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  2. I've already made a few posts, but I figured I might as well say "Hey!" to everyone while I was at it, so you could see who's behind the computer screen at my end. My name's Samuel; Sam, or 'Hey You!' works, too -- hailing from Metro Detroit. I've been a ULC-er since my junior year of high school -- 2002. I've largely been a pagan since, particularly Wicca, so the ULC suits my needs quite well. I've performed several marriages, in Wayne, Macomb and Genesee counties, and am familiar with many of the local Registers of Deeds, as my 9-5 job is in Title Insurance! So, this is right up my alley. I'm also a graduate student at Eastern Michigan, studying public administration, after having taken an undergraduate degree in political science and public law. I'm a pretty unremarkable guy otherwise. Chaplain, honorary D.D., Ph.D. in Religion (ULC, 2006) ... and interested in being the guy people come to for advice when they need it. I'm an amateur radio operator, too, and a Star Trek lover. I have my occasional vices, too... cheap booze, ladies, song... and buddies to tell those tales to... So I like to think I'm your average, early-30s "guy's guy." Feel free to say Hey! I hope I'm REASONABLY approachable! Feel free to launch questions at me, too, if you need help with performing marriages in Michigan. Warmly, --Sam Universal Life Church of Michigan
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  4. The ministry was the sole province of the educated in large part because of the ministers. When a group chooses to write their book in one language that very nearly no laypeople spoke or read, even if they could read in the first place, that says something. The Christian religion, which is what I reference in these comments, was primarily Catholic I believe. Historically, I don't see a lot of change, a lot of diversity, in denomination...until the bible becomes written in other languages. Until other people are able to look at the book and interpret it differently than the minister tells them. Now there are massive amounts of denominations. I take my wife to work occasionally at Walmart. I happened to notice a religious writing on something there, it was 1 Corinthians 13 13, or so it claimed. I looked it up when I got home, and it was different. The object at Walmart had love in place of charity. Of course, looking at the various translations of the bible when googling this verse, one will notice that the word has been changed in some translations to love instead of charity. Just look at the interpretational differences there. If love is the highest standard, one could argue for tough love, that is not giving to others so they have to toughen up and learn to do for themselves. The opposite of charity, which is the KJV. One simple word altered...
  5. A danger can be real whether realized or not, but not every realized danger is real.
  6. It has been said that differences should be celebrated. I think that "many paths" argument erases that, as well.
  7. I don't know. I take it as a given that a danger can be real whether I realize it or not. And while some encourage fear of Hell as a coercion technique, others do it for the same basic reasons you would encourage a child to fear a hot stove. They believe the danger is real and they care enough about others to warn them.
  8. Beautiful!
  9. Very interesting, I don't have quite the optimism of the future in general as some of you. I see the clergy in the future following more of the world view and bending to what the government wants it to say. I do believe we at ULC may be the saving grace for the world. We hold different views as most main stream religions and because we are so varied we walk to a different drum. We will be the spiritual, real spiritual leaders in the future. We will listen and guide those who do not want to follow what someone says should be. We are independent of spirit and have a soul that flies. We learn from each other and are not afraid to share what we learn. I think I got off track but you get the gest. I don't follow any main stream religion, I am Universal in belief! Love you all!
  10. You have a good vision of the future. To bring it into being will require the Medical world to change as well.
  11. It is a poor basis for social harmony. However -- This is not an either or binary. Should I be in terror of the Christian Hell for non-Christians? Or should I be afraid of the Muslim Hell for non-Muslims? I prefer a different solution. Screw all the terrorists with their fear based doctrines. I repeat. All of them. While I'm at it, screw all the secular minded, who can't tell the pious terrorists where to stick it.
  12. Oh wow that is fantastic! Is your artwork mostly in the fantasy genre? How long did this one take you to complete?
  13. This is lovely RevTom. Thank you so much for sharing. There is so much left to the imagination. I suppose that is part of the point!
  14. Greetings and welcome Jeff! Thanks for saying hello! Pleasure to meet you. I look forward to crossing paths in the discussions and conversations here! Let us know if you have any questions. Congratulations on your recent ordination!
  15. I see Ministry in humanitarian work. I also see it particularly in places where it comes to improving a sense of well-being. Such as internet mags and health centers that offer information about personal development and tools for managing things of holistic nature (Mind-Body wellness) such as managing stress, or reflecting on gratitude and abundance etc. You raise an interesting matter by asking if one views the clergy as an authority as our ancestors once did or if it is more a religious scholar type of thing. If I go back far enough within my ancestry, it was both.
  16. Yes. You are convinced that they are wrong, and that their beliefs cause harm. This does not put you in a position to easily respect them. Of course, they are convinced that you are wrong, and that your beliefs cause harm, which makes it hard for them to respect you. It isn't the ideal basis for social justice, peace, and harmony, n'est-ce pa?
  17. Without regard to legalities, I have a few thoughts on "value". I don't want to be cosmic, so I will use my own experience. My ordination by ULC means something to me. It is what it is. ULC ordained me. No problem at all. My honorary D.D. is like wise not an issue. My church "honored" me with a title. My "earned" Doctor of Metaphysics degree falls under the heading of youthful indiscretion. I wouldn't do it now. I have a friend who gained a Ph.D. in history. It took him 11 years of hard work -- post graduate. (On top of the Bachelor's degree) That is what an earned doctorate is. A $100 diploma is not funny. It's fraud.
  18. True. Sometimes, things get better.
  19. Yes. Your point is a good one.
  20. I'm not a big fan of the "many paths up the same mountain" metaphor for religion. I get where the sentiment comes from, but I also personally see it as an erasure of the many differences between religions. Not all religions have the same end goal for worshippers, so not all would meet at the same summit. I've also seen the metaphor used as an "inclusive" way of saying there is one monotheistic deity (who just so happens to be the god of the Bible), and other theists are all worshiping him in their own way with their own names for him. So no matter what path we take, we all meet the same Abrahamic deity at the end.
  21. I have difficulty respecting those, who spread terrorist doctrines about damnation.
  22. Thank you. I have been reluctant to share my art and poetry here: much of it is secular - not profane or vulgar, just secular in nature.
  23. That was an eye opener. Thank you.
  24. I was speaking more of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster in that quote -- but look at the tenets of Jediism, too: https://web.archive.org/web/20160320113855/https://www.templeofthejediorder.org/doctrine-of-the-order They're not so much about the fictional/figurative war of the light and dark side from the movies, but more about the code that the Jedi from the movies ascribe to -- with some other additions to them, too, as I'm sure there's some individualistic license. This is what I was referring to. --Rev. Samuel Universal Life Church of Michigan
  25. Tenets? Of Jediism? What did you have in mind? Not the war between the Light Side and the Dark Side of the Force.
  26. The clergy have often been turned to in moments of moral or ethical crisis; from anything to a sounding board to asking "What do I do?" Particularly in times past. Sometimes, an individual needs to be able to speak to someone who isn't a friend, or to someone who is otherwise dispassionate on or is somehow removed from the situation in question. Today, particularly in the western world, people often speak to counselors, or psychologists/psychiatrists in moments where they feel in crisis. Therein is my point.
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