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Our Mission is to affirm our 7th UU Principle of Respect for the Interdependent Web of All Existence of Which We Are a Part, by producing educational events and advocacy efforts focused on protecting all species of the earth.

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Worship Service

The long awaited Blessing of the Animals event took place Sunday to an overflow crowd who enjoyed singing the praises of St. Francis of Assisi and the animals with Mark Sumner, Nancy Munn and Richard Fey. Rev. Dr. John Buehrens presided over an enthusiastic bunch of different species including canines who were the most well-behaved on record, one demure feline belonging to Ann Rovere, and a large number of Homo sapiens animal lovers who were very engaged and welcoming.

Thanks to all who made this a memorable event, esp Kathleen Slobin who brought her pictures from Africa, and shown is one of them "Mountain gorilla and her twins."

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Committee Chair:   Dolores Perez Heilbron


We host public educational events to promote the importance of maintaining the natural habitat for all wildlife, and to participate in activities promoting environmental preservation of our ecosystem and recognition of the current climate crisis in the world.  We publicize and promote efforts regarding more compassionate agricultural practices concerning animals produced for slaughter by exposing food production systems that are inhumane.  We often join with other environmental groups involved with protection of our local water, air and forests and other issues in conjunction with the national UUA Animal Ministry.


All persons interested in our goals are invited to join in our activities; however, UUSF Society membership is required for elected offices.  Contact us at:


Meetings are called by the Chair as our plans/events necessitate on an ongoing basis.


  • Blessing of the Animals is normally held on or near the feast day of St. Francis of October 4 (held on a Sunday) each year.

  • Throughout the year, speakers on various animal and environmental issues speak at our Forum and other venues at UUSF.

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