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  1. Greetings and salutations. I am Brother Geordon Shoshin VanTassle, and I have been ordained since Sept 1, 1993. At that time, My wife and I were practicing Wiccans and I felt a duty to take ordination in the event that anyone in our community needed something "legal" that needed the backing of an established church. Nobody needed my help by the time that I moved away. Years passed. A divorce happened, jobs changed, I remarried. My second wife and I have been married since 1999, we had a child together and we raised our child and her two children from her first marriage into wonderful people. We made friends in the local SCA group and they all knew that I was ordained, but nobody, including me, made much of it, since it wasn't a large part of my persona. ...Or so I thought. Looking back on the years, I came to realize that people generally sought me out for comfort and support of a spiritual sort. I helped them examine their feelings and options, and helped them decide on what to do next. Really, most people just want a compassionate ear when times are rough. I felt a great deal of satisfaction in being able to provide that. About 12 years ago, I started studying various sects of Buddhism, including Hīnayāna, Vipassanā, Theravāda, and both contemporary schools of Zen: Sotō and Rinzai. I settled on Zen, since the concepts that it teaches (that there is no self. The self (and every other thing) is dependent on relations to other things to form an identity. Roughly. In short, we are all part of the same whole. Think of the line from the Bible where Jesus say something about "what you do to the least, you do to Me" or something like that. I continued to pursue Pagan practices as well, and joined the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids by taking the first (Bardic) of their home study courses. I'm still working on that one, even 10, 15 years later (I can't rightly remember, but it's at LEAST 10 years) and plan to move to the second step (Ovate) in the near future. I became a Devotee of Hekate, in the Covenant of Hekate in mid-2017 and I also took jukai (Buddhist lay precepts) under Meido Roshi from Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery on December 3 of 2017. This just happened to be the same day that the monastery was celebrating Bodhi Day, the day of Buddha's Enlightenment. This latter was a very moving experience for me, and I have a blog post about it here: Hello, my name is Shoshin 正心. At that time, I was given the kaimyō (precept name, dharma name) of Shoshin, which roughly means "correct mind." In further consultation with Roshi, after I was trying to figure out the kanji for my name, he said that "Your "sho" means "correct/true/straight", as in the straightforward mind of awakening." This is a lot to live up to! Fortunately, he told us that the names can be seen as something to strive for. Anyway, I'm back to the forum here. I'm not sure what brought me back, but let's go with it!
  2. My name is William and I was ordained 3/12/2018, on my late mother's birthday (I think she would have approved). I live in New York and was raised Catholic but left that after leaving high school. I studied a lot of different religions., paths, and philosophies, light and dark, but felt a calling back to Christianity, but along the more progressive track. I feel that I can reconcile the more positive things I've learned with Christianity as the basis for a personal ministry. Not sure where to take it from there, but here I am! I look forward to meeting everyone and learning more.
  3. And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 3So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: The woman spoken of here is the Roman Catholic Church. Her bishops and Cardinals are dressed in scarlet(red) and purple. Their cathedrals are adorned with gold, jewels and precious stones. The head of the Roman Catholic Church (the Pope) drinks from a golden cup. The headquarters of the Church sits on 7 Hills. 5And upon her forehead wasa name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. The Roman Catholic Church is responsible for the death of at least 50,000,000 Christians during the 600 year inquisition because they refused to adhere to the Popes rule. The Pope calls himself "The Holy Father". That's God's title. He also calls himself the Vicar of Christ. This is blasphemy. The scriptures proclaim The Holy Spirit is the Vicar of Christ (meaning the one sent to stand in for Christ) and it wasn't a man. Many of history's Pope's fornicated with married women and had many illegitimate children 7And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. 8The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. 9And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 10And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 11And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 12And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 14These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. 15And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 16And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. 18And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
  4. Hi, I'm Grzegorz, you can call me Greg, I'm from Poland, I was ordained 20/02/2018, it's my pleasure to be among you, I have so many questions to ask, may I?
  5. Minsters using psychology in their work. In your work how do you use psychology to help people with deep emotional issues or family matters.? Like, Unlike, Not Sure. What are your thoughts?
