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  1. I was going through some old memories and keepsakes yesterday, hunting for my Certificate of Ordination from ULC. Alas, I couldn't find it, and will have to pay for another one. While hunting though, I came across some sermons that I preached when I first entered the ministry (1967, UMC, LaGrange Ga district, North Ga Conference). My mother kept all my sermons - I wrote them down for the minutes of the church. She saved them and put them in a binder. It was pleasant remembering the days when I first was called to the ministry. I have wavered back and forth since then, but find myself once more being called, and going back to my roots. Much has changed since those days, but the need for spiritual fulfilment remains strong for people, and I hope to be a worthy vessel to help fill that longing.
  2. I think that most colleges - at least those large enough to afford the accrediting fees - and I had no idea it was so expensive for colleges to maintain accreditation - will continue to retain their accreditation with the state agencies: I think the use of other accrediting bodies will be for those smaller colleges whose finances are marginal, and the ones that use spurious or no accrediting agencies mostly - but not always - are colleges you should be very wary of. Tyndale, which from what I understand is a respected college, refuses to submit to any accreditation at all. Bold Christian University is the same way, and it is an international long distance learning college.
  3. There was actually legal action regarding this in Texas a few years back the outcome of which the Texas Supreme Court issued the decision that government has no place in legislating religious credentials and requirements in the case brought before it, H.E.B. Ministries v. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The school in question, Tyndale, does have actual degree programs, however, with the normal course requirements expected of any degree program. The same is true of Bold Christian University. Some schools have no state recognized accreditation, but do have recognized religious body accreditations.
  4. Welcome, and I hope you will read through the forums to find topics that you will contribute to, and that will pique your interest and help you in your growth.
  5. Hello, and Happy Birthday. I have just come back to ULC after a long Hiatus. I used the name Windwalker until just a few days ago, when I changed my username. Anyway, Happy Birthday.

  6. Thanks - I just like to validate the options and possibilities for people. While I think it is disappointing the degrees at ULC are virtually worthless academically, there are avenues to get valid PhDs and other degrees and retain our church affiliation here at ULC. Maybe some type of partnering with one of the accredited colleges and ULC would be good?
  7. Wesley Theological Seminary has a Doctor of Ministry program, and is accredited by The Association of Theological Studies, which is recognised by the US Dept of Ed. The School of Divinity at Regent University offers several Doctorate degrees, and is accredited by Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, recognized by U.S. Dept of Ed.
  8. Off the top of my head, I will cite a school I went to online- nothing to do with theological studies, but I have seen that as well, and will hunt for them. It has been a while since I looked into online degrees, but I get the spiels form various institutions all the time in my email. Cleveland Institute of Electronics is the online school I took lessons from online. They do have an extensive study program, and have one of the best reputations, but still, I found the coursework to be pretty easy, although very intensive and involved. Grace Bible College is one of the schools I have been recommended to, and they supposedly are accredited by HLC and ABHE. Trinity College of The Bible and Wesley Seminary are others.
  9. Realistically speaking, accredited degrees are ridiculously easy to get in some schools, especially online. They are mostly open book exams, and this takes some of the value away from them. It is a matter of what you put into your field of study and self research that will make the difference in your field.
  10. I just learned that Rev Al and Atwater Vitki are one and the same. It is with tears that I learned of his passing. He truly was a mentor to me, and it is with his guidance and tireless prodding that I came to join the discussions and actively participate.
  11. It is with great sadness I learned of Brother Vitki's passing. I am in tears, for he was a gentle yet persuasive mentor to me. He will always remain in my thoughts. My thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends.
  12. I am sorry to hear about Rev Al. I couldn't find anything about him here, (no content, etc) but if it is who i believe, he was another mentor to me.
  13. Hello, Rev Sam. I have been a member here for a while, but took a long hiatus, and am just now back - I think 4 or 5 days or so. It is good to hear from you.
  14. I wonder if ULC would be at all interested in developing real coursework and legitimacy for the "earned degrees"? Would ULC be interested in developing real programs with real degrees and applying for accreditation with one of the recognized accrediting bodies? Would that be a monumental task with which ULC would not want to ascribe to? It seems taking that course would help resolve some of the legal issues with ministerial accreditation for us as well in states that do not recognize us.
  15. Actually, it isn't bad at all. Oh, it will get your car muddy, but it is a smooth,safe ride on wet days. It has a deep underbed of gravel, and is not slippery.
  16. This was about two hours, if I remember correctly. The time spent was mostly in the dress with all its crinkles and lace. It is not hard, but time consuming.
  17. ...and, of course I have typos in the reposted one!!!
  18. I took the test, but couldn't sign in with my ULC name or password, so I don't know how to get the results to you.