Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry
Who are we? UUAM is a group of concerned Unitarian Universalists and UU friends who desire
to grow and express their faith as compassion towards all beings. We do this by
asking these fundamental religious questions: What does it mean to be human in mixed species communities?
What is our response to this understanding?
To answer these questions we draw on our UU principles and sources, traditions,
and congregational life to deepen our awareness of the interdependence of life.
We then support one another in not just learning how caring for all beings is a
moral and religious issue, but also engaging in concrete actions that bring
about change on the individual, family, congregational, community, and societal
We do this not just for nonhumans, but for ourselves and all of life. For as we
live a life of awareness based on our interdependence (UU 7th Principle) and the
inherent worth and dignity of all beings (UU 1st Principle) we live fully,
deeply, and authentically. As we come to love our neighbors as ourselves, we
liberate not just others, but ourselves as well. More...
Multispecies Ministry Class
Multispecies Ministry Class: The chance to partake in an exciting Unitarian Universalist adventure - the first Multispecies Ministry class taught at any divinity or seminary school in world, and it's happening at our very own Meadville Lombard School of Theology. Normally only seminarians take courses like these at the university, but anyone can enroll as an "at large" student or even audit it. Registration continues in August, with the class beginning in October with on-line participation, and then ending with one week together in Chicago in January 2017. To find out more about the class, review the syllabus, or register, click here.
You Should Know...
Did you know that the UUAM has a Facebook page and a Twitter account? Please like the UUAM's Facebook page! The link for our FB page. To follow us on Twitter, see our Twitter account. We also have a listserv that you can join. Here is the listserv link. Also... The UUAM newsletter is back! If you would like to receive the UUAM newsletter, please send an email to email@example.com. Meanwhile, see our Winter 2017 UUAM Newsletter!
Update: More than enough congregations have voted to amend the UUA bylaws (to change "inherent worth and dignity of every person" to "inherent worth and dignity of every being"), and so the First Principle Project's proposal will come up for discussion and vote at the UU General Assembly in 2017! Stay tuned for more information.
Quote of the Day
"The lower animals are our brethren. I include among them the lion and the tiger. We do not know how to live with these carnivorous beasts and poisonous reptiles because of our ignorance. When man learns better, he will learn to befriend even these. Today he does not even know how to befriend a man of a different religion or from a different country." - Mahatma Gandhi