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The process to get ordained in Pennsylvania has perhaps never been easier! The title of “minister” was once reserved only for those with the resources to pursue it through time-consuming, costly (and sometimes judgmental) avenues. But those days are no longer. The Universal Life Church Ministries has knocked down these old barriers by pioneering a new path to ordination that makes it simple for anyone who feels so-called to become ordained online for free.

Pennsylvania is home to a deep and fascinating history of religious freedom and standing up to antiquated norms in the name of improving the collective human experience. In modern times, many Pennsylvanians have continued this rich tradition by getting ordained through the ULC!

This guide will explain how online ordination works, what legal aspects you should be aware of, and, most importantly: how to become a minister in Pennsylvania!

1. How Do You Get Ordained in Pennsylvania?

Getting ordained online with the Universal Life Church Ministries is as easy as filling out a short form on our website. Just input a few basic details to create your account, then press submit – that’s it! Once your ordination has been processed, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a link to view your digital ordination certificate on our website. To begin, tap the button below!

Our ordination process is straightforward, fast, and free of cost. Why? Because we believe everyone has the right to captain their own spiritual ship and chart their own course through the universe. Your faith is your own, and we think it’s vital that you be given the ability to pursue your beliefs however is most right for you – not according to some arbitrary set of rules laid out by an outside governing body.

2. What Can You Do With Your Ordination in Pennsylvania?

Once you become ordained, you’ll have the freedom to choose how you want to put this new status to use. Regardless of where you’re located in the state of Pennsylvania – from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, you can take advantage of your status as a minister in many different ways. As an ordained minister with the ULC, you may have the opportunity to:

  • Officiate weddings
  • Perform baptisms
  • Preside over funerals
  • Conduct a wide variety of other types of ceremonies

Some members of the ULC in Pennsylvania even go on to start their own churches! To learn more about the potential directions you can take and how to study up on these different specialties, visit our Minister Training Center.

3. What Do You Need to Be Ordained in Pennsylvania?

Once you’ve decided what types of activities you’d like to get involved in, the next step is to make sure you have all the necessary supplies and documents to pursue your goals! Here are some of the most popular items among our ministers in Pennsylvania:

Regardless of what you want to pursue, rest assured that we can help get your ministry off the ground running!

4. What Does it Mean to Be Ordained?

Ordination is a tradition of consecration that has been practiced across many faith groups throughout history. Each religion and denomination has its own method for ordaining its members as part of the clergy – processes that can vary quite significantly from one belief system to another. In the simplest sense, getting ordained indicates that powers have been vested in you by a higher authority to become a minister and carry out duties like performing ceremonies.

The road to ordination was traditionally a difficult one to travel, requiring many years of study and the green light of church leadership – not to mention the financial resources needed to attend formal schooling for becoming a minister.

The ULC believes these traditional routes are too restrictive, which is why we’ve opened the doors of ordination to all those who seek it through a unique online model. We offer this option in Pennsylvania because we know how important it is for Pennsylvanians to have the freedom to make their own decisions about becoming ordained, unconstrained by the barriers imposed by more conventional religious bodies.

Ordination through the Universal Life Church Ministries confers all of the same rights and privileges enjoyed by members of the clergy ordained by more traditional churches. ULC ministers are empowered to conduct the same types of duties performed by other clergy members from other organizations and denominations.

5. Can You Get Ordained to Perform a Wedding in Pennsylvania?

Many of those who become ordained by the ULC go on to perform ceremonies like marriages! In fact, ULC ministers perform many successful wedding ceremonies in Pennsylvania each year! A traditional church ceremony in Philadelphia can be wonderful, but what if the couple would rather plan a simpler outdoor wedding with a sand ceremony at Valley Forge National Historic Park? Having the freedom to break the mold can create amazing experiences for the couple and officiant alike.

If you plan to officiate a wedding, it’s important to understand that marriage is a legal ceremony, so there are additional rules that apply. Each state has its own laws regarding marriages and the process of solemizing those, so you’ll need to know about the requirements that apply in your area. To learn more, please visit our guide on performing weddings in Pennsylvania.

Are ULC Ordinations Valid in Pennsylvania?

As an established religious organization in good standing, ordinations conferred by the Universal Life Church are fully recognized in Pennsylvania, and ULC ministers have the authority to perform all regular clergy duties, including officiating legal wedding ceremonies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it legal to get ordained online in Pennsylvania?
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 Pennsylvania you have the same protections as all other ministers.
How long does it take to get ordained in Pennsylvania?
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 Pennsylvania who feels so-called has the right to captain their own faith journey.
How much does it cost to get ordained in Pennsylvania?
Ordination with the Universal Life Church is free, and always has been! We believe that everyone in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania?
To get ordained online by the Universal Life Church in Pennsylvania, 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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