Adele becomes ordained minister

Adele reportedly got ordained online specifically to perform a wedding for her close friends.

In addition to being a worldwide superstar, apparently Adele can now add “ordained minister” to her extensive resume. That’s according to a report from The Guardian, which indicates the singer joined the Universal Life Church earlier this year to officiate a wedding for her close friend Alan Carr and his partner.

Carr broke the news on a morning television show in the U.K., explaining how Adele was adamant she’d be involved in his wedding. “I want to do your special day. Let me do everything”, she reportedly told him. In addition to acting as wedding planner, Adele got her minister credentials online and dressed up in an extravagant officiant outfit to perform the ceremony.

After the news broke, she posted on Instagram about the experience:

According to Carr, she also doubled as the wedding singer and performed a song for their first dance. “She is the kindest, most sweetest, loveliest person ever. She flew us to Vegas to see Celine Dion sing. She sang my first dance. It was the best day of my life,” he recalled during the TV interview.

It’s unclear if Adele plans to perform any more ceremonies in the future, but if she does have designs to officiate again, the notoriously-private celeb will likely keep them quiet.

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Adele becomes only the latest famous personality to harness the power of online ordination in order to perform weddings. This already-extensive list includes such notable names as Bryan Cranston, Conan O’Brien, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellen, Jason Segel, and many more.

Who do you think will be next?



  1. Ben says:

    Did she have any religious training?
    Even as a witch, my coven presented a list of things I needed to learn and do, before I could get ordained here. Took me a few years to complete.

    1. William Waugh says:

      The way I see it, it’s like this. Like having a CDL (commercial drivers license) You have to have it to step up on the highway. But only focused effort and time will produce a quality contractor. It’s what you make of it!

      1. Ben says:

        You need training to get a CDL.
        Just clicking on “ordain me”, without any training, not only does a disservice to the community, but makes us look less legitimate.

        1. James says:

          CDL, or M.B.B.S. or M.S or ??? Government issued licenses are done for a reason. To follow government guidelines. Even if they follow the FDA rules “only a drug can prevent or cure” type laws. Where is all that needed to “bless some one” in any type of endever they choose to embark on?. The couple still needs to file the government document / contract & pay them $$$, to do what one can do on their own for free. Separation of church & state. One not even need to go thru the pre-rituals… Just head down to the J.O.P. & pay the fees. Performing premarital functions (4 the most part) is an unregulated industry.

          1. Ben says:

            But this isn’t government issued license for a civil job.
            We’re clergy. This is a Spiritual post. We represent the divine, which carries responsibilities.

          2. dan says:

            licenses …. lie to your senses ??

  2. bob says:

    i don’t like the heralding, the announcing of a celeb becoming a minister. So What! Is a celeb becoming a minister any more important, more newsworthy than my becoming one? Being ordained as a minister has spiritual responsibilities and is a serious calling. It should NOT be promoted and announced to the world. VERY unlike JESUS!

  3. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, LCSW says:

    How lovely. She had loving intentions to marry her friends. It is good to know that very positive people, including celebrities like Adele have joined us. Not like you two resentful, negative men. Good for her. There is joy in hearing her songs. Congratulations to Adele!

    1. Ben says:

      What if I really wanted to perform surgery for a friend, but had no medical training?
      Would that be lovely?
      No, it would not.
      Her getting ordained like this, is like buying Fruit Stripe gum, as an impulse buy, while checking out at Target.

      1. William Waugh says:

        Why did you get ordained? Just to dig at others? Do your research. Anyone can be called to god as messenger….and anyone can operate a class 8 rig …but few are ace drivers.

        1. James says:

          @ William.. Simplistically said, But well put.

      2. Tom says:

        Ben…respectfully, if you sit quietly, and meditate peacefully, you may find that judging others blocks your path to God/love…Peace…Tom

        1. Ben says:

          Those among the pagan community, that I’ve spoken too, agree that it is our responsibility to police our own.
          To make sure nothing untowards is being done by anyone in the community.
          My God’s, I believe, won’t condemn me for protecting the community, by pointing out a spiritual leader, who is unqualified to hold that position.

          1. Tom says:

            Ben…respectfully, there is no such thing as spiritual responsibility in this “world”…we are all here at points on our karmic path to peace/God…the closest thing to “responsibility” we can show to others is to show them love and compassion…this “world” does not need leaders; it can use the modeling of love, compassion, forgiveness, and the like…Peace…Tom

          2. dan says:

            Man loves complexity and calls it knowledge. A great many societies and institutions in the world which call themselves occult, esoteric and psychic, and by various other names, knowing that everyone is interested in complexity, cover the truth. Instead of covering the truth with one cover, they cover it with a thousand covers to make it more interesting. It is just like the customs that were followed in ancient times, when people came to worship and asked the priest how they should do it, and he would say, ‘How far do you live from the shrine?’ And when they said, ‘Two miles,’ he answered, ‘You must come on foot to the shrine and walk around it a hundred times before you may enter it.’ He gave them a good exercise before they were allowed to come in. Even today, they do the same thing. When a person says, ‘I want to see truth,’ but he wishes to look for truth in complexity, they cover truth under a thousand covers, and then they give him the problem to solve.

            from a truly quantifiable being at

      3. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp. MSW, LCSW says:

