Welcome to Universal Church! Our foundations are based on Christianity and the spiritual laws of Love and healing. We are a christian faith community registered with the Australian Charities & Not-for-Profit Commission for the purposes of advancing religion. LGBTIQA+ are welcome here and we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this land and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
History of Universal Church
The teachings of our church date back to 1946 where Dr. Raymond Barker founded the First Center of Spiritual Living in New York City. In 1976 Louise Hay began ministerial training at the Center and wrote her first book 'Heal Your Body', around the same time she began leading support groups for the LGBTIQA+ community. These workshops grew from a few people in her living room to hundreds of men in a large hall in West Hollywood, California, her workshops drew fame and she was invited to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
In 1995 Louise Hay approved the 'Heal Your Life' workshop written by Patricia Crane who holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology, this workshop evolved into a highly successful international program training more than 2,200 teachers over the past twenty-two years. Later in 2008 Louise wrote the book ‘You Can Heal your Life’ and has sold to-date over 65 million copies in 35 countries, her publishing house ‘Hay House’ is the largest self-help publisher in the world with over 130 authors, including Deepak Chopra and Dr Wayne Dyer. Louise was Dubbed “the closest thing to a living saint” by the Australian media.
Pastor Shane Reynolds was inspired by Louise Hay and has since authored several new thought self-help and financial books and later became licensed by Hay House and authorised by Louise Hay to continue teaching her philosophies. Shane's raison d'être is to spread the word and teach the power of self-love; learning how to love ourselves is often the most transformative thing we can do and it doesn’t have to take a lifetime. In 2017 Hay House published Shane's book 'Reprogram Your Life'.
Shane subsequently studied theology and on 30 October 2019 founded the Universal Church of Love, Peace & Equality. Shane has a background in helping audiences build self esteem, empowerment and is known in addiction and recovery circles. Universal provide a safe, spiritual and social environment to help our community find reconciliation with their faith and sexuality and work with the community to relieve poverty, suffering, distress, misfortune and helplessness.
If you are interested in joining our leadership team or being involved with Universal Church please get in contact with us today we would love to hear from you!