Universal Life Church SEMINARY STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
CREATE A ULC CHURCH
We, at the Quest Ministries of the Universal Life Church & ULC Seminary, Inc., are a non-denominational church that believes that we are all spirits in bodies, seeking and discovering our own personal truth in our own unique way.
For many of us, that truth is found through Jesus Christ, Buddha or The Divine.
For a large number of our members, it is found through Pagan Gods and Goddesses, while still others find their truth through examining life and the experiences we all have. All of these paths and more are welcomed and explored.
We value all the viewpoints of our ministers and congregation, however varied and controversial they might be.
We believe in religious freedom, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others and is within the law.
We welcome any who seek truth, wisdom and tolerance.
We use teaching material from a variety of sources, the Bible included, as wisdom is found in many places and people each hear it in different ways.
Through our seminary, we explore many faiths and belief systems and seek to understand the universal truths that each of these contain.
For more information about starting your own church, please see the following links:
Sample Bylaws - When creating your church, you will be asked to create your bylaws. This page has a sample of the bylaws I used. You are welcome to copy them and change them to suit your person church and situation.
Articles of Incorporation - It's also necessary to have articles of incorporation if you wish to incorporate your church. These are ones I created. Again, you are welcome to use them and change them as appropriate for your own needs.
Declaration of Faith - For each church, this is obviously going to be different. You may use this as a template to create your own declaration of faith. This is a great statement to share with the people of your congregation.
Statement of Beliefs- A statement of beliefs is similar to a declaration of faith. You can use this sample to see if it's something that you need and want to have for your own church and your own website. Talk to your congregation about what they think would be right for you.
Opening Resolutions - This is one of the things required when starting a new church. As with all the other things in this section, you can use this as a guide to help you create what you neeed for your own church. This is what I used when creating the ULC Seminary church.
IRS Qualifications - This article talks about what the main 14 points are that the IRS requires in order to establish your church as a church in the IRS's eyes. You can review them and see how well your church fits those requirements before you file for consideration.