• December 25, 2008

    Eden Good Mixes Food, Faith and Fun in Vegan Cooking Show

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Fueled by the principles of healthy living from the Seventh Day Adventist Church, the team created a cooking show that ministers to anyone and everyone looking to adopt a healthier and tastier diet. On the air since 2006, Eden Good can be seen on cable stations in the Washington, D.C., Metro Area. The HSUS interviewed Bonita Bolden, executive producer for Eden Good.

  • December 18, 2008

    Faithful Force: Animals & Religion

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Reflections on 2008, Looking ahead to 2009 As I look to 2009, I see a better world for animals. With the momentum of the All Creatures Great and Small campaign, and the power the film, Eating Mercifully, we have so much to build on. And, we have the support of major denominations through the numerous and diverse statements they have made about the importance of treating animals humanely. Animal suffering, factory farming, puppy mills, species extinction and so on, have been addressed by some of the most well known religious leaders of our day, along with the major governing bodies of the largest denominations in the country. I encourage everyone to explore what their tradition has to say about animals and to share that information with their pastor, congregation members, friends or family.

  • December 16, 2008

    The Three-legged Messenger

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Has an animal influenced your faith? Contributors to The Francis Files share their stories. by Mary Mandeville I grew up in a devout Roman Catholic home. Attending Catholic school I learned a troubling truth, that I was stained by original sin, even before birth. I longed for my very own guardian angel, but it seemed that none was forthcoming. Maybe guardian angels don't always arrive on clouds announced by trumpets. Maybe, just maybe, they can have wavy black fur and three legs. I still tend to be a "Doubting Thomas", struggling with faith in god and faith in humanity every day. Still, Molly gave me faith in the love of a dog. I think it's as good a place as any to start. At age 15, Molly passed away 10 days before Christmas last year. "She was a remarkable soul," said Mandeville. Mary Mandeville lives in Portland, Oregon.

  • November 16, 2008

    Not One Sparrow: Reconnecting to God through the Love of His Creatures

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Ben DeVries is the producer of the website and blog "Not One Sparrow," a Christian voice for animals.

  • November 10, 2008

    Power Point Slides: All Creatures Great and Small

    The Humane Society of the United States

    As part of our resources to support the All Creatures Great and Small campaign, The HSUS offers four PowerPoint slide templates to use for sermons, workshops, lectures and presentations. Browse the sermon resources available as well as other information to help build your tutoral on All Creatures Great and Small.

  • October 30, 2008

    Pets at the Heart of the Home

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Dodger came home with us that very day and was never far from either of us for the rest of his too-short life. He somehow became the heart of our home, even though he was by no means the only cat, nor even the eldest. There was just something about him that made all of the other cats fall in love with him too, and he became the most benign ruler in the history of catdom! He passed away suddenly, only six years later of congestive heart failure. His loss is still felt and always will be, even by the other cats. How can one tiny, rescued animal make such a difference in your life? There is no explanation: one can only be glad he did. Loving Dodger brought God into our lives again, since we were certain He had abandoned us when Athena died. His warmth and love for us showed us that no matter how briefly the gift of love comes into our life, we should thank God every day for the days that it does. It truly is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.

  • October 30, 2008

    Fostering a Spiritual Connection with Animals

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Has an animal influenced your faith? Contributors to The Francis Files share their stories. Submit your story and we may share it with our readers. The opinions of the authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of The Humane Society of the United States. Megan Blake has rescued animals all her life, is an actress, media pet spokesperson, the co-author (with her cat) of the book series, "The Adventures of Tout Suite The Travel Kitty", and is Host of and a Pet Expert on "Animal Attractions TV." The author resides in Malibu, Calif. My first memories are of being drawn to animals, any animals: other people's pets and horses in a field. It was as if I was drawn to a grounded ancient connection that ran deeper than what human beings offered. My doting parents were loving and attentive, but when I looked into animals' eyes, it was as though I looked into past eyes of wisdom toward lessons waiting to be revealed and remembered. As I grew into childhood, I got my first cat, Kitty Boo, and dog, Blackie, and on my ninth Christmas, Santa gave me my life's dream: a white pony named Silkie. Life was complete! However, this fantasy quickly dematerialized when my perfect companion turned out to be barn-sour, stubborn and mean. As a child, these next two years of struggle seemed like 200 years of study in the arts of patience, listening and respecting the ways of "others." By listening to her subtle cues and communicating within this silence, the deepest of bonds appeared, as though we were somehow energetically linked.

  • October 30, 2008

    Pastor Writes Pet Prayers to Celebrate Animals, Comfort Loss

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Charis (pronouned kare???-iss) was the companion of my heart for 11 years. She was there for me to talk to when no one else was. She had fur as soft as silk, and just petting her brought me peace and comfort. She would fetch little wads of paper, carrying them back to me with a chortle in her voice. She would pick up her stuffed-animal (a dog) and stand in the middle of the room and literally holler for me to come and play with her. She had at least a dozen other recognizable vocalizations, including a special chatter whenever she would see a bird. Then, one day, it was her time to make the transition to go to that Heavenly Garden where she is now spending eternity. I look forward to seeing her again there. When she died, I really needed a way to commemorate her life and mourn her death.

