Our Ongoing Mission – The Road to Jericho

The Universal Life Church Monastery strongly believes in the rights of all people from all faiths to practice their religious beliefs, regardless of what those beliefs are, be they Christian, Jew, Gentile, Agnostic, Atheist, Buddhist, Shinto, Pagan, Wiccan, Druid or even Dignity Catholics; so long as they do not infringe upon the rights of others and are within the law of the land and one’s conscience.

We ordain ministers, priests, rabbis and clergy worldwide who are totally non-religious or even anti-religious. This may seem contradictory, but we are looking to change the negative perceptions of religion, faith and spirituality, by encouraging people to take control, stand up and speak truth to power by fearlessly stating their personal religious beliefs. The ULC Monastery seeks to fulfill the spiritual needs of as many different groups as we can by offering a wide variety of services, ordinations, information and networking opportunities.  We teach that the communication and fellowship of our ministers is equal to the once a week sacramonious fellowship in some of our most segregated and elitist churches.  We further proclaim that "We are all Children of the same Universe" and as such we each have a right to be here. Thus said, that is the way that your God and Mother Nature planned it.

We can best accomplish this with your help. If there is anything you would like to see added to the website which will help you grow spiritually, please feel free to contact us.

We have the same legal standing as any worldwide religious institution. Upon request we issue Ordination Certificates and notarized Letters of Good Standing to all ordained ULC ministers in our data banks.

In closing, we need your prayers. We know where we are going. If you should decide not to travel our path and seek fellowship somewhere else; God speed. Nonetheless, do drop by from time to time as we know you will. It is our hope that you’ll remember us on this day we met on our journey to Jericho where Joshua fought the battle and the walls of intolerance came tumbling down. We continue Joshua’s battle herein.

Statement of Universal Life Church Monastery

We believe that everyone should be an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church Monastery. Anyone who has not yet done so is simply unaware of the accorded privileges to perform wedding ceremonies, funerals, baptisms and yes, even exorcisms. This church will legally ordain anyone who asks and we will never charge a fee for doing so.

Select Get Ordained to begin the ordination process today. We offer this service as part of our non-profit ULC ministry, without any question as to your religious or spiritual faith, beliefs or practices. We keep a formal legal record of all ordinations for life.

This ULC church has two tenets: to ensure for each of our ordained ministers the absolute right of freedom to practice their religion in the manner of their choosing, as mandated by the First Amendment; and to encourage our newly ordained ministers to do that which is right and in accord with their government’s laws. 

The Universal Life Church Monastery will not stand between you and your God and we recognize that each minister and clergy member has the right to choose his or her own spiritual path. Each minister legally ordained by the ULC Monastery is at liberty to follow any religious path so long as it does not infringe upon the rights of others.


Moving Forward

The Monastery has stepped up to the plate to show leadership that the Universal Life Church needs; why settle for the failed bankruptcy and deceptive tactics of the past. The Monastery carries the torch of the Universal Life Church, ordaining hundreds of ministers everyday, and providing assistance grants to charitable organizations in the community. As well as fighting for the rights of ministers on a daily basis, all the while advancing the notion that “We are all Children of the Same Universe”.

    East Wing, Colors come to life in the east wing of the Universal Life Church Monastery's sanctuary.

  • Rectory Reception, Universal Life Church Monastery musicians perform for guests in the rectory. The ULC proudly embraces music as a form of worship.

  • Sister Taylor, a member of the Universal Life Church, became an ordained minister online.

  • ULC Band Rehearsal, A band comprised of Universal Life Church Monastery members practice their tunes.

  • Brother Buster on Sax, Music - as universal as life itself - is celebrated at the ULC. Brother Buster, who recently became an ordained minister online with the ULC, plays his heart out at during a wedding reception.

  • Br. Martin, Rev. Toellner & Wife, Bright faces and big smiles welcome those who become ordained ministers online with the ULC.

  • Rectory Conversations, A gathering of ULC ministers at the universal church's rectory. The Universal Life Church's informal religious beliefs attracts youth who become ordained ministers online.

  • Sunday School Kids, Several Universal Life Church Monastery adherents at a nighttime celebration.

  • Marriage Certificate from Church Wedding, One of the many varieties of marriage certificates the Universal Life Church Monastery offers to the bride and groom when they get married. Never before has online ordination looked so pretty!

