Celebrated artist Katherine Howard, whose work has been showcased internationally with magazines including Vogue, The World of Interiors and House and Garden, explains how art has led her to an ever increasing respect and wonder for God’s animals.
Proverbs 12:10 is sometimes, rather blandly, translated ‘The righteous person cares for their animals’. But the literal translation is “The righteous person knows the soul of their animals’!
Dr Ruth Valerio outlines a Biblical understanding of animals and how to take practical steps in support of God’s creatures.
We are excited to be visiting Bridge Street Methodist Church, Andover on Sunday 15th October during the 10.30am service.
It is a privilege to visit this friendly, family orientated community which inspires and encourages all to experience the love of God in Christ.
In you are in the Hampshire area, do join us for the opportunity to explore, engage and ask questions about animals and animal issues.
Bridge Street Methodist Church, Andover, Bridge St, Andover, SP10 1BL
Gene Baur, Farm Sanctuary President, author and activist, is interviewed on his successful book Living the Farm Sanctuary Life. In this definitive vegan and animal-friendly lifestyle guide, Gene explores the deeply transformative experience of learning to live compassionately and without harm to animals.
The Revd Steve Chalke MBE, Founder and Leader of Oasis Global and Patron of Sarx discusses why he believes animal concerns, far from being a marginal issue, are integral to Christian discipleship and living a life of justice and compassion.
Reading into Christian understandings of animals can be an exciting and rewarding opportunity to explore the richness of creation and consider commonly asked questions about contemporary animal issues.
Yet with an unprecedented increase in the number of Christian books written on animals, it can be tricky knowing where to start!
If you have never previously explored this fascinating topic, we hope that this top 5 beginner’s guide will help you get stuck into some good reading!
1. A Faith Embracing All Creatures: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Care for Animals, edited by Tripp York and Andy Alexis-Baker
A particularly useful book which thoughtfully addresses some of the most frequently asked questions of Christians who wish to explore animals concerns. This excellent collection of essays tackles challenging themes including the ultimate purpose of animals, God’s Covenant with Noah, animal sacrifice in the Bible, the food Jesus ate and human dominion.
2. Vegangelical: How Caring for Animals Can Shape Your Faith by Sarah Withrow King
This highly recommended book begins with a Biblical exploration of key theological concepts before going onto consider the realities of our modern use of animals and asking whether or not our treatment of animals matches our values as Christians.
3. Animal Gospel by Andrew Linzey
Professor Andrew Linzey provides an accessible overview of why animals should be a primary issue within Christian ethics and why the term dominion should be understood as a call to exercise care and mercy.
4. For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action by Charlie Camosy
A compelling presentation of Christian responsibility towards animals, which also tackles contemporary issues including factory farming and animal testing. Drawing upon scripture and the Catholic tradition, Camosy demonstrates why treating animals with care and responsibility is an important issues for Christians.
5. Is God a Vegetarian? by Richard Alan Young
A provocatively titled book which combines accessible language with robust theological scholarship. Professor Young addresses topics including early Jewish dietary practices, Jesus’ diet and Paul’s opinion of vegetarianism, doing so with honesty and faithfulness to scripture.
Challenging perceptions and questioning how our actions and choices affect the lives of animals was an important aspect of the Creature Conference.
One of the most pressing animal concerns facing us today is that of intensively reared farmed animals.
Highlighting the importance of eating peaceably and without the need to harm other creatures is an important aspect of our work at Sarx. The Creature Conference provided a perfect opportunity to put this conviction into action!
We were delighted to demonstrate how delicious a plant-based diet can be by providing attendees with a sumptuous lunch which included:
Dr Panu Pihkala of the University of Helsinki uncovers and challenges the socially constructed silence which facilitates so much of today’s animal suffering.
We are really looking forward to speaking at St Matthew’s Church, Stretford, Manchester on 22nd October 2017 at the 10am Eucharist service.
St Matthew’s Church is an active and diverse community who strive to be inclusive and welcoming to all.
An informal Q&A session will take place over coffee after the service to give further opportunities to discuss and engage!
If you would like to join us, please click for directions.
St. Matthew’s Church, Chapel Lane, Stretford, Manchester. M32 8HF