  • July 25, 2008

    Methodist Congregations, Local Shelters, Come Together with HSUS to Bless the Animals

    The Humane Society of the United States

    The unusually high temperatures on a Saturday in mid-June didn't dampen the spirits of two United Methodist Church congregations in Frederick County, Md, that came together with The Humane Society of the United States to celebrate animals with a pet blessing ceremony. In an open field surrounded by a high school and new suburban development, the small group, which included volunteers with Frederick County Animal Control and Frederick County Humane Society, gathered under a tent among dry winds and high heat. Pet blessing ceremony June 2008, Urbana Maryland with video.

  • July 23, 2008

    Sharing Our Dwelling Place With Animals

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Contributors to The Francis Files share their stories

  • July 20, 2008

    All Creatures Great and Small Campaign Postcard

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Spread the word about The Humane Society Animals & Religion's All Creatures Great and Small campaign among your congregation or faith community with these beautiful postcards. The front of the postcard reads: We have vast power over animals, and with such power comes great responsibility. We can choose to be kind and merciful or cruel and abusive. Kindness and mercy are values that exemplify the best of the human spirit. Visit humanesociety.org/religion to find out what you can do.

  • July 17, 2008

    Prayers for All Animals

    The Humane Society of the United States

    It was the death of her beloved 11-year-old cat Charis that led the Rev. Dr. Susan I. Bubbers to first write a burial litergy "to commemorate her life an mourn her death." Afterward, Bubbers, an ordained Anglican priest, wrote more prayers to help others through their grief and continued with more prayers about animals in happy times. Her efforts led to the book Pet Prayers (Creation House, 2005), which is one of a number of suggested resources on prayers for animals. Praying for animals is not a new or unusal phenomenon. Animals have been acknowledged as a blessing of God's creation through the ages.

  • July 17, 2008

    The Grief Over a Pet's Death Opens a Gateway to God

    The Humane Society of the United States

    By trying to short circuit the natural grief process any of us goes through, we deny ourselves and especially our children three things: 1) We lose the opportunity to understand that grief, especially grief over the loss of an animal friend, is intense, but it is survivable. There will be many times in one's life that one loses an animal friend, or learns of the death of an animal, or the death of many animals. Unable to trust the process of grief, many people feel they have to close off that part of them that truly cares about animals. Unable to grieve, they are unable to know what it means to be fully human. Giving voice to our grief through prayer helps us experience our ability to survive it even in the midst of feeling it isn't survivable. 2) Short circuiting the grief process tells the child that perhaps that animal friend just wasn't as important as they believed him or her to be. "Only a dog"??? or only a cat, only a rat, only a hamster, are probably among the three cruelest words in the English language. 3) Short circuiting grief deprives the child (and ourselves) of God at a moment in time when God might be most present. God is the one who listens to our prayers. What an incredibly powerful message to a child -- that God is listening to their sadness. At a moment when they feel bereft of the companionship the animal friend provided, they are offered a different kind of companionship, equally intense and rewarding.

  • June 26, 2008

    Children and Teen Resources: All Creatures Great and Small

    The Humane Society of the United States

    As part of the All Creatures Great and Small campaign, The Humane Society of the United States offers a children's educational resource packet with materials for grade levels ranging from kindergarten through high school. Much of the information is courtesy of Humane Society Youth, the youth education affiliate of The HSUS. Elementary, Middle and High School resources of the Animals & Religion program

  • June 26, 2008

    The Humane, Recession-proof Pantry

    The Humane Society of the United States

    So, how can I convince consumers to switch from buying cheaper eggs from battery-caged hens to the more humane, cage-free or organically raised eggs at what could be twice the price? Well, I have found a solution, and it saves me money. Consumers do not have to compromise their compassion for animals in response to the rise in food costs nationwide.

  • June 24, 2008

    Religious Leaders Speak Up for Farm Animals in California

    The Humane Society of the United States

  • June 23, 2008

    The Bible's Teachings on Protecting Animals and Nature

    The Humane Society of the United States

    The Bible's Teachings on Protecting Animals in Nature, a booklet prepared by Lewis Regenstein, president of the Interfaith Council for the Protection of Animals and Nature, is one in a series from HSUS Animals & Religion. Regenstein examines scripture and discusses its lessons on: God's Love for Nature Human-Stewardship Responsibilities Religion and Protection of Animals and more... Read and/or download the entire booklet [PDF], 16 pages. Copyright 2006 ICPAN.

  • April 24, 2008

    A New Desert Mother

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Once she had my full attention, she showed me her secret. Gracefully this Costa hummingbird lowered herself down into a tiny nest near our back door. Quickly her intentions became clear: she wanted my help. The wind was vigorously throwing her nest about like a yo-yo; no egg or baby could endure such a joyride. Two weeks earlier, we had discovered a broken egg the size of a miniature jellybean in a nearby location. Was it the same hummingbird? Was she so determined to achieve maternal success that she was humble enough to ask for help? Phyllis Strupp is the author of The Richest of Fare: Seeking Spiritual Security in the Sonoran Desert, winner of the Independent Publishing Award for Best Mind-Body-Spirit Book in 2005.

  • April 21, 2008

    Take the Cage-Free Egg Pledge: A Compassionate Choice

    The Humane Society of the United States

  • April 10, 2008

    A Religious Case for Compassion for Animals

    The Humane Society of the United States

    A Religious Case for Compassion for Animals by Matthew Scully; Animals & Religion booklet series

 

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