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Hello, I have several big things to announce. The first is we have yet another new course. I'm really pleased with the direction that the seminary has been taking. In the last couple of months, we've released the metaphysical healing course, the course on Islamic Studies and now, a new course about the Life of the Apostle Paul. If you are interested in studying some of the origins of Christianity, you'll love this course. The address for the sample of the first lesson is St. Paul. There's also a brief description on the seminary program page. It's exciting to see so many new courses coming our way. I have just had submitted to me a class on Mary Magdalene as well. Keep your eyes peeled for that one. Anoher great thing is that we have another graduate from the Seminary program! Lucinda Parker has just completed her Master of Ministry and I expect to have her information posted soon. The last announcement is about something that is really important to me. As you know, the goal of the Seminary, since its inception, is to improve the credibility and skill level of our ministers. We are making great strides with that. I have an idea for something that will take it one step further. I'd like to put together a ULC book of 'Who's Who'. What it will be is a book that all ULC ministers are welcome to participate in. Each minister would get one full page to talk about themselves, probably with space for a picture. I will give some sample questions to answer to give your bio some form (if you like) and I'm happy to help anyone with the writing who needs it. My feeling is that a professional book on who's who can lend you credibility with your potential clients, as well as give you a place to document your journey. We all have a story to tell and it's a rare opportunity to find a place to tell it. Please check it out and if you're interested, sign up for the newsletter that will be discussing the details as they unfold. I need to find out the interest level on this project before I take it any further, so the number of sign-ups on the newsletter will affect that. We need at least 100 people to make it happen, but more would only add weight and substance to the overall project. Signing up for the information does not obligate you in any way, but please only sign up if you think it's something that really interests you. If you have comments or questions about the project, of course drop me a line at amy@ulcseminary.org. Please read the information on the page first before writing.   Rev. Amy Long Program Director, www.ulcseminary.org







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UNIVERSAL LIFE CHURCH MAILINGS ARCHIVE - JULY 2008 Hello, Happy Summer! As always, things are moving and grooving with the Seminary and with me as well. For those of you who remember, about 9 months ago, I shared that I was going through a divorce. I received a lot of wonderful emails from people who'd been through it and had come out on the other side. Those emails were the boost I needed to help me keep perspective and move forward in a positive way. For all of you who sent the emails and who also sent their well-wishes in other ways, I'm deeply grateful. My divorce was final this month and I feel like that chapter in my life is closed. For those of you who told me that true love is out there, you're right. I've met someone wonderful and I'm unbelievably happy. Who's Who Book One of the good things about this newfound happiness is that I've been productive. :) The ULC Who's Who book is at the printers and will be in the mail, to those of you who ordered it, by the end of July. I ordered a preview copy of the book and found a number of errors, so I made some revisions and am waiting on another preview copy. This one looks incredible. :) Weddings, Funerals and Rites Sequel Now that this book is done, I'll be putting my focus back on the sequel for Weddings, Funerals and Rites of Passage. I have over 350 pages done thus far and am working on the rest. I am still taking submissions, but I'm being very particular about what I'm accepting. For wedding ceremonies, the only kind I'm accepting are unusual ceremony parts like: Dove and Butterfly releases, jumping the broom, recognizing parents who have died, sand ceremonies, etc. I already have plenty of vows, promises, etc. I'd also like to clarify that when I get a ceremony from someone, I break it down into parts. With some ceremonies, I use all the parts and with some, I only use the more unusual parts, so please don't be offended if I don't use the whole thing in exactly the way you present it. I'm also still looking for the following: Funeral Ceremonies, Adult Baptisms, Pet Funerals, Coming of Age, House Blessings, etc. I'm including some divorce ceremonies as well and would love one (or more) for people who wish to symbolically separate, but are not doing it with their ex. Either because they are angry and hurt or because their ex isn't interested, but they would still like to symbolically end the marriage. Those whose ceremonies are included, will receive a complimentary copy of the book with my thanks. All author's names are included both at the bottom of each ceremony part as well as in a list in the back of the book. If you have a ceremony, send it to ulcseminary@sbcglobal.net. Please send it in the email or as a Word attachment. Also include your full name and snail mail address. Courses The most recent course that we have been offering is the Master of Christian History. More on the course can be found at Christian History Info. The Buddhism course will be ready very shortly. I know I've been promising it, but it has been very difficult to get it done for some reason. I also have a course on Spirituality and Metaphysics that will be offered soon as well. Some things have been on hold until I got the Who's Who book done. It's done now, so I'll be adding new courses and updating a lot of stuff on the website. The blog where the course essays are listed is: www.ulcseminaryprogram.blogspot.com New Products I'd like suggestions, if you have any, for new products you'd like to see in the church store. Is there anything on Tshirts that you'd like to see? We're still working on the robes and stoles, trying to get them back. We had to discontinue them because they took 6-8 weeks to arrive and that made for a lot of unhappy customers and a lot of emails to me. Thanks!!! --Amy Rev. Amy Long Program Director, www.ulcseminary.org      



