Universal One Church Newsletter and Bulletin 2.07.16







Mother Nature Gave Us a Personal Day 

This past week on Wednesday and Thursday we had some massive storms role through the Carrabelle area. We kept electric and phone service throughout, but our internet service provider, Mediacom was down for 14 hours and this prevented us from having the time to add our Silver Collectible Coins to our website. As mentioned last week we are going to come out with an exclusive line of Universal One Church, Collectible 1 troy ounce, .999 fine silver coin medallions. These coins will be engraved with the Universal One Church name and dated. Production will be limited to insure value, collectability and to insure an increase in your investment. We will offer these beautiful coins on a month to month basis. Anyone who places an order can cancel at any time without risk or future obligation of any kind.

Mediacom has been a very good provider. Being that we are right on the gulf coast, we do get some pretty nasty weather. No we do not get blizzards in Florida, but lightning comes down to the ground literally and we get wind with very heavy rain. Florida is the Sunshine State, we do not get rain often, but when we do it comes down. When it rains it pours, that is an understatement here in Florida. Barring more typical spring like weather we should have these four beautiful coins, Our Father, Psalm 23, Baptism and one for Ordination up online in our Universal One Church Store by this time next week. Don't forget we also have links for Donations of $10, $25, $50 and $100.00. Your support is needed and greatly appreciated.





Why Do Catholics Celebrate Ash Wednesday? 

I was raised in and I believe in most of the ecclesiastical teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.  I view Ash Wednesday as the start of Lent and the Easter holiday season. However, I personally do not agree with having ashes placed on your forehead. To each his own, they maybe palm ash, but honestly it reminds me of someone taking cigarette ash to your forehead. It is dirty and filthy. Furthermore I do not need ashes on my forehead to prove anything. Ashes on the forehead I do not see as preparation for death, death is not something that is dirty or disgusting. Yes the body decomposes, but it is our spirit that lives forever and represents who we are. Our bodies are only necessary to sustain life in this world, I compare them to space suits worn by Astronauts. That is just my thoughts and God may take issue with me come judgment day, so don't change your beliefs on account of mine. Now for the why?.......

The ashes come from a previous Palm Sunday. The palms are burned, the ashes collected and then crushed into a fine, sooty powder and placed into bowls.

The ashes are blessed by the priest during the Ash Wednesday Mass — February 10th this year — after the homily. Then, in a Communion-like procession, people are invited to come forward and the ashes are applied to each person’s forehead in the shape of a cross as the minister says either, “Turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15), the usual prayer, or “Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19), the older, more traditional invocation.

Ashes symbolize two main things in the Old Testament.

Death, repentance

Ashes are equivalent to dust, and human flesh is composed of dust or clay (Genesis 2:7), and when a human corpse decomposes, it returns to dust or ash.

For example, Abraham told God, “I am but dust and ashes” (Genesis 18:27), a reference to his human mortality. Jeremiah described death as a “valley of corpses and ashes” (Jeremiah 31:40). Ashes are an ominous sign, and we use them on Ash Wednesday to remind ourselves of our own impending deaths. Death may come sooner, or it may come later, but it will surely come.

And if death is coming, we need to be prepared, and the time to prepare for death is now, and the way to prepare is to live according to God’s ways.

When the prophet Daniel shamefacedly clothed himself in sackcloth and ashes, they were a sign of his people’s contrition for their rebellion, wickedness and treachery (Daniel 9:3).

When Jonah warned the Ninevites that God planned to destroy their city because of their corruption and depravity, the people covered themselves with sackcloth and ashes as a sign of their intention to turn from their evil ways (Jonah 3:6,10).

Ashes are a plea to God for mercy and compassion, pardon and forgiveness.

Moreover, they are a public admission of guilt, an expression of sorrow for sins that have been committed, a promise to reform and a pledge to resist temptation in the future.

