We're adding a new holiday to the calendar: Universal Day! This November 3, we invite all members of the Universal Life Church Ministries in North Dakota to join us in observing this very special new holiday. There are myriad ways to celebrate Universal Day in North Dakota. Read on to learn about a few of the ways you might take part!
1. Become Ordained in North Dakota
Are you ordained yet? If not, that's the first step! The ULCM believes that anyone who feels so-called has the right to take charge of their own spiritual life by becoming ordained, and we are well known for facilitating that process on our websites. The ordination application process is totally free and only takes a few minutes. Click the big button below to start the application!
2. Vote in North Dakota
Step two - VOTE! Voting is a great way of channeling your power to actualize a better tomorrow and make your voice heard. Obviously this is a strange year for everyone, but we'd encourage you to do what you can to mark Universal Day by taking part in this vital civic duty.
If you live in North Dakota and are registered to vote, you can ask your state to send you an absentee ballot so you can safely cast your vote from home! You'll have to send in an application to receive that ballot, and you should do that soon. Below you'll find a link directly to the application. Please do remember to send in your ballot in a timely fashion to ensure it gets tallied on Universal Day!
Voter Registration Details
- In-person Registration Deadline: No Registration Process
- Mail Registration Deadline: No Registration Process
- Online Registration Deadline: No Registration Process
- Election-Day Registration: Must Vote In-Person with Valid ID
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
Medical professionals at groups like the CDC have issued clear guidelines for protecting your health when in public, which you should follow if you're voting in-person on this Universal Day. Most employers are willing to provide reasonable accommodations to allow employees to vote; you should check with Human Resources in your workplace to better understand what rights you have. In the event that you experience difficulty securing the freedom to vote, you might consider letting your employer know that you plan on observing Universal Day on November 3rd, and requesting a religious accommodation. Whether voting by mail or in-person, take your time to do research and make your choices carefully - this is your chance to speak your truth to power and help shape the world you want to live in!
3. Write to Elected Officials
The job of making the world a better place never ends. Once you've voted, don't stop speaking up! 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 think, and how they can help make progress for your community. We'll even make it easy 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 communicating with yourself shouldn't be overlooked! Each of us is on our own unique journey through the universe, and it is key that on Universal Day, in addition to advocacy, you honor that journey by taking some time 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 will be required to make that happen. An old adage teaches us that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step - but we'd assert that it actually begins when you decide on a destination. With a goal in mind, start marching!
5. Help Build Community
As a minister of the ULCM, you've already proven your willingness to lead in your community. We're so amazed to see all of the good that you do each and every day, and we believe that Universal Day will give you even more opportunity to organize in pursuit of progress. We've already listed a number of ways that you can individually mark this special new holiday, but true power, it is said, comes in numbers. By connecting with other courageous and motivated people, you can multiply the progress happening around you in your community.
We would encourage you to reach out to like-minded folks (of course, taking care to maintain all health guidelines) and rally together to put your joined voices to use.