  6. Am returning to ULC after a brief absence. I lost my way for awhile, but my Savior showed me the way home.
  7. I am a new member to the ULC and the forum. Browsing through the forum has been very helpful and enlightiening. I look forward to many years with the ULC and it's membership.
  8. Welcome to the Interpath Academia & Scholarship Forum Area Interpath Dialogue, Universal Virtues and Values Please take a moment to read the following: Locked topics are old topics. Feel free to start a new topic based on a locked topic to open new, updated conversation with people who visit the forum currently. Hopefully the forum description and helpful keywords will help you determine if your topic is correct for this area. The keywords are only for guidance and suggestion. They can be viewed where you go to read and start topics within the forum area. Some subject matter for your topics will be "crossover" and may fit into several different places. You should only choose one area to post your topic in. When posting a topic that can go into multiple areas: Please consider: Who is the audience you want to be presenting your topic to? Who you would like to receive a response from primarily? Examples: If you hope for a response coming mostly from the Earth-Based & Indigenous Religions for the question "What Does God Mean to You?" - post the question in the forum where the practitioners hold their discussion. If the question is posted in our Monotheist forum, the responses will be different. We ask that you choose one area for your topic and don't spam across all of them for the same question. If you want a general poll, then post it in the Interpath Dialogue forum instead of a focus group. Note: No group is excluded from posting a reply in any area. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to participate everywhere. Others who do not study the same practice are welcomed to add comments and questions to compare, contrast and learn. If the topic isn't in an area focused on your own belief system, do not hijack the topic to make it all about you! No Territory The Interpath forums are designed so that we can observe, identify with, or learn more about central tenets and practices of other ideologies. We can observe groups engaging more naturally, using customary common greetings and observe each other using practitioner's vocabulary in the proper context of conversation vs explanation or definition. Interpath forums are not territories with exclusive borders. It is wise to assume that practitioners of every single belief system listed and even those not listed on the forum already exist here as registered members and regular visitors, or may be a lurking guest visitor who views and reads the forums. We will not fear bullying, ridicule or humiliation for our beliefs. We will feel welcome, invited and encouraged to share and learn in this space. Please take the following into serious consideration when creating a topic and posting a reply on the forum: The ULC Online Statements, Rules and Policies If there are any questions or concerns regarding posts or replies for this forum your volunteer moderator is here to assist. Your moderator is: TBD
  9. Welcome to the Interpath Academia & Scholarship Forum Area Earth/Nature-Based & Indigenous Religions Please take a moment to read the following: Locked topics are old topics. Feel free to start a new topic based on a locked topic to open new, updated conversation with people who visit the forum currently. Hopefully the forum description and helpful keywords will help you determine if your topic is correct for this area. The keywords are only for guidance and suggestion. They can be viewed where you go to read and start topics within the forum area. Some subject matter for your topics will be "crossover" and may fit into several different places. You should only choose one area to post your topic in. When posting a topic that can go into multiple areas: Please consider: Who is the audience you want to be presenting your topic to? Who you would like to receive a response from primarily? Examples: If you hope for a response coming mostly from the Earth-Based & Indigenous Religions for the question "What Does God Mean to You?" - post the question in the forum where the practitioners hold their discussion. If the question is posted in our Monotheist forum, the responses will be different. We ask that you choose one area for your topic and don't spam across all of them for the same question. If you want a general poll, then post it in the Interpath Dialogue forum instead of a focus group. Note: No group is excluded from posting a reply in any area. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to participate everywhere. Others who do not study the same practice are welcomed to add comments and questions to compare, contrast and learn. If the topic isn't in an area focused on your own belief system, do not hijack the topic to make it all about you! No Territory The Interpath forums are designed so that we can observe, identify with, or learn more about central tenets and practices of other ideologies. We can observe groups engaging more naturally, using customary common greetings and observe each other using practitioner's vocabulary in the proper context of conversation vs explanation or definition. Interpath forums are not territories with exclusive borders. It is wise to assume that practitioners of every single belief system listed and even those not listed on the forum already exist here as registered members and regular visitors, or may be a lurking guest visitor who views and reads the forums. We will not fear bullying, ridicule or humiliation for our beliefs. We will feel welcome, invited and encouraged to share and learn in this space. Please take the following into serious consideration when creating a topic and posting a reply on the forum: The ULC Online Statements, Rules and Policies If there are any questions or concerns regarding posts or replies for this forum your volunteer moderator is here to assist. Your moderator is: TBD
