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1 Engaging a Religious Community: A Story of One Small Group _____________________________ The Task Force on Animals A subcommittee of the Bishop’s Committee on the Environment in the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia (western Washington state)

2 Excerpt from RESOLUTION D015: Merciful & Humane Treatment of God’s Creatures __________________________________________ ”…urge Diocesan Environmental Commissions …to provide information to educate our congregations about decisions that would affect the lives and health of endangered species, farmed food animals and domesticated animals…”

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5 Saint Francis Day materials: Bulletin Insert Liturgy with blessing of the animals Sermon Sunday school lesson Prayers

6 Church Calendar Projects ___________ Christmas Card Service project suggestions

7 Suggestions for Compassionate Eating Keeping an Environmentally Kind Kitchen Choosing Local, Organic, Simple Food Eating with Compassion for God's Creatures Responding to a Hungry and Thirsty World Embracing Christian Hospitality Prayer & Fasting during Holy Week Lenten Discipline

8 Easter’s Gentle Eggs Grant Hen & eggless cooking/baking education

9 Thanksgiving Eating Together: Christian Hospitality in a Dietarily Diverse Society

10 Cathedral Day Activities: Animal Lyrics to favorite hymns Face Painting Animal costume contest

11 Church Calendar Projects __________________________________________ Saint Francis Day Thanksgiving Christmas Lent Easter Cathedral Day

12 Upcoming Projects __________________________________________ Website Online Book Group Online Retreats Interfaith Wildlife Workshop Advocacy Letters

13 Mission Statement of the Task Force on Animals __________________________________________ Recognizing that each animal life is beloved by God the Creator, the Task Force on Animals assists the Diocese of Olympia in honoring the sacredness of all animals and seeking the reconciliation of all creation.

14 What We Do __________________________________________ + Celebrate the sacredness and worth of all animals + Give voice to every creature by advocating for love, compassion and justice for all animals + Encourage understanding of ways humans and animals affect each other and the environment + Educate about cruelty, neglect and disregard toward animals + Support spiritual needs during times of animal adoption, blessing, illness, death, or grief

15 Lessons Learned __________________________________________ Engage people through what we have in common Be inviting and inclusive (not confrontational) Inspire compassion (not guilt) Find small ways people can make changes that are easy, practical, and sustainable for them Stress the idea that one person can make a difference Be persistent and patient

16 Contact Information ______________________ Moira Fulton The Task Force on Animals A subcommittee of the Bishop’s Committee on the Environment In the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia (western Washington state)


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