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Old 07-12-2012, 11:33 PM   #1
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Email I received 2 days after applying:


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Hello Rev. Rocker,

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This is to confirm that

Ken Rocker

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has been ordained as a minister of the
Universal Life Church, Modesto, California.

Date of Ordination: July 7, 2012
by Kevin Andrews, Pastor
www.ulc.net
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Your request for ordination has been processed and submitted to the Universal Life Church Headquarters in Modesto, California for recording.

Please retain the above date of ordination for your records, as you may need this information in the future to fill out the various forms of the clergy. ***If you were ordained previously, the above date will constitute a valid date upon which you were RE-ordained. **Ordination is for life, without price, and without question of your specific beliefs. ***You do not need to pay any tithe, donation, or offering of any kind, now or in the future.

Please note that you have NOT been ordained "by Internet" or "online." ***The Universal Life Church is a "regularly established church or congregation" and all ordinations are done as the deliberate, thoughtful, and responsible act of a human being, not by a computer. **As is the case with nearly every church, organization and business, the ULC makes use of the Internet and email for administrative communications, but the ordination itself is not done online and should not be referred to as such. **Also, it is important to note that you did not ordain yourself.

The church holds regular meetings every Sunday morning in Modesto, and has congregations in all 50 states of the USA as well as countries throughout the world. **Upon ordination, you are a minister of the church in Modesto, though you may establish a separate congregation or join an existing local group if you choose to do so. *ULC does not require you to relinquish your membership or participation in any other church or organization, as the ULC doctrine is not in conflict with any peaceful belief system.

If you would like to order an official printed copy of your ordination credential certificate, a wallet card, or any other items, you will find them on the web site:
http://shop.ulc.net

Universal Life Church ordination is not limited to the officiation of marriage. *This is an important distinction, as in some jurisdictions, ministers who are ordained for the sole purpose of officiating marriage are not authorized by the state to officiate marriage in those jurisdictions. As a minister, you are authorized by the church to perform all peaceful rites and ceremonies of the church, including weddings, funerals, baptisms, blessings, and to preach, *teach and hold meetings. *Prior to conducting any civil ceremony (such as marriage), you should know and comply with the laws pertaining to your area of jurisdiction.

You are entitled to all privileges and courtesies normally offered to members of the clergy.

Your commitment is to always do the right thing. *It is your responsibility to peacefully and sincerely determine the right course of action, and to avoid infringing on the rights of others. *You alone are responsible for your *actions as a minister.

If you have not already done so, you may subscribe to our online ULC Newsletter at http://subscribe.ulc.net

We have an online discussion forum where ULC ministers meet to engage in fun and interesting communication. *You are welcome to join in. **You'll find it at http://forum.ulc.net

You may also choose to have yourself listed in our online directory. Please note that only those who have asked to be listed in the directory are included (not all ministers). The directory enables ULC folks to find one another, and is also a useful resource for people looking for a ULC minister in their area to perform ministerial services, but it is not a record of ordination. **You will find the directory at http://directory.ulc.net

We value and respect your privacy. **Your name and other information will not be made public on any listing unless you specifically ask to be listed this way. *We will never furnish your information to any outside agency, or allow it to be used for any unrelated purpose.

It is not a piece of paper which makes you a minister. *However, many people wish to have a certificate, wallet card, or other record of their status as a minister. **Such items are particularly useful to those who wish to perform marriages as part of their ministry. *It can serve to reassure the bride and groom (or their parents!) that the minister has been ordained.

Many ministers like to provide couples they marry with an authentic Universal Life Church Marriage Certificate for them to include among their wedding keepsakes. *Others just want to have a professionally printed certificate as a permanent record of their ordination. *With this in mind, we offer an assortment of Clergy Packages to help you get started quickly and easily in your ministry. *These packages contain documents, literature, and helps for various situations. *Please understand however, that you are not required or expected to purchase anything, and these items are not necessary for you to have an effective and meaningful ministry.

To order one of these packages visit our web site:

http://shop.ulc.net

You may place your order online for quick delivery, *even if you prefer to mail your payment. *At "checkout" you will have the option to print your order ready to mail. **Or just write down your order number if you don't have a printer.

Send all mail orders to:

Universal Life Bookstore
PO Box 1034
Folsom, CA 95763-1034

You may also contact us toll-free at 888-852-8632 (888-ULC-TODAY)


Best wishes in your ministry!

With warm regards,


Kevin Andrews, Pastor
Universal Life Church Online
www.ulc.net
So now I can legally do marriages, baptisms, etc.

What title should I get myself?

I'm thinking "doctor of divinity, zen master."

Thoughts?
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:54 PM   #3
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rev. rocker sounds made up already
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rev. rocker sounds made up already
ya no need to make something up
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Old 07-13-2012, 05:09 AM   #6
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What title should I get myself?

I'm thinking "doctor of divinity, zen master."
You don't make up your title and it's already been given to you in the email: Reverend
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Old 07-13-2012, 05:33 AM   #7
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Our friend got ordained through the ULC got the certificate, and then filed for a permit with the city. He was then a licensed officiant, and married us. It was really nice having someone who knew us closely perform the ceremony.

LOL we tested out the ULC before we signed him up; we ordained our hamster
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My brother in law got ordained with the same church and married me and my wife.
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So basically a church just hands these out like candy?
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:36 AM   #11
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So basically a church just hands these out like candy?
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LOL we tested out the ULC before we signed him up; we ordained our hamster
Looks like it.
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totally going to do this
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Wouldn't you be able to buy things tax free after this?
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You don't make up your title and it's already been given to you in the email: Reverend

Wrong.

I select Degree and Title for my ministry package:

http://ulc.net/index.php?page=shop

Doctor of Divinity, Zen Master

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Still don't see "Zen Master" on there.

I see they sell Friar Tuck shirts. I have one. I've been tempted to wear it for my next drivers license photo.
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I think I was ordained by this church 3 years ago. I can't remember.
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Anyone excited about this, check local regulations first. You can become ordained, but may need a permit from your local gov. to be an officiant who can legally marry others.
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My friend, who is an atheist, recently became this type of "ordained minister". He said he's doing it so he can marry his 2 of his friends at the end of this summer.
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Anyone excited about this, check local regulations first. You can become ordained, but may need a permit from your local gov. to be an officiant who can legally marry others.
See a previous post that already said this.
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