UFI Blog

by Rebecca Mallory “Everyone should be required to take economics and civics!” If I had a dime for every time my dad said that to one of his 9 children, I’d be rich. My dad was an economics and math major in college which unfortunately, didn’t...

by Diane Robertson Early on the morning on Jan. 18 two men riding bikes on the Stanford University campus spotted a man raping an unconscious woman. The man later identified as Brock Allen Turner, a student and swimmer at Stanford University, ran away when he saw...

by Cinthia Jahnsen I live in sunny southern CA where pool and beach season can be anytime from March through October, depending on mother natures temperament. As I drive around I always see signs out (huge signs) that say “Prevent Drowning, Alway Watch the Water.”   Well,...

By Candice LeSueur It is common for heterosexual parents to feel disappointment, anger, shock, or guilt when their child “comes out.” All other family members may initially have feelings of disbelief or denial as they come to terms with a new reality that becomes a significant...

by Tashica Jacobson The small town of Dietrich, Idaho is in shock over the recent events that transpired between football team members. Last October three boys shoved a coat hanger up another team member’s rectum. This instance was not isolated and came after a long series...

by Mekelle Tenney On Saturday a four year old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. The boy was dragged into a mot by a 450 lbs. silverback gorilla named Harambe. In order to rescue the boy the zoo had the gorilla shot....

by Diane Robertson “’Do you remember,’ he went on, ‘writing in your diary, “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four”?’ ‘Yes,’ said Winston. O’Brien held up his left hand, its back towards Winston, with the thumb hidden and the four fingers extended. ‘How many fingers am...

By Candice LeSueur The median age of marriage in the United States has risen subtly in the past several decades. In 1970, the average age to wed was 22 and crept up to 27 in 2010. These statistics aren’t sitting too well for those who are...

by Erin Weist “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). In the United States we celebrate Memorial Day today, the last Monday in May, as a time to remember those from our armed forces who...

By Ally Fife Recently, a woman in her twenties who had suffered sexual abuse as a child, was given a lethal injection at her own request to die. Her psychiatrists and doctors all felt it was in her best interest that she be allowed to choose...

by Rebecca Mallory      Well that was quick! I never planned such a quick follow up to my post on this subject just a few weeks ago. But no sooner did the government kowtow to the demands of minimum wage lobbyists than the free market...

by Diane Robertson Every now and then I think of my grandparents and great grandparents and what society must have been like for them. Things were different back then. People married younger and the divorce rate was under 15%. Babies born to unwed mothers was under...

Sexual content and violence on TV and the potential effect it has on our kids.  by Cinthia Jahnsen We all have been there. The awkward moment where we feel that what we are watching on television, or at the movies is not appropriate for our kids. (OrUS for...

by Erin Weist There is a saying that my husband and I use regularly in our home that we’ve learned from having kids: sleep begets sleep.   As naive parents we thought that if our baby or toddler missed a nap it would make him extra tired...

by Annalise Jarman You have probably heard that every family has at least one crazy person, and if you don’t think your family has one, it’s probably you, right? The saying makes me laugh, but it’s kind of true. At the very least, we will all...

by Mekelle Tenney The other day my mom and I came across an old applique pattern from 1905. The pattern was for dish clothes and there was a girl performing a different chore for each day of the week. One day was washing, one was ironing,...

  by Diane Robertson On social media, I have read one too many times that saying humans are born as either male or female is not science, rather it is just an opinion. So am I going to quickly go over the science that is taught in...

  by Candice LeSueur As I watch and listen to opinions being thrown at each other, declaring their stances on presidential candidates or the newly-passed laws associated with gender identity and marriage, I feel a sense of uncertainty polluting the air of our society. I can’t help...

  by Erin Weist Just like most weeks, I read a lot of news articles this past week.  And, to be blunt, many of them were frankly frightening.  Most of these articles were surrounding transgender issues.  Gender identity, while still a fledgling area with insufficient basis of...

by Christie Masters   Have you ever felt like you were still on the sea even after returning to land? My daughter and I recently arrived home from a four day cruise for her graduation trip and this is exactly what we are experiencing. Standing at the...

by Rebecca Mallory Being offended seems to be the modern day mantra for anyone without a spine these days. Political correctness has become a growing and festering fungus in almost every college and university, society, city, and country. What began as a futile attempt to be...

by Diane Robertson The day before yesterday a man changing in front of a bunch of girls was called indecent exposure and was against the law– today it’s called inclusiveness and compassion. The day before yesterday, women used women’s bathrooms and locker rooms and men used...

By Cinthia Jahnsen A few days ago, a woman shared a few obituaries with me. She apparently really enjoyed reading obituaries and thought I would enjoy listening to a few. One obituary was about a woman who had died in August of 2008. It said that...

by Erin Weist This morning my husband made an interesting observation.  We were busy in the bustle of trying to get ready to leave the house to go to church (someday I’m sure I’ll understand why this is such a Herculean effort that takes an inordinate...

by Tashica Jacobson It is common belief that the world’s population is increasing, but the opposite is in fact true. While demographers don’t agree on what this fully means, for the human race, they do agree that it will have drastic consequences for generations to come....