  • Eve in the Garden, A modern-day Eve shows her pearly whites during the reception after a wedding performed by ULC-ordained ministers. The Universal Life Church Monastery firmly believes in forming connections between the people in its online ministry.

  • Ministers Table, Some of the people who become ordained ministers online with the Universal Life Church have been lucky enough to see this beautiful sight. Looks pretty good for sanctuary of an online ministry, doesn't it?

  • Reception Guests, A wedding reception at the Universal Life Church Monastery's sanctuary. Who knew an online ministry could look so personable?

  • Lower ULC Church Dining Room, The Universal Life Church Monastery is truly a universal church - religious symbols and objects from many of the world's religions can be found in the ULC Church dining room.

  • Brother Martin brings loving young couple together in the sacred bonds of marriage during a ceremony at the Universal Life Church sanctuary.

  • Dr. Butch & Daughters, The Universal Life Church's online ministry includes entire families.

  • Garden Reception, Several of the ULC's online-ordained ministers relax in the online ministry's garden.

  • Dr. Mike & Jan, The Universal Life Church helped these two ordained wedding officiants learn how to become ministers.

  • Reception, The beautiful interior of the Universal Life Church sanctuary set for the reception after a wedding ceremony. The ULC sanctuary demonstrates that even an online ministry can have a colorful and beautiful headquarters.

  • The Bride & Her Brother, A bride embraces her brother before her wedding ceremony. Brother George Freeman, the Universal Life Church Monastery's presiding Chaplain, stands ready to use his ordination to officiate the wedding.

  • Sister Taylor at Midnight Mass, Sister Taylor attends midnight mass at the Universal Life Church Monastery sanctuary.

  • Flower girl and Ringbearer for Wedding, The flower girls smile before a wedding performed by an officiant who became an ordained minister online with the ULC.

  • Midnight Mass, A Universal Life Church Monastery social gathering.

  • Sanctuary Kitchen, The Universal Life Church Monastery's sanctuary kitchen. While the ULC is only an online ministry, it has a beautiful space to offer for weddings performed by people who became ordained ministers online.

  • Christmas reception, A table set for a wedding reception in the Universal Life Church's sanctuary.

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With many ministers in good communion, the ULC monastery regularly holds multi-cultural celebrations.

The ULC Monastery is the largest congregation of Universal Life Church ministers online. As Martin Luther held,… we are not bound by Rome, but guided by the need to search for the creator, of our independent conscience.

We need your prayers, your support, and if you are ordained somewhere else, join us.


Universal Life Church History

Reverend Kirby Hensley grew up in a Christian home in North Carolina. In his lifetime he neither learned to read nor write, yet he still had a strong desire to learn and was a student of life. He began the Universal Life Church in 1959 with the idea that all people should be accepted regardless of their faith. The people who opposed him found out that although he was illiterate, he was more clever and tenacious than they had presumed, and he was a natural good judge of character.

By 1977 the ULC revivalist movement had exploded and a separate organization – the Universal Life Church Monastery – was founded by Br. Martin to accommodate the personal needs of the homeless, marginalized and disenfranchised individuals, New Age seekers and newly ordained ministers through monastic training.

Hensley fought in the courts for the universal right to life and preached throughout the United States for sixty-five years, dying in 1999 after seeing his message reach the entire world through the Internet.

Br. Daniel Zimmerman, former ULC Chaplain, and the Monastery staff continued the fight for religious liberty even to the point that only his motivation and the grace of God relieved his ailing personal health and postponed his retirement. In August of 2006 Br. Daniel received wisdom to recognize that the Universal Life Church had become the nationally-recognized vanguard of religious rights’ preservation, and that his part in ULC history was complete. Headquarters for the Universal Life Church Monastery in Seattle legally ordains more ministers than any other church in the world. The sun never sets on the Universal Life Church.

We champion the underdogs and the oppressed just as the legacy of Christ, King, Kennedy, Mother Theresa and Gandhi taught. There are no other international churches with the proven history of devotion to ministers for the sake of their own ministries such as this.  We do not require our ordained ministers or ULC congregants to bow before us or kiss our rings, because we believe that we are all equal universally. We meet the needs of our ministers and bless their calling, whether they intend to change the world or to simply officiate a wedding for a loved one in their new found capacity as a legally ordained minister of the Universal Life Church Monastery.

Thank you and welcome.
-Br. G. Martin Freeman, Presiding Chaplain

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