June 7th, 2004

Gir!

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.)
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