Mark your calendars! The Universal Life Church Ministries is creating a new holiday, Universal Day, and we’re inviting all of our members in California to join us in celebrating on November 3rd. There are all sorts of ways to celebrate – check out the guide below for ways to observe this exciting occasion in your area.

1. Become Ordained in California

Have you taken the opportunity to become ordained yet? In case you haven’t, that’s step one! The Universal Life Church Ministries is proud to break down the barriers to ordination and provide a clear and simple path on our website for anyone who feels so-called. The application itself takes only a few minutes to fill out; if you’re interested, just click the button below to begin the free ordination process!

2. Vote in California

Harvey Milk
California Hero, Harvey Milk

As individuals, we may not have the power to change the world overnight, but we can elect leaders who are listening and willing to actualize those visions of a better future. Casting a vote is the most straightforward and effective way to make your voice and your demands heard by the powers that be. We recognize these are not normal times, but as part of Universal Day, we’d encourage you to take part in the democratic process by filling out a ballot.

If you are a registered voter in California, you can request an absentee ballot by filling out an application on the state government’s website. We've included a direct link below to save you some time. California laws do not require voters to provide a reason for requesting an absentee ballot, but you should request it as soon as possible. There are also some key dates that will be important to remember -- you'll find those laid out on this page. One other important note to keep in mind: state election officials always recommend mailing your ballot as early as possible to account for any potential delays.

Voter Registration Details

  • In-person Registration Deadline: 10/19/2020
  • Mail Registration Deadline: Postmarked 10/19/2020
  • Online Registration Deadline: 10/19/2020
  • Election-Day Registration: Yes, In-Person

Register to Vote

Haven't had a chance to register to vote? It may not be too late – click on the link here to get registered:

Taking Time Off Work

Although these are not ideal times to be voting in-person, public health officials have provided certain guidelines and safety measures that they’re encouraging people to follow to stay healthy. On this Universal Day, please keep those in mind if you’ll be casting a vote at a physical polling location. Employers are required to make certain accommodations to their employees – among them the ability to participate in the voting process. If you’re not familiar with that process, check with the HR department to better understand how the policy works. If for whatever reason they decide to push back on your request for time off to vote, we’d encourage you to remind them of the laws surrounding reasonable accommodations for religious holidays. As an official religious holiday, your employer ought to be flexible in allowing you to observe Universal Day on November 3rd. Regardless of who or what you vote for, here's a friendly reminder to make sure those choices are in-line with your vision and values and are made freely with a conscious mind and a caring heart.

3. Write to Elected Officials

The work doesn’t end with voting! Once you’ve taken that basic step, consider other strategies for making your voice heard – like contacting your elected representatives. Establish a line of communication with these officials directly and let them know what policies you support to bring about positive change in the world. To make this process as simple as possible, we’ve created a database of contact information for elected officials. Just enter your zip code below to see who represents you and how to get in touch with them!

4. Meditate or Pray

Making your voice heard by others is obviously important, but don’t forget the power of connecting with your inner self. Sometimes, setting aside time to re-energize your mind and organize your thoughts can be key to manifesting change in the outside world. Whether that activity takes the form of prayer, meditation, or a different preferred mental exercise, don’t neglect the power of thought and reflection as helpful precursors to action. With so much work to be done, it’s imperative you take all possible measures to ensure success, and having your mind and body on the same page is not a step to be overlooked.

5. Help Build Community

As a member of the Universal Life Church Ministries, you have already demonstrated a propensity for leadership. We’re consistently inspired by the work that our ministers undertake in their communities, and it is our hope that Universal Day creates an additional platform from which to launch effective organizing and community-building efforts. We encourage you to connect with your fellow ULCM members to join forces and ensure that your voices are heard by those in power.

Individuals pushing for change can be powerful forces individually, but by working together with others toward a common goal, they are guaranteed to increase the reach and effectiveness of their efforts.