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United Church of Christ

Official statements and contemporary references on animals

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Lambs nuzzle in the grass. The HSUS

The United Church of Christ (UCC) formed in 1957 when the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches of the United States merged into a single denomination.

Through these formative branches, the UCC traces its history back to the Protestant Reformation and lays claim to a wide range of progressive firsts.

In 2011, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ passed a resolution entitled “Resolution for Mindful and Faithful Eating.” 

This resolution reminds Christians that the Bible “prohibits cruelty to animals…and describes the peaceful, harmonious coexistence among all God’s creatures as an ideal.”

 The UCC also puts importance on the way humanity carries out dominion over the "gifts" God has given us to care for:

"People of faith are called to be humble stewards of the natural systems of which they are a part. As the dominant specie[s] that has the opportunity for both harm to creation and care of creation, humans are challenged to examine their place in a holistic view of creation and ask themselves if they are humbly respectful or arrogantly harmful to God's creation. Every generation and every person has the ethical responsibility to determine their own and their community's own response to God's gift of creation and to see if their daily practices hurt or enhance what God has given to all."

 —from United Church of Christ, "Biodiversity."

Read more information, including the full 2011 United Church of Christ resolutions, and other statements on this PDF.

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