The most important asset of any church
is itself, that is, its people or members, individually as well
as collectively. The Universal Life Church agrees with the advice
given by Robert Zimmerman, better known to his large circle of
friends as Bob Dylan. "Don't follow leaders... because letting
George do it always ends with George in control of everybody's
life and fortune." Each of us, as ministers, should shine
our own light and do our part to dispel the vast ocean of ignorance
that sometimes seems to engulf us. Each bird must fly on its own
wing, at the same time we should emulate the peaceful bull of
the modern fable that avoided the sword, and death itself, by
the mere act of not charging the matador's cape. The meek may
inherit the earth only if we realize that it is force, not power,
which comes out of the barrel of a gun. The power has always been
with the individual. The individual has relinquished it and the
individual must get it back, lest a government of the people,
for the people, and by the people shall perish from the face of
the earth. The Universal Life Church proposes that America, the
birthplace (in 1776) of a little bit of liberty, is an appropriate
place for the fires of freedom to be rekindled. It is time for
the Phoenix to be born again.
The Universal Life Church is representative
of a revolution in values that promises to change the world of
today into the world of tomorrow. The Universal Life Church champions
this revolution as a sensible return to an almost forgotten ideology:
The acceptance of human beings, the highest form of life on earth,
just as they are now, in their process of cosmic becoming. The
evolution of the child of today into the adult of tomorrow is
the continuous revolution of the young against the hypocritical
attitudes that they find upon their arrival. It is the end and
the beginning of the never ending cycle of eternal life and death.
If there is any one class that is truly oppressed, it is the young,
the class that will, sooner or later, replace the out going tide
of humanity. Young people everywhere are persecuted and harassed
under the pretext that their elders invariably know better, in
spite of the obvious fact that history proves the contrary: The
age of Peace and Prosperity is yet to arrive, it will arrive as
quickly as we have enough faith in liberty. If we believe in our
own liberty sufficiently to let everybody else enjoy theirs, we
can achieve peace beyond all our expectations and prosperity must
follow, just as the day follows the sun. The industrial revolution
that has so transformed our way of life, providing better tools
for more productivity, has only just begun. Armed with the inventiveness
of liberty, the human race will always transcend itself. We always
rise above yesterday's performance, if we only wish to do so.
The Universal Life Church champions above all else Liberty of
Thought, the eternal panacea, the mother of all invention and
the father of progress, male and female in equal parts, Yin and
Yang, with neither one supreme over the other -- Peace and Prosperity
and Good Will to All. There can be only one means to achieve the
lofty pinnacle of cosmic becoming to which we refer; the prime
commandment: To Do Right. The essence and spirit of the Golden
Rule: To live honestly, to hurt no one, to give every one their
due, The total sum of the science of justice, There is no religion
higher than this eternal truth.
--Bill Torres ABOUT THE PRESIDENT
I have just passed 81 years old. I have
written a lot of things in my life. I have written about the Universal
Life Church for the past 35 years. I am the founder and President
of the Universal Life Church.
Since we are getting millions and millions
of people who are getting Minister Credentials from the church,
I think you should know something about the leader of this large
church. My wife Lida and I have both dedicated our lives for this
church. We were both born in the western part of North Carolina.
We have been married 40 years, which is the best 40 years of my
life. My wife Lida is the only woman I ever truly loved. We have
3 children (Two
boys and a girl.)
They are wonderful children.
My wife Lida has worked for the church
from the beginning, and is still Secretary.
Now, a few things about myself. I have
been a preacher off and on almost all my life. For the last 50
years I have studied harder to learn the Bible. I won't take time
to tell you all my past Iife but, I was married before and had
two wonderful girls of my previous marriage.
I was brought up in the Baptist church
as a child. I was Baptized at about 12 years old. I didn't stay
there very long. I was in and out of church for a number of years.
I joined the C.C. Camp in the 1930's. I was still preaching and
wanting to learn more. I bought a 15 cent dictionary once and
carried it 300 miles. I thought it was a bible. I couldn't read
or write at the time. A fellow laughed at me and told me "You
bought a dictionary, not a bible."
I got into a Pentecostal type of church,
emotionally. I got married the first time and came to Oklahoma
for a while, then came to California. I left the Pentecostal and
went out on my own. I then got a divorce.
I started studying all kinds of religions
and ideals. For the past 40 years, if I heard of any kind of religion,
I would look into it and find out what it had to offer. I finally
landed in Modesto better than 35 years ago. I started the Universal
Now, I am in a change of life, completely.
To me, the Bible now, is something I refer back to. No part of
it is in front of me, it's all behind me. I use it a lot because
I have to know it to talk with people. Most people I talk with
have some knowledge and beliefs within the Bible. I do not condemn
all of it, but, it isn't for the man of today. It will hold you
--Rev. Kirby J. Hensley, D.D.