UFI Blog

by Elise Ellsworth About a year ago I noticed that a bird had built its nest above my neighbor’s garage. It was the most uniquely situated of any I had ever seen.   I commented on the nest. My neighbor responded with something like, “Oh, that stupid,...

"Largest Movement of Social Reform Since the Civil Rights Movement" - Be a Part!  Since Roe v. Wade, over 58 million abortions have been performed in the United States.  Planned Parenthood alone has been responsible for over 7 million abortions - more than any other abortion provider in the U.S. ...

by Diane Robertson In the name of equality and fairness for LGBT people, the government of the United States is removing the long-standing freedom and rights to speech, religion, conscience, and control of personal property and private businesses. A New York appellate court ruled that Robert and...

by Keely Tanner Have you ever wondered “what is it that my husband really needs?” Or “What can I do to understand my wife?” These are questions that committed wives and husbands ask themselves all the time. Now we may not know all  the answers and...

by Erin Weist Last week Dr. Daniel Mark, an Orthodox Jew and visiting fellow of the Department of Politics at Princeton University, spoke at a private Christian university emphasizing the need for “a family ethic in society.”  Dr. Mark is also a faculty member at Villanova...

by Rebecca Mallory They're back at it again! Stretching the truth about guns. For decades some politicians and others in our society have been trying desperately to render the second amendment to the constitution, and even the constitution itself, useless and old-fashioned. Why is that? Do...

by Diane Robertson During a panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University, President Obama, and Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam chided Christian religious organizations for focusing too heavily on “divisive issues” such as abortion and gay marriage. The New York Times reported that President Obama, “chided religious organizations for...

by Keely Tanner Parents have so much to consider and to think about as they raise their children. One  important decision involves how their children are educated. Yes, the schools we choose play an important part of their education process, but without the educational process in...

by Erin Weist Coming up this month my state is reconvening for the second session of the state legislature.  It is a great time to get educated and involved, these weeks before they meet.  It gives me a chance to study upcoming bills, discover proposed issues,...

by Teralynn Nordgren Several years ago, my dad and I visited a friend who had been a highschool teacher and was like a mentor to my older brother and me. We visited him that evening wanting to talk to him about our religion – not to...

by Mekelle Tenney Looking back on 2015 I think it’s safe to say that America has some areas of improvement. The year was marked with riots in Ferguson and Baltimore, the redefining of marriage, terrorist attacks, and the awarding of "the woman of the year"  to...

by Tashica Jacobson If the end of the holiday season wasn’t enough to remind me that the year had ended, then the endless talk of improvement, health goals, and ads for exercise equipment would alert me to the fact that a new year had just begun....

by Erin Weist Over the weekend, a member of the Supreme Court of the United States drew fire for comments regarding religious freedom in the U.S.  Justice Scalia, whose dissent over the court’s majority rule in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges which essentially legalized same-sex...

by Diane Robertson Apparently in Oregon, hurt feelings have become a matter of politics and law. Or rather, the hurt feelings of people who have sexual relationships with other people of their same gender. If you’re just a regular person with regular hurt feelings and problems,...

by Erin Weist A few months ago we wrote about the World Congress of Families that convened in Salt Lake City, Utah and focused on issues that affect families and family relationships.  I was fortunate enough to attend several of the lectures and am thrilled that...

by Diane Robertson We’re at that time of year where seniors in high school are making choices about what they want to do after graduation. Many are preparing for college, the military or some sort of training beyond high school. My oldest daughter, is there now....

by Elise Ellsworth January 17, 2016 marks the thirty-third anniversary of a unique holiday – Sanctity of Human Life Day. This now almost-forgotten holiday, always falling on the third Sunday of January, was originally designated by President Ronald Reagan to coincide with another important day in...

by Erin Weist I have long loved the feeling of the spirit of Christmas.  There is something different, something magical, something special in the air.  Among Christian nations the month of December is a special one.  Christmas time is when we celebrate the birth of the...

By Patrick Williams "You're one of the good guys!" This is one of the things my father wrote in a birthday card to me some years ago that I never will forget.  Nothing makes you feel like a man than such validation from the man you look...

by Ally Fife My daughter, who is attending college, called me after a particularly trying day to inform me that according to her psychology professor, depression isn’t real. Apparently it can be controlled by changing our perspective of things.I immediately called him a loser under my breath...

by Diane Robertson It’s time we start being honest about abortion. Many debate about when life begins. Yet, for all intents and purposes, abortion is not about when life begins because abortion is not about ending a nonviable pregnancy. Sometimes when an egg is fertilized, it...

By Christie Masters Last year the holidays were a blur. My first thought the day before this Thanksgiving was to slow down and take everything in, enjoy each moment and not feel rushed- and then I realized the entire year had gone by in a flash....