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That's Reverend to you...

Although I know you've been able to mail order one for years, I didn't realize that the Universal Life Church was giving out ordinations online (seems a 'natch, though).

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.
So, anyone need their sins absolved? Anyone planning a wedding and need an officiant? I must say, though, I'm rather disappointed that I can't do circumcisions, but, hey - you can't have everything, right? :D

I can even get behind the ULC's beliefs, which are rather UU in nature, and there are only two of them:

  1. to promote freedom of religion and

  2. to do that which is right.
As their website says:

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.)

Comments

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platypus
Jun. 7th, 2004 01:13 pm (UTC)
I know someone who has performed weddings several times using the ULC ordination. It's nice if you're a good speaker and your friends don't want a churchy wedding.
akirashima
Jun. 7th, 2004 01:21 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the fold Fellow reverend
Have been one since 2001
still have not been able to print out my Certificate though
someday when i have the extra cash i am going to get the card like Fay (Scott) has

And yes i can really get behind the Religious beliefs behind the church

I ahve always felt that ALL RELIGIONS are but reflections and cultural adaptations of ONE TRUTH

God is like a disco ball
You can concentrate on one facet to the exclusion of all others
You can focus on a group of facets that reflect one scene from differing angles.
You can focus on just the mirror facets that show things you like
You can try to focus on all of the facets you can see and theorize about the ones you can't
You can focus on the shadows between the shads of light
OR you can just realize that they are all part of the ball and the experiance
justplainbryan
Jun. 7th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC)
A fellow ULC Reverend! I've been a minister since 2001. It feels good eing able to absolve people of their sins on a whim!
elemirion
Jun. 7th, 2004 01:46 pm (UTC)
I am looking more to be absolved of my virtues... Can you do that? or do I have to hire someone to do it...

LOL
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esprix
Jun. 7th, 2004 02:44 pm (UTC)
And think - because of the stipulations, you could safely invite Jack Dean Tyler! :D
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nazcr
Jun. 8th, 2004 02:51 pm (UTC)
You must marry Jim & I
esprix
Jun. 8th, 2004 10:31 pm (UTC)
Hell no. I don't want to bring about the wrath of Yog Soggoth!
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