We, too, are sinners. When we come forward to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday, we are saying that we are sorry for our sins, and that we want to use the season of Lent to correct our faults, purify our hearts, control our desires and grow in holiness so we will be prepared to celebrate Easter with great joy.





Rev. Joanne Cretney-Tsosie, Las Vegas, NV. 
Pet Ministry, Palliative and Hospice Care 

Traditional ordained ministers focus on being a shepherd of a flock and administering sacraments such as marriage. Shepherd of flock does not necessarily require a brick n'mortar Church, nor is it limited to just humans.

Rev. Joanne is one of our more active, dedicated and committed ministers. Rev. Joanne has hosted a radio show when her schedule permitted such and she also wrote many blogs as well. Rev. Joanne's vocation is in the field of health care and pet ministry, two areas very close to my heart. I simply love animals, I have never been without a dog at my side and I have a huge interest in the area of death, dying and the afterlife.

There is such a huge need in both of these areas. I believe all creatures have souls and I believe they all go to heaven. Animal abuse in this world is out of control. For all the love, enjoyment and security they bring us, they deserve to be treated no different than humans. People that say it is just a dog or cat are inhumane and have issues with their faith.

While death is not something to fear, hospice care is so very important not only to the individual who is getting ready to cross over, but also to the family as well. We all handle the death of our loved ones differently. The lack of fear does not necessarily mean that it is easy for the individual or the family. If you are looking for direction in your vocation, may I recommend Pet Ministry and/or Hospice Care. Even if you do not want to become a part or full time Social Worker, perhaps being a volunteer to assist may interest you. Contact hospice care facilities in your area - see what is available. For Pet Ministry may I suggest contacting your local humane society, veterinarian, pet crematories, burial services  or cemeteries.

Palliative and Hospice Social Workers and How to Become One

Reference: http://www.socialworklicensure.org

Hospice and palliative care social workers assist those who are nearing the end of life and those who are living with chronic illnesses. They also offer support to their families. This support can take many forms. It may mean making sure that patients have access to the resources that will make them as comfortable as possible physically. It may mean providing for their emotional and even spiritual needs. Social workers may act as navigators and care coordinators. They help patients and families understand their options, identify services they need, and fill out the necessary paperwork. They also help them fill out other important forms like advanced directives.

Palliative and hospice social workers may lead support groups and provide in-service training to other professionals who are involved in the treatment process. They may also teach patients nonpharmaceutical techniques for managing pain. Palliative care and hospice care are related, but not quite the same. Some people transition from palliative care to hospice when they are in the final stages of an illness, but this is not the only pattern. Not all who receive palliative care are near death.

Education Requirements for Palliative or Hospice Social Care Workers

Social workers may enter the palliative and hospice field with degrees at either the bachelor's or master's level. Their education and credentialing allow them to function across settings and to serve a wide variety of people, not just those with terminal illness or severe chronic illness. However, they can specialize by choosing palliative and hospice settings for practicum work and post-degree practice. They may opt to further their knowledge of the field through continuing education and/or additional academic coursework.

The University of Southern California School of Social Work offers one of the only CSWE accredited online Master's of Social Work degrees in the country. Click Here to contact the University of Southern California School of Social Work and request additional information.

The Simmons College School of Social Work, based in Boston, MA, offers another option to earn a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited Online Master of Social Work. Click Here to contact the Simmons College School of Social Work and request additional information.

Some specialty programs are available only to those who have completed post-master practice. However, there are resources for all. The Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network provides a listserv for social workers in these fields. The SWHPCN site also links to courses on other sites that are applicable to social workers in hospice or palliative care; they are offered in a variety of subjects from coordinating end of life care to helping schoolchildren cope with grief and loss. A practitioner can also find practice care standards from various organizations and even a list of textbooks that have been written by social workers.

The National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization also offers continuing education and resources. There is, of course, overlap between social work with the critical ill and palliative care. Some palliative and hospice social workers will find a resource in the Association for Oncology Social Workers.

