Have you ever wanted to combine your faith and your love of animals in a ministry? If so, then check out the Animal Chaplains site.
Chaplain Nancy Cronk barked in to invite us all to visit their site.
We need to teach people that every major world faith tells us to care for animals in a responsible way. PLEASE help us get the word out.
Chaplain Nancy Cronk
Here's some information about being an animal chaplain:
What is Animal Ministry?
Animal Ministry has been around since the very first time a human being felt connected to an animal. In each of the world's great faiths, there are important historical figures who were known for interpreting sacred scriptures to teach people to protect and honor animals. We are taught in every faith that we, as humans, are stewards of the wonders of Creation. It is a serious responsibility, and with it, can come great joy and self-discovery.
Interfaith Animal Chaplains is a specialized ministry of Interfaith Officiants.com, listing dozens of independent Animal Chaplains around the world. The listing is a community service, and each Chaplain works independently within his/her own congregation, ministry, or organization. Independent Animal Chaplains provide an array of services to the community. We provide pet loss grief support and perform memorial services, pray for animals who are sick or injured, as well as many other services. We can come to a clinic to comfort the bereaved, hold hands (and hearts) during surgery or euthanasia, or perform a memorial service at the client's home, track or barn, or in a park. Our philosophy is gentle and respectful. Most of us have had pets of our own, and have sincere compassion for the difficult times pet owners sometimes face.
In addition to grief and loss services, independent Animal Chaplains can deliver guest sermons on the bond between animals and humans, and offer spiritual education and guidance regarding our responsibilities as human beings toward the other creatures of the Earth. Some Animal Chaplains visit nursing homes and hospitals with therapeutic animal assistants, while others may lead religious services where well-behaved pets are welcome. Still others run animal shelters, animal rescue organizations, or other non-profit organizations which benefit the animal kingdom.