        @Ben, you are truly a sorry, resentful man. Perhaps you need a refresher on our ULC:
        The Universal Life Church (ULC) is a multi-denominational religious organization with millions of members all over the world. Over the decades, the ULC has garnered global recognition for its promotion of universal togetherness and religious expression around the world.
        By becoming an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church, you’ll be granted all the rights and privileges afforded to clergy members of other faiths – including the ability to perform legal wedding ceremonies. Ordination also opens the door for you to start a personal ministry, preside over other religious and spiritual ceremonies, and much more. Plus, unlike traditional religious organizations, we don’t require years of training or expensive courses to become a member of the clergy. The Universal Life Church believes that all people are naturally endowed with the right to control their own spiritual life, and thus that all those who feel so-called should have access to ordination.
        The ULC has only two core tenets that ministers must uphold:
        1. Do only that which is right.
        2. Every individual is free to practice their religion however they like as long as their actions do not impinge upon the rights or freedoms of others and are in accordance with the law.

        The ULC champions religious freedom, social justice and spiritual expression. We never waver in our conviction that performing spiritual duties is a right that all should share, and we will always stand up for our minister-members in this regard. The ULC supports many organizations that work for oppressed or underrepresented individuals. We are very proud of the work and victories that we’ve helped to win in areas such as religious freedom and the legalization of same-sex marriage.
        Perhaps, Ben, you need help getting right with yourself, the ULC ministers and learn how to behave in a loving, spiritual manner. You are demonstrating the opposite of what the ULC is about.

        1. Tom says:

          Catherine…respectfully, except for your judgment of Ben, I agree with all you have written…Peace…Tom

          1. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp MSW, LCSW says:

            @Tom. My response was in relation to Ben’s negative and disrespectful comment about my stating it was “lovely” that Adele had loving intentions, as I had indicated in my initial post about congratulating Adele. I would not have called him out othewise. Was I judging his behavior in relation to his comments about mine, yes, and I will again if needed.

          2. Tom says:

            Catherine…thank you for writing…respectfully, why do you think it is ever spiritually positive to be judgmental?…although sometimes it is hard, i feel it is true… Peace…Tom

          3. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp MSW, LCSW says:

            Get off your high horse or better yet, mind your own business and pay attention to your behavior.

          4. Tom says:

            Catherine…why do you feel it is constructive to write like this?…there is no “need” to judge other peoples’s behavior, although you are free to do so…i do not understand how your field of work leads you to denigrate others…i am not above anyone…Peace…Tom

          5. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp MSW, LCSW says:

            Tom, stop harassing me and mind YOUR behavior. Got it??? Just a jealous dinosaur you seem to be. Now leave me alone.Your opinions and judgements of me have no validity nor do I care about you. However, it might be wise for YOU to look at YOUR your own behaviors of being sanctimonious, arrogant, mr know it all, holier than thou. So grow up and learn. I will not address you or respond to your outrageous attitudes and behaviors from here on out.Delete works well. .

          6. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp MSW, LCSW says:

            Tom, you are being asked to leave me alone and stop your harassing behavior. Perhaps you are just a jealous old geezer, From now on, if you ever attempt to attack me again, you will be ignored because your opinions mean nothing to me and have no value at all. Now perhaps you should focus on your outrageous behavior toward others on this blog.

          7. Tom says:

            Catherine…i wish you only Peace…Tom

  4. Tom says:

    Joseph…you appear to be straying from maintaining this blog as a spiritual forum…you have not responded to me before; i will appreciate a response from you as to the nature of the blog…Peace…Tom

    1. Tom says:

      Joseph…what has to be done to engage you in a dialogue?…coming face to face?…your choice of topics is clearly opinion; why not blog/debate?…the ULC should not just be open to all religions; it should be open to spirituality without religion…Peace…Tom

  5. John Owens says:

    My MC has its own ordination papers and process, but I can’t apply for it because you have to sign a paper saying you accept the belief in the Holy Trinity, and I cannot do that in good conscience, as I do not believe the Holy Spirit is a third entity.

    1. James says:

      The “trinity”? Thats a subjective term… What is “the trinity” as TRULY intended by the laws of nature, the laws of LOVE, the laws of GOD? Lets review some of the ways we see “trinity”. It can imply. 1, “Father, Son, Spirit (be it all as one or separate (take your pick)). 2, Parent, Adult, Child. 3, Me, Myself & I. etc etc.. ALL of these (and others) hold depth of meaning & are NOT word games. Few ppl know the true depth of these meanings. Still waters run deep in how most have been taught what most biblical type quotes mean in depth. Example; I am that I am ~VS~ I am, That I am. I = Ego. Agreeing to a simplified, misunderstood meaning of Trinity can mislead the already phaneronic, skewed views most currently hold.

      1. John Owens says:

        …which is why I did not agree to it, James. Glad we can agree on that much.

  6. rabbi jim says:

    Greetings all! Welcome Adele. Many rewarding experiences here. Sholom and have a wonderful day!

    1. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp MSW, LCSW says:

      Nice positive comment about her joining us!

  7. Ralph Vendegna says:

    All the negative comments. Grow up and mind your own business. You don’t like it too bad. I get tire of people with stupid negative comments.

    1. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp MSW, LCSW says:

      Agree with you 100% and thank you!

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