Licensing and Certification

Master's level social workers are licensed. In many states, baccalaureate social workers are licensed as well. Palliative and hospice social workers can pursue additional voluntary certification. The NASW Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Worker (CHP-SW) credential is for licensed bachelor level social workers who have 3 years’ experience in palliative or hospice and have done relevant continuing education. There is also an advanced hospice and palliative credential for those at the master’s level. Social workers at either level must adhere to the NASW Standards for End of Life Care.

Palliative Social Work Career Outlook

Palliative social work is a field where the rewards and costs aren't easily measurable in dollars -- or even in all the typical measures of client satisfaction. NASW lists, in an occupational profile, redefining client success among the challenges of hospice work.

A person who is up for the challenge can make a solid living, and higher levels of education do tend to increase salaries. The NASW Workforce Center reports that MSWs employed in hospice and palliative have a median salary of $49,500 while those with BSWs average $39,700. Those who define their practice area as health tend to have salaries slightly above those who define it as aging.





From Trudy Harris 
Hospice Care Worker 

Lenora was dying.

She was 54 and had inoperable cancer. She lay in bed on pillows surrounded by fragrant flowers. The two of us were alone in her room.

Lenora’s family was gathered at her house. Suddenly she addressed me sternly.

“Ms. Nurse,” she said, pointing to a corner of the room, “this big angel comes and stands by my bed. Right there. He’s always smiling at me.” She fixed me with a look. “Ms. Nurse, when I see that angel, do you really think I see that angel?”

Something in Lenora’s tone told me she’d already tried convincing her family about this angel. Years before, when I first started working as a hospice nurse, I might have hesitated answering her question. I knew all too well the effects of medication and exhaustion on a dying brain.

That day, though, I knew exactly what to say. I knew, because years of working with people at the end of their lives had taught me a new, more hopeful and, I believe, more truthful understanding of death. I knew Lenora was seeing more, not less, than the rest of us.

“Yes, you do see that angel, Lenora. He’s right here in the room with you.”

I never planned to become a hospice nurse. In fact, when I entered nursing school in the 1950s, there was no such thing as hospice, the formal program of care for terminally ill people.

As a nurse I wanted to comfort people and save lives, not be there when they ended. If you’d asked me then, I’d probably have said what countless people have said to me over the years: “How depressing to deal with death every day!”

But it isn’t depressing. On the contrary, I mark the day I started work with hospice more than 20 years after I graduated nursing school as the beginning of my real education, an education in hope and joy.

I’ve learned that death is not to be feared. In God’s loving hands it’s the door to peace and everlasting life.

My calling came about almost by accident. I worked for a while for a surgeon until I got married and had kids. I took a break from my career. Then my beloved father-in-law–we called him Grandfather–called one day with the news that he had pancreatic cancer.

He didn’t have long to live. He and his wife, worried about coping on their own, asked if they could stay with us. Of course.

Soon after Grandfather and Grandmother arrived, I was running errands when I saw a sign for the local hospice organization, started by a minister and a nurse named Paul Brenner and Dottie Dorion. I went in. “I don’t know exactly what you do here, but I think I need you,” I said to Dottie.

Soon, Dottie was helping care for Grandfather, ensuring he was comfortable and spiritually and emotionally prepared for what was happening to him. After he died, Dottie took me aside.

“You’re a born hospice nurse,” she said. “I watched you caring for your father-in-law. You don’t seem to have that fear of death some people have. We’d love to have you as a volunteer.”

I wasn’t sure what to say. True, I was comfortable caring for people at the end of their lives. I’d done it for my dad and for a neighbor named Mary Anne. But they were people I knew.

Dottie was telling me I had a gift. Finally I agreed to volunteer. I had the time now that the oldest of my sons was at college and my husband was traveling less for work.

At once I knew I’d found my calling. Not just because it felt good working again. Not even because I took to helping people in their last days.

