2008 Update: Ministry Training is handled through the LifeSpirit Theological Seminary.
The Seminary home page is: http://www.lifespirit.org/LTS-Index.htm
In 1974, after a series of private Symposia at the University where several of us were or had been students, a small group of incipient New Agers formed what has become the LifeSpirit Congregational Church (until 1985, Libertarian Congregational Church) -- the LifeSpirit Collaborating Congregations or LifeSpirit Organization. Founding trustee Ralph Fucetola (biogrf.htm), was, at that time, beginning a law career, representing small churches, holistic practitioners, alternative enterprises and political or social dissidents. Founding trustee Kathy A. Greene (biogkag.htm) was beginning her exploration of alternative modalities. These activities continued as the ministry grew. Our exempt status was recognized in 1975 and a Group Exemption was issued in 1976.
The LCC currently includes a half dozen active congregations, providing New Age teaching and ministerial services, and such religious activities as Marriages, Memorials, Namings and traditional Solstice and Equinox celebrations. At the same time, our personal spiritual quests continue and broaden as New Age phenomena evolve. The Spirit of Life quickens as we enter the New Millennium. For more links on the church congregations and auxiliaries: http://www.lifespirit.org/lifesporgs.html.
By-Law XXXX, adopted in 1996, provides the procedure for becoming a LifeSpirit Minister. If you believe sincerely that you are called by a Higher Power to minister to the sick and suffering, it is appropriate to become a "licensed and ordained" Minister Practitioner under the oversight of a LifeSpirit affiliated organization.
The process for Students of the Ministry:
(1) Please review the LifeSpirit web site, and especially the following pages:
Information for Ministers
Minister Practitioner FAQs
(2) Consider carefully whether you are called to the Ministry.
(3) Email us at: email@example.com with "Ordination" in the subject line and your background and contact information in the email.
(4) Upon this request, one of our ministers will contact you.
1. Ministers shall always abide by the injunction, "non-aggression against non-aggressors."
2. Ministers shall, when acting on behalf of the Church, practice "Retreat from the Evils of the World" and not seek confrontation with the instrumentalities of coercion.
3. Ministers shall be guided by the knowledge that Illumination is the Goal of the Free; they shall expose illusion, coercion and falsity, condemning these as violations of the LifeSpirit.
4. Ministers shall, when ministering to others, always
act with informed consent and shall Do No Harm.
The Minister's Certificate of Ordination provides the following limitations and guidelines:
"The Ordained Minister Practitioner is hereby Ordained and Directed by the local congregation, under its Rules, and with the approval of the Church Trustees (who also have the authority to suspend or terminate such ordinations) under Church Rules and By-Laws, which limit the use of Church exemptions by such Ministers. The Ordained Practitioner is directed and authorized to act under the jurisdiction of the local congregation or its approved auxiliary, holistically ministering to the sick and suffering by prayer and spiritual means, so long as no drug material remedy is used, and so long as such minister is active in the local congregation. The practices of such Minister shall strictly conform to secular law."
By-Law XXXX - Codified Process for Establishing Ministries and New Local Congregations
1. When, in the opinion of the Local Congregation Pastor(s) a student of the ministry has qualified, then pursuant to By-Law XXXVI, such person, upon written request of such person and of the Local Congregation Pastor(s), may be appointed and ordained as a Minister Practitioner, under the auspices of that Local Congregation. The Local Congregation is responsible for overseeing the ministerial activities of the Minister Practitioner. Any funds pertaining to ministerial activities shall be maintained in Minister Practitioner Accounts and expenditures from such accounts shall be made solely for proper ministerial expenses, stipends and allowances, pursuant to rule or resolution, or authorization of the Local Congregation Pastor(s).
2. A Minister Practitioner who has demonstrated to the Local Congregation and the Church Trustees consistent ministerial activities in conformity with all applicable laws, rules and requirements, may be ordained as a full Minister of the Church upon written request of the Minister Practitioner and Local Congregation Pastor(s). Such Minister shall continue to function under the oversight of the Local Congregation (and Paragraph 1 hereof), preparing for the establishment of a new Local Congregation.
3. When such Minister has demonstrated the establishment of a local congregation, including the establishment of a Local Board of Trustees, upon written request of the Minister and local Trustees, the Church Trustees may establish and charter a new Local Congregation, with the approval of the Church Congregation of Elders, and no objection from any existing, active Local Congregation, pursuant to the Church By-Laws and Rules. Adopted September 28, 1996.
The Church Fundamental Documents are here: http://www.lifespirit.org/LifeSpiritCongregationalChurch.Fundamental.Documents.pdf
Our Church Bona Fides are here: http://www.lifespirit.org/LCC-bonafides.2019.pdf
Ralph Fucetola and Kathy Greene Fucetola