrence happens when a full or new moon comes closer to our planet than any other time in the year. It often times is 14% bigger and 30% brighter than it usually is. When a Super Moon comes between the Earth and the Sun, it enhances elevated tides that in the past […]

St. Francis and the Blessing of the Animals

Francis of Assisi is undoubtedly one of the people’s favorite saints, and how could he not be? He is the patron saint of animals and was well known for his compassion for all living things. Such was his dedication that he gave up the comfortable life afforded to him by his father who was a […]