Barbara Lennie, Salida, was ordained as a minister of Universal Life Church Nov. 5, giving her all the rights and privileges to perform duties of the ministry.
She received her doctor of divinity degree from Universal Life Church after completing the required study course.
“I wanted to be able to perform marriages, funerals, baptisms and other rites as a nondenominational minister,” Lennie said.
“Part of my ministry will be visiting jails and halfway houses in the local area and ministering, primarily to young women. The recidivism rate, the last time I checked, was at 97 percent, and I want to help reduce that.”
She earned a criminal justice degree in 2001 from Education America Inc., now Remington College.
“Using my degree and being ordained, I want to help young women have goals and structure in their lives and become productive members of society,” she said.
She has established Salida Universal Faith Church and will lead her first nondenominational spiritual study group from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 1500 Holman Ave, No. 8, in Salida.
A bake sale will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Safeway to help raise funds for a building for the church and for library materials for the inmates.
For information call 207-5034.