Since 2008 the Christian Universalist Association, Inc. has offered a training course that can qualify a person to be ordained as a Christian Universalist minister. Men and women from around the world have been ordained, and more are currently in training. CUA ministers officiate at weddings and sacred union ceremonies, baptisms, funerals, the Lord’s Supper, also to teach and preach, lead study groups, and pastor congregations.
Men and women who meet all the requirements, regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation, and upon their request, can be ordained in the context of worship and the gathered community. The ordination program is available to residents of all nations around the world. (One of our ministers is Tarek Salibi, who lives in Bahrain!)
There are two main ways receive ordination through the CUA:
- Many come to the CUA as experienced clergy, having come to a Universalist understanding during their ministry. For those who were ordained elsewhere, and have a traditional seminary education, the process is simple: We check your references, and background. You write a few papers, and discuss things with our ordination committee. Assuming it’s a good fit, we will either officially recognize your existing ordination, or ordain you ourselves—whichever is best for your situation.
- For those not already experienced clergy, the CUA ordination program is much like that in any established denomination. Education and ordination are handled separately. A traditional seminary, or Bible college degree fulfills most of the educational requirements; and there are some Christian Universalist specific requirements as well. We also offer far less expensive alternative through our own training program; which consists of a series of correspondence courses, and an internship program. Our training is a less intensive version of a traditional Master’s of Divinity program. See our education page for more on that.