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SPIRIT THAT BINDS: Compassionate Consortium – A new interfaith community for vegan and animal protection advocates

The Compassion Consortium is a new spiritual community created to serve the needs of vegans, vegetarians, animal rights activists, and others who care about and advocate for animals and the planet.

RNS: Amidst the global suffering of a worldwide pandemic, environmental ecocide, and industrialized abuse of animals, there comes a call for compassionate action. The Compassion Consortium is a new spiritual community created to serve the needs of vegans, vegetarians, animal rights activists, and others who care about and advocate for animals and the planet. Its founding members are Interfaith minister Rev. Erika Allison; Rev. Sarah Bowen, a Dean at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary; Interfaith ministerial candidate William Melton; and Victoria Moran, author, podcaster, and producer of Thomas Jackson’s 2019 documentary, A Prayer for Compassion.

“We were perplexed that many of our friends who value the justice, unconditional love, and mercy called for in the world’s wisdom traditions and social justice movements often don’t extend those values beyond humans,” reflects Rev. Bowen. “Luckily, across the globe, many people are waking up to the challenges facing other-than-human animals and the planet. It can be lonely, though, if you feel unsupported. The Compassion Consortium is a warmhearted, understanding community where we want you to feel comfortable sharing all the facets of your being—head, heart, and spirit—as expressed through your personal spirituality, advocacy, and activism”…

Participants in the Compassion Consortium come from a wide variety of religious and secular backgrounds, including Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, New Thought, Interfaith, Inter-spiritual, as well as the unaffiliated and “spiritual-but-not-religious.” Within the community, they ascribe to a shared set of ten “Tenets of Agreement” based on the values of compassion and service. The Tenets are publicly available… The Consortium’s mission is assisted by advisory board members who represent a broad swathe of vegan, vegetarian, human rights, animal rights, and environmental organizations, as well as myriad faith traditions. SOURCE…

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