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UNIVERSAL LIFE CHURCH MAILINGS ARCHIVE - DECEMBER 2008   Hello, Happy Holidays! I'd like to keep you updated on the latest news at the Seminary. I've been spending a lot of time recently working on the website. If you haven't checked it out lately, please note the change in the side-bar navigation, as well as the drop-down menu at the top of the page. My goal is to make it easier to find the various pages on the site. YOUTUBE VIDEOS - The other new thing we're doing is adding video to the website and we need your help. I've been doing some searching on youtube for some appropriate videos to use on the site. 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've put a few relevant videos up in a few places, so please check them out. 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.

 

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.

 

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 Mailing Archive . 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 MINI SITES - I've been getting a few people who have offered to help with the new mini-sites. I'm still waiting to hear back from several of them, so please keep checking them out and see what you see. I'd like to put some of the new videos on these sites as well.

 

The current new 'mini' sites are: 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. NEW NING COMMUNITY - If you haven't already joined, please check out the new NING community that we have set up for the ULC Seminary. The address to join is: http://universallifechurchseminary.ning.com. It's kind of like myspace and facebook, but it's for our type of crowd. We've already got several hundred members and people seem to be enjoying having other ULC members to talk to.

 

DONATIONS - I would like to express my sincere appreciation for those of you who have recently sent donations to the seminary. I will mention a few names here of those who were particularly generous: Sharon Mayer, Paul Hurst, Charles Greenlee, Ernest Jones, Jackie Rago, Dino Kelly, and Oral Newsome.

 

The paypal address for the seminary is amy@ulcseminary.org. There's a way to offer donations on the website too, but a shipping charge automatically adds. If you wanted to donate the equivalent of the shipping charge, you could place an order for just a donation and it would only charge you the shipping. It would be so much appreciated if you could.

 

NEW COURSE - The New course on Gnosticism is now available in the church store. I'm working on getting up a sample and a more expansive course description, but the course, written and donated by Bishop Pat, is now available. 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: www.ulcseminaryprogram.blogspot.com. EVENTS DIRECTORY - I've mentioned this before, but so far, it's still in the imagination state. I had someone offer to help, but I never heard back from him. When it's functional, you'll be able to record your events after they happen. You can post your weddings, funerals, house blessings, etc. and have a public record of your achievements. It'll be great for reference and to let people know what ULC ministers are doing.

 

STOCKING STUFFER SPECIAL - The Stocking Stuff Special is back. This package is great for getting someone you love some ULC swag for the holidays. The link is: Stocking Stuffer Special.

 

PRE-MARITAL COUNSELING KIT - We have a new product that might be of interest to those of you who do weddings for your local congregations. It's for those who do Christian pre-marital counseling. It has video, audio tapes and questionaires and such to fill out. I like that this has more than just questionaires, but has video and audio as well. I'm looking for something comparable for those who are spiritual, Pagan, etc., but haven't found a good one yet. If you know of a good one that's comparable, please please please email me and let me know.

 

