• March 27, 2008

    Reflecting on the "Living Waters" that Connect People & Animals in Creation

    The Humane Society of the United States

    To me, that primordial being is God. From my faith tradition, it is the "living waters" and the "fountain of life," but people of many faiths share this conception. Lal Ded, a Kashmiri mystic, wrote of "the lake [from which] all Beings drink." "Into it deer, jackals, rhinoceri, sea-elephants falling," she extolled, "from the earliest moment of birth, falling and falling in You." Like Lal Ded, I share a sense of kinship with the world's many beings, all dependent upon living waters. Daily life muddies and obscures this joyful kinship; moments of play with animals reveal it, clearly and suddenly. Of course, absorbed play with a kitten is not the only way to experience this state, and I know that, for some people, it is not something religious. For many, it may be like the "flow" that psychologist Mih??ly Cs??kszentmih??lyi described, a mental state of satisfying and self-forgetting immersion in activity. Meditation, prayer, painting, even driving, allow different people to escape occasionally their wearying awareness of self. Playing with animals, like gardening, has the additional advantage of engaging us with living creation.

  • March 27, 2008

    "The Joy of Vegan Baking" Author Rises to Success from Church Roots

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Through cooking classes, podcasts, DVDs and a new cookbook, Compassionate Cooks demystifies vegan cuisine and makes wholesome and decadent recipes accessible to the everyday chef. She has recreated our favorite foods without meat or dairy products, and is showing people the freedom of a world where we can be compassionate and merciful toward animals while still having a full, bountiful array of culinary options to satisfy our appetites.

  • March 27, 2008

    Jewish Teachings on Protecting Animals and Nature

    The Humane Society of the United States

    A 16-page booklet Commandments of Compassion: Jewish Teachings on Protecting Animals and Nature, written by Lewis Regenstein, president of The Interfaith Council for the Protection of Animals and Nature.

  • March 14, 2008

    Compassionate Eating as Care of Creation

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Matthew Halteman, assistant professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, collaborated with The Humane Society of the United States on a booklet "Compassionate Eating as Care of Creation."

  • March 4, 2008

    Earth Ethics: The Sacred Foods Project

    The Humane Society of the United States

  • February 28, 2008

    Stewardship Project at Saint Gabriel Catholic School Benefits Animals

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Indiana Catholic School fifth-grade class makes donation to HSI.

  • February 20, 2008

    Remembering Marie: Speaking about Pets with Passion and Faith

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Stephen H. Webb, author, theologian and professor of religion at Wabash College in Indiana, talks about his relationship to Marie, a beloved dog.

  • February 14, 2008

    Religious Leaders React to Abuse of Cows at Calif. Meat Packing Co.

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Religious leaders recently responded to the events uncovered at the Hallmark Meat Packing Company in Chino, Calif., where HSUS investigators discovered horrific abuse of non-ambulatory, "downed" dairy cows being dragged to slaughter.

  • January 18, 2008

    Earth Ethics: Food and Faith

    Earth Ethics

    This article appeared in the Fall 2006 edition of Earth Ethics. It is excerpted from: Schut, M., ed. 2002. Food and Faith: Justice, Joy and Daily Bread. Published by Living the Good News in cooperation with Earth Ministry, an ecumenical, Christian, environmental, nonprofit organization.

  • January 14, 2008

    All Creatures Great and Small

    The Humane Society of the United States

  • December 19, 2007

    Nothing to Sneeze At: Cat Lover's Allergies Miraculously Vanish

    The Humane Society of the United States

    How has an animal influenced your faith? Contributors to The Francis Files share their stories. By Theresa Ade Strand, South Africa. Dec. 21, 2007.

  • November 29, 2007

    Soul Searching: From Roman Catholic to Humanist

    The Humane Society of the United States

    I have been a companion animal veterinarian for more than 20 years and a practicing Roman Catholic for most of my life until about five years ago.

  • November 29, 2007

    Dogs: "They Soothe the Soul and Heal the Heart"

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Do you have a story to share of how an animal has influenced your faith? 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. By Brenda Robinson Toronto, Ontario. Nov. 29, 2007 When I go out to start my day, if I am feeling down, discouraged and depressed, I am lifted out of this slump when I see a dog walking with its owner down the street. The dog has its head held up, tail wagging, and is walking with enthusiasm and excitement about his day. When I see this, I think, snap out of it, look at that dog???that is how I should be approaching my day. Excited, with enthusiasm for my day ahead of me. When they pass another dog on the street, they are excited to see them and to stop and greet them. Another lesson for me on how I should relate to others.

  • November 29, 2007

    The Powerful, Unbreakable Human-Animal Bond

    The Humane Society of the United States

    I am starting to believe that if we allow ourselves the silence and grace to listen more carefully beyond the distractions of everyday life; these small miracles will unfold continuously around us, as we become more attuned to the universal energies within which we are all intricately bound.

  • November 14, 2007

    A Call to Combat Animal Suffering; One Woman Explores Her Journey

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Do your views about animals influence your faith? Or has your faith influenced how you view animals and animal protection issues? Contributors to The Francis Files share their stories. Jessica Martin lives in Glen Allen, Virginia with her husband, two children and beloved dog Coal. Nov. 18, 2008

  • October 31, 2007

    Pigs: "They Are Pure Joy"

    The Humane Society of the United States

    How has an animal influenced your faith? Contributors to The Francis Files share their stories.

  • October 2, 2007

    The Francis Files

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Share a story of how an animal has influenced your faith.

  • October 2, 2007

    Animals and Religion: Food, Farming and Faith

    The Humane Society of the United States

  • October 2, 2007

    Bishop Speaks Out Against Cockfighting

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Bishop William W. Hutchinson of The United Methodist Church in Louisiana joins others in support of SB 39, the ban of cockfighting.

  • July 20, 2007

    Bishop Speaks Out Against Cockfighting

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Bishop William Hutchinson of the United Methodist Church supports SB 39 to ban cockfighting.

 

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