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Online ordination
« on: May 13, 2017, 04:56:04 pm »
Anyone here ever make use of Universal Life Church or other online ordinations?  What did you do with it?

I was reading a bit about the history of the original Universal Life Church as well as the Universal Life monastery branch -- I got a fascinating glimpse of the sixties.
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Re: Online ordination
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2017, 06:16:17 pm »
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Anyone here ever make use of Universal Life Church or other online ordinations?  What did you do with it?

I was reading a bit about the history of the original Universal Life Church as well as the Universal Life monastery branch -- I got a fascinating glimpse of the sixties.

 
I've been ordained by every single ULC splinter group in existence, and I mean that quite literally. If there exists a group that calls itself the ULC and it hasn't ordained me I'll eat my own glasses. In spite of that I am thoroughly convinced that ULC ordination is useless for ministerial purposes unless there are some very good extenuating circumstances (e.g. someone obtained a legitimate degree in the theological/pastoral field and then got ordained by the ULC); and I frown harshly at the many instances I've seen of pagans getting ULC ordination (or instant ordination from any other group) and then hanging their shingle as legitimate clergy for pastoral or congregational purposes. Now the reason I have so many online ordinations myself is that I am also an offender. Many times I have considered launching some sort of ministry based off of an instant ordination -- but in every case I came back to my senses.
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Re: Online ordination
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2017, 07:12:35 pm »
Quote from: EclecticWheel;206031
Anyone here ever make use of Universal Life Church or other online ordinations?  What did you do with it?

During one particularly raucous drinking session, my buddy and I decided I would officiate his upcoming nuptials.  Would've been great fun. But they eventually opted for a Catholic wedding, and if you want the real deal, don't look at me.  

Now I just use my ordination for shock value. I tell people I'm a minister just to see em give me funny looks.
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Re: Online ordination
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2017, 12:44:10 am »
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Many times I have considered launching some sort of ministry based off of an instant ordination -- but in every case I came back to my senses.

 
Yes, I think if I wanted to form a ministry with a non-standard ordination I would consider interfaith ordination or if I had the resources and people then legally found my own religious congregation or sect and function as a clergy person within that.  So far neither of those options have appealed to me, and I wouldn't want to be ordained online either except perhaps as a joke, but I haven't even bothered with that.
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