Pre-Marital Counseling Kit 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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UNIVERSAL LIFE CHURCH MAILINGS ARCHIVE - AUGUST 2008 Hello, Who's Who Book and current sales The Who's Who book is finally done. I've mailed out copies to everyone who is in it and have placed the finished copies on a special sale in the church store. For a limited time, I've discounted the cover price, so if you're interested, get your copy now. :) The Shamanism program is also on a temporary sale. It's on sale through the 20th of this month for just $50. It's an amazing, well-written course and I think you'll like it. It's available by going to: Shamanism Courses The blog where the course essays are listed is: www.ulcseminaryprogram.blogspot.com We have two other brand new courses that you all will be getting samples of before long. The first is the Master of Buddhism course, written by Tricia Stirling. People have been asking for this course ever since we had to pull the old one several years ago. This course is written in a clear and easy-to-understand fashion to help you grasp the basics of a variety of branches of Buddhism. The author has a wonderful story-telling style that leaves you with a feeling of competence when learning a new subject. It's available at: Buddhism The second course we are offering is the Dr. of Spiritual Awareness, written by Charles Grooms. If you've taken and enjoyed the Spirit Quest course, you will love this course as well. It covers a wide variety of spiritual topics with a different slant. It covers some of the same subjects as Spirit Quest, but also covers a whole lot more different ones. It's fun and enlightening and is a great experience. It's available at: Dr. of Spiritual Awareness The third most recent course that we have been offering is the Master of Christian History. Christian History. More on the course can be found at: Christian History Info. The other course I'd like to give a plug to is the Master of Mystical Christianity. This course is not getting as much attention as I think it deserves. It's a very well-written course that takes a different look at the origins of Christianity. If you're a Christian, it's great information to fill in some of the 'holes' that many have in their Christian education. If you're not Christian, it's a wonderful look at feminity and the role that women have had in history. The course is available at: Mystical Christianity. 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. Just a reminder that when you place your order and it includes a credential, the credentials come from headquarters and may take a little longer than the rest of your order. :)   Thanks!!! --Amy Rev. Amy Long Program Director, www.ulcseminary.org    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UNIVERSAL LIFE CHURCH MAILINGS ARCHIVE - AUGUST 2009

Hello! We have some updates for August. First of all, the mailing program is now working, but I'm still in the process of re-installing all of the regular mailings. So, if you're still getting blank mailings, bear with me. They take awhile to re-install. I've also updated all of the other newsletters to include more information, so that has taken a little while too. It's getting there though!

More Weddings, Funerals and Rites - I know I said that I was going to discontinue the sale on this book, but I also want to be sure that everyone who wants to get it has had a chance to order it at the discounted price. I have posted a survey here:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=N8e38en1Rys_2bW18vKubgCw_3d_3d

It only accepts 100 responses, so if we're over the amount and you want to say yes, email me. (We're over already)

NEW SEARCH FUNCTION: We have a web new search function button on the website. It's through a new search group called 'LeapFish'. The cool thing about it is that when you search through it, you can look at Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc. It also automatically shows images, videos from youtube and a lot more. It's one-stop shopping, which is really convenient. Go to the website and try it out. It's on the front page at the top of the gray sidebar.

CHAPLAINCY COURSE - I've just had submitted to me a new chaplaincy course. It would be the first course of a full program for people who wish to be chaplains. The Chaplaincy program will consist of this new course, along with several other required courses, including the Comparative Religion and the Spirit Quest. We haven't set the entire program yet, but when we do, we'll let you all know. We are also getting ready to offer the option of another Christian-oriented chaplaincy course created by Rev. Louis C. Hook. We don't have all the particulars, but his is a college-level course, so we'll keep you posted.

 

NEW PROJECT - I'm still kicking around ideas for the new Seminary Handbook. If you have any ideas, please let me know. I plan on having one sample of several types of ceremonies, training info from the site, a catalog and a lot more. Oh, I will also be making available the new Weddings, Funerals and Rites book available on disc very shortly. The autoresponder crash has put me way behind.

TWITTER - I signed up the Seminary for Twitter, but I'll be honest -- I don't get it. I don't get what I'm supposed to do or why. lol. I'm working on getting a Facebook going for the Seminary too, but the way things are going these days, it's just too hard to keep up on everything! I get invites all the time for myyearbook and tagged and a bunch of other things like that. Maybe some day. :) If there's anyone who knows about those and want to help keep up a page for the Seminary, I'd greatly appreciate it.

HQ DEGREE CARDS - Many of you have been ministers with the ULC for years and years and have received degrees from ULC Headquarters. One of our ministers had asked for a Dr. of Metaphysics card from us, even though he earned the degree from headquarters. I didn't feel right about that, so I asked the cardmaker if he could duplicate the degrees from headquarters onto a card. He has done a beautiful job. We have gotten a lot of the new degree cards posted. So far, we have quite a few done, which look stunning. This way, you can have a pocket credential to show people or just to have for yourself. Before we will send it, we do need to have some proof that you earned the degree from headquarters that you are wanting. Please follow up your request with a picture in an email.

