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UFOs: Acronym for . UG, Farmingdale, NY: Eastern , . Unarius Academy of Science/Unarius Education Foundation, Ruth Norman/Ernest Norman, El Cajon, CA: s, , , communication. Understanding Inc., Daniel Fry, Tonopah, AZ: s, , . Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs): The term is used generally for all reported sightings of unidentified objects in the sky, most of which turn out to be natural phenomena (e.g., Venus) or man-made craft (e.g., weather balloons). More specifically, the term UFOs refers to allegedly sighted "flying saucers" or other alien spacecrafts. UFO beliefs can range between innocuous speculation that extraterrestrial beings may have visited Earth to quasi-religious devotion to the alleged presence and teachings of aliens. Often these beings are believed to be non-physical (spiritual) entities who are communicating telepathically (psychically) with contactees. Their messages are virtually always contrary to biblical beliefs. Unification Church, Sun Myung Moon, New York, NY: Full name, Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity. Jesus brought only spiritual salvation; another "savior" is needed to fulfill Jesus' mission. Moon is that Messiah (or ) and "Lord of the Second Advent." This group has over 200 front organizations. Moon's Divine Principle is scripture. See . available.Unitarianism: Generically, the rejection of the doctrine of the in favor of the idea that God is exclusively one person. Unlike or , which view Jesus as a manifestation of the unipersonal God, or subordinationism, which views Jesus as a secondary divine being (e.g., the ), Unitarianism views Jesus as a mere human being. Specifically, the term refers to the Unitarian movement that originated in late 18th-century New England and to the denominational body that merged with the Universalists in the 20th century to form the . Unitarian Universalist Association: A denomination formed in 1961 by the merger of the American Unitarian Association (the principal religious body teaching ) and the Universalist Church in America (which emphasized ). While the two parent denominations were rooted in , the UUA does not even profess to be a specifically Christian body. Its churches exhibit an eclectic blend of liberal Christianity, humanism, , and .United Church of God: splinter group. United Church of Jesus Christ: . United Lodge of Theosophists, New York, NY: See . United Pentecostal Church International: The largest church body.United Research, James V. Goure, Black Mountain, NC: , , energy fields, , extra-dimensional communication. Publishes the newsletter. Unitology Thought, Indianapolis, IN: , .Unity Churches: Affiliated with the . Unity of Knowledge Foundation, Edith May Custard, Arlington, VA: Mixture of and the teachings of . Unity School of Christianity, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, Lee's Summit, MO: . God is the invisible, intangible something called Life. The Father is Principle, was the most complete manifestation of the One Mind, and the Holy Spirit is the activity of the God-Mind in the consciousness of man. Denies the reality of evil, pain, sickness and death. available.Unity Village: headquarters in Lee's Summit, MO. Universal Christian Movement, Glencoe, IL: God is Power, uses Mind Power for healing; all humans are God. Publishes newsletter. Universal Faithists of Kosmon, George Morley: , , "" with the All Highest, . Uses for text.Universal Harmony Foundation, Seminole, FL: Practical , REALization, Deity-and-Man. Universal Life Church, Kirby Hensley, Medesto, CA: All people have the right to do what they feel is right; subjective truth. Universal Life Church of the Seven African Powers, Miami, FL: ; honor the god Ogun. Universal Life Temple, New Port, MI: , , , fifth dimensional consciousness, levitation, telepathy.Universal Light of Christ Church, Pat RaimondoAzle, TX: Raimondo claims that appeared to her; latter day revelation, . Universal Mother Mary's Garden: See Universal Network, Aztec, NM: , space communiqués, cosmic telepathy, spiritual hierarchy. Publishes newsletter.Universal Spiritualist Association, Chesterfield, IN: , , , , ritual , divine within. Universal Temple of Divine Light, Don Slocum, Baton Rouge, LA: , spirit entities, , , Satan and Evil are illusions.Universalism: Generically, the belief that all people will eventually receive salvation and eternal life. Many different groups hold to universalism from various perspectives and for diverse (and sometimes opposing) reasons. This doctrine is prevalent in (among both and ), as well as in the movement and in most non-monotheistic world religions. Specifically, universalism refers to a movement dating from the late 18th century that originally affirmed universalism on the basis that Jesus' redemptive death paid for the sins of all people. As universalism developed it came to affirm that people are acceptable as they are and that no atonement or redemption from sin is needed or provided. Universariun Foundation, Inc., Portland, OR: , , .University of the Christ Light, Charlotte, NC: ; inner states of consciousness; man is the essence of God (cf. ); was an Essene (i.e., a member of a first-century Jewish sect that New Agers theorize was more than Jewish); Universal Mother. University of the Trees, Christopher Hill, Boulder Creek, CA: , for children, balancing energies (cf. ), .University of the 12 Rays of the Great Central Sun: See . Upanishads: One of the books considered scripture in . Upper Triad, Manassas, VA: , , , many paths to God, . Publishes newsletter. Written in 1955, this 2,097 page book reflects a 19th century inspired gospel. Allegedly, Earth's true name is Urantia, and it is part of the universe of Nebadon (itself part of the larger universe of Orvonton) ruled by a committee. The Nebadon commission of twelve, acting under the direction of Mantutia Melchizedek, supposedly delivered portions of the book to earth. Several organizations view the book as scripture. available. URANTIA Brotherhood, Chicago, IL: -based group established in 1955 and reorganized in 1989 after a corporate shakeup. See .URANTIA Foundation, Chicago, IL: Established in 1950. Holds the copyright on . Urshan, Andrew: An early, well-known writer and speaker. Vedas: A compilation of four holy writings forming the oldest sacred scriptures of .
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Judaism: World religion that traces its origins to God's call to Abram (Abraham) to be the father of a great people who would inherit the land of Canaan and be the means of blessing to all mankind (Genesis 12). That people is identified as the children of Abraham's grandson Jacob, who was renamed Israel. The foundation of Judaism is the Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy), which tells of the Israelites' bondage in Egypt, their miraculous deliverance in the Exodus, and the giving of the Law through Moses. The Israelites returned to the promised land of Canaan and became a small but powerful nation there under the rule of King David and his son Solomon. After Solomon's death the kingdom split into a northern kingdom called Israel and a southern kingdom called Judah (the name of David's tribe). The northern kingdom was conquered and decimated by the Assyrians in 722 BC, after which the term Judeans, or Jews, gradually came into use to refer to all Israelites. The Jews suffered conquests by a succession of foreign powers the Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and finally the Romans in the first century BC. Throughout this period the Jews developed a strong sense of national identity, identification with the Promised Land, and anticipation of a coming Messiah or ("Anointed One"). These themes dominate the rest of the Jewish Bible, which is identical with the Protestant canon of the Old Testament. In the first century AD, originated with the belief that was that promised Messiah. The Jewish establishment at that time, however, rejected Jesus' claim to be the Messiah, and in fulfillment of his prophecy (Mark 13) the Jerusalem temple was destroyed and the Jewish nation scattered (AD 70). What is now known as the religion of Judaism originated after AD 70 as the rabbis, or teachers of the Torah, developed a system of laws and interpretations of the Torah that were eventually codified in the Talmud. Today Judaism can be identified as a cultural, ethnic, or religious concept. There are three main branches of modern Judaism: Orthodox (traditional, literal adherence to the Torah as interpreted by the Talmud), Conservative (a middle position advocating traditional beliefs and practices up to a point), and Reform (liberal, non-literal stance on the Torah and Talmud; often non-religious or secular with emphasis on Jewish culture).
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