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What We Teach and Practice

The Universal Church of the Master does not have a traditional "statement of faith or creed" that members are required to adhere to. The reason is that UCM has a profound respect for the individualized nature of spiritual development within each human person. The Rev. Dr. Lavona Stillman, 7th president of UCM, was fond of saying: "UCM does not have TESTS of Faith, we have TESTIMONIES of Faith."

We also have SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES which serve as a touchstone that offers unity in an often confusing landscape of spiritual options. The wonderful thing about the SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES is how they developed. The Rev. Dr. Byron J. Fitzgerald, 2nd president of the Universal Church of the Master, after completing an exhaustive study of the world's religions, found that every life giving faith, when distilled down to their common elements, had these timeless SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES in common. He wrote about them in our denominational textbook, "A New Text of Spiritual Philosophy and Religion." These timeless SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES are written here in updated language. (The original text follows.)

Spiritual Principles

  1. That God is the Creator and sustainer of all humanity and ALL humanity comes from this Divine Creator, making us a family. ("We believe in the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of Man." Pg. 62 New Text)
  2. God is one absolute and self-existent Cause. God manifests in and through all creation. All of creation, in heaven and on earth is the expression of God. There is divine order in this world which is verifiable and provable. ("All phenomena that occur within the realms of nature, both physical and spiritual, are manifestations of Infinite Intelligence (God)." Pg. 64 New Text)
  3. Human purpose is discovered by understanding Spiritual law and expressing Spiritual love by living in harmony with each. ("True religion is discovered by understanding correctly the Laws of Nature and of God, and living in harmony therewith." Pg. 64 New Text)
  4. Personal identity and individual memory continue after the transitional experience called death. ("Individual existence, personal identity and memory continue after the transitional experience called death." Pg. 65 New Text)
  5. Now known as "ADC," After Death Communication is a scientifically demonstrated fact and the most common spiritual experience throughout all humanity. ("Communication with the 'living dead' is a scientific fact, proven under test conditions by the phenomena of Psychical Research" Pg. 67 New Text)
  6. The Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," embodies the essence of morality. ("The Golden Rule, 'Whatsoever ye would that others should do unto you, do ye also unto them,' (Mat 7:12) is the essence of morality." Pg. 68 New Text)
  7. Every individual is morally self-responsible and happiness flows from cooperation with Spiritual Law, remembering that the first law is the Law of Love. ("Every Individual is morally self-responsible." Pg. 68 New Text)
  8. Each person is an individualized emanation of God and filled with infinite Divine Potential for Good. Everyone has freewill and is able to make decisions and choose how s/he will respond to situations or events. ("The genuine improvement and reformation of the human soul are always possible in this world and in the next." Pg. 70 New Text)
  9. Each person is encouraged to develop his or her spiritual gifts. The spiritual gifts of healing and prophecy exist in our times as they did in biblical days and are helpful to encourage and strengthen us on this eternal journey. ("Prophecy exists in our times as in Biblical days, and is proven scientifically through mediumistic powers of divination." Pg. 70 New Text)
  10. The Open Mind and the Open Heart are balanced by the reality of Spiritual Law. Spirituality, like science, is progressive. We must always strive to find the Highest Common Factor in our dealings across cultures and between people. ("The universe, as a spiritual system expressing divine wisdom, makes possible the eternal progress of the human soul who loves truth and goodness." Pg. 72 New Text)

On Jesus the Christ

"The central religious figure in the history of western civilization; some say he was the last as well as the greatest of the Divine Messengers to humanity. A great Initiate, incarnated the LOGOS (Word of God) who bore a gospel of love to the western nations, and implicitly to the world." (Pg. 146 MINISTER'S GUIDE)

On Scripture

The Old and New testaments in what is commonly referred to as the Holy Bible in its varied translations, languages, and formats is considered the foundational source of modern metaphysical understanding. Historically, the Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ by Levi H. Dowling has had a devotional and educational place in the UCM library. At the same time, the classics of other world religions and other texts have deep value in understanding the universal nature of the spiritual experience of humanity. (See pages 10 and 129 of the MINISTER'S GUIDE)

On Reincarnation

This topic is noted here because Dr. Fitzgerald clearly stated that this topic "cannot and should not be avoided." (Pg. 52 New Text) Dr. Fitzgerald devoted a full 8 pages of the textbook to discussion of reincarnation and also stated that "...no doctrinal stand will be taken." The UCM has such great respect for the individual person's process of spiritual experience that we prefer to leave doors open and value both the intellectual research and dialogue. Though the research seems to indicate a case for reincarnation, the particulars of the process vary by cultural and institutional interpretation. Many UCM teachers incorporate reincarnation into their material but always remain respectful of an individual student's understanding and experience. The Rev. Birdie Peterson, 6th president of UCM and an adept scholar of the Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ by Levi H. Dowling, said, "It is difficult to refute the notion of reincarnation because of the body of evidence that has developed and continues to develop over time. I find the concept very helpful in the process of spiritual unfoldment – even if viewed as metaphor – because it reveals to a person the ideas and possible blocks he or she is living with in this life. I would not, however, force or demand any particular belief on anyone. Genuine unfoldment in Spirit is a natural and internal process."

