Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Oregon Vegan Spirituality : Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry

I just came home from an inspiring casual potluck/presentation from the local Portland chapter of the Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry! About 10 of us gathered at Kailash Eco-Village in SE PDX(a Veganic-culture hotbed in it's own right facilitated by the wonderful Ole Ersson. We touched upon all manner of intersecting topics regarding veganism, religion, spirituality and how we each contribute in a positive way.

From the UUAM website:

"We serve as a central source of nonhuman animal awareness and education for UUs by relating the religious and spiritual aspects of our tradition to justice and ethical issues.We provide a community to support one another. Whether we are undertaking personal changes in our everyday choices, or engaging in advocacy for nonhuman animals, we cannot do this work alone.We need one another.
We promote and support justice making efforts for nonhuman animals within congregations and within UUA as a whole.

Our Guiding Principles

The seventh principle of Unitarian Univeraslism calls us to respect the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part. We of UUAM understand that human beings are only a strand in the intricate web of life.

While our Unitarian Universalist principles affirm the "inherent worth and dignity of every person and call us to seek justice and compassion in human relations, we extend these principles to include other species who also possess an intrinsic value.

Recognizing the beauty and interconnectedness of all species that call us to wholeness and toward justice for all beings, we dedicate ourselves to:

Growing our Unitarian Universalist faith in the interdependence of all life that reveals itself in the inherent worth and dignity of all beings.
Informing ourselves about nonhuman suffering
Seeking and promoting ecological justice
Inspiring respect and reverence for the earth all its creatures
Living in harmony with the natural world, which includes a deep respect and commitment to human as well as nonhuman animals."


We each talked about our own pet projects as well, like Northwest Veg and my own involvement with Food Not Bombs. along with my own personal mission of full-time activism. Truly special to feel supported by other impassioned people!


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