Universal Church is an LGBTIQA+ Christian faith community and was founded in 2019, its foundations are based on Christian Science which explains the spiritual laws of Love that Jesus relied on to heal sickness and sin. GOD = Love is our core belief.
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We pay our respects to elders and allies in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex communities. Recognising the limitations of the ‘LGBTI’ acronym, we extend this acknowledgement to include those who are part of the wider diversity of bodies, genders, sexualities, relationships, and identities that comprise the Australian population.
History of Christian Science & Universal Church
Christian Science members place their religion within mainstream Christian teaching however its theology differs in several respects from that of traditional Christianity. Christian Science, religion was founded upon principles of divine healing and laws expressed in the acts and sayings of Jesus.
Mary Baker Eddy founded Christian Science in the late nineteenth century and Ernest Holmes later founded the International Religious Science movement in the early twentieth century. In 1946 Dr. Raymond Charles Barker founded founded the First Church of Religious Science in Manhattan, New York.
In 1976 Louise Hay attended meetings at the Church of Religious Science, now called The First Center of Spiritual Living, she began ministerial training and wrote her first book, Heal Your Body, around the same time she began leading support groups for people living with HIV/AIDS. These meetings grew from a few people in her living room to hundreds of men in a large hall in West Hollywood, California. Her work with AIDS patients drew fame and she was invited to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 1985 Louise began an AIDS support group called The Hayride she then wrote the AIDS Book, Creating A Positive Approach.
In 1985 Dr. Patricia J. Crane became interested in Louise Hay’s philosophies. Patricia began working directly with Louise Hay as an assistant to her in workshops, the workshop was first approved by Louise Hay in 1995. It was then written by Patricia Crane who holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology. Louise Hay personally chose Patricia to lead the Love Yourself, Heal Your Life workshop nationally and internationally. This workshop evolved into a highly successful international program training more than 2,200 teachers over the past twenty-two years.
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. Dubbed “the closest thing to a living saint” by the Australian media, Louise Hay is also known as one of the founders of the self-help movement.
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.
Shane subsequently studied theology and on 30 October 2019 founded the Universal Church of Love, Peace & Equality Inc in Byron Bay. Shane has a background in helping audiences build self esteem, empowerment and is known in Addiction and Recovery circles. Headquartered in Canberra Universal provide a safe, spiritual and social environment, to help our community find reconciliation with their faith and sexuality.
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