After 15 years of advanced trainings from life lessons, as of April 29th 2007 I am now an ordained minister.
No really. I now can officiate weddings and funerals, perform baptisms, hold services, and other sacraments and rites regularly performed by ordained members of clergy. All 50 states within the US will recognize this fact.
How can this be? Through open ordination. Think about it:
- None of the founders of the world’s major religions had advanced religious training. Their training was life. The disciples of Christ were mostly fishermen, for example.
- The Christian God selects those to ordain, not the other way around: John 15:16 – Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
I was ordained through Universal Life Church, a religious organization that offers immediate ordination free of charge. Check out the Wiki posting for more information, but in summary
The ULC was founded in 1959 under the name “Life Church” by the Reverend Kirby J. Hensley. Disappointed with the Pentecostal church, Hensley decided to venture on his own to find his religion. After five years of studying various religions, according to his own statements, Hensley concluded that the proper religion may differ for each man, and everyone is entitled to choose his or her own religion. No one should be criticized or condemned for wanting to practice the belief of his or her choice. The Church’s mission is to preserve and protect freedom of religion. In other words, they want every member to be able to pursue their own spiritual beliefs without interference from the government, church agencies, or any other outside agency. It has only one creed: “Do only that which is right”.
The legality of the Church was questioned in 2002 in a federal case. The result: The Court ruled in favor of the Church, declaring Utah’s statute banning ministers ordained by mail or Internet as unconstitutional and permanently barring the state from enforcing it, noting among other things that there is essentially no difference between an Internet-based application or mail-order application and one sent by courier, fax machine, phone, or done in person. So, the organization is legit and legally recognized.
I’m available for weddings.