HQ Degree Cards

(You'll notice too that we changed the path name to the store, so now it just says 'store' instead of all those other things. Much easier to fine.)

Our cardmaker also did a great job of duplicating the ordination credential onto a card as well. It's another option for getting an ID card showing your credentials of ministry.

Ordination Credential Cards

We are also offering our Seminary Membership Certificates at a big discount right now. We want you to be able to display your affiiliation proudly, so we have discounted the certificates to $10.

Seminary Membership Certificates

Wedding Workbooks by the Box - I am pleased to say that there are a lot of you who are finding value in giving a copy of The Ultimate Wedding & Ceremony Workbook for the 'Planning-Impaired' to your brides and grooms. Many of you have been using the Business Builder Package to order more for less. We are now making that even easier. It's a larger up-front cost, but you are saving more money on every book. If you buy the books by the case, you can get the books for a mere $9 each, which is more than 50% off the cover price.

Essays from the various programs are at: www.ulcseminaryprogram.blogspot.com.

 

 

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

 

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UNIVERSAL LIFE CHURCH MAILINGS ARCHIVE - APRIL 2009

Happy Upcoming Easter!

SALE - For April (through May 5th), , we are offering a great sale. We have had a great response to the Master of Divinity offer, so we will continue it through this next month as well, along with a new item that is going to be offered for a limited time only. It's a Bachelor of Divinity. If you wish to order them both, now is a great time. I suggest asking that the date of the Master of Divinity be made a few months after the Bachelor. Both will be on sale for this month.

http://www.ulcseminary.org/store/product_info.php/cPath/23/products_id=192

http://www.ulcseminary.org/store/product_info.php/cPath/23/products_id=193

It can be a great present to yourself or to someone you love. Usually, the Master of Divinity is only available through the Seminary Credential Package, but for this month, it's available as a stand-alone item. It's a wonderful addition to the Dr. of Divinity because most people are aware that a Masters degree comes before a Doctorate, so by showing that you have both, you give yourself some enhanced credibility and show the consistency in your dedication. The same is true for the Bachelor of Divinity. We've never offered this before, so take advantage while you can.

NEW COURSE - Previously, you got the announcement about the Master of Gnosticism, which is available through the link below and about the Dr. of Biblical Egyptology, offered through the link under that. http://www.ulcseminary.org/store/product_info.php/products_id=190

http://www.ulcseminary.org/store/product_info.php/cPath/29/products_id=191

The newest course out is called the Master of the Gospel of Thomas. It just came out. For Christians, it's a great new look at another gospel. This gospel was touched upon in the Christian Studies course. It's a little different because it's not in story form, like the others, but rather a collection of sayings attributed to Jesus. For non-Christians, it's a wonderful look at some spiritual and healing words by a great leader of people. It's available from this link:

http://www.ulcseminary.org/store/product_info.php/cPath/23/products_id=194

Essays from the various programs are at: www.ulcseminaryprogram.blogspot.com.

POTENTIAL NEW COURSES: We have several other courses in the works. We will release them as they become available. We post courses as they come in, so if you are interested in teaching one or know someone qualified who is, they can go to www.ulcseminary.org/coursesubmission.php for the info. I believe I still have one or two other courses that have been sent to me that haven't been addressed yet, so for that I apologize to those who have submitted them. I have to read and edit all the courses as they come through and I generally don't do more than 2 at a time. I'm currently working on 3, so I'm a bit behind on other things. I appreciate your patience.

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 www.ulcseminary.org/canadianapproval.php 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 www.ulcseminary.org/forum. I've had some people send me some of the info they have so far and I'll be posting some of that. It's slow-going, but at least it's going. :)

ORDINATION CEREMONY - I've had several people ask me for a ceremony for ordination/installation. I don't have anything to offer. Have any of you come up with a ceremony to ordain someone into your church or for installation into your church? If so, please send it to me and I'll post it.

I'm still working on the ceremony book. I had to take a break in favor of getting these new courses out and getting my taxes done. Life happens to me too. I'm almost done though, so it shouldn't be too long.