  10. Welcome to the Interpath Academia & Scholarship Forum Area Eastern Religions & Philosophies Please take a moment to read the following: Locked topics are old topics. Feel free to start a new topic based on a locked topic to open new, updated conversation with people who visit the forum currently. Hopefully the forum description and helpful keywords will help you determine if your topic is correct for this area. The keywords are only for guidance and suggestion. They can be viewed where you go to read and start topics within the forum area. Some subject matter for your topics will be "crossover" and may fit into several different places. You should only choose one area to post your topic in. When posting a topic that can go into multiple areas: Please consider: Who is the audience you want to be presenting your topic to? Who you would like to receive a response from primarily? Examples: If you hope for a response coming mostly from the Earth-Based & Indigenous Religions for the question "What Does God Mean to You?" - post the question in the forum where the practitioners hold their discussion. If the question is posted in our Monotheist forum, the responses will be different. We ask that you choose one area for your topic and don't spam across all of them for the same question. If you want a general poll, then post it in the Interpath Dialogue forum instead of a focus group. Note: No group is excluded from posting a reply in any area. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to participate everywhere. Others who do not study the same practice are welcomed to add comments and questions to compare, contrast and learn. If the topic isn't in an area focused on your own belief system, do not hijack the topic to make it all about you! No Territory The Interpath forums are designed so that we can observe, identify with, or learn more about central tenets and practices of other ideologies. We can observe groups engaging more naturally, using customary common greetings and observe each other using practitioner's vocabulary in the proper context of conversation vs explanation or definition. Interpath forums are not territories with exclusive borders. It is wise to assume that practitioners of every single belief system listed and even those not listed on the forum already exist here as registered members and regular visitors, or may be a lurking guest visitor who views and reads the forums. We will not fear bullying, ridicule or humiliation for our beliefs. We will feel welcome, invited and encouraged to share and learn in this space. Please take the following into serious consideration when creating a topic and posting a reply on the forum: The ULC Online Statements, Rules and Policies If there are any questions or concerns regarding posts or replies for this forum your volunteer moderator is here to assist. Your moderator is: TBD
  11. Welcome to the Interpath Academia & Scholarship Forum Area Freethought, Secularism, No Religion Please take a moment to read the following: Locked topics are old topics. Feel free to start a new topic based on a locked topic to open new, updated conversation with people who visit the forum currently. Hopefully the forum description and helpful keywords will help you determine if your topic is correct for this area. The keywords are only for guidance and suggestion. They can be viewed where you go to read and start topics within the forum area. Some subject matter for your topics will be "crossover" and may fit into several different places. You should only choose one area to post your topic in. When posting a topic that can go into multiple areas: Please consider: Who is the audience you want to be presenting your topic to? Who you would like to receive a response from primarily? Examples: If you hope for a response coming mostly from the Earth-Based & Indigenous Religions for the question "What Does God Mean to You?" - post the question in the forum where the practitioners hold their discussion. If the question is posted in our Monotheist forum, the responses will be different. We ask that you choose one area for your topic and don't spam across all of them for the same question. If you want a general poll, then post it in the Interpath Dialogue forum instead of a focus group. Note: No group is excluded from posting a reply in any area. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate everywhere. Others who do not study the same practice are welcomed to add comments and questions to compare, contrast and learn. If the topic isn't in an area focused on your own belief system, do not hijack the topic to make it all about you! No Territory The Interpath forums are designed so that we can observe, identify with, or learn more about central tenets and practices of other ideologies. We can observe groups engaging more naturally, using customary common greetings and observe each other using practitioner's vocabulary in the proper context of conversation vs explanation or definition. Interpath forums are not territories with exclusive borders. It is wise to assume that practitioners of every single belief system listed and even those not listed on the forum already exist here as registered members and regular visitors, or may be a lurking guest visitor who views and reads the forums. We will not fear bullying, ridicule or humiliation for our beliefs. We will feel welcome, invited and encouraged to share and learn in this space. Please take the following into serious consideration when creating a topic and posting a reply on the forum: The ULC Online Statements, Rules and Policies If there are any questions or concerns regarding posts or replies for this forum your volunteer moderator is here to assist. Your moderator is: TBD
