UU Animal Ministry (UUAM)

 

Chair: Dolores Perez Heilbron

Phone: 415-595-7306

Email: uuanimalministry@gmail.com

GOAL (MISSION)

To affirm our 7th UU Principle of Respect for the Interdependent Web of All Existence of Which We Are a Part through educational events and advocacy efforts focused on all the other species of the earth in order to understand and appreciate their integral role in the world.

 

DESCRIPTION

We host public educational events to promote the importance of maintaining the natural habitat for all wildlife, domesticated animals and to work for more compassionate agricultural practices concerning animals produced for slaughter by exposing food production systems that are inhumane. We often work with environmental groups involved with protection of the earth, water and protecting our ecosystem.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

All are invited to join us in our activities; however UUSF Society membership is required for elected officers. Contact us at: uuanimalministry@gmail.com

 

MEETING DATES

Meetings are called by the Chair as our plans/events necessitate on an ongoing basis and not less than quarterly.

 

NOTABLE EVENTS

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

  • See the Monthly Newsletter and Weekly Newsletter for any upcoming Animal Ministry events.

 

ARCHIVES

 

 

Calendar (past and present)

Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 15 1PM – 2PM, Chapel

Bring your animal companions (or a picture of them) and join us in this celebration of all earth's creatures!

 

This service affirms respect for all life, reminding us that we are a part of the interdependent web of all existence; and continues the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi, our City's namesake and patron of animals and the environment.

 

Reverend Vanessa Southern, our Senior Minister, will lead this ritual. We will hear about the effects of climate change on all wild and domestic creatures, and how to work for a more humane and sustainable planet.

Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 2, 1PM, Chapel

"The Birthday of All Creation"

 

Led by Rev. John Buehrens

 

Join us in this celebration of all creatures of the earth!

 

This service affirms repect for all life, reminding us that we are a part of the interdependent web of all existance. This symbolic ritual of blessing continues the tradition of St. Francis Assisi, our city's namesake and patron of animals and the environment. 

 

Bring your animal companions (or a photograph of them) and participate in the blessing of our creatures! 

 

View photos of this wonderful pet friendly service here.

 

Download the Order of Service here.

Birding Hike

Saturday, June 11

Join us for a visit to the Hayward Interpretive Center for a bird walk on Saturday morning, June 11 at 9:30 AM. Ann Graham, one of the Center's naturalists, will lead us to view various birds such as the American Avocet birds shown above, and other bird species' sightings along the Hayward Marsh. The walk is about two miles and we will be informed about the area's flora and fauna as we hike and enjoy this unique natural area. Note instructions and maps.  We will meet at the Center (4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward) at 9:30 AM.

 

Here's the map:  HERE Maps - City and Country Maps - Driving Directions - Satellite Views - Routes   Driving instructions from San Francisco 45 minutes:  Take US 101-South to CA 92 East over the San Mateo Bridge to Clawiter Road in Hayward. Take exit 24 from CA 92 E, drive to Breakwater Avenue. Driving time: Approx. 45 minutes.

 

WHO:        UUs and anyone interested in birding and hiking. Larry Danos will coordinate our hike with the Interpretive Center and Ann Graham, birding specialist.

 

WHEN:      Saturday, June 11, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Remember RAIN CANCELS!

 

WHAT:       Hike and bird watching. $5.00 charge for our guide Ann Graham. Bring binoculars, camera, wear long pants, sturdy shoes, use sun screen. 

 

WHERE:    Meet at Interpretive Center located adjacent to the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge approach. See driving instructions above.

 

UUs:        If you cannot drive to this area, please contact Dolores 415-595-7306 or doloresmp@aol.com to possibly arrange to drive from the church at 8:15 AM Saturday.

 

This event is sponsored by UU Animal Ministry and the Environmental Justice Working Group.

11th Annual Meatout Lunch & Program

Sunday, March 20, 12PM-3PM, King Rooms

A Plant-Based Diet is an Ethical & Environmental Global Value! Our speaker, KEVIN DANAHER Ph.D., is a cofounder of Global Exchange, FairTradeUSA, and the Green Festivals. His analytical expertise, sense of humor and blunt eloquence make him a dynamic speaker. His presentation will include educational materials and solutions for improving global health based on an economically sustainable and humane food production system. Organic/gluten-free/vegan cuisine was provided by Chef Patricia Allen Koot.

 

If you missed this exciting Meatout program on March 20 with keynote speaker, Dr. Kevin Danaher talking about the reality of our food production system in this country then you can view his presentation here or click the tab below.

The Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 4, 2PM, 2015, Chapel & Courtyard

All creatures enjoyed the proceedings! Sunday's annual Blessing of the Animals (Sunday, October 4, 2pm, 2015) was a great success, with Rev. Buehrens preaching an inspiring sermon about Francis of Assisi and the importance of preserving our earth and climate to benefit all the creatures of the earth. A bird lecture about homing pigeons at the conclusion ended when the birds flew away home.

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2016 Blessing of the Animals Slide Show

2016 Blessing of the Animals
2016 Blessing of the Animals

Photos by Sonnie Willis

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2016 Blessing of the Animals
2016 Blessing of the Animals

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2016 Blessing of the Animals
2016 Blessing of the Animals

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2016 Blessing of the Animals
2016 Blessing of the Animals

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