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  1. Read...then discuss

    I haven't read everyone's replies on this topic, but I want to say my two cents on the original post. I am not a Catholic, but I am Christian. In my case the Holy Bible is my book in question, and yes I have read it. Having read the book, it makes me question some of the things that I was taught in Sunday School. In my case the book is full of inconsistencies and can never be taken literally. You have to understand what it mean to the people it was written for and question is this "Timeless" or "Timely"? Was it meant for them at that moment or can it be true today. I think that's why over time the books of the bible contradict themselves in what they say. because the were written for a different group of people at a different time. Also, I like to point out that the bible was put together by man. It may have been God inspired but man put it together. It was a council of men who said we should include these books and not these others. On who's authority did they do that? Why did they not include those other books, and how different would our understanding be if they did? I think you need to read your respective book and then do your own research. The founder of my religion was famous for having what they call the Wesley Quadrilateral. Scripture, Experience, Reason, and Tradition. Yes, Scripture is important, but it's not the end all be all. You need to form your views and your opinions on all four of these things in order to understand. After all, if Christianity was the ONLY way, why would God permit there to be a Muslim, Jewish, or other religions. If you think about it, the man we base the Christian faith on, was a Jew. I think we can all have our own opinion on earth, but it isn't until our earthly life is over that we will fullly understand. No one here can tell me I'm wrong, and I can't tell you your views are wrong. Because we just don't know.
  2. I'm sure this is asked all the time. I see that this website is listed as the real Universal Life Church, however there are tons of sites out there. The one I used to go to all the time is (spelling). Can you tell me if these two sites are linked?
  3. Pastoral registration

    OK here’s my confusion. If you look at the ULC‘s websites on the page that talks about marriage is based on the states, it says nothing about New York except for if you were doing a marriage in the city of New York. I was talking to my pastor today and I asked him because he moved clear across state to become the pastor of our church so I asked him, when he moved across state did he have to register with this county in order to do marriages here. He advised me that in New York State pastors don’t register anywhere. So am I correct in assuming that there is no place that I need to register in order to perform a marriage in New York state?
  4. I always love learning new things. Is there some place we can read more about this?
  5. Has anyone ever looked into Apologetics a child at my son’s youth group gave me a book called Tactics by Lee Strobel. Has anyone read it? What are your thoughts?
  6. Apologetics

    Thanks Rev Calli. I got the feeling with this book that it was very fundamental. I’m more open minded and it didn’t really sit well with me. I think I will look up CS Lewis. I read Mere Christianity but haven’t read the Screwtape Letters.
  7. Ulc In My Church Name

    Did you ever do this? You will have to tell me where you are. I will definitely stop by and see you when I come down.
  8. Child Abuse

    I teach safe sanctuary at my church and one of the things we do is talk about the kids behavior. If they are acting out of the norm for them or coming in dirty and unkept that’s another reason to call CPS. In my area of NYS you don’t need proof. You can ask them to do a welfare check on the kids.
  9. Big Win for Religious Freedom and the ULC

    Way to go. I wish I had done my brothers wedding now.
  10. Smart Phones

    As a Technical consultant I wondered the same thing. I’ve always used an iPhone but recently got an Android. Here are my personal thoughts. Androids can be cheaper than iPhones (good ones like Samsung though are about the same) some androids can use SD cards to add memory. iPhones can’t. Android phones you can save ringtones directly instead of the syncing needed on iPhones. some apps on Android are free where they are not in iPhone. Android is an open operating system (but that also opens you up to more malware than iPhone as well) ive listed. Few of the things I’ve learned from testing out Androids. These things were not enough to make me switch. I find it easier to use an iPhone since I’ve always used one. Neither is better in general, you really need to compare specific phones. I recently saw a report comparing the Samsung Galaxy S3 (old phone) to the iPhone 5 (old phone). At the time they were the top phones. The iPhone won every test except one.
  11. Ministry vs. Church

    Glad to see other Methodists here. I agree. Ministry is a Verb.
  12. Welcome Sherryl. I was ordained in 2007 but am new to the board as well. How are you liking the seminary? I can’t seem to figure out how to enroll.
  13. Lord, be with all those who are in the path of hurricane Irma. Watch over them, help them to know that you are with them. Guide the hands of those will be helping to recuse and clean up from the storm. Please keep everyone safe. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
  14. Can we have a discussion sometime? I read a little about Stoicism but don't totally understand it. I feel if we are all going to coexist, we need to understand each other. Can you tell me more about being Stoic?
  15. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    Thanks for the clarification Kaman. I never really understood those terms.
  16. respect, dignity and grace

    You have me there Von. I guess they do.
  17. respect, dignity and grace

    Respect is earned. I don't feel that people are entitled to my respect. If you felt that way that would mean that they could treat me like a dog and I HAVE to respect them. Nope sorry, that isn't happening. If you want respect you need to show respect.
  18. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    I guess for me I don't really understand the true meaning of the words agnostic or atheist. Why do you all feel this way? From what I've learned from friends who call themselves agnostic, they feel like they are on the fence. Not sure if they believe or not. As for Atheist, my understanding is that they feel God had no hand in what happens here. Now, I don't want to be ignorant in my thinking or my speech, so can someone help me understand? Am I correct in what I believe these words to mean? Why do you feel the way you do? Keep in mind my questions are to learn about others and not to argue truths.
  19. Thank you everyone for your replies. I think I have applied for ordination with the correct church now and am happy to be here.
  20. In my area we now have plenty of "Non-Denominational" churches. Would that be where the ULC falls?
  21. So when I was ordained by them in 2007 I was not ordained by the proper church. Is there a way to transfer my ordination?