I knew hospice was my calling because almost from the day I started, I met people who showed me just how thoroughly I had misunderstood death. I came to understand the joy God has prepared for his children.

Consider one of my patients, Frank, a 68-year-old father dying of lung disease. One day Frank said to me matter-of-factly, “John is here with me now. Can you see him? He’s by the chair.” He meant his son, John, who’d been killed years before in Vietnam.

Startled, I said I couldn’t see John. “What does he look like?” I asked.

“He looks wonderful in his uniform,” he said. “He says it’s time for me to go.” A few nights later Frank died in his sleep.

Then there was Hank who, the day before he died, told me he’d just had a visit from his son Shawn. Shawn was in prison and couldn’t have visited Hank in body. But Hank was adamant. “I needed to tell him I forgave him and loved him,” Hank said with perfect lucidity.

I began to see a pattern in my work. The closer my patients came to dying, the more their eyes and spirits seemed to open to a reality I only glimpsed dimly. One after another, patients recounted not just visits from absent loved ones but an extraordinary awareness of God’s presence.

Sins they’d agonized over for years suddenly felt forgiven. Grievances they’d spent a lifetime nurturing vanished in a rush of reconciliation. Even unbelievers unaccountably yearned for God, questioning or arguing with me about my faith, until all at once they began praying.

Slowly it dawned on me that death is an ending only for those of us still wrapped up in the story of our own earthly lives. From the perspective of the dying, death is a strange and wonderful beginning, a threshold to some new and more beautiful world.

“Love must be like this, and it must be good,” a patient named Robin once told me. Robin was only 34. As death drew near, he focused ever more on his family gathered around him. He realized their love was a reflection of an even greater love awaiting him. The approach of death opened his eyes.

It has opened my eyes too. I remember when Grandfather was dying. One day we were sitting looking out the window. He turned to me and asked, “Who is that man standing there by the lake?”

“It’s the weeping willow tree,” I said.

“I see the tree,” he said with a smile. “I mean the man standing underneath. Who is he?” I saw no one and in those early days I had no idea what Grandfather might be referring to.

That evening, though, I told my youngest son what Grandfather had said. “Do you think he saw Jesus?” my son, who was 10, asked.

I put the same question to Grandfather at bedtime. “Yes, dear, why?” he replied. He died a few hours later.

I believe all who die yearning for God see a wondrous presence as Grandfather did, someone who welcomes them from this life into the next.

Thanks to my patients, I’ve been able to catch glimpses of that man under the willow tree, glimpses of heaven while I’m here on earth. There can be no greater hope than that.





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803 Tallahassee Street
Carrabelle, FL. 32322-3220 USA
Phone: (850)720-1061

Hours: 8:30 - 5:30 EST After Hours: Please Leave a Message


Mission Statement:

"The Universal One Church defends the unborn, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, educates the young, welcomes refugees, and cares for the sick, both at home and abroad. They believe the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God. The Universal One Church is born, one in Christ, with a precise, but open identity, that embraces the whole world, without exception"

Ordination

"A vocation is a fruit that ripens in a well cultivated field of mutual love that becomes mutual service, in the context of an authentic ecclesial life. No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love. We are designed with a dreaming brain and a hopeful spirit; it is our nature to envision the life of our dreams. And while dreaming comes easy to us, we must never forget that it takes strength, dedication, and courageous action to bring that dream to life."

Do you wish to pursue a vocation in ministry - become a minister, get ordained or serve as a wedding officiant? We provide ordination to men and women enabling work in all facets of Christian Ministry within the USA, Turkey, Canada, UK, Africa, South America, Germany, India, France, Switzerland, Thailand, Japan, Australia, China, Mexico and many other countries throughout the world.