FREECYCLE - On a different note, I found a really great website called Freecycle. (www.freecycle.org). Their motto is 'changing the world one gift at a time.' It's a way for people to give things direct to people who need it and for people to get a helping hand. I personally enjoyed giving away a toy chest and am looking forward to receiving some legos. (My kids have become lego nuts.) The site isn't everywhere, but it's in a lot of places, so I thought I'd give it a plug. I know there are a lot of generous folks at the ULC and others who are currently in need.

RSS FEED - The last thing is the RSS feed. I'm trying to figure out how to keep it updated by email. It's a WordPress blog. I can't make it work. Does anyone know how it works and can they help me set it up? That way I can keep it updated better. Thanks.

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 available.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UNIVERSAL LIFE CHURCH MAILINGS ARCHIVE - AUGUST 2007 Hello! As always, we have lots of changes and exciting things going on with the Seminary. The Shamanism program will be back up within the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out on the Seminary Program page. I will likely send another announcement about it when it goes up. I have some bad news too. The author of the Islamic Studies program has decided to get the course published and is therefore pulling the program from us. We can, however, offer the program through the end of August. So if you are interested in this course and degree, you have 3 weeks to sign up for it and then it will be permanently gone. The link is here: For the Who's Who book, we are still looking at an August 31st deadline, but that may be extended depending on interest. Please get your entries in as soon as possible. Since I have been asked these a couple of times, I'll answer the questions here as well: The cost is $50. You can order through the church store. Send a high res. picture in an email Please send your bio in an email as well. Please send a 1 page bio. If you want more than one page, you can pay for two if you like. You will receive two copies of the finished book. Extra copies are available I have gotten some great response about the video sermons idea. To reiterate, if you want to videotape yourself doing a sermon, upload it to youtube and send me the youtube link. Then I'll embed it on the website. Also, as I mentioned before, we now have the option for sermons to be emailed to you once a week. Right now, we only have the Christian ones done, but the S and Pagan ones will be done soon too. I'm going to merge the latter because I don't have enough Pagan ones for its own mailer. If you have a sermon of any kind you'd like to share, send it to guestsermon@ulcseminary.org The Sunday School mailer will be ready soon as well. One lesson sent once a week. Mostly it has come down to me having enough time to upload them. We have had the new Shamanism program donated to the Seminary and we're going to use the revenue from that class (and from another upcoming class which has also been donated) to pay for more admin. support. The site requires so much upkeep these days that I just can't keep up! I'd like to talk again about our new course on Mystical Christianity. It's really fascinating and I think you will enjoy it. You can read a sample of the course at Mystical Christianity. The details for ordering it can be found here: Mystical Christianity. We have also launched a new course called The Miracle of Prayer. This course, designated as the Dr. of Spirituality, is written by Loretta Siani, the author of the Dr. of Metaphysics program. As many of you know, she is an excellent instructor and she has created another wonderful course. Check it out at Prayer For those who are concerned that we seem to have a plethora of Christian programs, rest-assured that our goals have not changed -- we want to teach our ministers as much as possible about all types of religions. We will soon have a course on both Shamanism and counseling. We have hopes of creating a chaplaincy program that can be another option for our seminary students. Obviously, I'm back from vacation and back to work. For those of you who have had a delay in receiving any of your materials due to my absence, I do appreciate your patience. There are many of you who are on the newsletter list, but haven't considered signing up for the Seminary Program. Just to let you know, it's free to sign up and you're under no obligation. As a seminary student, you'll get free samples of all the programs, as well as free mini programs and other readings of interest and you're under no obligation to take courses. Being a student of the Seminary gives you additional credibility as a minister, as well as access to a lot of material that is not available to the casual passerby. I'd also like to ask that if you haven't put a link to the Seminary on your website, that you please do so. Even though we are the largest of all the ULC sites, with the most pages and most information, we still don't have the top rankings in the search engines. Crazy, but true. We would really really appreciate it. And if you're not in our directory, please add yourself. If you want to update your information, the default password is 'password'. You can change it once you have an entry. Keep up the good work!!!   --Amy

 

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