Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry empowers individuals, chapters, and congregations to build justice and compassion for animals.
Quote of the Month (September 2018):
“The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.”
~ Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality
Do you care about animals and the more-than-human world? Does your spirituality connect to the more-than-human world? Are you into wildlife, dogs, cats, humans, horses, pigs, leafy seadragons, Meatless Mondays, training service animals, rescuing raptors, trying vegetarianism, volunteering at shelters, saving endangered species, or protecting ecosystems? You’ve found a group of kindred spirits here, and you will want to learn about Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry (UUAM).
On our website, you can:
- Learn about our network of chapters;
- Review the history of UUAM;
- Get connected with us;
- Support our efforts by becoming a “Friend;”
- And more!
Who are we? Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry is a group of concerned Unitarian Universalists and friends who desire to express their faith, in part, through their compassion towards all beings.
UUAM chapters across the United States and Canada work to promote compassion for animals at the local level. As you’ll see throughout our website, this is concrete work. Although we start in different places, we join together to bring about change on the individual, family, congregational, community, and societal level.
Four guiding values keep our efforts on track:
- Intersectionality – Taking seriously the interactions of racial injustice, gender, poverty, class, ability, animal exploitation, environmental degradation and more, we seek to build a world that is more just, inclusive, and equitable.
- Internationalism – Based largely in North America, we serve Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists throughout the world.
- Interfaith – We value the work of other faith movements and collaborate to build wisdom and effectiveness.
- Interdependence – Ecologically, we protect the integrity of the web of life that human and non-human animals share; Organizationally, our board and chapters, each and all, partner in mutual support amidst our particular strengths and shortcomings; Individually, our different perspectives, journeys, passions and commitments are gifts we respectfully share and gratefully receive.
We do good work not just for non-human animals, but for ourselves and all of life, knowing that our connection with the more-than-human world helps us live most fully, deeply, and authentically.
Join the Conversation!
You can join our national conversation online anytime! We chat on our Facebook page (please “like” it) and you can follow us on Twitter. We also have an email listserv. A lot of news from our chapters and on the national scene is summarized in our e-newsletter; to subscribe, just send us an email message via the Contact page on our website. Meanwhile, you can find the most recent issue of the e-news on the Get Connected area of our website.