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Universal Life Church Online - ULC.NET
Universal Life Church - We Are One

ABOUT THE UNIVERSAL LIFE CHURCH

The Universal Life Church will ordain anyone who asks, regardless of their belief system, age, race, gender or orientation. We believe that ordination is a right and we will assist anyone in exercising that right.

The ULC has two tenets: the absolute right of freedom of religion, and to do that which is right. It is up to each person to peacefully determine what is right.

The Universal Life Church is here to support your relationship with your God, Gods or if you have no belief in any diety or higher force, and to recognize that each person must walk his or her own path. And as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others, you have our support here at Universal Life Church Online (ULC.NET) to do so.


A Few Words About The ULC

ULC Founder Rev. Kirby Hensley was raised in North Carolina as a Baptist. He was illiterate, but still found ways to learn about things that interested him, namely religion. He created the Universal Life Church in 1959 and held services from his garage because he felt that everyone's beliefs should be respected and welcomed. He fought for his convictions in the courts, eventually getting ULC established as its own denomination.

He incorporated the Universal Life Church in Modesto, California on May 2, 1962 with Co-Founder and (then) Vice President Lewis Ashmore. Rev. Hensley regularly preached his beliefs across the country until his death in 1999. Lida Hensley, his wife of 46 years, succeeded Kirby as the church president until she passed away in 2007. Today, Kirby's son, Andre Hensley, serves as president of the Universal Life Church Headquarters.


A Few Words About ULC Online (ULC.NET)

ULC.NET is the longest established Universal Life Church website. This site is an official church hub where ULC ministers can become ordained, acquire their legal documents and ministry supplies and congregate with ministers from around the world at a hosted discussion forum and through social media outlets. It is authorized and endorsed by the church headquarters in Modesto to handle official church-related business. It is based in Folsom, California and is maintained by Senior Pastor Kevin Andrews and Senior Chaplain Violet A. Lucas.

This site also hosts the worldwide directory of ULC Ministers as well as the worldwide directory of ULC Congregations. The discussion forum has over 9000 registered members. ULC Online is also the distributor of the Universal Life Church newsletter.


A Few Words About The ULC Seminary

The ULC Seminary offers expansive coursework, and presents our community a variety of opportunities for exploring different paths as ministers of the Universal Life Church. The coursework is helpful toward extending services to our communities personally and professionally.

The ULC Seminary was founded in 2004 by Reverend Amy Eileen Long who was ordained through the Universal Life Church in 1994. She has performed over 600 weddings and has also serviced funerals. Her experience helped create many of the ceremonies found in her published books.

In 1997 she published 'The Ultimate Wedding & Ceremony Workbook for the 'Planning-Impaired'. Rev. Long also authored 'Weddings, Funerals and Rites of Passage' which includes works from contributing authors. The book was followed by 'More Weddings, Funerals and Rites of Passage' and 'The ULC Seminary Ministers' Handbook' which contains a wealth of useful information in it relevant to ULC Ministers.


Where We Are Now

In early 2017, the ULC Seminary merged into the ULC.NET family. The church leadership continues to work hard towards fulfilling the spiritual needs of an increasingly diverse spiritual community by offering a wide variety of services and information. To this end, we have a variety of guest sermons, multiple FAQs, an expanding seminary and much more. There is always room for improvement and expansion. If there is anything you would like to see added to the site, which will help you reach your spiritual goals, please send a note to support@ulc.net and we will see what we can do.


Thank you and welcome to the Universal Life Church family!