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  1. My question is more asking, how come things are so vacant: Vacant of members, and vacant of officiants.

    I know that there are a few dedicated members. But of the hundreds-of-thousands that have been Ordained, I'm surprised there isn't even a hundred active members anywhere.

    As for what other accounts there are, I've found:
    Twitter - The only one with any recent content is the 'unofficial monastery'. The others, official ones, haven't posted in over a year.
    (???)  ulcchurch
    (???) usa_universal
    (unofficial)  ulcmonastery

    Here seems to be an active forum that's pagan leaned


    There are other sites around. I don't know the Linkedin. 

  2. I've read that degrees in "Religion," "Religious Studies," "Divinity" and "Philosophy" are less quacky looking on resumes. It also depends on what the resume or profile is for. I'd be impressed by any study related to a purpose at hand. For example, if a person who has a blog about cooking too any cooking classes of any kind, I'd be impressed they took their interest a step further. Books read, badges, mooc certificates, online seminars, and any form of learning is admirable if you're passionate about the subject and more specifically, acting in its respect. I haven't taken any of the ULC offerred courses but I'm considering it. I do a lot of MOOC's and online distance education already so I'm currently bogged down. But I'll probably take the Seminaries Chaplaincy course and Seminary Course. It would be helpful to have some support for entitlements such as doing prayer requests or reading or laying on hands in nursing homes.

  3. I'm making a list of the "Difficult Questions" of life. I use the term "Difficult Questions" to mean the stereotypical quandaries you'll often hear addressed in religion and philosophy. 

    Some examples:
    Why is there suffering?
    If there is a supreme God, why would he allow suffering?
    Why do bad things happen to good people?
    What is the meaning of life?
    What are the basic purposes for human existence?
    Why do so many people believe in God(s)?
    What is consciousness?
    Why do we have to die?
    What qualities should define life?
    What qualities should define death?
    Why do people have emotional and psychological needs?
    How and why did humans develop such complicated communication/language(s) systems?
    Why do humans intentionally seek to evolve into something far greater beyond their realistic needs?
    What qualities should define intelligence?
    What qualities should define sentience?
    If you reap what you sew, why do bad people seem to do better than good people?
    Are there any moral absolutes?
    Why do humans have and ponder these kinds of difficult questions?

    If you have a moment, add any you can think of but don't answer the questions here (in this thread.)  They may be good starting points each for their own thread- and feel free to start threads based on any of these questions.

    Thank you in advance for your participation. :wub:

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  4. Very fascinating experience. And for the sake of your own being/soul and those of others, I pray there absolutely no deception in your story- not even a little. Not that I suspect any, it is just that I'm moved to say that. Peace to you. Nothing extraordinary need occur for one to experience God but I think for some, extraordinary things need to happen. Being lost for 3 decades, I can imagine it would take an extraordinary experience or many to convince you to get in line. I'm glad you've found your way and a relationship with the creator.

  5. I often contemplate if we misdiagnose death. There's an interesting book called "Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander III M.D." where this guy is a hardcore athiest AND neurologist (so he knows how the brain works and denied NDE's as brain function). There are just TOO MANY near death experiences on record and cases of misdiagnosed death (or come backs from death) with experiences of self-awareness after being diagnosed dead. Oddly enough, a jury of 12 can convict someone to the electric chair but hundreds of thousands of people claiming that they were self aware near or after death is shrugged off. We are such cognitively selective beings lmao. Its a bit scary that SO many people claiming this doesn't open the book on the subject of severe medical concern! 

    Apparently, there is a point of no return (or improbability of return.) But prior to that point, I wonder if what medicine calls death is really misunderstood or premature. Hundreds of years ago there was definitely many misunderstandings of death as it wasn't so uncommon in early medicine for people to be buried alive- eek. Oops?

    What's the point the feeling of selfness ends? When does the self awareness end? When does the TRUE ability to reanimate end?

    Breathing has stopped and people come back. Hearts have stopped and people come back. Brains have stopped and people come back. Breathing, brains and hearts have stopped together- and people come back! People have reported feeling operations whilst simultaneously having an out of body experience (floating above their body watching their body defribbed, FEELING electrocution, describing actual conversations and more...eek) Few have reanimated claiming nothing happened. Of the rare instance, many that don't have memory have dug up memory in therapy, the memory of after death being suppressed as a trauma.

    I realize medicine is a privilege and an intervention. If nature took its course in all cases, MANY people wouldn't reanimate. Right now we're still rude animals using electricity like Frankenstein to reanimate corpses. Lmao! I hope Medicine learns more though- especially because if many people are experiencing their body or self awareness after death, it might be cause to wait some days before performing autopsies and organ donations.

    Side note: I saw a youtube video of a man who has memories from an organ donor's life. There's just more to this issue- not just Spiritually but Scientifically.