Why do you think so few Ministers are interactive?


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Random question with no right or wrong answer, I'm just asking for your personal theories...

With so many Ministers listed in directories and so many people claimed to have been ordained by ULC and all of its offshoots and radicals (like the Monastery); why do you think only a handful of people interact on the social media, forums and other platforms?

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Hi SisterSalome ,

Some people are involved with other groups in addition to the ULC. I am a member of the The Druid Network and The Order of the Yew, so there are times when I may post there but not have time to post here too. I also work 40+ hours a week, and I might go a few days without posting. Sometimes I don't get involved in discussions because I don't feel as if I have a "dog in the fight." Many discussions are regarding Judeo-Christian themes and are not relevant to my religion since I am a Pagan. It's not that I feel uncomfortable or unwelcome to post on Christian topics. If I have something to add I will chime in. And of course there are those ministers who become ordained as a lark, or for the purpose of performing a particular wedding ceremony and then lose interest. Another factor could be fear of negative reactions. I am out as a Druid and Celtic Pagan at work and home, but others may not feel comfortable openly expressing their religious beliefs. Then there are also times when I am delayed in posting because I'm catching up with Teen Wolf and The Vampire Diaries :D

Bendithion (Blessings),

Gruffydd y Dryw /|\

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6 hours ago, SisterSalome said:

Random question with no right or wrong answer, I'm just asking for your personal theories...

With so many Ministers listed in directories and so many people claimed to have been ordained by ULC and all of its offshoots and radicals (like the Monastery); why do you think only a handful of people interact on the social media, forums and other platforms?
 

I have memberships in Facebook and Linked in.  I don't spend much time  at either.  When I am there, ULC does not come up.  I don't conceal ULC membership.  It doesn't come up.

Are there social media where the ULC would come up?  I don't know of any.

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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.
ulcseminary
(???)  ulcchurch
ulchq
(???) usa_universal
(unofficial)  ulcmonastery

Here seems to be an active forum that's pagan leaned
http://www.ulctribal.com/forum/content.php

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/universallifechurchseminary/
HQ https://www.facebook.com/Universal-Life-Church-135640169808041/
(unofficial) https://www.facebook.com/UniversalLifeChurchMonastery/?nr

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

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12 minutes ago, SisterSalome said:

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.
ulcseminary
(???)  ulcchurch
ulchq
(???) usa_universal
(unofficial)  ulcmonastery

Here seems to be an active forum that's pagan leaned
http://www.ulctribal.com/forum/content.php

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/universallifechurchseminary/
HQ https://www.facebook.com/Universal-Life-Church-135640169808041/
(unofficial) https://www.facebook.com/UniversalLifeChurchMonastery/?nr

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

I'm active on ULC-Tribal.  By all means, join me.     :D

 

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7 hours ago, Gruffydd y Dryw said:

Hi SisterSalome ,

Some people are involved with other groups in addition to the ULC. I am a member of the The Druid Network and The Order of the Yew, so there are times when I may post there but not have time to post here too. I also work 40+ hours a week, and I might go a few days without posting. Sometimes I don't get involved in discussions because I don't feel as if I have a "dog in the fight." Many discussions are regarding Judeo-Christian themes and are not relevant to my religion since I am a Pagan. It's not that I feel uncomfortable or unwelcome to post on Christian topics. If I have something to add I will chime in. And of course there are those ministers who become ordained as a lark, or for the purpose of performing a particular wedding ceremony and then lose interest. Another factor could be fear of negative reactions. I am out as a Druid and Celtic Pagan at work and home, but others may not feel comfortable openly expressing their religious beliefs. Then there are also times when I am delayed in posting because I'm catching up with Teen Wolf and The Vampire Diaries :D

Bendithion (Blessings),

Gruffydd y Dryw /|\

Can you tell me about druidism?
What's the druid network?

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14 minutes ago, Jonathan H. B. Lobl said:

I'm active on ULC-Tribal.  By all means, join me.     :D

 

I activated but when I go there I get this:

 

SisterSalome, you do not have permission to access this page. This could be due to one of several reasons:

  1. Your user account may not have sufficient privileges to access this page. Are you trying to edit someone else's post, access administrative features or some other privileged system?
  2. If you are trying to post, the administrator may have disabled your account, or it may be awaiting activation.
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14 minutes ago, SisterSalome said:

I activated but when I go there I get this:

 

SisterSalome, you do not have permission to access this page. This could be due to one of several reasons:

  1. Your user account may not have sufficient privileges to access this page. Are you trying to edit someone else's post, access administrative features or some other privileged system?
  2. If you are trying to post, the administrator may have disabled your account, or it may be awaiting activation.

Are you signing in on Tribal as Sister Salome?  I'm only a member.  If you like, I can ask the administrator to look into it.  My guess is that your application needs more time.  It's only a guess.

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36 minutes ago, SisterSalome said:

I signed up there too. I signed up to anything and everything, looking for evidence of life lol lol lol

Everything?   I also have membership in an Agnostic Church.  It is Agnostic rather than interfaith like ULC.  I doubt it is what you are looking for.  Still, if you really mean "everything," let me know.     :D 

I also have an Atheist Church group.  Not much life in it, but if you really mean "everything" ............