Summary

The Universal One Church as the name implies is a worldwide Religious Non-Profit Organization, extending its reach to the ends of the earth and to the every corner of the globe. The Universal One Church offers weekly Sunday Services, Bible Study, News and more on the Universal One Church TV and Radio Networks 
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Universal One Church Newsletter and Bulletin 1.31.16






Is The Roman Catholic Church Correct - To Require
Attendance on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation?

I try hard not to get into arguments on Facebook about Religion, truly I do! My sister Karlyn the Nun she can walk away so easily, that is the beauty of being a Nun, they can so easily just up and walk away.

Busted Halo an online publication offered by the Paulist Fathers and may God bless them they are extraordinary individuals. However, they just had to publish an article that TV or Internet Mass was not an adequate replacement for fulfilling the Roman Catholic Churches mandatory requirements to attend Mass on Sundays or Holy Days of Obligation.

That set me off, I was thinking about Reverend Bruce Micciulla who has done a super, fantastic job for the past five years of offering Sunday Universal Mass. I was thinking about Fr. Beck in upstate NY and the job he does with the TV Sunday Mass.

Granted, in accord with Canon Law, TV or Internet Mass does not satisfy the requirement to attend Sunday Mass or Mass on Holy Days, but there is a catch.  When a person is unable to attend Mass, their obligation to do so under Canon Law is suspended. While TV Mass or Internet Mass cannot be a mandatory obligation replacement, an individual unable to attend is automatically released of that obligation under Canon Law.

The sixty four million dollar question is what is an acceptable reason for someone to be unable to attend Mass in a traditional Church environment. The only one who can really answer this is Jesus Christ. However, we can certainly offer opinion. First and foremost does Jesus Christ even go a long with this mandated obligatory rule under Canon Law. Personally I do not believe so, I just do not feel Christ would force anyone to do so, it just doesn't feel right.

Obvious reasons to be excused are health related, if someone is sick or disabled. However what about those with a conflict with work? Surely one can't be expected to take off from work, not in today's day and age. Or with the closure of so many Catholic parishes and with the shortage of priests, many need to travel 30 minutes, 60 or more minutes one way to a Catholic Church. There is so many reasons I would view as valid.

The world is changing, people are shopping online, they are going to school online, so why should folks not be able to attend Church online? I see no reason as to why not!  We even postal mail Holy Communion to anyone who sends to us a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) absolutely free.

I believe the Good Lord would agree you do not chastise anyone for practicing their faith and worshiping Him in the privacy of their own home by watching TV or Internet Mass. The collection basket may not be able to be passed, but hey the Church needs to find another way. Alienating people is not what the Roman Catholic Church should be doing.  Join us for our Sunday Universal Mass.




Postage Increase - Holding The Line

On January 17th, 2016 our US Postal Service here in the USA raised shipping rates a whopping 9.5%. This is perhaps the largest one time increase ever in their history. I wonder what our first Postmaster General, Benjamin Franklin thinks? It is more expensive to send a letter these days, then it is to make a call overseas.

As you know we do not charge shipping rates over-and-above the cost of credentials or items sold through our Universal One Church Store. Shipping costs are incorporated in-part into the cost of each item.  As you may expect this has placed quite a burden onto our shoulders and it is not our first choice to raise prices, we intend to hold the line.

What we are going to do to offset postage and shipping increase by the US Postal Service is we are going to come out with an exclusive line of Universal One Church, Collectible 1 troy ounce, .999 fine silver coin medallions. These coins will be engraved with the Universal One Church name and dated. Production will be limited to insure value, collectability and to insure an increase in your investment. We will offer these beautiful coins on a month to month basis. Anyone who places an order can cancel at any time without risk or future obligation of any kind.

We should have these four beautiful coins, Our Father, Psalm 23, Baptism and one for Ordination up online in our Universal One Church Store by this time next week. Don't forget we also have our Rawleigh Product's Fundraiser and we have links for Donations of $10, $25, $50 and $100.00. Your support is needed and greatly appreciated.




