You have the right to practice your own beliefs, so long as you harm no one. The Universal Life Church encourages you to realize your freedom by becoming an ordained minister, speaking your own truths about life. "We are All Children of the Same Universe"
In case you haven’t yet realized, today is one of the most dreaded days on the calendar – Friday the 13th. What are the origins of this superstition? There is a long history of both Fridays and the number 13 being unlucky in Western culture – making Friday the 13th a horrifying combination. Some people cite stories in the Bible, pointing out that the 13th guest at the Last Supper was Judas, the betrayer of Jesus. Adam and Eve allegedly tasted the apple from the Tree of Knowledge on a Friday. The Great Flood is also said to have begun on a Friday.
While Friday the 13th may have Christian origins, its influence extends far beyond religion. If you look closely, many hotels and office buildings routinely skip the 13th floor. Business sales typically slump on Friday the 13th as some people are too paranoid to leave their homes. Interestingly, this makes traveling especially affordable – if you can stomach getting on an airplane.
Will you be doing anything differently today, or going about normal business?
P.S. – If you are superstitious, say a special prayer for the people who boarded flight 666 from Copenhagen to Helsinki today.
We are excited to announce the newest addition to our catalog, Religious Symbol necklaces! There are 13 different options to choose from, each representing a distinct faith or belief system. Demonstrate your unique world view in style with these elegant pendants.
Available in both silver and gold metallic shades, they provide a wonderful accessory to any outfit. Wear one with official ministerial garb at your next ceremony, or simply use it to complement your every-day attire. You can even be extra-inclusive and order multiple pendants to combine them onto the same chain.
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Since 2010, heroin overdose deaths have skyrocketed in the United States, shattering lives and leaving families devastated. According to a CDC report, the people at highest risk are older Millennials (those aged 25-34). Astonishingly, the rate of death from heroin among this age group has more than quadrupled over the past 7 years. Heroin is now responsible for one out of every 12 deaths of people aged 25-34.
These disturbing developments have many people searching for answers. Some insist the cause is simply a breakdown in social values or a slow economy. However, many experts are pointing to the expanded use of addictive painkillers, such as Oxycodone and Vicodin, as the culprit. In fact, the vast majority of heroin users say their addiction started with a basic prescription from their doctor. When the pills ran out, they turned to street heroin because it was much cheaper and easier to get.
What do you think the cause is? What can be done to reverse this awful trend?
Proposals don’t always go as planned, but this story takes the cake. Maryland resident Isaiah Adams thought he had found the perfect place to propose to his girlfriend, Grace. With the picturesque setting of a local waterfall behind them, Isaiah popped the question. She said yes, and the couple embraced. Then, all of a sudden, the ring was gone – lost in the rushing waters below. The whole thing was caught on video.
“I was crying with happiness but then… I looked up and his face was just shock,” Grace told reporters after the video went viral. Unfortunately, the ring was never found. While the proposal certainly didn’t go as planned, at least she said yes!
Do you have a memorable proposal story? We’d love to hear it!
Proposal goes wrong as ring falls down a waterfall, A romantic moment soon turned to tragedy when the bride-to-be said yes to her boyfriend's proposal, but d...
A Catholic priest in Italy is facing a series of shocking accusations concerning improper sexual conduct. Father Andrea Contin, a parish priest in northern Italy, allegedly organized orgies in the rectory of his church and then filmed them in progress. Police also say the 48-year-old clergyman had up to 15 lovers, whom he pimped out online to other men in the community.
Although somebody reported the transgressions to a local bishop last year, church authorities did not inform police until just recently. Apparently, the church was investigating the matter internally and wanted to finish before alerting authorities. In any event, what started as a small-town scandal has quickly grown into a national story, making headlines all across Italy. Father Contin, who has not yet been charged, is reportedly hiding out in a Croatian resort town until things die down.
A man in Saudi Arabia has been thrown in jail and fined $8,000 after he put up posters advocating for an end to the country’s guardianship system -- an oppressive policy that gives men legal control over women. When questioned, the defendant explained he just wanted to raise awareness about the issue because his female relatives were being treated unjustly by their husbands.
The male-dominated kingdom of Saudi Arabia has notoriously tight restrictions on women’s rights. For example, women must seek permission from a male family member for simple activities such as traveling. Saudi Arabia is also the only country in the world where women aren’t allowed to drive. As evidenced by the above story, even questioning this system is grounds for strict punishment. What will it take to put an end to such injustice?
Our hearts shattered when we learned of the passing of Carrie Fisher this morning. Fisher, who rocketed to worldwide stardom in her role as Princess Leia in the ‘Star Wars’ films, portrayed a strong female character who could hold her own – turning the trope of a ‘damsel in distress’ on its head.
Later in her career, Fisher became very open about her personal struggles, which included mental illness and drug abuse. In an interview last month, Fisher was asked if she feared death:
"No. I fear dying," she said. "Anything with pain associated with it, I don't like. I've been there for a couple of people when they were dying; it didn't look like fun. But if I was gonna do it, I'd want someone like me around. And I will be there!"
Our thoughts and prayers are with Fisher’s family, friends, and fans today.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas! May it be filled with warmth, happiness, and good cheer.
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