UFI Blog

by Teralynn Nordgren The Zika virus has fueled the debate about abortion in some of the most pro-life countries in the world. I understand the fear that is behind this debate. The thought of life with a child who is likely never to gain independence and...

by Mekelle Tenney We can learn a lot about the American people from election results. Monday marked the start of the 2016 Presidential primary election. I have been listening to analysists discuss the results of the Iowa caucus all day. They have compared voter turnout to...

by Tashica Jacobson A common phrase heard over and over during my schooling was “married individuals are happier, healthier, and make more money.” This can seem hard to believe as my husband and I experience the struggle to pay bills and survive the tension of weekly...

by Erin Weist I attended a series of workshops this weekend designed for the women in my area.  We learned about the power of good music in our homes.  We learned about the power of serving other people.  We learned about the power of an educated...

By Ally Fife Fear: (verb) To feel a painful apprehension of some impending evil; to be afraid of; to consider or expect with emotions of alarm or solicitude. Having several children with anxiety, talk of fear and trying new things can cause any number of emotions and...

by Rebecca Mallory All of us, at one time or another, are brought to our knees because of unexpected events. Trials and tribulation hit each of us whether we're rich, poor, short or tall, young or old. We all have them. These moments often jolt us...

by Diane Robertson More than 150 years ago, the good people who helped their fellow men in bondage escape slavery, would be prosecuted if caught. Around 70 years ago in Europe, the good people who helped Jews escape capture from the Nazi regime and almost certain...

by Keely Tanner Good communication is an important aspect in our everyday lives. Developing good communication skills can be a pain. Communication for some just comes naturally. And then there are some who struggle with it all their lives.  Is it a skill that should be...

by Erin Weist *The opinions expressed in this article are mine alone.  Each individual reserves the right to live and choose as they best see fit. I have seen a few articles recently touting the need for greater national exposure to the HPV vaccine, a series of...

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...