i have just received an annoying email from the universal life church, congratulating me on my five-year anniversary of becoming an ordained minister. i never did any such thing. i've never been christian. i've been an atheist for my whole adult life and half my teen years too. i was raised as a secular jew. there is no way in the proverbial hell i would be interested in becoming an ordained minister. they have my entire name right, including my whole middle name (i always use my initial) and my correct email address, and i have no idea how they got the idea i was affiliated with them in any way. the email reads:
Hello Rev. Gail,
Another year, another cheer! That's right, it's now been 5 years since you became an ordained minister! We can't believe it either. Time really does fly when you are having fun, doesn't it? It's been a while since we've been in touch, and we just wanted to check in and see how things are going. Have you been taking full advantage of your status as a legally ordained minister?
Rev Gail Ordination Certificate
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that's it except for the links to all the crap they want me to buy from them.
i wrote what i felt was a fairly restrained but direct response telling them how mistaken they are and how annoyed i am. they sent me an automatic email response:
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i can't WAIT.