So I got one.
As of this date I am an ordained minister (I even have a certificate to prove it) and can perform the following duties:
- Perform marriages within any US state, following the rules laid out by the state in which you wish to perform said marriage.
- Perform funerals, baptisms, last rites or any other sort of legal ceremony or ritual you wish to perform, except circumcision.
- Start a church of your own, be it a bricks and mortar building or on the internet.
- Absolve others of their sins as you have been absolved of yours.
I can even get behind the ULC's beliefs, which are rather UU in nature, and there are only two of them:
- to promote freedom of religion and
- to do that which is right.
St. John 15:16 it states that God chose you, not the other way around. Your ordination is of God from before the foundation of the earth - according to the Bible. You are not required to believe this, it is offered only as one source of your seeking ordination.(Frankly I saw this posted in chalice_circle and figured, hey, if I'm going to start planning weddings, it might come in handy to be able to perform them if the need arises. Besides, it's a pretty good start to my eventual final career, which will be a UU minister when I turn 65. Robert Fulghum has been a hero of mine since I read All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.)