I love that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has launched a faith outreach dedicated to engaging people and institutions of faith with animal protection issues, recognizing that religious values call upon us all to act in a merciful way toward all creatures.
And to launch that outreach, the HSUS held a contest and invited people to submit a video of themselves performing their interpretation of the hymn “O God Your Creatures Fill the Earth,” by lyricist Pastor Carolyn Gillette. And the winner is St. George’s Episcopal Church in Glenn Dale, Md.!
It might not be the most polished performance, but doggone it, it’s the most heartfelt! The performace was videotaped during their Blessing of Animal Companions service on October 1, 2011 and included both parishioners and their pets.
Woof! Woof! Woof! Wooooof!
“St. George’s Episcopal Church really captured the spirit of celebrating our bond with all animals,” said Christine Gutleben, HSUS senior director of faith outreach, in the press release announcing the winner. “We particularly enjoyed the dogs chiming in with the congregants during the hymn.”
“We are honored to have been chosen as the winner of The Humane Society of the United States’ video project,” said the Rev. Connie Reinhardt, Rector of St. George’s, says in the press release. “We have a number of parishioners who care deeply for animals of all kinds, which we see as part of our commitment to the whole creation.”
Who says animals can’t go to church? How about an all dog choir!