Though I grew up Catholic and attended many years of Catholic school, I don’t remember too much of what the Bible has to say about anything. However, some of the most memorable images from my childhood are those I saw in my religion textbook. I’ll never forget the fantastic illustrations of Heaven. Oh, how I wanted to be that kid cuddling with the lion and the lamb!
In spite of being subjected to these utopian images of cohabitation with animals in the afterlife, I was never instructed by my family or church on how to peacefully interact with animals in my present daily life. I was never told that folks could care for animals beyond treating their pets with love and care. Certainly, no one ever extended the notion that vegetarianism could be an extension of the Christian value of sharing God’s love with all.
The good news is that the folks at God’s Creatures Ministry are seeking to spread the word about the intersection of Christianity and animal advocacy. On Saturday, June 3, the NJ organization will host the Concern for All God’s Creatures Conference at Caldwell College. The event, which is open to people of all faiths, will feature several AR speakers, educational resources, music and more. Mark your datebook and bring a friend!