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Happy New Year!!

Universal Life ChurchULCULCHAPPY NEW YEAR! - 2010 is going to be a great year. Over this last year, I've heard a lot of people say that they had a rough year. Seems to be true for many people across the board, for a variety of reasons. With that in mind, I guess that 2010 would have to be better, at least by comparison. :) I know it has been difficult for a lot of you -- things have been difficult on this end as well. The good news though, is that we have the support of one another.

ULC SeminaryUniversal Life ChurchNew Years' Goals - It's important for all of us to have goals, so we can have something to strive for, and the Seminary is no different. This year, I plan on publishing the Seminary Handbook for those who want a few ceremonies at their fingertips, along with a lot of the training material that we have available. We plan on getting out at least 3 new programs for the Seminary and flesh out the Chaplaincy program further. I'd also like to take a stab at getting us accepted in Canada. There are hoops that required me jumping through them and I may be asking for your help.


ULC SeminaryUniversal Life ChurchWhen I go through my days, I try to be aware of things I'm working on, personally and spiritually. My latest has been about accepting people as they are. I know this sounds trite, but since I got divorced two years ago, I have been spending my time thinking about what I want to do differently in my current relationship. (He's a wonderful man, btw.) One of the overwhelming problems my X had with me and still has with his children is that he has his image of how he wants people in his life to be, and then is angry when they don't live up to his picture. My thought was that it made no sense to be angry with someone for being themselves.


ULC SeminaryUniversal Life ChurchI have a friend who is much like me -- absent-minded about things like returning calls. At first, when my calls were not returned, I was sure it was personal. I was being a pest - a bother - and he didn't want to talk to me. As I got to know him, I realized that it wasn't personal. He was just absent-minded. So I decided to accept that about him. Now, I'm not offended when he doesn't call back and, since he also knows me now, he's not bothered when I keep calling until I reach him. My wonderful order gal, Monica, is a jewel. She is honest, hard-working and efficient. I know this about her. I know I can trust her implicitly. I also know that she lives a crazy life. I tease her by saying that her life could easily be a sitcom or perhaps a drama. Knowing this, I know that things come up for her and sometimes she falls behind. She beats herself up over it, like we all do when we aren't perfect, and is often surprised when I don't yell and scream about it. How can I? I know her. I know her strengths and I know what throws her off. When you know who/how a person is and accept that, how can you be angry with them for being who they are? And if you know who you are and you can accept it, there's really no reason to apologize for being who you are. Easier said than done sometimes. We all just need to keep doing our best to improve ourselves in whatever way we can. Every little bit counts. That's my growth period and my mini-sermon for the month. Thought I'd share.


ULC SeminaryUniversal Life ChurchKIND WORDS - I'm going to mention this one more time because I'm positively delighted with how well it's going. Creating and working with the Seminary has been a huge highlight of my life. I feel like I get to make a difference in people's lives and I get the privilege of hearing about/being part of the difference our ministers make in other people's lives. The Kind Words campaign has been another step along that path. More often than you can imagine, I have people write and tell me how it was just what they needed to hear or they share a story about something that happened during the time the email came in. I don't get a chance to respond to most of them, but know that they are very well-received and much appreciated by me. Tell your friends or, if you know someone who can use a lift, sign them up. It's free and easy.


ULC SeminaryUniversal Life ChurchI had a few people who were oddly offended by my mailing about being magical. One didn't believe in magic and another was offended because he thought I was going against the Bible. Magic can be seen in many ways. Magic doesn't necessarily mean sorcery (although for some it may). When I talk about magic, I mean creating something from nothing. Having a thought and having it happen. For some, that may mean putting their thoughts into a prayer and noticing when their prayer is answered. For others, it's putting out into the universe and seeing it manifest as the universe's way of giving back. My intention when sending the kind words is always for your highest good, so please take that into consideration.


