Below, you will find information about our unique online Seminary Program with links to join. We are the Universal Life Church Seminary and this is our online seminary program site. Below, we've explained the program and directly above are links to the course listings and our forum. In the two lines above that, are links to every section of our main site. Please look around and see if there is anything that interests you. :)
The Universal Life Church is unique because we encourage people to first become ordained, then later get training, although being ordained first is not requirement before taking our classes. Since the nature of the organization in general is unusual, it seems only natural that our seminary program would be unusual too.
Our system works on two levels. In a more conventional program, people work through seminary, then when they comple the entire curriculum, they graduate and are ordained as ministers. We have things organized differently. Our position, at the ULC Seminary, is that we believe strongly in training and providing as much information as you need to feel professional and confident. We also know that not everyone has the money to take all the classes they want, but still has a drive to gain knowledge.
To address this need, we invite people to sign up as a seminary student for free. When you fill out the application, you will be added to the database and will in effect be creating your initial transcript. Once enrolled, you will be sent varied educational emails at least every two weeks. These emails will have course samples, opportunities for receiving seminary credits at no cost and many other interest articles. This part of the program is absolutely free and is a gift from the Seminary to create a stronger sense of community and belonging and to help provide some spiritual nourishment to those who thirst for it.
Signing up for the program means that you get the regular communication and knowledge, but does not carry any degrees or credits on is own. Those by-weekly emails are just an extra. We added them in part because people would say, "I signed up. Now what?" By getting the regular communication, it's almost like having a guidance counselor to help you pick classes and see where your interests lie. You also get some extra info that others don't have access to, just for signing up. Membership does have its privileges.
The second part of the Seminary consists of various paid courses which offer both degrees when you finish and send in your essay, as well as course credits towards eventual graduation from the program. You can take as many or as few courses and you like with the option of continuing on to finally graduate from the seminary with a Master or a Doctorate in Ministry. Each course is sent via email, some with a book and some with CDs for meditation.
We also have a list of graduates page. This can be found at SEMINARY GRADUATES. We would love to be able to put your name up there as well! To read about the seminary from a student's perspective, go to Seminary Letter.
Each of the classes presented will be assigned a certain number of credits. If you have previously ordered one of the classes, a receipt for purchase, pix of your holding it or whatever you can provide will suffice. We keep a record of each course completed on your transcript, which we update regularly. You don't need to join the program to take the classes and taking the classes in no way obligates you to take any more.
We have also been approved, through the state of California, to grant degrees for each of the courses we offer. (Due to budget cuts, that division has been closed, but the approval, under the religion exemption, still stands.) We only offer degrees for current courses through the seminary and not for courses completed previously through another seminary or through headquarters. The courses offered through headquarters are completely different than the ones offered through the ULC Seminary. Our courses are at least 20 weeks long and all require final approval of a submitted essay.
The Universal Life Church Seminary is in the process of creating its online seminary program. We are continuing to add online degree classes which will help you in your ministerial training. If you have any suggestions for classes or would like to share any of your knowledge on any of the topics, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are adding new classes regularly. For feedback about the classes, see the seminary section on our forum. Please feel free to join the forum discussions and share your own experiences. We value all of your input. For any questions not answered here, go to Seminary FAQs for further answers. We also have all of our essays on the RSS feed, as well as at the seminary blog: SEMINARY BLOG.
SEMINARY PROGRAM APPLICATION - Below is the list of seminary courses we offer and at the bottom is the application to be enrolled in the seminary program. After you fill out the form and receive a response, you can send me an email with more information about yourself, if you wish to have your student status posted on the website. Please include your name and ordination date in the subject line, along with any information you'd like to share about any courses you've taken, things you've studies, and/or interests. Whatever you post will become visible, so please don't send me anything that you don't want shared.
DR. OF CHRISTIAN STUDIES: THE FOUR GOSPELS: (5 credits) >>>CLICK TO ORDER A course on the four gospels. When you sign up for this course, you will receive a text in the mail and e-mails over the course of 4 months that will help you to learn about these four books of the bible. While this is obviously a course of interest to Christians, it is also of interest to those who wish to look at the words and deeds of Jesus in a more spiritual sense, rather than in a religious sense.
