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All the World’s A Stage: LGBT Themed Theater

Getting engaged can be a great way for you and your partner to begin a lifetime of adventure together. During the planning stages of your wedding, you are likely to stress out over a lot of different things. Luckily, there are many easy ways you can avoid a meltdown and still feel inspired for your […]

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 […]

The War On Christmas

Some celebrants of Christmas recently bemoaned the raising of a Festivus Pole at the Florida State Capitol in response to the large Nativity already on display. A Fox News reporter asked how she is supposed to explain the symbol of secular anti-consumerism to her children while she drives them around looking at Christmas decorations. What […]

A Heart of Thanksgiving

It’s easy to let the logistics of Thanksgiving get you into a rut. Cooking a large meal isn’t easy, you may have to travel quite a ways to be with loved ones, your kids might take advantage of your distracted state and act up, and that’s assuming nothing else is weighing on your mind. Maybe […]

Stealing Religious Holidays: Syncretism and Origin

When it comes to religious holidays, many in traditionally Western cultures exhibit some strongly polarized attitudes. This is nowhere clearer than in the United States when debating the issue of secularization of these holidays. However, rather than accept opinions on either side of the issue at mere face value, it may be more beneficial to […]

The Passover Seder for ULC Minsters

Passover is one of the most important holidays of the Jewish faith. It celebrates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. The Passover Seder ritualistically commemorates this event, with the participants re-enacting the enslavement and the subsequent liberation of the Jews. Today, the Passover Seder can also be used to focus on […]

ULC Holidays: Imbolc

Interfaith ministers in the Universal Life Church are responsible for ministering to people of all faiths. Knowledge of the rituals and traditions of a variety of religious systems is important to anyone who gets ordained as an interfaith minister. Part of the education and training of an interfaith minister who gets ordained by the Universal […]

ULC Holidays: New Year of the Trees

Many faiths that originally flourished in agricultural societies recognize the importance of being good stewards of the land. This stewardship may be even more important today as we wrestle with issues such as industrial pollution, energy production and climate change. To be ordained as an interfaith minister in the Universal Life Church reflects one’s interest […]

ULC Holidays: Green Hanukkah

Few holidays shine as bright in the December season as the Jewish festival of lights, Hanukah. But through the celebration and tradition lies a new set of interpretations surrounding the story of Hanukah. One is that of environmental awareness and conservation, which those who seek to become a rabbi or to be ordained through ULC, […]

ULC Holidays: The Heart of It

The two greatest Christmas villains in history, Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch, are both fictional characters. Yet it is from these two characters that we can learn much about ourselves, our beliefs, and the right to allow others their beliefs as well. My should clarify that as an interfaith church, we are not finding any […]