It's available at www.ulcseminary.org/kindwords.php.


ULC SeminaryUniversal Life ChurchSALE ITEMS - There are still a lot of items on sale right now. Check the sale page.



I've noticed that there are several courses -- amazing courses -- like Master of Religious Philosophy and Mystical Christianity, that are somehow being overlooked. That one will be on sale, along with a couple of other really great courses, for another few weeks. Be sure to get them on sale while you can.







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Thanks for everything!


Rev. Amy Long Program Director


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UNIVERSAL LIFE CHURCH MAILINGS ARCHIVE - JANUARY 2009 I hope your New Year was safe and fun! CEREMONY BOOK - Many of you who have been around for awhile, know that I'm in the process of writing a sequel to Weddings, Funerals and Rites of Passage. Well, know that I'm almost done. If you have a ceremony (please no more wedding ones unless it's something really really unusual), now is your chance. This book nicely complements the first one and will be around 400 pages. When I get a little closer to being done, I'm going to offer it at a special pre-order price. I would suggest you order then because it'll be a good-sized savings. The books will also be sold as a set too. The first has gold leaf and the second will have silver, with a nice black cover. It will also be hardbound. Funeral ceremonies and other rites of passage are all being considered. House blessings too. I have several Pagan ones, one Christian one and one that is a mixture of several things. This is your last chance because I expect the book to be done in the next month or so, if I keep doing what I've been doing. I'm mostly working on the re-write right now, but I wanted to give one last shout out. Please remember that some of the things mentioned in the mailings are either done or may not necessarily be available at this time. The page is /mailingsarchive.php. I've got quite a few of them put up so far and more will be added as they get sent (like this one, for instance). NEW NING COMMUNITY - The new Ning community has proven to be a lot of fun. The address to join is: http://universallifechurchseminary.ning.com. It's kind of like myspace and facebook, but it's for ULC people. We've already got several hundred members and people seem to be enjoying having other ULC members to talk to. It's free to join and easy to use, so sign up if you haven't already. You can also find out things there that haven't been sent out in announcements yet. PAYPAL INFO : The paypal address for the seminary is amy@ulcseminary.org. For those of you who wish to order products using your paypal account, just go through the ordering process and when you checkout, use the 'check or money order' option. When you make the payment through paypal, include your order number and we'll send your order right out. NEW COURSE - The New course on Gnosticism is now available in the church store. I'd like to point out, for those who have made comments, that I put up the courses as they come in. I have no control over who offers to write a course, so if I have several of one type of religion come in and then several of another, that has nothing to do with the direction of the Seminary or any religious preferences one way or another. If there's a course you'd like to see, let me know and, if possible, find an appropriate instructor for me to contact. /oscommerce/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/190 Essays from the various programs are at: www.ulcseminaryprogram.blogspot.com. YOUTUBE VIDEOS - The other new thing we're doing is adding video to the website and we need your help. I've put up a few youtube clips I've found, but what I'd rather have is video directly from you, the Seminary congregation. What I would love to have is a wide variety of videos where you talk about your ministry, why you became ordained, a funny story about a wedding you did, a story about a funeral, any sermons, etc. If you mention the ULC Seminary in it, it'll definitely go up. I'd like to have videos all over the site from our ministers. I'd like to have people talking about the courses they've taken and/or anything else about what you're doing and how it fits in with the Seminary. When you post it on youtube, send me the link and make sure there's a link for me to embed it on the site. If you only want it on our site, you can put that as an option, to make it available to only you (or us). Please email me your youtube link to amy@ulcseminary.org. Some people are even using their phones to do the taping and that's fine. Just put it up and let me know. If you don't know how to post it on youtube, but you have a video, zip it up and send it to me. NEW MINI SITES - These are smaller sites with samples of things that are on the main site, as well as some new information: www.universallifechurchseminary.org - this one discusses ordination and shares some ordination stories www.ulcseminary.net - this site has online sermons. There are just a few up now, but there will be more. www.ministersupplies.com - I'm going to list reviews and more expansive information of some of the products. www.onlineseminary.org - This has a description of all the seminary courses with links to samples and broader descriptions www.ulcceremonies.com - this one has some ceremonies for weddings and funerals. As I get a chance, it will be expanded. www.weddingwordsandmore.com - This site just focuses on weddings. All the wedding info on the site will all be in one place so if weddings are your main interest, this would be a great site to visit. www.ulcseminaryprogram.blogspot.com -- This is the blog that has all of our sermons on it. I'm doing my best to keep up on it. ANNOUNCEMENTS ARCHIVE -This new page is an archive of all of our announcements. The announcements contain more timely information than the newsletters and we send them to everyone at once. People have asked to see previous ones, so I thought it would be a good idea to archive them for people to browse through. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, etc. please feel free to ask. Oh, and if your name is, by chance, incorrect, it can easily be adjusted just by letting me know. :) Rev. Amy Long Program Director, www.ulcseminary.org  





