What Can A ULC Minister Do Once They Get Ordained?July 24, 2012 by Reverend Gregory
For the most part, the men and women from around the world who get ordained online through the Universal Life Church can do many of the things “conventional” ministers do in the United States. This is because our online church is, for all intents and purposes, a “real” church and our ministers are thus real ministers.
With a ULC ordination, any one of our ministers can…
Perform A Wedding
The vast majority of the people who get ordained with the ULC do so in order to perform wedding ceremonies for friends, family members, and occasionally even complete strangers. Many people who are unfamiliar with the ULC assume that the nature of our instant online ordination would not allow these weddings to be legally-recognized, but they are wrong. In fact, ULC ministers are able to officiate weddings in 47 US states. Of the three states that generally do not accept our online ordination, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia, there is a county in each that do. These counties are Bucks, Spotsylvania, and Knox counties, respectively. In short, our ordination is considered to be “legal” in the vast majority of the US.
Before you perform a wedding, make sure to contact the county clerk of the county where the marriage license is going to be filed to make sure that they accept our ordination and, if they do, ask about what forms of ministerial documentation you will need to show them in order to file for the license. Any type of documentation they mention can be found in the “Ministry Products” section of .
Learn how to perform a wedding using materials prepared by the Universal Life Church to help you unite your friends and/or family members in matrimony.
Be A Chaplain
Beyond officiating a wedding, probably the best way in which people who get ordained online through the ULC can touch the lives of others is to work as a chaplain in a prison or hospital. Sick and dying patients in hospitals around the country have been comforted by our church’s members, and prison officials actively encourage those who are eager to bring religion to others to come to their institutions and rehabilitate their inmates. Many ULC ministers have been called to do this work, and, thanks to their online ordinations, are able to receive permission to do so. Please contact your local hospital or prison after you get ordained to see if you can provide these valuable, life-changing services there.
Preside Over A Funeral
Certain states, like New York, only allow ordained ministers to have bodies released from morgues for the purposes of using them in burial ceremonies. These states generally see people who get ordained through the ULC as meeting this requirement, and our ministers are thus frequently able to preside over funerals there. ULC.org has a section devoted to funerals, found here, that can help you prepare a funeral ceremony.
Perform A Baptism
A small minority of our ministers choose to use their online ordinations to perform baptisms for the children of friends and family members. Baptisms are not governed or regulated by the government, of course, so you will not need to get permission from any government entity to perform one. This site contains a guide on baptisms, which our ministers should reference in order to prepare for them.
A question we frequently receive vis-a-vis baptisms are whether or not other churches, especially the Catholic church, recognizes the ones performed by our ministers. The short answer that the ULC Ministries always gives to these questions are “We don’t know”. If you are planning on asking such a question, please skip contacting us entirely and direct your question to the church whose recognition you are concerned with.This entry was posted in Universal Life Church and tagged Bookmark the permalink.