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OK, I'll just say it.... Finances. For those starting out as either a minister for hire, or as a minister with a congregation, is there a preferred finance application or template for either MS Excel or Money and/or Apple Numbers? How did you customize it for your ministerial duties? What was the easy part? What was the hard part? Now for the question with a curve: What did you learn about yourself throughout the learning/customizing process? P.S. I apologize if this is in/on the wrong board. Administrators, please feel free to move it to the right area.
Same Sex Couples
edj1963 posted a topic in Legal QuestionsFraternal Greetings: It is my great honor to be officiating at a same sex couple ceremony soon and I have a question. I appologize if I missed the answer in my search. In the state of Colorado the law provides for a same sex couple to enter into a "civil union" which much like a hetero wedding involves filing a license and obtaining a certificate. The couple I will be officiating for have already been leagaly solomnized by the state and are hiring me to do a ceremony. My question is this: Can I supply them with a ULC "Marriage certificate" or am I limited to another type since the state doesn't oficially recognize same sex marriage. Am I being overly legalistic here? I question because the state of colorado considers it a misdemeanor to improperly "Mary" a couple. Thanks for your help. Respectfully, Rev. E.D. Jones
Best Wedding Officiant Scripts
diuspater posted a topic in ULC Minister FAQHi everyone, Let me beg your pardon if this is a duplicate; and if this is the case, would you please kindly point me to the right thread? I am about to officiate my first non-religious wedding ceremony in three weeks. Of course this is a pretty exciting and, at the same time, stressful: I have not come up with any ideas about the script I'm gonna go by. My question is, what is your script that you go use for officiating weddings? Would you be willing to share your best and/or show me anywhere that I can find some good leads on time management, acceptable length and stuff to talk about? Thank you very much!
Registering In Washington Dc
MoonOracle posted a topic in Legal QuestionsI have a coworker that wishes for me to marry her and her fiance in a few months, in Washington DC (since they allow gay marriages now). We live in Georgia, so this would be a bit of a trip for us and I want to be sure that I am prepared. I already got enough information for her and her fiances' part of the deal, my thing is making sure I'm set up as they can't even turn their application in till I'm registered (as I'll be their officiant). I already ordered the letter of good standing and other documents from the headquarters and have just a few questions, especially for those who've been through this already. 1. Are witnesses required? This actually isn't a prob as we can probably get some passerby to witness, but good to know ahead of time. I've been reading yes and no, though mostly no. 2. How long does the registration process take? I'm hoping it'll pretty much be register either the same day or next day. Preferably same day, since we'll all be on a sort of time crunch (taking time from work). 3. Do I have to be there in person to register or can I mail off the needed documents? Though I know being in person is best, if I can get this out of the way much sooner without having to travel all the way up there, it'll be so awesome ^^; This will be the first official wedding that I'll officiate, so I'm both excited and nervous! I've done plenty of small ceremonies/rituals but nothing that required any legal documents. I'll also be performing their Affirmation of Love here in GA for the main family ceremony, as well. I'm hearing that DC is somewhat of a difficult place to register (depending on the clerk you're dealing with) without an endorser so I'm hoping I won't have any issues when I hand the documents headquarter is sending me. Thanks in advance!