Ordained Atheist Minister

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Ordained Atheist Minister

Pretty new to the forum here, and i wanted to ask if any one else here is an Ordained Minister and an Atheist? I am going to be just as soon as I fill out the information on www.ulc.org

just for fun. i have a lot of religious family and i cant wait to tell them at christmas time.

 

edit: i just had to add that at that site you can also pick up your Jedi Knight Certificate! its official

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I am!  Before I solidified

I am!  Before I solidified my stance, I liked the ULC's focus on "everyone finding their own path". Though the founder of the church is a rambling ex-Baptist minister. His stuff reads just like a fast-talking preacher. : ) But his collegues didn't appreciate his theory that Jesus was the anit-Christ.

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Sweet, maybe I'll get 5

Sweet, maybe I'll get 5 different ones just to make sure I can piss off most of thw worlds population. Laughing out loud

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lookie what I just

lookie what I just found.

http://firstchurchofatheism.com/atheist-minister-in-your-area/

I filled in the stuff, waiting for conformation.  Ill let u know what it says so everyone can join in the fun. 

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Wow, the only atheist

Wow, the only atheist minister listed in Texas lives in my town!


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Is he an aggie too?   I

Is he an aggie too?

 

I cant think of a proper joke, ill get back to you. 


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Hey, I just registered to be

Hey, I just registered to be ordained with the First Church of Atheism.  I wonder if I can get tax exempt status?

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Bulldog wrote: Hey, I just

Bulldog wrote:
Hey, I just registered to be ordained with the First Church of Atheism. I wonder if I can get tax exempt status?

Absolutely, if you run a ministry. That's part of the point of the ULC and the FCA. They've handled the legal battles so anyone can run a ministry under the (in my opinion, ridiculous) protection of the law. Maybe you can start a weekly hanging out group and make it tax exempt. Weekly sermons on various video games (or what have you)... hmmm...

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A judge in Pennsylvania

A judge in Pennsylvania recently ruled that these aren't valid - at least in terms of performing marriages. There's a state law that in order to be considered ordained you have to either have a congregation or be part of an established church. There were stories about people getting their cats ordained and such.

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Well, I've got a bunch of

Well, I've got a bunch of fish that I know aren't too bright, they could be my congregation!  Or, do they have to be human, I know intelligence has nothing to do with it.

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I live in California, land

I live in California, land of the warehouse churches.  I could put the Great Spaghetti Monster on my roof (pointed at the church across the street) and I've got a church!  I don't think CA has any laws about "established" churches.  Hell, I think we have more wacko sects in this state than anywhere else.

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I am going to have to look

I am going to have to look into the marrage thing because the first person I told about being a Minister asked me to marry her and her boyfriend next summer.  I dont know how serious she was but I would totally do it, if I can.

If not Ill just go register through the ULC instead. 

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Cheshire, it depends on the

Cheshire, it depends on the state (I've looked into it before). In some places you have to register with the county before you perform a service. I think ULC has a list to give some guidance.

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CheshireCat9 wrote: Is he

CheshireCat9 wrote:

Is he an aggie too?

 

I cant think of a proper joke, ill get back to you.

Probably.

(I'm NOT an aggie BTW.) :P 

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CheshireCat9 wrote: I am

CheshireCat9 wrote:

I am going to have to look into the marrage thing because the first person I told about being a Minister asked me to marry her and her boyfriend next summer. I dont know how serious she was but I would totally do it, if I can.

Marriage should have its "legal" part and ritual part separated, i.e. you can have 20 marriage ceremonies and still be married or the other way around (no ceremony but still get married).


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CheshireCat9 wrote: I am

CheshireCat9 wrote:

I am going to have to look into the marrage thing because the first person I told about being a Minister asked me to marry her and her boyfriend next summer. 

I got this a few years ago. After I got it a couple of friends asked me to marry them. So I did. It seemed it all worked out ok. They paid me in beer. Smiling


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So the nighr before I got

So the nighr before I got ordained on this site, my friends were talking about who they wanted to marry them and they decided they wanted me to marry them.

 Without being aware of this, I became ordained and then I sent them an e-mail telling them as much and joking that they should think of me when they tie the knot.

Now they are super exited and want me to perform the ceremony for sure.  

So, what a cool coincidence! 

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pettman wrote:
CheshireCat9 wrote:

I am going to have to look into the marrage thing because the first person I told about being a Minister asked me to marry her and her boyfriend next summer. I dont know how serious she was but I would totally do it, if I can.

Marriage should have its "legal" part and ritual part separated, i.e. you can have 20 marriage ceremonies and still be married or the other way around (no ceremony but still get married).

You can, you just have to be married by a judge or representative of the state. 


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different states have

different states have different laws. I have been ordained with the First Church Of Atheism for a while now and they will send you a letter of good standing as well as your ordaining papers which is all most states need to register to do weddings. I got mine as more fuel towards starting an Atheist "church" in my hometown, not tax exempt lol but we do get to talk about freedom FROM religion and seperation of church and state in an organized group. more of a discussion/study group lol. Now my group has left since i joined the military and began doing the same thing here in kansas. I have preformed two weddings with my papers. one in Georgia and one in Iowa...as i said different states, different laws. I hope this helps.


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I am

I am an Ordained minister! And an Atheist!


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But

Joseph Kenneth K. wrote:

I am an Ordained minister! And an Atheist!

 

Why, JK? Is the pension plan really that good?

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I've been ordained through

I've been ordained through the ULC, CotSG, and UCTAA since 98. I hold a degree in Applied Apathy from UCTAA which I am especially proud of.

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