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...
Please visit the UU Animal Ministry booth at General Assembly in Portland, Oregon next week.
We will have a booth highlighting many of our
projects - the Reverence for Life Program, the
First Principle Project, our DOVE project, our
involvement with Commit2Respond, Food Justice,
the Environmental Justice Collaboratory, our
new vision statement, buttons, resources, fun,
companionship - oh the list goes on and on! Our
booth number is #313.
We also have many workshops on Food Justice and
on the First Principle Project - as well as
involved with Climate Change.
Hope to see you there, or a representative from
your UUAM chapter of your congregation.
You Should Know...
Now is the time to get your congregation to
vote on a Study Action Item
related to nonhuman animal well-being. UUAM
will support you in these
efforts. Congregations must vote and submit it
to the UUA by October 1,
2015. It's only 500 words (one page). So get
started now! For more
information go here.
A few authors have put together a template that
you use, or adapt, to your
congregation. You can find this draft document
Quote of the Day
"A man is really ethical only when he obeys the
constraint laid on him to aid all life which he is
able to help, and when he goes out of his way to
avoid injuring anything living. He does not ask how
far this or that life deserves sympathy as valuable
in itself, nor how far it is capable of feeling. To
him life is sacred." - Albert Schweitzer
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