The ULC is a recognized International organization and has fought many court battles through the years (and winning) to insure the legal rights of independent churches and ministers. The ULC stands between the minister and the government and not between the minister and God. The ULC believes that its ministers were ordained by their God, before becoming ordained ministers of the ULC. This is in accordance with the Christian Scripture,
“… for ye have not chosen me but I have chosen you and ordained you before the foundation of the earth” (John 15:16)
The ULC does not interpret or set in judgment of a persons beliefs, creed, religion, race, color, sex or sexual orientation. It has only two tenets, doctrines, or basic beliefs. These are:
- Absolute right of the freedom of religion.
- To do that which is right.
If you agree with these two tenets, you can be ordained as an independent minister by the ULC and registered as such in their international database. This is legal ordination.
Second, after being ordained by the ULC, you will be free to carry on your ministry as you feel your God directs you. You will be authorized to perform all religious services including the rites of marriage and baptism. You will be authorized to use a formal title of Reverend before your name. You will be entitled to the respect and consideration that is customarily given to ministers of any religious organization.
Third, ordination by the Universal Life Church is completely free of charge and for life! There is no charge at all for being ordained by the ULC, and no one can ever take your ordination away from you!
It should be noted that while the ULC is not strictly a Christian ministry because of the non-restrictive nature of the two tenets, nevertheless, the ULC has done, and is still doing, a great service for Christian ministers.
We follow the tenets of the Universal Life Church:
Absolute Freedom of Religion
There is no one true religion or denomination. All religions have their share of truth. Just because we don’t understand or agree with another person’s spiritual point of view does not mean it is wrong, just different. We feel all people’s views on spiritual matters are valid and that we can learn from and in most cases apply it to our own.
To Do That Which is Right
How can most religions (especially Christianity) preach love and unity when it excludes people based on race, sexual orientation or political affiliation? We are all children of our creator. To quote the Wiccan credo “As long as it harms no one do what thou will.” What you do is between you and your god.
Sourced from ULC Textbook.