Ordination. I can’t say I think much of it. I’m really not sure how biblical it is either. I do however believe in the affirmation of a community in whatever role you’re in. Of course, then we should be ordaining/commissioning our secretaries, engineers, and school teachers too, and not just church leaders.
Most would agree you’re not suppose to be acting any different after being ordained, like in baptism, it’s an extension of what you’re already doing. But at least Baptism’s in the Scriptures.
I established for myself quite a while back that I couldn’t care less for the title. And these days the idea of ordination further solidifies the divide between clergy and laity that I rail against.
But there is this tiny issue of working within the constructs of the culture we’re in and walking through life with people. Being able to marry and bury people (I’m doing my first wedding in september). Being able to affirm their citizenship and sign their passports. Being able to get into restricted areas of hospitals to visit people.
So I got myself ordained online today just for kicks. I doubt this is in anyway legitimate in Canada. I believe laws are looser in the States.
Does anyone know of any quick and legal way of a seminary grad to get ordained in Canada? Specifically in the province of Ontario? The denominations I’m somewhat affiliated with will all take years.
Here’s my hokey ‘universal life church’ certificate’