Is this serious?
Yes, this is not a parody or a joke. ISM is a serious organization with serious objectives, but we are not terribly serious in our approach. Though we may use satire and levity in our content, we hope that our followers will take the concept seriously.
Aren’t some of these ISMs just philosophies or hobbies?
The way we see it, there’s no clear dividing line between philosophy and religion. Most Eastern religions (like Buddhism, Taoism, Jainism and Confucianism) don’t involve deities and could actually be considered philosophies. Conversely, many philosophies are more like religions — they cover the entire human condition, and make broad pronouncements about the nature of reality as well. The only thing they all have in common is that they act as conceptual models to help us make sense of this crazy thing called life.
As far as those ISMs that resemble hobbies (such as Guitarism, Artism, and Cyclism), we believe that every pastime that is followed passionately can work as a religion/philosophy in helping to make sense of life and provide a framework for living.
What is a follower of ISM called?
Most followers of ISM choose to follow one of the subISMs and so go by terms like “Creativist” or “Nomadist” but those who just want to be associated with the overarching religion of ISM can call themselves Ists or Ismists or even Xists (where X represents an unknown). Xist is pronounced “exist” – which is a pretty accurate description of what we’re all about.
Is ISM atheistic?
No, however ISM is generally non-theistic. That is to say that ISM does not proclaim that there is so such thing as God, only that deities are not a part of our worldview. Xists can believe in whatever supernatural entities they choose to. But we prefer not to discuss gods, goddesses, afterlife, reincarnation, paranormal phenomena, or similar things here.
Can I really administer weddings once I’m ordained?
Most U.S. States recognize the authority of ministers who are ordained online to perform wedding (and other) ceremonies. A few are sticklers, however, and interpretations of the rules seem to change. We ALWAYS recommend that ministers check with their local county clerks first before performing a ceremony and signing any official documents.
So far, most governments other than that of the U.S. don’t look favorably upon contemporary religions and so don’t recognize our minsters’ authority to solemnize weddings. However we are working towards changing this.
Can I be a minster for more than one Ministry?
Yes, there is no limit to the number of ordinations you can receive.
Can I renounce my ordination?
Yes, all you have to do is delete your ordination on your management page.
Does my ordination expire?
No, ordinations are permanent unless you choose to de-ordain.
I want to ordain in a religion that is not listed. Can you add a new religion to the list?
Please use our contact form to request or suggest a new ISM.
Can I ordain a friend?
Yes but they have to agree to it and when you register them you have to enter their information (email, name, etc), not your own. They will have to confirm their email address as well. Please do not do this without their express permission.
I have a problem with something (ordination, store orders, etc). What do I do?
Please use our contact form to let us know and we’ll fix it as soon as possible.