Dedicated ULC members state that they truly believe in freedom of religion. In other words, they want every member to be able to pursue their own beliefs without interference from the government, church or other religious agencies, or any other outside agency. While we may cite the bible and make references to "God" or Jesus, we recognize and embrace ALL faith traditions. We also accept that some have no religious or faith tradition, ie. atheists, agnostics etc., and to "Do That Which is Right", belief in a higher power is not required.
Faith is not about concrete answers, religious absolutes, creeds, or dogma. Faith is about the search for understanding, the raising of important questions, the open honesty of having doubt, and the realization that no one has it all completely right nor does any human hold all the answers. We seek truth out in all things and hold firmly onto that which is good. Religious absolutes of dogma, legalism, and strict doctrine become stumbling blocks and “litmus tests” for who is “in” and who is “out”. We welcome everyone into the pool, the water is just fine.
Recognition and affirmation of the differing belief systems of others, whose faiths offer a way into relationship with God and call upon them to further God’s love and grace on the earth, is crucial. Ministers are allowed to follow their own belief system path. For example, ministers of the Church may follow a traditional Christian belief system, they may follow other world religions, they may blend various faith traditions, or they may be agnostic or atheist. The latter may serve as humanist ministers or non-religious officiants.
Creating fellowships and communities that are dedicated to lifting up, affirming, and equipping one another for the work of active peacemaking, striving for justice and equality of all people and nations, loving those who are labeled by our government, society, and – at times – ourselves, as “enemies,” caring for creation, and bringing hope to the poor and poverty-stricken.
Jesus’s central message is about radical inclusion, thus we welcome anyone to participate in our fellowship without judgment or forcing them to conform to our “likeness” or affirm our creeds in order to be accepted. We invite and offer all a place at the table – no exceptions.
The words of Jesus found in the gospels – specifically, what he states are the greatest commandments: “Love God with all of your essence and love your neighbor as you should love yourself” – are to be the focus for any disciple of him. Even those who do not consider themselves to be Christians can follow those tenets. "Love God with all your essence...", if God (generically speaking) is within each of us, this commandment simply means "Love yourself. And thus the second part "...and love your neighbor as you should love yourself" becomes much easier once we learn to love ourselves. We submit the rest of Scripture to the position of “sacred commentary.”
That seems like an easy to answer question, but is it?
The Church is not simply a four-walled institution, but a ministry without walls that surrounds and encompasses everything, everywhere we go. Our brothers and sisters are not only those who label themselves as “Christian,” "Muslim", "Jew" or "Buddhist", "Taoist", "Pagan" or "Atheist", but are everyone we meet.
Ministers and adherents of the Universal Life Church recognize that their ministry does not begin only when they are behind a pulpit or that their witness is only conveyed through spoken word; but their ministry extends to all places and their witness is conveyed by their actions. In other words, our one doctrine is
"To do that which is right".