Mark your calendars: This November 3rd, we invite all Vermont Universal Life Church ministers to join us in celebrating a brand new holiday: Universal Day! Continue reading to discover all of the exciting ways you can celebrate Universal Day! There are many ways to partake in the festivities.

1. Become Ordained in Vermont

Not ordained? No problem. Step one is simply getting ordained online. ULCM believes that any who feel the calling should be able to get ordained, so we've removed as many barriers as possible and made that process as easy as possible. It's free and only takes a few minutes - all you have to do is click that big button below to get started.

2. Vote in Vermont

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Vermont Hero, Emma Hart Willard

Step two is as easy as doing your civic duty: voting! Voting is your chance to make your voice heard in government, to elect the people whose values align closest with yours. We'd love to see all of our ministers observe Universal Day by casting their vote this election day.

If you're a registered Vermont voter then you can safely vote from home just by asking for an absentee ballot! You can find a link to apply for your absentee ballot below. All you have to do is fill it out and send it in -- you should do that soon. Remember, once you receive your ballot you'll want to return it as soon as possible to ensure your vote is counted this Universal Day!

Voter Registration Details

  • In-person Registration Deadline: 11/3/2020
  • Mail Registration Deadline: Received by 11/3/2020
  • Online Registration Deadline: 10/30/2020 to Appear On List
  • 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

If you're voting in-person this Universal Day, make sure you follow guidelines from groups like the CDC. That way you can ensure that your health and the health of others is protected while you cast your vote. Many employers will give reasonable accommodations for employees to go and vote. We encourage you to check with your Human Resources department to see what your rights are. If your employer is not giving you time off to vote, you may want to let them know you'll be observing Universal Day this November 3rd, and that you'd like a religious accommodation. In-person or by mail, voting is an important responsibility. This is your opportunity to vote for the future you'd like to see!

3. Write to Elected Officials

Universal Day doesn't begin and end at the ballot box. Continue to contact your elected leaders and make sure they're aware of the values important to you and your community. Remember, it's their job to work for you! In fact, we'll even do some of the leg work for you. Just enter your zip code in the field below and you'll get the contact information for your representatives!

4. Meditate or Pray

As we make our way through life, it's important to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Getting in touch with yourself is an important part of self-care, and this Universal Day we'd encourage you to take a few moments to pray, meditate, or do whatever it is that helps you decompress and clear your head. A clear head, free of all our modern distractions, will give you the resolve you need to change the future. After all, you can't take care of the world if you're not taking care of yourself.

5. Help Build Community

As a ULCM minister, you're undoubtedly leading the charge on bringing good to your community. We're hopeful that Universal Day will bring even more chances for you to raise your community up. We've told you some of the ways you can observe Universal Day: Now it's your turn. Connect with other like minded people in your area and work together to change the world.

We hope you'll (safely) reach out to others, join your voices as one, and bring about real change to our world. If you won't, who will?