  12. Welcome to the Interpath Academia & Scholarship Forum Area Monotheist Theologies & Scriptures Please take a moment to read the following: Locked topics are old topics. Feel free to start a new topic based on a locked topic to open new, updated conversation with people who visit the forum currently. Hopefully the forum description and helpful keywords will help you determine if your topic is correct for this area. The keywords are only for guidance and suggestion. They can be viewed where you go to read and start topics within the forum area. Some subject matter for your topics will be "crossover" and may fit into several different places. You should only choose one area to post your topic in. When posting a topic that can go into multiple areas: Please consider: Who is the audience you want to be presenting your topic to? Who you would like to receive a response from primarily? Examples: If you hope for a response coming mostly from the Earth-Based & Indigenous Religions for the question "What Does God Mean to You?" - post the question in the forum where the practitioners hold their discussion. If the question is posted in our Monotheist forum, the responses will be different. We ask that you choose one area for your topic and don't spam across all of them for the same question. If you want a general poll, then post it in the Interpath Dialogue forum instead of a focus group. Note: No group is excluded from posting a reply in any area. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate everywhere. Others who do not study the same practice are welcomed to add comments and questions to compare, contrast and learn. If the topic isn't in an area focused on your own belief system, do not hijack the topic to make it all about you! No Territory The Interpath forums are designed so that we can observe, identify with, or learn more about central tenets and practices of other ideologies. We can observe groups engaging more naturally, using customary common greetings and observe each other using practitioner's vocabulary in the proper context of conversation vs explanation or definition. Interpath forums are not territories with exclusive borders. It is wise to assume that practitioners of every single belief system listed and even those not listed on the forum already exist here as registered members and regular visitors, or may be a lurking guest visitor who views and reads the forums. We will not fear bullying, ridicule or humiliation for our beliefs. We will feel welcome, invited and encouraged to share and learn in this space. Please take the following into serious consideration when creating a topic and posting a reply on the forum: The ULC Online Statements, Rules and Policies If there are any questions or concerns regarding posts or replies for this forum your volunteer moderator is here to assist. Your moderator is: TBD
  13. Welcome to the Interpath Academia & Scholarship Forum Area New Age Theosophy & Cosmic Humanism Please take a moment to read the following: Locked topics are old topics. Feel free to start a new topic based on a locked topic to open new, updated conversation with people who visit the forum currently. Hopefully the forum description and helpful keywords will help you determine if your topic is correct for this area. The keywords are only for guidance and suggestion. They can be viewed where you go to read and start topics within the forum area. Some subject matter for your topics will be "crossover" and may fit into several different places. You should only choose one area to post your topic in. When posting a topic that can go into multiple areas: Please consider: Who is the audience you want to be presenting your topic to? Who you would like to receive a response from primarily? Examples: If you hope for a response coming mostly from the Earth-Based & Indigenous Religions for the question "What Does God Mean to You?" - post the question in the forum where the practitioners hold their discussion. If the question is posted in our Monotheist forum, the responses will be different. We ask that you choose one area for your topic and don't spam across all of them for the same question. If you want a general poll, then post it in the Interpath Dialogue forum instead of a focus group. Note: No group is excluded from posting a reply in any area. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to participate everywhere. Others who do not study the same practice are welcomed to add comments and questions to compare, contrast and learn. If the topic isn't in an area focused on your own belief system, do not hijack the topic to make it all about you! No Territory The Interpath forums are designed so that we can observe, identify with, or learn more about central tenets and practices of other ideologies. We can observe groups engaging more naturally, using customary common greetings and observe each other using practitioner's vocabulary in the proper context of conversation vs explanation or definition. Interpath forums are not territories with exclusive borders. It is wise to assume that practitioners of every single belief system listed and even those not listed on the forum already exist here as registered members and regular visitors, or may be a lurking guest visitor who views and reads the forums. We will not fear bullying, ridicule or humiliation for our beliefs. We will feel welcome, invited and encouraged to share and learn in this space. Please take the following into serious consideration when creating a topic and posting a reply on the forum: The ULC Online Statements, Rules and Policies If there are any questions or concerns regarding posts or replies for this forum your volunteer moderator is here to assist. Your moderator is: TBD
