Church Calls for End to Shutdown with Transparent, Televised Debates

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In a letter to President Obama and the Congress, the Universal Life Church proposes live television broadcast of budget debate from Cooper Union Hall.

The Monastery, a branch of the Universal Life Church, today called upon the President and the Congress to sit down and appear before a "Tribunal of the American People" to resolve the government shutdown without delay.

In the letter, G. Martin Freeman, the Presiding Chaplain, calls for open, transparent discussion. He observes, "It is becoming increasingly clear to us that our government is operated from a world of darkness," yet "The American people are still glowing, and still ready to move forward."

Previously, the Church has been noted for its communication with the White House, in denouncing the Department of Defense implementation of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a controversial policy that was later repealed.

Recently, the New York Times stated, "The popular Universal Life Church Monastery, based in Seattle, says its ordinations have surged from fewer than 98,000 in 2007 to more than 150,000 last year." The Monastery is an online non-denominational church that also embraces the causes of survival, compassion, and concern, as part of its doctrine.

For more information about the Universal Life Church Monastery, go to their website at

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