OMG, thumbs up from Marcilla! Maybe she's ready to walk the plank after all?
Do you remember anything about what they taught you about their religious doctrines?Oh, that opened a memory cell, today is the anniversary of my becoming a Doctor of Divinity in that church, many years ago.
That would be the OTO, but surely not the Universal Life Church? Since the time that the Beatles were members (or maybe even before), the ULC has split into several sects and branches. The Seattle group states that they are the largest and most active. Their mission statement says:"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law".
The Universal Life Church was founded on the basic belief that we are all children of the same universe and, derived from that basic belief, has established two core tenets by which it expects its ministers to conduct themselves:
- Do only that which is right.
- Every individual is free to practice their religion in the manner of their choosing, as mandated by the First Amendment, so long as that expression does not impinge upon the rights or freedoms of others and is in accordance with the government’s laws.
We have made it our mission to actualize these tenets in the world by empowering millions of ministers, whether they come to us from a Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Shinto, Agnostic, Atheist, Pagan, Wiccan, or Druid tradition, to speak their own truth to power. We work tirelessly to ensure that anyone can get ordained online at the ULC Monastery and we seek to fulfill the spiritual needs of as many different groups as we can by offering plenty of information, a wide variety of services, and networking opportunities. The communication and fellowship of our scattered millions of ministers, we believe, is just as valid a form of worship as the weekly services held in some of the world’s more segregated and elitist religious institutions.
This is fine as far as it goes, and it reminds me of Unitarian Universalism. But there's nothing in there about calling all institutional truths into question. It's saying "all traditions are true", instead of "most if not all traditions are state propaganda." So I'm not ready to proclaim a Postflavian merger with the ULC.