The ULC Seminary offers a growing list of over 28 interdenominational on-line courses leading to a Master of Ministry and Dr. Ministry graduation 'degrees' approved since 2004 by the State of California* for personal enrichment and non-secular private institutions that accept distant learning and on-line study graduates. For more information and to apply, go to Seminary Application.
Seminary Application - To apply to be a seminary student, this page has all you need to get the free mailings and the status of being a seminary student. You will get exclusive seminary student mailings along with samples of all the courses.
Student Letter - This is a letter from one of our seminary student graduates who want to talk about what it is to be a seminary student and what it is to be a minister. If you're not yet sure you are ready to take the step, hear from someone else who has.
Seminary Graduates - This page lists the graduates of both the Seminary Program and the Chaplaincy Program. If you have graduated and are not listed, please let me know, as I do get behind and I occasionally forget to update things.
Course Essays - Once you finish a course, you will be required to write an essay in order to receive your degree. Our blog is full of essays written by our ministers, as well as stories of why people became ordained and occasionally a few kind words.
Chaplaincy Program - The Chaplaincy Program is a separate program from the Seminary program, although all courses you take during the Chaplaincy count towards seminary graduation. Click for more information.
Discussion Forum - This is where our ministers get together to talk about their courses, beliefs, share ceremonies and stories of their ministries. It's a great place to meet some ministers and see what being a ULC minister is all about.
FAQs - This is a wide selection of frequently asked questions about the Seminary, being a minister in general, and many pages about some of the many religions in the world and of our ministers. Your ministering abilities will be enhanced by knowing about the beliefs of others.
About Us - The ULC Seminary has been around since 2004 and is affiliated with the real, original Universal Life Church in Modesto, CA. To understand the differences between the various ULCs, which had a split in 2006 and another change in 2009 or so, go to Change of Site for a video and more information.
Course Submission - If you would like to submit a course for the seminary, please check out this page to review the submissions guidelines. We are always looking for different courses.
Prayers - If you are in need of a prayer or would like to spend some time in prayer for someone else, this is a great place to post them. There's a FB app to write them down.
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. For more information about this course, click The Four Gospels.
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 manner. 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. For more information on this course, go to Metaphysics.
DR. OF METAPHYSICS - METAPHYSICS AND MIRACLES: (4 credits) >> CLICK TO ORDER This interesting email course is based on A Course In Miracles and teaches you how to create miracles in your everyday life. Written by Dr. Loretta Siani, a published author and respected therapist.
Upon completion of this informative and interesting course, you will be asked to complete an essay. Once received and reviewed, you will be mailed a Dr. of Metaphysics degree. For more information about this seminary course and a course sample, go to MIRACLES.
This is a fascinating 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 exciting 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.
For a more complete description and a course sample, go to WICCA.
MASTER OF SPIRITUALITY -DEFINING SPIRITUALITY: (4 credits) >> CLICK TO ORDER
This fascinating 20 week email course teaches you how to counsel to science-minded 'prove it' sort of people. It gives an in-depth look of where spiritualism came from and how it has evolved.
Upon completion of this course, you will have a much more rounded spiritual education, which will tremendously enhance your ministerial skills. For a more in-depth course description and a sample, click SPIRITUALISM. This course will provide you with a Master of Spirituality.
It's very well-written and easy to follow. Written by Rev. Chuck Bynum.
DR. OF SPIRITUALITY - The Miracle of Prayer : (4 credits) >> CLICK TO ORDER
This interesting course is also based on A Course In Miracles and teaches you how to understand and use the miracle of prayer. Written by Dr. Loretta Siani, a published author and respected therapist.
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.
For more information about this seminary course, go to Prayer.
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. For More information go to Mary Magdalene.
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. A sample can be found at www.ulcseminary.org/spiritualdevelopment.php. 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.
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. For a more in-depth course description and a sample of this course, please go to CHRISTIANITY.
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. For a more extensive description, please click Comparative Religion.
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 newly 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.
For a more extensive description, please click BUDDHISM
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.
For a more detailed course description and a sample, click SHAMANISM.
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.'
MASTER OF HISTORICAL JESUS: (4 credits) >> CLICK TO ORDER This 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
Lesson Eleven--The Environment in First Century Palestine (Jewish/Pagan)
Lesson Twelve--The Kingdom of Heaven (Secret Teachings) (Part 1)
Lesson Thirteen--The Kingdom of Heaven (Secret Teachings) (Part 2)
Lesson Fourteen--The Kingdom of Heaven(Secret Teachings(Part 3)+++This may entail more lessons
Lesson Fifteen--The Resurrection
Lesson Sixteen--Lesson Twenty++++ (A Probable Reconstruction of the life of the Historical Jesus)
MASTER OF THE GOSPEL OF ST. THOMAS: (4 credits) >> CLICK TO ORDER
This is a really fascinating new course about the Gospel of Thomas. This course delves into 114 of the sayings of Jesus.
The Gospel of Thomas is different because it is less a narrative and more a collection of quotes attributed to Jesus.
The author, Rev. Ray Thompson, has been studying this Gospel for many many years and has come up with some fascinating insights.
When you take this course, you will be given an opportunity to read and evaluate these different sayings for yourself and apply them to your own life. Even if you are not a Christian, you will see wisdom found in these quotes -- wisdom shared in the other major religions of the world.
From the author: "The Gospel of Thomas is a fascinating document. It is not a story gospel but a collection of 114 sayings of Jesus. A few can be found in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, but most were previously unknown.
Thomas introduces it as the “mystery teachings of Jesus” and that is just what they are. There are many ways these sayings can be interpreted. I have spent many years studying them and applying them to my life. This course is the fruit of my labor.
I use this quote from the church father, Clement of Alexandria, as the opening line to the course, “Not all truth is meant for all men.” (and women) This is the philosophy throughout the course. Take what you want and leave the rest or be a glutton and try to consume it all." -- Rev. Ray Thompson
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…”
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)