Universal Life Church Seminary
Master of Spiritualism
The basis of this course was first and foremost a philosophical look at religion, ideas, and spirituality throughout about the past 3000 years and then explaining how these same ideas are woven into your daily world. Small sections of the course also went beyond just explaining the philosophical ideas to showing practical uses and placements of those same ideas in modern spirituality and society.
I liked that the author covered various philosophies some of which may not have explicitly been directly related to religion, such as socialism. The author does bring up good arguments for all of the theories he covers including socialism, which once looked at through the right lens does relate very well to spirituality and religion.
It was also nice of the author to bring their personal experience in views into the lessons. It’s unfortunate that the author has had to go through some of the trial and tribulations that they have but they seems to have grown from it. Hopefully all of the students taking the course are also able to learn something vicariously through their experiences.
I can personally say that while I have not lived anything to the extremes that the author has I did see certain parts of the story that related to me. For example, I’ve been lost in the woods alone in the winter in New York State before, true I was not lost for days I was only lost for hours but it gives me an inkling of the feeling the author must have felt. I’ve never dealt with an abusive lover but I was the child that had to listen to his parents fight all the time.
These things cause us to grow over time and lead us to be the people that we are today. We have a choice, we can either learn from our life, from our successes and failures; or we can choose to keep doing what we’ve always done, the only problem with that is, as the saying goes, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.
Rev. Justin Oles