Thursday, March 24, 2011

OOPS! CORRECTION to recent post regarding Universal Life Church ordainments

I recently published a blog suggesting that the Universal Life Church had moved and was now in Seattle, and gave a new website to contact (since ULC is more well known in many states than SubGenius). I was misinformed. I had been getting occasional complaints from SubG ministers that they'd gotten no response to the postcards that come with SubGenius packs, which they mail to Modesto, California for a secondary ordination. I think that it's just that the ULC staff in Modesto was swamped.

The ULC Monastery in Seattle is NOT the original ULC, but a splinter group that is no longer authorized by the true ULC. I have been in touch with the original ULC in Modesto since my earlier announcement and understand things a little better. They have modernized their ordainment process and now accept ordainment requests electronically. But they still prefer the request in writing, such as the postcard we include in our Ordainment Package.

So, to get yourself ordained (above and beyond your perfectly good SubGenius ordination), send in your ULC request postcard, and/or go to the true original ULC website:

and fill out their online form under the "Ordination" window. THIS IS FREE, although they accept donations. You can also buy nice printed wallet cards and certificates from them for $5 to $10, but those are not necessary. The important thing is that your name be registered with ULC. Same goes for SubGenius ordinations. If questioned by a city or state official you can always request a letter of credentials from us or ULC.

The Modesto ULC website has a very useful list of the specific credentials required for recognition as a minister, state by state in the U.S.A.:

I apologize for sending out wrong information, and I thank Rev. Sysyphus for bringing this to my attention.

Friday, March 11, 2011

New Book on THE FIRESIGN THEATER Says Very Nice Things About Us

Taylor Jessen and Seeland Records has put out a book-dataDVD set, THE
DUKE OF MADNESS MOTORS. The book is full of interviews and essays; the
data-DVD carries MP3s of ALL their radio shows from 1970-72, which is
like 100 shows.

I haven't heard the 100 shows yet but I did get this far in the book:

"Yessiree, friends, these guys are some funny. Definitely "ha ha"
funny, but also funny dramatic, funny poetic, funny Dada. It's movies
for the mind that have only ever been matched by the likes of Ken
Nordine, Jean Shepherd, and Joe Frank. You can hear the tradition
continuing every Friday morning on Negativland's OVER THE EDGE series
on KPFA, and shows from the Church of the SubGenius like PUZZLING

It then refers to these shows being in "the Bulldada format" and says
more nice things about how even if we've been on for decades, every
minute of every hour still has that same "verbal jazz" spirit.

I just read the paragraph to Lonesome Cowboy Dave's message machine so
he won't feel so lonesome. (We're all a wee bit snowed in here

We also got TWO $200 donations to the show suddenly, so Dave even gets
a check. Actually I have several royalty checks to cut.

DUKE OF MADNESS MOTORS collection can be had from
and Might be a good idea to move fast on this
one, if you're a serious collector. The whole package is $50 I think.