Is the Universal Life Church a scam?

It is  a difficult thing to think that folks spend  years in seminarian schools, thousands of dollars later, they emerge with real degrees and certificates. Then there are schools that pretty much allow you to be a minister, demonology guy or a Rabi what ever you wanted to place on your certificates, they say well that is your choice. These sites from several sources are popping up everywhere. I feel it should be criminal to actually have a document that you no way studied under. For a smaller then normal price you pay a fee and presto you are a catholic priest, exorcist, and what ever you say you are.

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The Universal Life Church (ULC) is a religious organization that offers anyone semi-immediate ordination as a ULC minister free of charge. The organization states that anyone can become a minister without having to go through the pre-ordination process required by other religious faiths. The ULC has no traditional doctrine, believing as an organization merely in doing “that which is right”. The Universal Life Church believes that it is every person’s responsibility to act holistically, to do nothing to impinge on the rights of others, and to uphold religious diversity and freedom. Additionally, everyone (men, women, and children from around the globe) must be able to practice their spiritual and religious beliefs without interference or threat from any government, religious, or societal force. The Church does not stand between the member and his or her belief system

This is the entire problem I have with this so called church, they allow everyone to simply place any sort of name on a paper, hell I want to be President Obama then?

The church was founded under the said name Life church in 1959 in the garage of a home.

1960s and 1970s USA

During the 1960s and 1970s many people in the USA became ministers in the ULC because they believed that being a minister either would help keep them from being drafted into military service during the Vietnam War or would enable them to get income tax relief as members of the clergy.[3] Both of these beliefs have always been false, as merely being ordained does not exempt a person from compulsory military service, and ministers as individuals receive no tax benefit; only churches themselves are tax exempt. Ministers do have the option of applying for exemption from Social Security taxes; however, this may limit eligibility for Social Security benefits. Also, this exemption applies only to ministers whose income comes from religious services and applies only to such income.

The Universal Life Church was referenced by Abbie Hoffman in his 1970 book Steal This Book, which encouraged readers to request an ordination from the ULC, receive notification of the ordination, and then cut out and laminate a card indicating the new minister’s ordination. He regarded the ULC as “unquestionably one of the best deals going”, but also made the mistake of assuming that a ULC ordination would entitle ordained persons to discounts and tax exemptions.

Ordination and ULC clergy

As of early 2009, ULC was sending out between 8,500 and 10,000 ordination certificates each month. Between 1962 and 2008, it sent out almost 18 million, worldwide.[6]

The ULC Headquarters holds weekly church services in a historic church building in Modesto. ULC ministers are authorized by the church to officiate at weddings and funerals, perform baptisms or verbal baby naming ceremonies, hold services (also called meetings), and other sacraments and rites regularly performed by ordained members of clergy and part of the particular belief system the minister represents. All ministers in the ULC are also authorized and encouraged to ordain others as ministers in the church. The ordaining minister informs the home church of the ordination, and the new minister’s information is added to the official church records.[citation needed]

Beliefs

Dedicated ULC members state that they truly believe in freedom of religion. In other words, they want every member to be able to pursue their own beliefs without interference from the government, church or other religious agencies, or any other outside agency. Their one creed (or doctrine) is: “Do only that which is right.”

Any person may associate themselves with the Church and, if they feel it is appropriate, request ordination as a minister. The Universal Life Church does not issue ministerial certificates to individuals who are currently incarcerated, but any other person may be ordained as a minister.[7]

Ministers are allowed to follow their own belief system path. For example, ministers of the Church may follow a traditional Christian belief system, they may follow other world religions, they may blend various faith traditions, or they may be agnostic or atheist. The latter may serve as humanist ministers or non-religious officiants; Humanist ministers or officiants may also be registered by the Humanist Society, a non-related group.[8]

The Universal Life Seminary is one of the many charter churches operated by individual ministers of the ULC; The Universal Life Seminary is affiliated to the ULC because the minister that operates it is a minister in good standing with the ULC. The Universal Life Seminary, however, does have some theological beliefs that differ from the ULC Headquarters. For example, the seminary offers a number of courses from a spiritual perspective, as well as some from various religious perspectives, but still very specifically welcomes and promotes people of all beliefs.[9] The seminary does not claim, however, to speak for the Universal Life Church as a whole, but offers one of many paths to interested individuals.

