UFI Blog

by Rebecca Mallory We hear it every four years. "This is the most important election of our lifetime!" I contend that that somewhat trite statement will never prove more true than in 2016. Never before has the very fabric of America been shredded and torn apart as...

By Diane Robertson Parental rights in the United States are under attack. Among imposing state and city laws, to federal regulations, to over-zealous social workers, many parents are finding that their right to educate, discipline, teach independence, and decide what is best for their children’s health...

by Mekelle Tenney   Did you know that 76% of Americans reported that they only read one book in 2014? Did you also know that currently Americans only spend 7 minutes of their leisure time each day reading? Now the important question, do you think these statistics...

By: Deborah Wene I was born in a very small town, in a small country with not many resources to help pregnant women. Many women gave birth along the road, on their way to the field or markets, most of which ended up dying because of...

  by Erin Weist Parenting is hard.  Anyone who disagrees has probably never been a parent.  But it is beautiful and worthwhile and honorable and gut-wrenchingly fulfilling at the same time.  Let me explain with an example.  This has been a tough week in our house, parenting-wise....

By Jessica Westfall Dr. John Van Epp puts an interesting twist on a well beloved and known fairy tale. Ellie was an orphan who was ignored and unloved by her step mother and sisters. She meets and marries a man in a very short time. This...

by Ally Fife   The ideal home is one in which we feel comfort when we enter; where we can let go of the problems of our day and feel safe and loved. Such is not the case for the 90,000 Burundi refugees who have left their...

by Annalise Jarman The other night I finished reading the book “Boundaries: When to Say Yes and How to Say No” by Doctors Henry Cloud and John Townsend. The book is about how to stand on your own, how to be separate and know what is...

by Tashica Jacobson The term, sexual revolution, can bring about many different positions, feelings, and arguments, but what can readily be agreed upon is that it has drastically changed society. With any dramatic change of norms it is easy for individuals to get swept away in...

by Diane Robertson The 10th under cover video detailing how Planned Parenthood has been illegally selling aborted baby parts came out on Tuesday. Barely any media picked it up. It was not a trending item on Facebook, twitter, or any other social media source because hardly...

By Jessica Westfall MacGyver was an 80s tv show that my parents introduced me to my Freshman year of high school. MacGyver was a jack-of-all trades, he could find a solution to any problem and was an all around helpful guy. I was impressed, and sometimes...

by Erin Weist In the last few week images such as these of Syrians fleeing their country have been circulating and dominating much media coverage.  People the world over are calling on their leaders to help and they are seeing a positive response.  I have an...

by Jessica Westfall The National Center on Sexual Exploitation held a briefing about Pornography in July. One of the speakers, Gail Dines, is a Professor of Sociology at Wheelock College in Boston and the Founder and Chair of Culture Reframed. She has studied the nature of pornography...

by Rebecca Mallory No matter who or how you worship, you’ve got to be a little surprised at Hollywood lately. Well… not the Hollywood we’re all normally used to, but that itty bitty part that produces wholesome and uplifting movies that just make you feel good,...

By Diane Robertson Last week was a difficult week with many foreboding, sad, and evil events taking place in the United States and around the world. On Wednesday I woke to a Facebook post written by Glenn Beck that detailed 10 things that happened the day...

by Ally Fife As another school year begins, the pressure to know exactly what our children are being taught, and how to counterbalance revisionist history takes me back to my own educational experiences. My American Government teacher had very strong and vocal opinions. He loved to...

By Victoria Black & Lauren Buchan It all began with a drive. Born almost 100 years ago, Alice and Dale Rockey grew up in the small town of Hemingford, Nebraska. They had never paid any attention to one another until the day they were both supposed...

By Diane Robertson It’s apparent that an education received at a liberal university is more a matter of indoctrination in social justice rather than an effort to help young people grow into learned adults. Sometimes this indoctrination seems so far from reality that I think the...

By Tamara Jones It will be fun! Marriages and wedding anniversaries are a time of celebration. They are fun and exciting! My 18th wedding anniversary was spent in a way that I had never envisioned as I participated in a Spartan race with my husband. This had...

by Erin Weist I subscribe to several newsletters in various forms of social media that cover the topics of popular and newly-published books around the world. I love good literature. It can be ennobling and uplifting and encouraging in its scope to improve oneself and thereby...

Alyssa Samuelson & Jessika Tweedy Technology is such a powerful tool. We’re able to communicate with someone clear across the globe, send texts instantly, provide a means for understanding what is happening worldwide, and learn new information with just a click of a button.  It has become...

by Rebecca Mallory When is it a good idea to lend adult children money? As young marrieds, we never had money. There was a time when we had three small kids and were working four jobs between us. We borrowed $5,000 from my husband's parents for a...

by Diane Robertson There’s this infamous company in Canada, Ashley Madison, which hosts a purportedly secret online dating service for people who are married or in a committed relationship. The company’s slogan is "Life is short. Have an affair.” Customers pay Ashley Madison to help them...

By Tashara Carnahan The Story Has Become Commonplace I couldn’t breathe. My world started to spin around me, frantically, closing me in at all sides. No, I thought, this can’t be happening. This can’t be real. My eyes burned from holding back the salty tears that threatened...

by Annalise Jarman Surprised as many of you might be, I actually think Target’s move to take gender labels out of their toy aisles is positive news. Of course gender is important. Of course the current push to live in denial about gender differences is harmful...