Diversity is Essential For Our Spiritual Growth

As a spiritual and educational community, we are dedicated to eliminating barriers that arise from race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, religion, linguistic diversity, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, personality, learning styles, life experiences or other human characteristics.

Our Practice

  1. Healing: We recognize that there are many different ways to practice Spiritual Healing. Our Ministers and Healers practice many different types of Spiritual Healing. The Spiritual Healing taught and practiced in UCM is a way that was taught by the founders of UCM: The Rev. Dr. William Briggs and The Rev. Dr. B.J. Fitzgerald. The techniques are documented in Dr. Fitzgerald's books: A New Text of Spiritual Philosophy and Religion and the Ministers' Guide and Service Book. It is a combination of laying on of hands (not massage), affirmative prayer that speaks to your wholeness, and the clearing and charging of the patient's aura. Dr. Fitzgerald noted that as we move forward into the modern age, it is the ministry of spiritual healing that will be the most important gift UCM can give the world.
  2. Teaching: We have many teachers throughout our lives. As a community, our teachers focus on the original SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES taught by the founders of UCM. These principles form a groundwork from which the teacher can expand using his/her own resources and research. Each teacher interprets the principles in a way that allows greater access to the spiritual life from many different cultures and traditions. A full explanation of the principles is found in the UCM textbook written by Dr. Fitzgerald: A New Text of Spiritual Philosophy and Religion.
  3. Praying: Prayers can be poetic, affirming statements of truth or clear statements of affirmation. Some prayers are formal; other prayers are voiced extemporaneously and usually follow the model of the Lord's Prayer, which was a step by step guide to how a person might pray taught by the Spiritual Master Jesus. Prayer is the keystone to the spiritual life. In the UCM we teach and practice a life of individual and communal prayer.
  4. Offering Spirit Assurances/Messages: In this modern time, the classical practice of Spirit Messages given by certified mediums has become popularized in the media. Many Mediums have become entertainers and the practice has become less sacred and more secular. Unfortunately, these practices have even influenced some in the modern Spiritualist movement. It is our hope that our message services will stand as a witness to the traditional sacred practice of Spirit Assurance (Messages) as originally taught by the founders of UCM. So you will notice some differences from some common practices today:
    1. The objective is to witness the truth of the continuum of life and the continuous care and love our family and friends in Spirit have for us. We are not "fortune telling" or offering business advice.
    2. Though we acknowledge that Mediumship can be a natural gift, we also know that it can be developed. Therefore, we teach and encourage intuition and development of the spiritual gifts. During prayer and meditation the messages you receive for yourself in those times of silence are honored as for you only. We respect healthy boundaries and never offer messages uninvited.
    3. The messages are given within the context of prayer and are anonymous from the platform. The designated Mediums simply voice what they see and hear without singling people out. Sometimes we use Billets. A Billet is a piece of paper where a person can write a question or a message to a loved one in Spirit. The paper is folded and an identifying mark is placed on the front. The Medium will hold the billet and often silently reads the person's message and then voice the Spiritual Assurances sent from the other side. You always know if a message is for you or not as your own intuition will connect in Spirit as well.
    4. Our agreement with Spirit is that the messages are always intended to bring all of us to greater realization of the Divine active in our lives.
    5. In church settings and public demonstrations, UCM Mediums offer this ministry as a voluntary service to the community. If you want to have a private reading, that arrangement is made with the Medium. Some Mediums do not offer private readings and some do. UCM respects the Medium's personal sense of ministerial vocation.

Our Invitation

  • At UCM we welcome our entire community, beyond church services. Hundreds of adults and children from around the world join together to learn, to heal, to serve, and to grow spiritually. We strive to share the gift of abundant life with every person in our community, so that lives may be transformed through Spirit.
  • At UCM we value the warm fellowship Spirit provides, to build authentic, caring relationships in our increasingly disconnected world. We share meals together, we gather in fellowships, retreats and Community Groups. We value the belonging with unconditional love that Spirit provides each of us.
  • At UCM you'll find us serving with a loving heart wherever we may be. We volunteer in many different capacities and support different charities through our local ministers and charters. We appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate the significant love Spirit has given us and we find joy in giving back in gratitude.
  • At UCM you will find many opportunities to equip yourself and others for abundant spiritual living. Please know that you are warmly invited and deeply cherished as a member of our family.
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Published: 19 December 2014
Written by Mary Garry

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