Seminary Program

This is where we post the essays from many of our Universal Life Church Seminary students. When students finish a ULC course, they write a comprehensive essay about their experiences with the course, what they learned, didn't learn, were inspired by, etc. Here are their essays.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009


My first response to "What is Thought:" = A voice in the head.   I was not able to come up with a scientific answer.  Personally I was excited when I started to read this lesson, as I have been using the power of visualization for years now.  As a minister I do not know everything, this is for sure.  I have decided that my religion is actually Life and the way I have chosen to "practice" it or celebrate it - well that is subjective; as what may be right for me might not be right for another, and it is important for me to realize that.

Opinion =  My answer, A belief based on perspective or rumors from the stand point of ones personal experiences. Knowledge = my answer is that knowledge is learned info commonly based on community or facts. - I thought this was a great exercise.  And to understand this perspective of knowledge/opinion and that in actuality we "know nothing" .. A  favorite quote of mine from the movie Pure County is "there are no answers, just the search" - reminds me of this lesson. 

Talking about Imagination, I must share a story; - about 13 years ago my daughter was about 3 years old and we were getting ready to go somewhere and I told her to wear a dress and tights.  She did so and as I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off, she was fussing with her legs.  She started to say "mom there are spiders on my legs ... mom ...".   I responded "there are no spiders on your legs".  she came back and said "Mom yes there are spiders on my legs and they are itchy".  I said again = "there are no spiders on your legs its just your imagination" ...and she responded "Well Mom - my imagination hurts ...."    THAT stopped me in my tracks, as that statement is so true for most people.  I realized then the power of thought.

Talking about "truth", I started my search for truth about 15 years ago, was seeking spirituality and to know.  The more I sought to know the more I realized there was so much to learn which at times became overwhelming.  Now I realize that "truth" is a personal experience.  I now realize that what is true for me may not be for another.  I am a Truth seeker but I realize that this truth is subjective and now I seek more connections and experiences.  Now I am not learning to "know" but I rather I am learning to "be".  

I hope through taking this course that I can help others find their personal truth or purpose or mission and find that meaning within their lives.   Thank you for the lesson.
Walk with Wisdom, Peace and Patience,


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