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History of The Universal Life Church

The history of  Universal Life Church dates back to 1959 when Reverend Kirby J. Hensley responded to his inner calling to begin a spiritual revolution helping people follow their faith and facilitating online ordinations.

Reverend Kirby J. Hensley grew up in North Carolina. In his lifetime, he learned to neither read nor write, yet he still had a strong desire to learn and was a student of life. He began the Universal Life Church in 1959 with the idea that all people should be accepted regardless of their faith. The people who opposed him found out that although he was illiterate, he was more clever and tenacious than they had presumed.

By 1977, the ULC revivalist movement had exploded. The ULC Monastery was a separate organization founded by Br. Martin to aid and accommodates the needs of the homeless, New Age seekers, and new ministers through monastic training. Br. Martin and his staff continued the fight for religious liberty even to the point that only his motivation and the grace of God relieved his ailing personal health and postponed his retirement.

In August of 2006, Br. Martin received wisdom to recognize that the Universal Life Church had become the nationally recognized vanguard of religious rights preservation, and that his part in ULC history was complete. Headquarters for the Universal Life Church Monastery in Seattle legally ordains more ministers than any other church anywhere in the world!

We, the ultimate destination for online ordinations, are poised to champion the underdogs and the oppressed just as church legacy dictates. There is no other national church with the proven history of devotion to ministers for the sake of their own ministries. We, with our ULC online services, want to meet your needs now and bless your calling, whether you intend to change the world or to simply officiate a wedding for your loved ones in your capacity as a legally ordained minister.

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