What you may find in this Greek translation, is that there are more similarities between religions than there are differences and if you look closely enough, you will see deeper spiritual truths in these books than you (if not Christian) would expect to find. You will receive a Dr. of Christian Studies at the end, along with your course credits.
MASTER OF METAPHYSICS - SPIRIT-QUEST:(5 credits) > >> CLICK TO ORDER This exciting 8 month course will help you to understand yourself as spirit and will give you some of the tools you need to move forward in your life and move past the stumbling blocks that keep you from your spiritual goals. It's written in a straightforward, conversation tone. It avoids a lot of 'new age' type of talk and makes you feels as if it's something easy to understand and use for yourself in everyday life.
If you wish to get a feeling for what others have learned from the course, please visit our forum, where the final essays are posted. When you have completed the final course, you will be asked to complete your own final essay. Upon it's completion and review, a Master of Metaphysics degree will be mailed to you. Your course credits will be recorded and applied towards your graduation.
This is a fascinating email course on developing spiritual awareness. If you've taken and enjoyed Spirit Quest, you'll love this course. The information is along the same lines, some completely new, some of it is a new look at similar information.
This is a weekly email course with approximately 20 email lessons, written by Charles Grooms. An excellent choice for a program to take.
MASTER OF WICCAN STUDIES: (4 credits) >>> CLICK TO ORDER This 24 week email course is perfect for those interested in learning the path of Wicca, a Pagan belief system. It's a weekly email course, written by Daven, sent straight to your mailbox for about 7 months.
This course discusses what Wicca is, the spiritual aspects of it, the practical application and much more. For more information about what others ahve learned from this valuable course, please visit our discussion board, where final essays from this Master of Wiccan Studies course are posted.
If you've taken the Dr. of Metaphysics course already, you know what an informative and enlightening author she is.
Upon completion of this informative and interesting email course, you will be asked to complete an essay. Once received and reviewed, you will be mailed a Dr. of Spirituality degree.
MASTER OF MYSTICALCHRISTIANITY: (4 credits) >>CLICK TO ORDER
Have you ever wondered if there is more to the Christian story than you were taught? Are you a seeker for the truth, a truth that may very well lead beyond the well-worn paths of traditional religion? The Faith That Time Forgot presents new insights and alternative perspectives to many spiritual and theological issues, inviting you to come on a mystical, magical journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth. In this series of emailed lessons, you will find different answers to common questions such as:
Does Genesis truly teach that woman is destined to be subordinate to man?
What was the nature of the “Fall” in the Garden of Eden?
What do the ancient Gnostic manuscripts teach us about early Christianity?
What is feminine and what is masculine in the 21st century?
These and many other questions are addressed in well-researched, well-documented studies that challenge the seeker to go beyond their preconceived limitations and explore the reaches of the unknown.
DR. OF SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT: (5 credits) >> CLICK TO ORDER
We have a brand new course, by Dr. David Crouch, called Dr. of Spiritual Development. It's a college-level course about spiritual development. The course uses NLP techniques, among others, to show you how to improve the quality of your life and your intereactions with others. Some of the topics include:
Improving clarity of Purpose
Stacking anchors to concentrate focus and intent
Implementing the nature of purpose into your daily lives -- Futurepacing change
Connecting with the Divine through naturally occurring altered states (Shamanic and Meditative States of Consciousness)
Sacred Trance -- Listening for the still voice within
Deepening Levels of Sacred Trance -- How to reach Focus Points of Awareness
Out of Body Journeying/Soul Journeys
Generative Visualization -- Connecting with the Divine through the Movies in Your Mind
MASTER OF CHRISTIAN HISTORY: (4 credits) >> CLICK TO ORDER
This is a historical survey covering the history of Christianity up to 1054. The growth of the Christian church has taken place within a historical context.
The history of Christianity and world history are in many ways intertwined. With this in mind, we will engage in a historical journey that begins with the founding of the Christian church in the midst of the Roman Empire of the 1st century A.D. and continuing up to the break between Western and Eastern Christianity in The Great Schism of 1054.
This is a 20-week email course that you will enjoy tremendously.
