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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof

The Road to Jericho
The Road to Jericho

“Sanctify yourselves; for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
Joshua 3:5

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”

The intent of these timeless words of the United States Constitution’s first amendment could not be clearer. On this basis, the Universal Life Church Monastery seeks to challenge the constitutionality of impermissible restraints put by some states on our ministers ordained throughout the various Universal Life Church dominions. These restraints prevent our ministers from freely exercising their rights as citizens of this country to have the marriages that they have officiated recognized.

We take inspiration from the story of Joshua. His story recounts the Israelites march through the land of Canaan. The most salient and best-known story is that of the Battle of Jericho. In an act of obedience and perseverance, the Israelites under Joshua�s command, marched around the city walls for six days and on the seventh day, the walls fell to the fanfare of trumpets and a mighty shout.

New York and other states (to be named later) have erected unconstitutional fortifications around the �Sacraments of Marriage�. Within 90 days this church will commence legal suit against each and every State government, thereby laying siege to the unconstitutional walls of injustice, demanding access to the 1st Amendment freedoms and rights we are guaranteed as citizens (regardless of race, religion, sex or sexual orientation) of this privileged land and universe.

Our road to Jericho will be long and, as mentioned in the parable of the Good Samaritan, fraught with difficulty. We embrace this challenge and solicit your support, prayers, guidance, and strength. United in our collective searches for Divinity, Nature and Truth often one and the same� we shall never cease marching until the impermissible walls of Jericho crumble.

Your suggestions and comments should be posted here or sent to:
Universal Life Church Monastery Headquarters
1425 Broadway Ste. 67
Seattle, WA 98122 USA
Fax: (206) 285-7888——————————-

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