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Getting ordained in Washington has never been easier! The title of “minister” was once set aside only for those with the resources to pursue it through time-consuming, costly (and often discriminatory) avenues. But those days are no longer. The ULC Ministries has knocked down these old barriers by trailblazing a new path to ordination that makes it simple for anyone who feels so-called to get ordained online for free.

When people picture Washington state, they often think of rainy days and cloudy skies. But those who live here know there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing! The many Washingtonians who've chosen to become ordained embrace this adaptable mindset, and are happy to conduct their duties rain or shine.

Are you prepared to join in the fun? 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 Washington!

1. How Do You Get Ordained in Washington?

Getting ordained online with the Universal Life Church Ministries is as easy as filling out a quick 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 an email confirming your new status and allowing you to view your official digital ordination certificate on our website. To begin, click 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 expansive waters of the universe. Your faith is your own, and we think it’s important that you be given the ability to pursue your beliefs however is most appropriate for you – not according to some arbitrary set of rules laid out by a distant governing body.

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

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

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

Some members of the ULC in Washington 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 Washington?

After 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 Washington:

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 process of consecration that has been practiced across many different religious groups throughout history. Each faith 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 such as performing ceremonies.

The path to ordination was traditionally a difficult one, requiring many years of study and the approval of church leadership – not to mention the financial resources necessary to attend formal schooling for becoming a minister.

The ULC believes such historic routes are unnecessarily 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 Washington state because we know how important it is for Washingtonians to be able to make their own decisions about becoming ordained, free from the barriers imposed by more traditional religious bodies.

Ordination through the Universal Life Church Ministries confers all the same rights and privileges enjoyed by members of the clergy ordained through more traditional avenues. 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 Washington?

Many people get ordained with some potential hope to perform wedding ceremonies – often for loved ones. In fact, ULC ministers perform countless successful wedding ceremonies in Washington each year! A traditional church ceremony in Olympia can be wonderful, but what if a couple instead wants a friend to perform a romantic wedding ceremony on the slopes of Mt. Rainier? Having the freedom to go off-script can make for an incredibly special and personal event.

If you plan to officiate a wedding, it’s important to understand that because marriage is a legal ceremony, there are additional rules that apply. Each state has its own laws regarding marriages and the process of performing them, 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 Washington.

Are ULC Ordinations Valid in Washington?

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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