MASTER OF RELIGION: (4 credits) >> CLICK TO ORDER
This email course is a bible-based, Christian Studies course for those interested in learning more about the Bible and Christianity. In it, we will cover topics like:
The Old Testament
The New Testament
The lost Scriptures of the Bible
Effective Bible Study
and much more. This course is written by a scholar in this field of study. If you are a practicing Christian, interested in becoming more fluent in the Bible and what its words mean in your life, this is the course for you.
It has a distinctly Catholic feel to it, so it's more geared towards Christians of that belief system.
MASTER OF RELIGIOUS PHILOSOPHY:(4 credits) >>CLICK TO ORDER Unlike the Comparative Religion course , this email course is not an exercise in comparing and contrasting different religions. It is an analysis of religion itself. There is, however, a certain degree of similarity to Comparative Religion, for it is nearly impossible to study anything in a vacuum.
Therefore, examples of material covered are provided in the religions of the world — not for the purpose of comparing one to another, or in how they differently address particular issues, but as illustrative examples of the topic being covered.
Course Includes: A Definition of Gnosticism, Gnostic scriptures, Texts, Gnosticism, Philosophical and Religious Ideals, The main features of Gnosticism, Moral and ritual practice, Major Gnostic movements and their texts, Important terms and concepts, History, Gnosticism: Ancient and modern, Gnosticism and the New Testament, Gnostic and Gnostic-Christian ties.
Gnosticism vs. Christianity, The Gnostic Gospels -- Are they the real history of Jesus?
Why is Gnosticism Important Today?
Since the Da Vinci Code, this Religion Has Been Gaining Interest
Nag Hammadi Library, Gospel of Judas - Who Wrote It and What Does it Say. The Secret Teachings, Gnosticism Today.
MASTER OF METAPHYSICAL HEALING :(4 credits)>> CLICK TO ORDER This email course is about metaphysical healing. Through this course, you can learn to use the energy of both God and the Universe to give wonderful spiritual healings. This is a step-by- step guide, teaching you how to use your hands to heal. It gets straight to the point, highlighting what is important and each chapter has revision exercises and model answers.
MASTER OF COMPARATIVE RELIGION:(5 credits)>> CLICK TO ORDER This is one of the more scholarly email courses offered by the Seminary. It is taught by an expert in the field who teaches this course at several colleges. It is a very well-written course on the origins of various major religions with comparisons and contrasting views of the different world religions. The HTML coding for this course is also very well done, so if you have the option, try to get it that way as well. Taking this course will expand your knowledge and competency as a minister tremendously.
This is an email course on the study of Druidism. It is 17 lessons long and you'll receive one lesson a week for the duration. You'll learn about the culture of this faith, the belief system and much more. It's very interesting and told in an easy-to-understand, friendly, personable style.
MASTER OF BUDDHISM:(4 credits)>> CLICK TO ORDER
This is a re-developed email course from the Seminary. As with all the courses, there are 20 lessons (a few courses have more). Through this course, you can learn about the interesting religion of Buddhism. Learn the history, origins, practice, philosophy and more. Upon completion of this course, you will receive a Master of Buddhism degree.
MASTER OF SHAMANISM: (4 credits) >> CLICK TO ORDER
This email course on the study of Shamanism. Shamans have been revered in many religions as the conduits to the gods. This course will discuss the role of the Shaman, drumming, different kinds of Shamans, etc.. This course is well-written and covers this fascinating topic with great respect and neutrality.
This is an email course about Spiritual Leadership and how to become a Spiritual Leader in your community.
The hardest path, journey or pilgrimage for a spiritual leader is not those steps taken outwards, but rather inwards. This course is adapted from Rev. Dr. Tyler Ragan's book Pilgrimage to the Heart of the Sacred, the course itself is a 20 week self-discovery pilgrimage to aid a leader in defining their mission and calling.
Begin to explore the roots of your spirit and how you are growing and have grown as a leader. Through a series of experiential exercises (dubbed Soul Work) you begin a journey of self actualization.
This is an email course about Astral Projection and how to understand and control your astral projection experiences.
In this 6 month course, the student will be exposed to two sides of Astral Projection, the theoretical and the practical. This class was first offered to students back in 2003. Since then, over 1000 students have taken the course and had amazing results.
In each emailed lesson you will be presented with two parts; a theoretical lecture of how the Astral Plane works and what you will experience while you are there, as well as a practical discussion on how to achieve these results for yourself. At the end of each lesson is a set of assignments to help focus you on the goal of achieving Out of Body Experiences.
