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Curious how to get ordained in Massachusetts? Well, good news: 1) the process is incredibly simple, and 2) we'll walk you through it step-by-step. There was a time when becoming a minister required thousands of hours (and dollars). Not to mention, candidates had to check certain arbitrary boxes to even be considered for the position.

Thanks to the Universal Life Church, those days are over. The ULC has shattered these institutional barriers and pioneered a brand new system that allows anyone who feels called to ministry to become ordained. Even better: this process is free and can be completed entirely online.

Massachusetts has a long history of diversity amongst its population, which means that it isn't uncommon to see those who acknowledge we are all children of the same universe. Considering this, it's no wonder that the Old Colony State boasts so many ministers ordained by the Universal Life Church.

In this guide, we'll explore what ordination is, explain how it gets issued online, and show you how to become a minister in Massachusetts!

1. Get Ordained in Massachusetts

Becoming ordained as a member of the Universal Life Church Ministries couldn't be easier. Just fill out the quick form on our website to create an account, inputting your basic details. When you press submit, allow a few moments for your ordination to be processed. Once that's done, you'll officially be a minister! Please keep an eye out for an email from us confirming your ordination status. You'll also see a link to view your new digital credential and to order any physical documents you might need. To begin, click the button below!

Why do we make ordination so simple? The ease of this process we've designed stems from our belief that every person should be granted the right to chart their own spiritual course in the universe. Each individual has their own unique conception of faith – what it means to them, what aspects are most important, and how best to go about it. As opposed to a traditional institution that sets all manner of rules regarding these questions, the ULC puts that power in the hands of its ministers to decide for themselves. And that empowerment begins with making ordination accessible to all.

2. What You Can Do With Your Ordination in Massachusetts

After becoming ordained, you'll have complete freedom to decide how you want to take advantage of this new status. Your ordination from ULC can take you from weddings on the seaside of Plymouth to inland cities like Worcester.

As a ULC ordained minister, you can:

  • Perform weddings
  • Preside over baptisms
  • Lead funeral and memorial services
  • Officiate a wide variety of other types of ceremonies

Some members of the ULC in Massachusetts even decide to start their own ministries or churches! To read more about these possibilities and learn how to prepare for them, please visit our Minister Training Center.

3. What Ordination Means in Massachusetts

Ordination is an ancient concept that has been practiced across many different faiths dating back for thousands of years. This act of consecration differs from one belief system to the next, and every faith (and oftentimes each denomination within a larger faith organization) has its own specific practices for ordaining members of the clergy. In the most basic sense, becoming ordained means that the organization confers upon you leadership status and the power to perform certain clergy duties, including presiding over ceremonies.

Historically, the process of becoming ordained was not an easy one. It typically required candidates for clergyhood to undertake years of study, as well as conform to certain standards set by the faith's leadership figures. And one cannot ignore about the financial resources necessary to pursue this formal schooling, either.

In the eyes of the ULC, this institutional path to ordination is exclusionary and unfair. That's why our process looks entirely different; we've created a new ordination model that allows anyone to pursue this route in life.

Best of all, becoming ordained as a member of the Universal Life Church Ministries brings with it equal powers and privileges enjoyed by other clergy members from more traditional faith backgrounds. As is their right under the Constitution, ministers of the ULC in Massachusetts can conduct all the same duties historically performed by institutional members of the clergy from other denominations.

4. What You Need to Be Ordained in Massachusetts

Once you have a better idea what types of clergy duties you'd like to take on, your next move will be to ensure you have all the necessary documents and other supplies to pursue these goals! Some of the most popular items for our ministers in Massachusetts are:

Regardless of where you've set your sights, know that we're ready to help you get your ministry off to a great start!

5. How to Get Ordained to Perform a Wedding in Massachusetts

One common reason to become a minister online is to gain the power to officiate wedding ceremonies. Did you know that each year, ULC ministers perform myriad wedding ceremonies across the state of Massachusetts? Some people get ordained to perform a wedding for a friend or family member, while others even go on to officiate weddings professionally in Massachusetts!

Officiating weddings sometimes leads you to new places and experiences; you could find yourself officiating a unity candle ceremony at the shores of Provincetown. Massachusetts has plenty of quirks, so it may not be out of the ordinary to officiate a fall wedding ceremony in the town of Salem.

If performing a wedding is in your future plans, there are a few important things to keep in mind. For one, because weddings are legal ceremonies, ministers must follow specific rules in order for the union to be recognized. These rules are generally set at the state level, but can also vary from county to county within a state. Once you know where the wedding will take place, you'll need to read up on the requirements in that area and make sure you understand how to check all the necessary legal boxes. For more information, please visit our guide on how to perform a wedding in Massachusetts.

Why ULC Ordinations Are Valid in Massachusetts

The Universal Life Church Ministries is recognized as a religious organization in good standing in Massachusetts. As such, all ordinations issued through the ULC are fully valid in Massachusetts and our ministers are granted the authority to carry out all typical duties of the clergy, which include performing legally-binding marriage ceremonies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it legal to get ordained online in Massachusetts?
Yes! The Constitution specifies that everyone has the right to practice their own religion. By pioneering the use of technology to communicate and ordain, we may look different from the more traditional churches you might be used to, but as a ULC minister in Massachusetts you have the same protections as all other ministers.
How long does it take to get ordained in Massachusetts?
The amount of time required to get ordained depends on which religious organization is ordaining you. The Universal Life Church has deliberately made ordination available almost instantaneously online because we believe that everyone in Massachusetts who feels so-called has the right to captain their own faith journey.
How much does it cost to get ordained in Massachusetts?
Ordination with the Universal Life Church is free, and always has been! We believe that everyone in Massachusetts who feels so-called should have access to ordination. Note that in certain areas you may be required to present proof of your ordination, which we provide for a small charge to help us cover production expenses.
How old do you have to be to get ordained in Massachusetts?
To get ordained online by the Universal Life Church in Massachusetts, an individual needs to be at least 18 years old. Depending on your location, there may be age requirements to perform functions like the solemnization of weddings - the office issuing the marriage license will be able to provide you with that information.

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