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Ulc Not A Recognized Religious Denomination In Ontario Canada!

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I've just found out a few days ago that the ULC is not recognized in Ontario as a Religious Denomination. As such our (those of us in Ontario) ordinations are null and void. Has anyone started the process of getting the ULC recognized?

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Well, your ordination is not null and void. It just is not valid for specific legal actions. There is a big difference. As to getting it recognized, your first step might be contacting a lawyer and/or your elected officials and go from there.

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mark 45   

you just can't preform marriage ceremonies(legal ones),or be considered tax exempt in canada(and those are the two things i know of).while more than a few have talked about getting recognition in the provinces,no one has attempted to do so as a"block",just as individuals.

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I personally don't care about the tax exempt... But being able to preform marriages, is a big part of being recognized as a religion. Do you know some of the other people who have tried to get recognition? Perhaps together we can achieve the goal.

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Sirius   

If you check the Registrar's website, they will give you the requirements for a "new" denomination to be recognized. You might have better luck contacting your MPP and getting them to change the rules.

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While you might not legally able to perform the civil (legally registered) part of the ceremony you could still perform a Religious ceremony. For this the couple are married at the Courthouse, City Hall, etc... by an authorized public official, then they have a Ceremony done afterwards performed by you for the family and friends. The couple will still be legally married still get the Religious Ceremony performed by you. Instead of you signing and giving the couple the Marriage License (their copy) you would give them a Marriage Certificate, the ones sold by both the ULCHQ and the ULC.net stores (or the ones you print off if you have the Wedding Words and More disc available from the store here at ULC.net) are attractive certificates to give to the couples on their wedding day for them to put on display.

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Seeker   

The same situation exists here in the United Kingdom, ULC Ministers cannot perform marriages.

I beg to differ.

It is difficult but theoretically possible in Scotland. You need to apply as a celebrant about 3 months prior, and give details including a statement from your church that you are authorised to solemnise, and what congregation you serve. There is no list of 'approved' churches, so ULC ministers can qualify.

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RevSam   

Greetings from across the Detroit River!  :-)

 

It couldn't hurt to speak to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.  I wonder if they've considered taking the mantle of this on.  It's certainly a valid point -- religion in the 21st century isn't what it was in the 19th; and many nations laws haven't kept up with the times.  Maybe it's you who changes the law on it in Canada!

-- Rev. Samuel
Universal Life Church of Michigan

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