At The Monastery we are always happy to hear from our ministers, directly or indirectly as we did today when this story appeared on our screens.

The article appearing in the lifestyle section of a local Pennsylvania paper highlights the benefits of having a close friend preside over a wedding ceremony by becoming ordained through our church.

Rev. Eileen Biel agreed to preside over the ceremony after ensuring that she was in good standing with the church and the local authorities responsible for recording marriages.

Ms. Biel, acting on the advice of a friend who had also been ordained through the Universal Life Church, said what came next was “a lot of reading and a lot of question-and-answer.” She also had to speak with a church representative over the phone and explain why she was interested in becoming a minister.

“A lot of people do it just to flash a credential around,” she explained.

Ms. Biel said she was careful to research the legality and authenticity of the title, and while it wasn’t as easy as she thought it would be, she believes anyone can do it.

Ms. Biel’s ceremony was such a success that she has since received other request to perform wedding ceremonies but, in her own words, “[it’s] a nice gesture if I could do it, but I guess we’ll see how the first one goes before I start booking.”

Well, Ms. Biel, you seem to be off to a good start. Best wishes!

The Times-Tribune

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