Behind The Scenes of The
Universal One Church

This past week via social media we once again published a Video From Full Identity. Full Identity is our 3rd Party Verification Source and manufacturer of our beautiful Minister Picture ID Cards. They have been so since the first day Dayla Richardson started Full Identity. We do not date our minister id cards, however Full Identity keeps track of all our Ministers, those in good standing or who have not renewed, current addresses and verification of acceptance of our terms of service upon ordination.

We use Full Identity not only for professionalism, security and assurances our ministers are who they say they are, but because they are a Christian organization. Their mission and our mission is one in the same. Full Identity would not do business with a non-Christian entity, nor would we. We set ourselves above the industry standards and hold ourselves accountable to God, same as you. We already know what the world will come to know more and more as time goes on, Universal One Church Ministers are second to none. 

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CONTACT INFORMATION and MISSION STATEMENT

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Universal One Church, Inc.
803 Tallahassee Street
Carrabelle, FL. 32322-3220 USA
Phone: (850)720-1061

Hours: 8:30 - 5:30 EST After Hours: Please Leave a Message


Mission Statement:

"The Universal One Church defends the unborn, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, educates the young, welcomes refugees, and cares for the sick, both at home and abroad. They believe the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God. The Universal One Church is born, one in Christ, with a precise, but open identity, that embraces the whole world, without exception"

Ordination

"A vocation is a fruit that ripens in a well cultivated field of mutual love that becomes mutual service, in the context of an authentic ecclesial life. No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love. We are designed with a dreaming brain and a hopeful spirit; it is our nature to envision the life of our dreams. And while dreaming comes easy to us, we must never forget that it takes strength, dedication, and courageous action to bring that dream to life."

Do you wish to pursue a vocation in ministry - become a minister, get ordained or serve as a wedding officiant? We provide ordination to men and women enabling work in all facets of Christian Ministry within the USA, Turkey, Canada, UK, Africa, South America, Germany, India, France, Switzerland, Thailand, Japan, Australia, China, Mexico and many other countries throughout the world.

Summary

The Universal One Church as the name implies is a worldwide Religious Non-Profit Organization, extending its reach to the ends of the earth and to the every corner of the globe. The Universal One Church offers weekly Sunday Services, Bible Study, News and more on the Universal One Church TV and Radio Networks 
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Universal One Church Newsletter and Bulletin 1.24.16









Is Allah and God The Same?

Absolutely yes - Anyone who says to the contrary does not know what they are speaking about.

We here in the USA speak English. In Middle East countries they speak Arabic. As Hebrew and Arabic are closely related Semitic languages, it is commonly accepted that Allah (root, ilāh) and the Biblical Elohim are cognate derivations of same origin, as is Eloah, a Hebrew word which is used (e.g. in the Book of Job) to mean '(the) God' and also 'god or gods' as is the case of Elohim. Many Middle East Christians speak of Allah as our Christian God, as does some here in the USA. Allah is simply the standard Arabic word for God.
 

Judaism, Religion of Islam (Also called Muslim) and Christianity are of the same tree. We all view the God of Abraham as the one true God. We as Christians believe God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are one in the same, coupled with Jesus Christ being our Savior. Judaism and Islam believe Christ to be a very Holy Individual and a great Prophet, but they do not view Christ as one in the same with God.

Have you ever been driving down a road and all of a sudden there is a big split in the road, some go down one road and others go down the other, but in the end they all arrive at the same destination?


This is what happened with the followers of the God of Abraham. However, unlike the fork in the road scenario I speak of no one on this Earth can predetermine the final destination of those of Judaism, Islam or of the Christian faith. It is not our place to decide or project one's fate. It is our job as Christians to teach and to preach the Good News. We embrace those who choose to follow and we respect those who decide otherwise.


