Universal Life Church Ministries is creating a brand new holiday, so mark your calendar! We're inviting all our Utah members to join us this November 3rd to celebrate Universal Day. You can celebrate in a number of different ways. Check below to see how you can observe this holiday in your community.
1. Become Ordained in Utah
First things first: If you aren't ordained already, that will be step one! We're proud to have streamlined ordination on our website, as we feel that there should be as few barriers to ordination as possible for those who feel the calling. The application is free and only takes a few minutes. So click the button below to get started on your ordination!
2. Vote in Utah
Voting is so important because it gives us the opportunity to elect like minded people to represent us and to actualize the future we'd like to see. Voting is one of the best ways to make sure the powers that be hear your voice. In our unconventional times, but we're hopeful that this Universal Day you'll do your part and vote for the kinds of leadership you'd like to see.
Voting in Utah this upcoming election will be happening entirely by mail. If you're a registered Utah voter, you'll receive a ballot in your mailbox before the election that you can fill out and return. Don't wait too long to fill it out! This Universal Day, ensure that your vote is counted by returning it on time.
Voter Registration Details
- In-person Registration Deadline: 10/27/2020
- Mail Registration Deadline: Postmarked 10/5/2020
- Online Registration Deadline: 10/27/2020
- Election-Day Registration: Yes, Using Provisional Ballot
Register to Vote
Not registered? There may still be time! Click on the link here to get registered:
Taking Time Off Work
Employers have to make certain accommodations for employees to participate in voting. We encourage you to check with your employer's HR department to see how that works. If your employer is giving you pushback, you might gently remind them that federal law requires employers give reasonable accommodations for religious holidays. Hopefully, they'll respect your intention to observe Universal Day this November 3rd. And remember: Regardless of where your vote lands, it's important that the candidates you're voting for align with your personal values and will champion the causes that you hold dear.
3. Write to Elected Officials
Voting is just the first step! Once you've voted, continue to amplify your voice by getting in touch with your elected representatives. Calling or writing your reps directly and letting them know where you stand on the issues is a critical part of democracy. To streamline this, we've created a database of contact information for elected officials across the country. All you have to do is enter your zip code below to see who your representatives are and how you can contact them!
4. Meditate or Pray
Voting and contacting your elected officials is clearly an important civic duty. But along the way, don't forget to care for yourself. Set aside a chunk of time to pray or meditate to re-engage your mind. Even a small amount of introspection can have a big impact! Whatever your preferred mental exercise, remember that good thoughts and introspection can help us achieve the positive change we're seeking in the world. There's a lot to do, so it's important that we take care of ourselves along the way. With a renewed mind and body, we'll be that much closer to achieving our goals.
5. Help Build Community
If you're a ULCM minister, then you're undoubtedly already a leader in your community. And the hardwork of you and others like you continues to inspire us each and every day. We hope that Universal Day will provide you the tools you need to take your community organizing to the next level. We hope you'll connect with other ULCM ministers to amplify your voices even further.
It's because of people like you that change happens. But working with other like minded individuals can only amplify our voices even further. Together, with a common goal, the efforts of you and others can change the world.