This is the core course for the Chaplaincy program you all have been asking for. This course discusses the history of chaplaincy, as well as what the duties of a chaplain are.
The program covers topics of where one minister and what makes it a chapel, the importance of listening, grief counseling and a lot more. When you complete this program, you will receive a Master of Chaplaincy Studies.
When you graduate from the program, you will have earned the title, 'Chaplain.'
This course is an introductory course to Paganism and offers, upon its completion, a Masters in Paganism degree.
The course is 20 lessons long, sent to your email box once a week. You will learn about the different beings, beliefs and important knowledge about Paganism.
It is worth 4 credits in the Seminary.
The course differs from the Wicca study course in that all Wiccans are Pagans, but not all Pagans are necessarily Wiccans.
As ULC Ministers, we pride ourselves on our breadth of knowledge about all belief systems. The more you study, the more you begin to recognize the similarities, rather than the differences.
MASTER OF HISTORICAL JESUS: (4 credits) >> CLICK TO ORDER This email course reviews the life of Historical Jesus. Many have wondered what his life was like. We all know about the few years of his ministry, but what of the rest of his life? What of the man?
Lesson One-- Introduction to Historical Jesus Studies/Source and Gospel Synopsis
Lesson Two-- Religious Sects of Jesus' Day
Lesson Three-- Quests For the Historical Jesus: Period One and Period Two
Lesson Four--Quests For the Historical Jesus: Period Three and Period Four
Lesson Five--Quests For the Historical Jesus: Period Five (Renewed Quest/Post Quest) The Jesus Seminar
Lesson Six-- The Q Source (The Hypothetical Gospel of Q)
Lesson Seven--Discovery of the Nag Hammadi Library- The Gospel of Thomas Part 1
Lesson Eight--Discovery of the Nag Hammadi Library- The Gospel of Thomas Part 2
Lesson Nine--The Secret Gospel of Mark
Lesson Ten--The Gospel of Mary, etc.
This course provides the student with an introduction to the phenomenon of Sufism which is often referred to as Islamic mysticism.We will begin by exploring a number of definitions and theories of origin as well as the relationship of Sufism with Islam along with the question of whether one must be a Muslim to become a Sufi.
What is Sufism?
Sufism is often referred to as Islamic Mysticism but at its best this is an inadequate definition.One well-known Sufi teacher, Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee, defines Sufism as follows:
“Sufism is a mystical path of love in which God, or Truth, is experiencedas the Beloved.The inner relationship of lover and Beloved is the core of the Sufi path.Through love the seeker is taken to God.The mystic seeks to realize Truth in this life and God reveals Himself within the hearts of thosewho love Him.” (Vaughn-Lee, p. 1)
This is a course about the life of the apostle Paul. The author has spent years devoted to research and study of this early Christian leader and is sharing this with you.
There will also be 5 lessons in the end of the program about prayer, repentence, worship and faith for those who are devout Christians interested in learning more about the practice of your faith.
This course is interesting from a historical perspective as well, so even if you are not of the Christian faith, it will further educate you in the religion of so many others.
DR. OF BIBLICAL EGYPTOLOGY: (4 credits) >> CLICK TO ORDER
This course reviews the various if, when, and who facts and theories regarding Exodus and Moses focused on Pentateuch era Biblical Egyptology. Uniquely, the instructor translates hieroglyphs so the student can read critical artifact inscriptions and make intelligent self determinations!
The debates about statues, steles and artifacts are discussed including which Pharaoh was most likely associated with the Egyptian “Israelites” immigration, their enslavement and ultimate departure. You will be introduced to ancient authors like Artapanus, Manetho, and Josephus and their quotations such as: “…he was from Heliopolis and when he led his people he changed his name to Moses…”
Graduation Requirements: Current graduation requirements are 40 credits for an undergraduate 'Master of Ministry' degree and 60 credits for an advanced 'Dr. of Ministry' degree. It takes approximately 10 classes completed to earn the initial number of credits. I'll say again that you don't need to graduate the whole program to get the degrees for the individual classes. Classes are being added regularly. We may offer some elective credit for various courses, but that would be granted on a case by case basis. Our goal is to strengthen the validity of the Universal Life Church through its Seminary.