Comedian Russell Brand, who recently wed a couple at one of his stand-up performances in Santa Barbara, has used the power of the internet to take ministry courses, and he’s passed. The former admitted drug addict and sex addict has received his online ordination, and is now an official minister with Universal Life Church, proving once and for all that, yes, God does have a sense of humor.
“Russell has had a total turnaround since he met wife Katy Perry as her parents are super religious,” a source told the Daily Star. It was also noted that many states across country recognize online ordination.
The anonymous source used by the Daily Star also said that Brand did it as a “half-jokey, half serious thing.”
The Universal Life Church Monastery can be found online at themonastery.org. They boast that 20 million users have been ordained through them so far.
According to their website, “The Universal Life Church believes that all faiths are best served by the freedom and choice to become ordained online. This includes the freedom to perform weddings,perform baptisms or perform funerals for friends and family, regardless of your spiritual or religious denomination.”
Most recently Brand was paying tribute to the late Amy Winehouse at the VMA’s. ”She was a mate of mine and tragically this year we lost her,” said the comedian. “Not a lot of people get the incredible talent Amy had.”
You can watch a clip of Brand’s VMA performance here, courtesy of YouTube:
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