UFI Blog

by Erin Weist Last week a series of attacks by Islamist extremist groups took over news waves as death tolls rose and reports of the gruesome destruction left in the wake of these cowardly terrorists grew by the hour.  First, these attacks in Lebanon were reported...

By Deborah Wene The Ninth annual World Congress of Families was packed with people from all over the world who came together to talk about the importance of families, the threats that families are facing, and how to go about addressing those threats. In my opinion, it...

Tashica Jacobson Basic, while typically thought of as simple or easy, it is the most crucial to an outcome. For example basic math, which is elementary material is what makes up our ability to solve calculous and trigonometry problems. Replacing that basic understanding with something else...

by Jessica Westfall The book, Unnatural Selection by Mara Hvistendahl, outlines the history of population control, abortion, and sex selection from a pro-abortion standpoint. Using this information, I will outline 3 issues regarding this movement: recurring ideas, unrestrained parental control, and the power of unique life. These issues...

by Christie Masters There is something serendipitous about the household being in a bit of turmoil when writing an article on conflict resolution. Peacemaking is constantly being discussed. When I asked my twelve year-old what she thought was the best way to resolve an argument, her...

By Patrick Williams In his book Drawing Heaven Into Your Marriage, H. Wallace Goddard presents a list of things to look for in your interactions with others.  He suggests that there is a progression of infidelity rather than things just happening out of the blue. The following is a...

by Melissa Hinkson After more than a year of battling what has been dubbed the “bathroom bill” Houstonians showed their overwhelming opposition to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) bill Tuesday night in the polls. This was a major win for those who are concerned with...

  by Jessica Westfall I have always been drawn to the behaviorist approach. The ability to support good behavior and ignore or punish bad behavior and get desired results sits well with me. However, I have been reading Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn, and he fights all my...

by Mekelle Tenney Last week my husband and I attended the World Congress of Families in Salt Lake City Utah. It was the 9th Congress held since the organizations founding in 1997. With over 3300 in attendance the Congress is the largest pro-family gathering in the...

by Erin Weist The World Congress of Families was held in Salt Lake City last week.  Amid mild protests from pro-LGBT groups, over 3,000 attendees from around the world gathered to support pro-family speech and activism.  Rather than being “anti-LGBT” the conference focused on what has...

by Brittany Stohlton Our day-to-day actions are preceded by choices, and those choice-based actions are always followed by consequences. Each day in the news there are reports of child abuse, abandonment and death. When the life of a child is at stake, parents, doctors and child...

by Teralynn Nordgren If any of you are fans of J.R. Tolkien, then you are likely familiar with The Hobbit. My husband loves The Hobbit – the book and the movies. While I am not as avid a fan as he is, I have seen the...

With World Congress of families in full swing this week, this is a subject that was researched two years ago.  Things have not changed...

by Jessica Westfall This summer, Laura, a healthy 24-year-old Belgian woman used euthanasia to end her life. Since childhood she has believed, “Life, that's not for me” and has wanted to die. Other treatments, like counseling, could help her but since a doctor mentioned euthanasia, that...

by Erin Weist Despite local and national opposition the 9th World Congress of Families (WCF) will be held this week in Salt Lake City, Utah, the first time a meeting of this group has been held in the United States since it began in 1997.  Gatherings...

By Patrick Williams Are we overly-available to the rest of the world?  Think for a moment.  How hard is it for someone to get a hold of you?  How quick are you to drop everything to respond to a text or check on an update someone...

by Tashica Jacobson Studies, opinions, social science, commonly known facts, and psychology have all shown and continue to show that the single most influential factor in an individual’s life is the family structure that they grew up in. It affects their behavior, education, career choices, relationships,...

by Mekelle Tenney Human nature never fails to produce threats to freedom. Strong convictions are a necessary defense against governments, groups, institutions, and individuals who seek dominance over others. Conviction is merely a firmly held belief or opinion. I believe some of the strongest convictions are...

by Jessica Westfall It is interesting to be look at views supporting decriminalization verses tough drug laws. I am encouraged by the views Mr. Hari's shared in his TED talk. It has better helped me see a drug addict as a person, a person in need...

by Christie Masters When my children were very young, I answered questions like “Mommy, where do babies come from?” with a comfortably undetailed, “They are a gift from God”. This worked until one of my young daughters wanted to know if she would be given a...

by Ally Fife Earlier this month, under the cover of darkness, the statue of the Ten Commandments on  Oklahoma Capitol grounds was removed quickly and without fanfare. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that it must be removed because it violated religious rights of those who don’t...

by Rachel Mallory Remember that sweet song most of us learned when we were young that stated "Kindness Begins with Me"? Well, through lots of personal experience, I've learned that the opposite is also true. Contention also begins with me, even when it doesn't. Realizing this has...