Other charter churches, or ministries, that operate include an Order of Jedi, inspired in part by the philosophy of the Star Wars motion pictures.

The Church is similar in some respects to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), although the two were never affiliated. The ULC is sometimes said to be a liberal church with many conservative members. This aspect attracts some individuals to the ULC who are uncomfortable with the liberal activism of the UUA. Church meetings typically allow all present to speak, a practice similar to the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, although these two groups were also never affiliated.

Ok so back to why this article was written in the first place. I have seen a growing number of on line schools nothing more of a money scam, and a growing number of folks wishing to use faked documents to either brag or broaden their resume to show off for the purposes of their own said deceptions. to many folks in the paranormal think they can fool folks with said deceptive documents and when i see this I expose these people, after all would you want a priest blessing you who is not really a priest? a rabi whom is not jewish?

http://www.ulc.org/2012/07/is-the-universal-life-church-a-scam/

Is the Universal Life Church a scam?

Is the Universal Life Church, and the Universal Life Church ordination, a total scam? The answer is simple: absolutely.

How is it possible for an individual to take a few minutes of their time, pay a fee and be promptly ordained to perform marriage ceremonies? The sanctity of the marriage vow is implicitly desecrated by a fly-by-night, online ordained minister who only performs ceremonies in exchange for spending money.

Although the ULC provides paper ordinations for a fee, how can this “church” be anything but a money-making scheme designed to take advantage of misinformed people?he practice of ordaining someone to be a minister without giving them any formal training is highly questionable.

Irregardless of the religious denomination of the couple, a marriage vow is sacred and should not be sullied by fake ordinations bought online for a fee. How can an individual with no appreciable religious training guide an engaged couple through the sanctity of the wedding process?

Imagine the same practice in the medical profession – allowing someone to come in off the street and cut someone open, using only a surgical “degree” they got online to demonstrate their credentials.When a couple engages in an act of matrimony, there are many social, financial and religious considerations to take into account. The ULC takes these considerations and makes a mockery of them. How can the Universal Life Church charge for such ordinations with almost no training and certainly no ongoing, continuing education? Of course, the ULC does take a relatively large fee for its brief, online ordination certification and the paper documentation it sends to its “ministers”. How it costs $20 to print and ship a piece of paper is beyond me.

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Questions raised about the money the ULC charges are particularly concerning when you think about how it purports to be a “non-profit organization”. Either they are flat out lying about their non-profit status (which seems likely) or they line their pockets with the egregious fees they charge to the innocent men and women who “get ordained online” through them.

As was posted by ULC,defending their certifications.

It is an unfortunate fact of the ordination process we use – where anyone can get ordained online for free within a matter of minutes – that people who are trying to be funny (or “prove” that we are a scam) exploit the weaknesses of our system and create accounts for things that are clearly not real people. Ordaining your vacuum cleaner doesn’t prove that we are a scam in that it does not impact the legality of the ordinations of real people who use them to perform genuine, legally-recognized ceremonies (like weddings). Ordaining “Adolf Hitler” (which our ordination database reveals that people have done over two dozen times) who lives on “666 Hell Lane” proves nothing other than the fact that you have too much time on your hands and a peculiar sense of humor or miss placed urge to try and detract from the ordinations that hundreds of thousands of people use honestly.

A message to U.L.C. We feel your entire association is mo0re then questionable, because of the time it takes to be ordained and or the simple fact that ULC does not care if you ordain a dog, cat, horse or even a mouse.?

If the green is there, you are ready to provide a service.

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Disclaimer: The following information has been provided to us and the article is based on the said information, we obtained. All allegations made are alleged, and the Paranormal Herald  and or Beyond The Edge Of Reality can not be held accountable for other parties information.

Evan Jensen

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