On Thursday, October 17 in the Rayburn US House Office Building, at the invitation of the US House Committee on Natural Resources, religious community members congregated with a macaw, a parrot, a python, a corn snake, a bearded dragon, a siamese fighting fish, a tortoise, a slider turtle, a guinea pig, and various pet dogs.
Opening with a blessing from the US House Chaplain Fr. Conroy, the service was a reminder to uphold our reverence for all of God's creatures. The service featured readings, prayers and blessings by United Methodist General Board of Church and Society General Secretary Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, Global United Fellowship Bishop Carroll Baltimore, Ohev Shalam Synagogue Maharat Ruth Freidman, Creation Justice Ministries Executive Director Shantha Ready Alonso, as well as Evangelical Environmental Network President Rev. Mitch Hescox. The organizer of the event as well as the Master of Ceremonies was National Religious Partnership for the Environment Executive Director Cassandra Carmichael.
The blessing is timely, as our society increasingly needs reminders to show care and reverence for God's nonhuman creatures. Today, one if our species faces the threat of extinction. A slide show from the event as well as the full text of the program can be found below.
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