Archives for June 2011

A Circle of Hospitality: A Review of “The Friends We Keep”

I highly recommend this book as a resource for discerning the relationship between Christian faith and animals. As someone who feels passionately that faith should inform the way we treat animals, I come away from the book feeling more deeply rooted in my conviction and more initiated in a wonderfully rich faith tradition of caring for animals.

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Hospitality: God, Humans and Animals

I recently read an excellent book by Professor Laura Hobgood-Oster called The Friends We Keep, in which she challenges believers to examine our relationship with animals through a deliberately Christian lens. By addressing such issues as their role as food, pets, endangered species, and in sport, she reminds us of the many varied ways that [Read More…]

Christianity, Compassion and Man’s Best Friend

“Isn’t it time we were blessing back to our dogs? Compassion – especially Christian compassion – doesn’t mean that we use other living beings as we see fit without considering their own needs as well. The whole “do unto others” should apply to our animal companions, too.” Blogger Joanne Brokaw reviews the new book “The Friends We Keep: Unleashing Christianity’s Compassion for Animals.” [Read more…]

Falling Upward: A Review of Richard Rohr’s New Book

In his new book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, Richard Rohr catches the wave of interest in spirituality in the second half of life by offering a template for the progression of life stages, using Jungian insights, illustrating the arc of the journey, referencing The Odyssey, and connecting those sources [Read More…]