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Happy Valentine's Day!

CEREMONY BOOK - The new book is coming along really well and is almost done with the initial editing. Those who are in it will be getting an email to confirm that they will be in it. If you see your name, send me an email with your current mailing address (so I can send you a book) and I'll let you know what will be in it. The current people included in it are as follows:

Revs. DavidPaul & Candace Doyle Rev. Robin Muldowney Lady Charia (Charlotte Ann Chaffin) Rev. Douglas Harney Rev. Steven Hamilton Rev. Jason Fruth Dr. Olga Rasmussen Pastor Pat Schwab Rev. Terri Potter Rev. Jeremy Garland Rev. Michelle Manning-Kogler Rev. Don Reimer Rev. Elena A. Hartgering Rev. Susan Scheiter Rev. Anne Treadwell Rudy Munoz Rev. Linda Hourihan Pastor Fred Surrett Rev. Charles M. LaBow Rev. Tina Mulhall Rev. Dave Levin Rev. David J. Gripka Rev. William C. Sanders Sabrina Baca-Thrasher Rev. Samantha Phenix Rev. Rebecca Orth Rev. Evan LeBreton Rev. Jamie Sanders Rev. Phil Branson Rev. Richard Boyle Rev. Debbie Kalinowski Rev. Ray Dilfield Rev. Steve Hawkes Rev. Frieda New Hughes Rev. Brenda Garcia Rev. Judy Angelheart Rev. Susan Selene Rev. Elizabeth Houser Moffatt Rev. Rhonda Sue Weinberger Rev. Jayne “Sabrina Rhiannon” Morrison Rev. Lucinda Parker Rev. Robert Yslas Rev. Keri R. Charon

SALE - For Valentine's Day, through the month of February, we are offering two great sales. One is on the Dr. of Divinity. It's on sale for $20 (a $10 savings.) Dr. of Divinity It can be a great present to yourself or to someone you love. The other is the Master of Shamanism course for $50 (also a $10 savings). This is available through this link: Shamanism.

NEW COURSE - The New course on Gnosticism is now available in the church store. I'd like to point out, for those who have made comments, that I put up the courses as they come in. I have no control over who offers to write a course, so if I have several of one type of religion come in and then several of another, that has nothing to do with the direction of the Seminary or any religious preferences one way or another. If there's a course you'd like to see, let me know and, if possible, find an appropriate instructor for me to contact. Gnosticism

Essays from the various programs are at: ULC BLOG.

POTENTIAL NEW COURSES: Two things are in the works right now, but I need your help. The first is that we're working on a course for pastoral counseling. What the instructor would like to know is what sort of questions/topics you'd like to get covered in the course. What questions do you get asked? What would you like to know more about to help you in your ministry?

The other question is 'What course would you like to see?' The author of the course on Prayer and Dr. of Metaphysics, Dr. Loretta Siani, is interested in writing a new course and would like to know what sort of course/topic interests you. For both of these questions, please send me an email and let me know.

CANADIAN APPROVAL - I've been doing a little research into getting approved in Canada. Headquarters says they have hired an attorney to help. I've posted a page at Canadia Approval with the general guidelines, so any help you can give would be greatly appreciated by many. If you're on the Ning community, let's start a discussion either there or on the forum at ULC Forum .

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, etc. please feel free to ask. Oh, and if your name is, by chance, incorrect, it can easily be adjusted just by letting me know. :) Also, for those who have asked, there are still copies of the ULC book, The Many Faces of ULC.

Rev. Amy Long Program Director, www.ulcseminary.org







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