Muhammad is not Allah or God. The Koran is not believed to be divinely written by many of the Muslim faith. More so Muhammad is like a "Joseph Smith" founder of Mormonism. Muhammad claimed divine intervention from the angel Gabriel as for the creation of the Koran. Muhammad like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, is a radical militant who uses Religion to carry out a personal agenda. Muhammad and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi are not prophets or for that matter very religious, but rather they are cold blooded killers and murderers filled with greed and hatred.


For those of you in the USA you know of All in the Family and Archie Bunker. One of my most favorite episodes of all time was a two part gem where Archie's friend from work Stretch Cunningham passed away. Archie and Stretch Cunningham worked side by side for years and were best of friends. As a result of their friendship, Stretch Cunningham chose Archie to give a eulogy at his funeral if he preceded Archie in death. The big kicker of the story was in all these years of working together on the loading dock, never was it discussed between Archie or Stretch what their Religious preference was. As it turned out Stretch Cunningham was Jewish and we all know what Archie thought of those of the Jewish faith. Yet Archie one of the biggest bigots this world has ever seen attended the Jewish funeral and eulogized his friend, Stretch Cunningham. If Archie Bunker can do it, can't you accept Muslims or those who practice Judaism? 




Churches Are Not Residences or Offices.


As the Presiding Bishop of the Universal One Church I have had my share of adversities and finger pointing, especially by other non-Christian entities such as the Universal Life Church. I understand this goes with the territory and can be expected. What they say about me, I could careless. However, when they attack the Church and say Universal One Church is a scam, that I will not let go by unnoticed, because such is not only an attack on the Church, it is an attack on our founder, Jesus Christ as well.


We are not a scam because Google has our churches rectory pictured when you google "803 Tallahassee Street, Carrabelle, FL. 32322". Yes a picture of a home comes up with a white picket fence, a porch swing and all other normal amenities one can expect with a respective residence. Now I might be biased here in saying this, but I think it is a very nice home, quite adequate and we are very fortunate and blessed to have such.


Here in the United States, no one can reside in a Church. All churches have a rectory/parsonage which is a separate location for the residence of their respective clergy and/or church office. This is required for non profit, church status not only with statute but with IRS guidelines as well. Churches are to hold weekly worship services, they are not to be utilized as residences. In some states it is permissible for a church to have an office or a room, not to be used as a permanent residence, for example in the basement thereof. Churches are also allowed to hold certain events such as bingo, meetings, fish fries or dinners and other events provided they meet certain guidelines and/or codes as established by county, state or government authorities.


Our rectory at 803 Tallahassee Street is comprised of two buildings, has living quarters and offices. If one was to look closer they would see two signs on the front porch and at the side entrance which clearly state Universal One Church Rectory and provides hours of operation. Since our rectory serves as a residence for members of our clergy, we ask that all visitors make an appointment in advance.





Corporation News - Change of Officers


Changes we are about to make have been in the works for the past several years. These changes are not the result of any Court decisions or legal action. Yes I have a summary judgment in litigation with another ULC against myself and Universal Life Church World Headquarters for $230,000.00. However this is just a summary judgment, due to a technicality and it was issued by a magistrate, not by a judge. It is an unenforceable judgment. There is still litigation pending between myself and this other Universal Life Church splinter where I am seeking damages and I fully intend to prevail. Christians are under attack by atheists, non-believers, satanists and I am, nor is the Church an exception. We live in a society seeking political correctness, while depriving freedom of expression and the right for Christians to practice, to defend and to promote their beliefs.


There is no Court Order that says I must do this. I am doing this to distance ourselves from the horrendous reputation of that of the Universal Life Church. Use of the Universal Life Church name was a huge mistake and I accept  full responsibility. Our parent Church is the Universal Church of Antioch, based in Antakya, Turkey, led by the Most Reverend James O'Malley. I have known Fr. O'Malley since I was twelve years old. He is one of my mentors and a man I admire greatly. Fr. James is semi-retired, yet he does hold services within our brick n'mortar Church located near Antakya. He has taught me well.


