There's a new holiday coming to your calendar: Universal Day! On November 3rd, we invite all members of the Universal Life Church Ministries in Colorado to join us in celebration for this new holiday. There are so many ways to observe Universal Day. Read on to learn about some of the ways you might celebrate in your area.
1. Become Ordained in Colorado
Becoming ordained is the first step you should take. The ULCM firmly believes that anyone who feels so-called has the right to take charge of their own spirituality by becoming ordained. We work hard to make that process as easy as possible for you on our websites. The ordination application process is quick and completely free. If you'd like, click the big button below to get that process started.
2. Vote in Colorado
Ministers of all stripes should get out and vote! It is a great way to make your voice heard as we shape the nation for a better tomorrow. This has been a strange year for us all, but we'd encourage you to do what you can on Universal Day to take part in your civic duty.
As you may be aware, the entire voting process in Colorado for the upcoming general election will be done by mail. As long as you have registered to vote in Colorado, you should receive a ballot in your mailbox to fill out and submit. Please be sure that you return your ballot in time for it to be counted with everyone else's on Universal Day!
Voter Registration Details
- In-person Registration Deadline: 11/3/2020
- Mail Registration Deadline: Received 10/26/2020
- Online Registration Deadline: 10/26/2020
- Election-Day Registration: Yes, In-Person
Register to Vote
Not registered to vote yet? Not to worry! You may still have time to get on the rolls by clicking the button below.
Taking Time Off Work
Since you are afforded several days to cast your ballot, we highly recommend doing so as early as possible. In addition to your mail-in option, you might also consider taking advantage of ballot drop boxes. If you do, we highly recommend that you follow local and CDC guidelines to better protect your health. In the event that you were unable to cast your ballot before November 3rd and would prefer to use a drop box, be aware that some employers provide reasonable accommodations to allow employees to vote. You might consider checking with your Human Resources department to understand your rights. Should you have trouble securing the time to vote, perhaps let them know that you plan on observing Universal Day on November 3rd, and request religious accommodation. Whether voting by mail or via drop box, take some time to do a bit of research and make your choices carefully - this is your chance to speak your truth and help create the world you want to live in!
3. Write to Elected Officials
And once you've voted, don't stop speaking up! The job of making the world a better place never ends. One more fantastic way to mark Universal Day is by writing to the leaders elected to represent you - take the time to communicate to them what you value, and how they can help you make progress for your community. We'll make it easier for you, enter your zip code below to see the contact information for your representatives!
4. Meditate or Pray
We've been talking a lot about ways that you can communicate your beliefs to other people, but it's equally important for you to take the time to communicate with yourself! Each of us is on our own journey through the universe, and it is critical that on Universal Day, in addition to advocacy, you honor that journey by taking a few moments to reflect/pray/meditate - whatever you want to call it - so you can better understand who you are, what you think is right, and what you can do to make that happen. An old adage teaches us that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step - we'd argue that it actually begins when you decide on a destination. With a goal in mind and heart, you're ready to start marching!
5. Help Build Community
As a minister of the ULCM, you are already a leader in your community. We're so amazed to see all of the good that you do every day, and hope that Universal Day will give you even more opportunity to organize for good in the future. We've already listed a number of ways that you can individually mark this special new holiday, but true power often comes in numbers. By connecting with other brave, vocal, and powerful people like yourself in your community, you can multiply the progress happening around you.
We would encourage you to reach out to like minded people like these (of course maintaining all health guidelines) to rally together and make use of your joined voices.