  14. Hello and Welcome to the ULC Online Forum If you are a newly ordained minister, congratulations and welcome! We are happy to have all ministers and members join us here at the official gathering place for Universal Life Church. Please browse the forum, ask questions, and get to know other ULC Ministers and Members. If you are about to perform your first wedding ceremony for friends or family, more congratulations are in order! Hopefully the following information will help point you in the right direction for this very special and unique occasion. Many of our newly ordained ministers ask about where to find ceremonies for an upcoming wedding. Our forum has ceremonies available to read in various areas. The ULC Minister Supply Store offers supplies for weddings which includes many types of ceremony books you may be looking for. For other information needs, we also have a Legal Resource Center & Minister FAQ here on the forum. The Help Desk forum holds Frequently Asked Questions. The Legal Questions Forum is open to post a question in if something in the FAQ is not clear or might appear to be out of date. Ministers who are registered on our forum and have 25 posts/replies can add information to the forum to share about their ULC Congregations or Websites. Information about forum post count achievements and the colored medals below our usernames called 'pips' can be found here. Every registered visitor who has made 25 posts/replies will unlock the ability to create a custom title in their profile to replace "Titled Friend." Or, one can choose to keep the default titles listed if preferred. Except for the Forum Innkeeper accounts, (site owners) the ULC Online Forum Staff is presently and has always been maintained and run by a wonderful and dedicated group of unpaid volunteers. We are thankful for the generous offer of their time over many years. It is our hope that you will take the opportunity to get to know them and our other long-time forum family members. If there are any questions or concerns regarding the forum, posts or replies, all members of the forum are quite helpful. A friendly hand is likely to assist you. Please take the following into serious consideration when creating a topic and posting a reply: ULC Online Forum Statements, Rules and Policies Again welcome and enjoy your visits and interactions here at the ULC Online Forum. Other helpful information: The only doctrine of Universal Life Church is; "Do that which is right." Universal Life Church was founded by Kirby Hensley and incorporated in the state of California in 1962. Universal Life Church International Headquarters (ULCHQ) is located in Modesto, California. Under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, your ordination is recognized as legal in all 50 States. Laws and protocols regarding officiating weddings and performing other ceremonies will vary based on your location. Your ordination information is kept on record at ULCHQ. If your name, address or other important information changes, please submit an update here. The current presiding head of the church at Headquarters is Reverend Andre Hensley. The official Universal Life Church family is: ULCHQ, ULC Online, and ULC Seminary. There are no other site names or affiliations considered official or recognized by our Headquarters other than the sites listed above. Becoming ordained through our websites is 100% free. If your ordination was not free, the site is not an affiliate of Universal Life Church. It is another entity. If you were not ordained through any one of the three sites listed above, we will not have your ordination records to issue a credential because you were ordained by another entity. You are welcomed and encouraged to become ordained through our website and have a record of your ordination entered into the church records at Headquarters in Modesto, California. You can then begin your own process to receive your legal document(s) through the original founding Headquarters or the genuine Universal Life Church associates. There is no requirement to be ordained through any of our sites (or at all) to participate on the forum, shop at our store, or belong to any of our online communities. This information is also on our Wikipedia page here.
  15. Just wanted to get my own intro in here. I joined the site just this morning. So... on to the intro I guess... I'm in my mid-40s, Pagan since 1990 and interested in working on religious comparison and tolerance, particularly in the last few years. My Southern Baptist husband and I have been married for 22 years now without any religious conflict. I have one adult son who is currently undecided. So many people are leaning towards dealing with weddings and blessings, which are important and fantastic. But I feel there is a whole side being overlooked in the pagan community that deals with crisis. I'm here because I'd like to focus on study that will lead me towards doing alternative pastoral duties in hospitals and funeral rites, and pagan related counseling for those who are having trouble dealing with the passing of a loved one. I don't feel ready for such until I've gained a bit more proper study to that effect. I'm working through the social work side through other programs but would like to focus on the spiritual side as well. Anyway, greetings, well met and hope to see you all around.