• 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

  • April 8, 2008

    HSUS Helps Two Sacred Cows Find Sanctuary at Arizona Ranch

    The Humane Society of the United States

    The HSUS helps two blessed cows find sanctuary from slaughter.

  • 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.

 

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