Imagine if when someone approached us, ministers of the ULC Monastery, for support, after exhausting their other options, we were able to say "we might be able to help".
Imagine if a minister's home was flooded, or someone they ministered to had a sudden medical expense, and we were able to say "there is a fund you can apply to".
This support fund therefore is for ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church Monastery. Because although the ULC Monastery gives to charities, there is no support fund for individual ministers or the people they minister to.
With UK and US governments caring more about the rich than those in need, this support fund could be a lifeline. And it could help the ULC Monastery be taken more seriously. To reduce the risk of fraud, it will have the following requirements:
- A person must have been an ordained minister for at least a year, and carried out some activity that shows evidence of their seriousness as a minister (e.g. recorded ministry, wedding, etc.)
- The person who the fund is for must have experienced an unforeseen circumstance. A fire because of an electrical fault is unforeseen. Smoking in the house and causing a fire is not.
- The person who the fund is for must have exhausted their other options first (e.g. claiming government support, approaching charities, etc.) and must show evidence of income and expenditure
- The applicant (the minister or the person they are ministering to) must agree to publicity, unless there are serious reasons why this could be harmful to them (e.g. if they are a vulnerable person)
- Where a minister applies on behalf of a person they minister to, the funds will be paid to that person, not to the minister
If just a quarter of the millions of ministers donates a dollar to this fund, it will quickly raise enough to support ministers in their work. Dollar amounts are used as most ULC Monastery ministers are American, so they can see exactly what is being donated.