Rev. Calli

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  1. Greetings to you all my sisters and brothers, This is an interesting question indeed. In a Christian context, each person who claims to follow Christ is a full-time minister, in so far as we are called to live our lives as Christ taught 24/7. Now in my view, a distinction does need to be made in how terms are used. Typically a Christian would not use the term "full-time" to describe their lifestyle. It is part and parcel of being a follower of Jesus. Even when we don't live the faith as best as we can, someone who really feels the call of Christ in their lives will try their best to live their faith on a full time basis, acknowledging that while we may be trying to go onto Christian perfection, we are generally still a long way off. I think though that many people confuse the word "Minister" with "Pastor" or "Clergy". These are really not the same things. All Christians are ministers. Pastors and clergy in general though are different. Not better than the regular minister, but having a very specific function in the church. They lead worship, administer the sacraments, preach, teach, and in general are the people who are paid to lead the church as specialists in their field. In many churches, this is their paid jobs, and in the sense that I believe the term "full time" is used, this is their full-time job. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  2. Happy birthday my friend!

     

  3. New here

    Greetings to you my sister, The Universal Life Church encompasses all religions and none. Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Moslems, even Atheists are welcome. This is a place that embraces the freedom to worship and believe whatever you want and empowers people to share their beliefs by offering free ordination to anyone who asks without any test of faith. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  4. Prayers for my Nephew

    Greetings to you my brother, I'm sorry things didn't work out better. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  5. Sons Wedding

    Greetings to you my brother, Congratulations my friend. I've decided that if I could have, I would have done the grandchildren thing first. It much more fun than being a parent, since when Layla get crabby, I can hand her back to my daughter In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  6. Greetings to you my brother, Oh you.... In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  7. Greetings to you my brother, Not a problem. I live to serve. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  8. ordination

    Greetings to you my brother, I live a few miles from Wisconsin Memorial Park. I didn't do the ceremony In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  9. ordination

    Greetings to you my brother, I just found out about a month ago. His web site had suddenly gone off line. I was chatting with Amulet and she told me that she had heard he passed away. I did an obituary check, and there is an obituary for him from a Florida newspaper that that states he died on Thanksgiving last year, and that he was going to be interred at Wisconsin Memorial park in June (just a few miles from my house). He must have been cremated. On his church Facebook page one of his sons had made the announcement of his passing. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  10. Hi everyone!

    Greetings to you my dear brother, This is true. And both were fine movies in their own way. Still, Spock trying to use colorful metaphors is a siight to behold. In soldarity, Rev. Calli
  11. Greetings to you my brother, I think our brother Jonathon is saying that what if you don't want to go on the trip at all. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  12. ordination

    Greetings to you my brother, Actually he died on Thanksgiving day last year. He was just interred at WIsconsin Memorial Park over by me a few weeks ago. He'll have some explaining to do. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  13. ordination

    Greetings to you my brother, You would probably want to contact the office in Modesto to make sure. You can always have yourself reordained thru them if there is any doubt. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  14. Greetings to you my brother, I suspect a lot of it has/had to do with raising funds for the church. But our brother mererdog is right too. Rev. Hensley had a great deal of contempt for how degrees were issued by other schools and institutions. So he wanted to make it as easy as possible for all people to get the degrees and status that they wanted. For the time he started the church in the 1960's, his views toward earned degrees where not that uncommon. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  15. Prayers for my Nephew

    Greetings to you my brother, Creator God, father and mother to us all, source of life and love and all good things, I pray for our dear brother and his nephew. Comfort them with your presence Lord, and help them to trust in your goodness, and to claim your promise of eternal life. Let them know that you are always with them, and will never desert them. In Christ's name. Rev. Calli
  16. Greetings to you my brother, I doubt any regionally accredited school would even consider that possiblity. The amount of academics for a regionally accredited degree at any level is way beyond what the ULC calls for in offering their degrees. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  17. Hi everyone!

    Greetings to you my brother, Fear not, thou art a valued and dear friend also. Indeed both were very fine movies. The only reason I prefer the Voyage Home more was that there is nothing like seeing Spock use, in his words, colorful metaphors In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  18. Hi everyone!

    Greetings to you my brother, Indeed thou art wise, and a valued and dear friend In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  19. Hi everyone!

    Greetings to you my brother, Agreed. We shall get along fabulously if you can answer but one more question. The Voyage Home, or First Contact? In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  20. Coming Home

    Greetings to you my brother, Welcome back. We shall have to discuss the relative merits of Garrett vs Chandler at some point In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  21. Hi everyone!

    Greetings to you my brother, I echo the sentiments of my dear brother Mark 45 when I too offer my welcome. Ok, Shatner Kirk, or Pine Kirk? In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  22. Sorcress Drawing

    Greetings to you my brother, Very very kewl In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  23. Greetings to you my brother, As our brother LeopardBoy pointed out, a lot depends on a person's particular faith system (or lack of one). Speaking from a Christian context, I personally don't think a clergy person's place has really changed all that much. Granted it's not like in the day when the clergy were among the most educated people in their particular village or city. People can easily read the bible on their own and have readily available commentaries to help them understand what is actually being said in scripture and how that can relate to their own lives. At least in the Protestant churches, there is no theological need for a Priest to act as a mediator between God and the individual. You can read the bible till your eyes bleed, pray until your knees cramp up, sing songs of praise until you go horse, but sometimes to really feel the presence of God in your life, you need to feel a human hand, hear a human voice, to know that in your times of sorrow and pain that you are not alone. The physical presence of a member of the clergy helps many to really feel the presence of God. A great deal of my ministry involved chaplaincy work. One of the most important concepts I learned was that of the "Ministry of Presence." How important it is for many people when facing a tragedy, to have someone there sitting with them, not praying, not talking, just holding their hand. Letting them know that God is with them. Of course, for many (again in the Christian context) having clergy helps in the act of worship. Alas, so many feel inadequate in their personal prayer and devotional life. For them, having a professional helps them feel the connection to God in worship. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  24. Rev Jeff

    Greetings to you my brother, Welcome to the forum! I hope you find the same enjoyment here that I do. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  25. Greetings to you my dear brother, Greetings to you my dear brother, At least he didn't ask you for money. I've had that happen to me. In solidarity, Rev. Calli