There are a few here who identify as Agnostic.  This might be a better place for you to explore Agnosticism, if that's what you want.

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1 hour ago, Jonathan H. B. Lobl said:

Are you signing in on Tribal as Sister Salome?  I'm only a member.  If you like, I can ask the administrator to look into it.  My guess is that your application needs more time.  It's only a guess.

Yes, I did signup with the same username. I'm guessing that an Admin has to manually approve my membership. I can't even contact them or use the form without being approved. Very weird set up. But the forum seems active so I hope they activate me. If you could shoot an admin a message next time you stop over there, that would be awesome yes :D.

 

 

1 hour ago, Jonathan H. B. Lobl said:

Everything?   I also have membership in an Agnostic Church.  It is Agnostic rather than interfaith like ULC.  I doubt it is what you are looking for.  Still, if you really mean "everything," let me know.     :D 

I also have an Atheist Church group.  Not much life in it, but if you really mean "everything" ............

There are a few here who identify as Agnostic.  This might be a better place for you to explore Agnosticism, if that's what you want.

What's an Agnostic Church? Can you tell me about it? What I mean was I already signed up to the forums here and at the Seminary. I was previously signed up at the Monastary sites and other sites before ordination, just doing research, so I'm on there too. I followed all the social media and so on. Most social media is abandoned it seems, and most forums only have occasional threads. I feel like I'm flooding here. Comparatively, if I made several posts on other topical forums I'm on; they'd be lost in the sauce. LOL

I can't identify with Atheism. I am more of an Agnostic Gnostic HAHA.. Optimistic agnostic? Quantum Metaphysicist? I wish there was a modern movement like the old Fysiks group. But indeed tell me about the Agnostic Church thing. 

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Foremost, why not care? :lol:

Secondly, is there an active congregation to this church, still in formation stages or just conceptual?

Thirdly, are you pulling my leg?

I don't have anything in particular I want to know. Nothing? Anything? Everything? :rolleyes:

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1 hour ago, SisterSalome said:

Foremost, why not care? :lol:

Secondly, is there an active congregation to this church, still in formation stages or just conceptual?

Thirdly, are you pulling my leg?

I don't have anything in particular I want to know. Nothing? Anything? Everything? :rolleyes:

First, a thought experiment.  Suppose that God exists.  What would change?  Suppose that God does not exist.  What would change?

A church is it's people.  It is an internet church, without a brick and mortar existence.  Community is where we find it or make it.  In this case, on line.

We have a sense of humor.  The Church is not a joke.  If you do a Google search for Agnostic Church, we are what turns up.  Now and then, I like to spend some time with the Godless.

On an unrelated note, I posted for you on Tribal.

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I found the site/blog and bookmarked it to check it out tomorrow. As for tribal, I'm still not approved. I can login and I accepted the terms but if I click "reply" to anything, it still says I don't have permission. Hopefully they get to it this week :rolleyes:

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12 hours ago, SisterSalome said:

Can you tell me about druidism?
What's the druid network?

Hi SisterSalome,

Druids were the Pagan priests and scholars of the ancient Celtic people. Modern Druidry (as Druidism is referred to in many UK based groups) is a combination of Celtic Pagan beliefs coupled with a reverence for Nature:

https://druidnetwork.org/what-is-druidry/

The Druid Network is one of many Druid groups, some of the other major ones being The Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, the British Druid Order,  and A Druid Fellowship (Ar nDraiocht Fein). The Druid Network was founded by Emma Restall Orr, former Co-Chief of the British Druid Order and a well known Pagan author on the subject of Druidry. It holds the distinction of being the first Pagan group to be recognized as a religion by the UK government. The Order of the Yew is the "dark heart" or spiritual source of The Druid Network. It is a closed order consisting of usually experienced Druids who have made a formal dedication to follow the Druid path.

https://druidnetwork.org/

https://druidnetwork.org/about-the-druid-network/the-order-of-the-yew/

other Druid sites:

The Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids: http://www.druidry.org/

The British Druid Order: http://www.druidry.co.uk/

A Druid Fellowship: https://www.adf.org/

As with Christianity, there can be a wide variation in Druid beliefs. I am a Celtic polytheist, but there are also duotheists and monotheists who follow a Druid path. Some revere Nature in general without acknowledging a deity at all. While I consider Druidry to be a Pagan religion unto itself, there are others who consider Druidry to be a philosophical path (like Rosicrucianism or Freemasonry) and study Druidry along side their practice of Christianity or other faiths.

If you have any specific questions please feel free to ask :)

Bendithion (Blessings),

Gruffydd y Dryw /|\

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The ULC asks nothing of its members. This means no promises of rewards for staying active, and no threats of punishment for walking away. It also means that any two random ULC ministers likely have nothing more to talk about than any other two strangers. This tends to favor smaller, more localized groups.

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1 hour ago, Brother Kaman said:

I think most of us are retired, work part time or cannot work at all for whatever reason.  Folks with full time jobs an something better to do with their time, usually don't get too involved with any forum on the net.

 

 

People with out connectins to Web, also won't be active.

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