Last March we registered the name Universal One Church. As I said we should of never used the Universal Life Church World Headquarters name. Again, I personally apologize to all of our ministers worldwide with both the Universal One Church and the Universal Church of Antioch. Back in 2008 Fr. James had recommended using Universal Church of Antioch. I wanted a separate identity so I chose Universal Life Church World Headquarters. I even had under the original header: "A Subsidiary of The Universal Church of Antioch".


Wherefore, what we opted to do to overcome my mistake is we started a completely new and separate entity, "Universal One Church" and we incorporated under that name in March 2015. Over the course of the past year ministers have been given the option to renounce their ordination with "Universal Life Church World Headquarters" or to renew as clergy members with the Universal One Church. 80% of our clergy renewed.


Here is the bottom line, we will dissolve or not renew our non-profit status in 2016 for the Universal Life Church World Headquarters. Whereby I am giving up the position as President thereof. Effective with the annual renewal for Universal One Church, Inc. I will assume the role of the President thereof. The existing President, Theresa Cauley my wife will become the Vice-President. Again this was all planned, I could not serve as President of both since they were in fact separate entities. I needed to await the dissolution or non-renewal of the Universal Life Church World Headquarters. 


Our hierarchy as of March 2016 is as follows:


President: Rev. Michael Jordan Francis Cauley
(Fr. Jordan Francis is the name I took when I was ordained. Jordan was my middle name given to me by my parents. Francis is the name I took for Confirmation. The Feast for St. Francis is on my birthday. The titular of my ordaining Bishop was Francis. The founder's name of the Religious Order my three older sisters all were affiliated with was Francis. St. Francis was the first stigmatic, a champion of the poor and he loved animals, traits that I share.


Vice President: Theresa Cauley


Officers: Rev. David Stembaugh, OSM, Rev. Bruce Micciulla, OSM, Rev. Craig Conway, OSM and Rev. William Brownlow, OSM.


We are as strong as we have ever been and we will continue to set the bar high for what the world expects of today's Church. It is a great honor and privilege to be in affiliation with each of you as together we each serve our Lord with our individual Religious vocations. I look forward to our future together.







Do Christians, Muslims and Jews Worship the Same God?
Maureen Fiedler  |  Jan. 22, 2016 NCR Today

 

When I was growing up, I never thought about this question, but if someone had asked me, I probably would have said, "yes, sure … God is God … we just call Him by different names." (Those where the days when I did not question the common assertion that God is male -- no more -- but that's an aside here.)

However, this question arose quite publicly in a recent case at Wheaton College in Illinois. Wheaton is an Evangelical college but is not known for being strongly conservative. A professor there, Larycia Hawkins, recently decided to wear a hijab -- the head covering often worn by Muslim women -- in solidarity with her sisters who have suffered ridicule these days. But when she was questioned about the appropriateness of her head covering, she said that it was fine because Muslims and Christians worship the same God. And that started a firestorm, with some claiming that she had violated the school's statement of faith, and some calling for her dismissal. 


This week, I interviewed a Jewish rabbi, a Muslim imam and scholar, and a Methodist minister about this question: "Do Jews, Christians and Muslims worship the same God?" All three said, "yes … basically they do." (Not all representatives of these three traditions would agree, of course, but these three -- all veterans of the interfaith movement -- said yes right away.) Now, they recognized some complications, like the Christian belief in the Trinity and that Jesus is called the "Son of God," but they still came away affirming that God is basically one and the same for all three traditions.


It's not often that such a theological dispute makes news, but this one has. And it's not often that the Catholic church is quite progressive in its approach, as my guests were pleased to note.

In fact, this dispute raised up for me the teaching of the Second Vatican Council which affirmed that Muslims "adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even His inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet." (Nostra Aetate). [1]


If we started to recognize and acknowledge the similarities, we might have much less Islamophobia in our world.




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