ULC Ordination – A Darn Good DealApril 13, 2012 by Reverend Vernon
The Universal Life Church has ordained hundreds of thousands of people and has been responsible for a number of high–profile weddings, among thousands of others. This post elucidates why people are flocking to the ULC – and a host of other online ministries – in droves: because our ordinations are a darn good deal.
1. Online ordinations let non-ministers perform wedding ceremonies.
For centuries, conventional religion had a stranglehold on marriage, that union between two loving people that is as old as humanity itself, in that it was only ordained ministers who had the ability to create them. This domination is now slowly but surely being undone thanks to the Universal Life Church and many other online ministries. The ULC, and other organizations like them, provide a valuable service to modern society; they give laypeople, those who are not clergymen, the ability to perform legally-recognized wedding ceremonies in most states in the United States. Because of this, an estimated 15% of all marriages performed in the US are done by regular people who became ordained online.
2. Online ordinations are (generally) free and quick to complete.
The vast majority of online ministries do not charge their ministers to get ordained with them, and most of these ordainment processes can be done entirely online and can be completed in a matter of minutes. This means that it is possible to gain the free legal right to bind people in matrimony, an ability that conventional ministers spend years and thousands of dollars to acquire, in the time it takes to make a sandwich. Oh yeah, and the ULC Ministries’s ordination also lasts for the person’s lifetime so it never needs to be renewed. Not bad.
Given these facts, you should be asking yourself the following: Why would someone not get ordained when it is this quick and cheap to do?
3. Performing marriage ceremonies is free or relatively cheap for the minister.
Many states, like the ULC Ministries’s home state of Washington, do not require Universal Life Church ministers to present proof of their ordination when they file for marriage licenses at county clerks’ offices. This means that a resident of such a state can get ordained online, prepare for a wedding ceremony, perform said wedding ceremony, and then file for the marriage license in the space of a single afternoon.
Most ULC ministers are not this lucky, unfortunately, and they must buy ministry products from in order to register as a wedding officiant with their state or file for marriage licenses. The ULC Ministries is a non-profit organization and thus only charges its ministers what it must make to cover its operating costs; money that is not used to cover these costs is donated to various charities. As a result of this policy, it costs $30 at most (the price of the Nevada Wedding Officiant Package, a bundle of documents that lets anyone from anywhere in the world perform wedding ceremonies in that state) for our ministers to get the bare essentials needed to legally file for marriage licenses in the US. These prices are thus relatively cheap, especially when you consider the power of the privilege that these documents give.
Finally, ULC ministers should rest assured that the church will refund them in full if the products they order on our recommendation do not give them the ability to perform marriage ceremonies as promised; that is a guarantee.
So, to summarize, online ordinations issued by online ministries like the Universal Life Church give everyday people with no formal religious training the right to perform legally-recognized wedding ceremonies through a process that is fast, free, and lasts a lifetime. This is, in short, a darn good deal.
Have questions not addressed in this article? The Universal Life Church Ministries can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can answer all of your questions regarding online ordination legality and marriages in your state (among other things) from there.This entry was posted in Ministry Products and tagged Bookmark the permalink.