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Monday, December 12, 2005

All Creatures of our God and King

The following interesting, wonderful and in-depth pieces of information were sent directly to Barbara Crafton who thought that MOLC would be the right forum to share with all of you.

Knowing how I have written about and for animals and your very positive reaction, I'm pleased to forward the following information which was sent by Gwendolyn R Chambrun who has, as you will quickly see, a passion for animals and tigers in particular. Many thanks, Gwendolyn!

Here is a Book List of animals and theology:
Andrew Linzey: Animal Rites: Liturgies of Animal Care
Andrew Linzey: Animal Theology
Andrew Linzey: Animal Gospel
Andrew Linzey and Daniel Cohn Sherbok: After Noah: Animals and the Liberation of Theology
Andrew Linzey and Dorothy Yamamoto: Animals on the Agenda: Questions About Animals for Theology and Ethics
N.B.: The Rev. Andrew Linzey is an Anglican priest and holds the first post in Theology and Animal Welfare at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University.
Two other books of interest are:
C. S. Lewis: The Problem of Pain (especially the chapter "Animal Pain")
Matthew Scully: Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy

Here are websites for Anglican and Episcopalian animal organizations:

Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals (United Kingdom):

Episcopal Network for Animal Welfare (USA):

EpiscoVeg (USA):

All Creation Liberation (USA):

Sensible Creatures: Anglicans with Animal Concerns (Canada):

I bet you didn't know that there were this many!


This is a project that I proposed to Trinity; please feel free to pass it on to anyone who may be interested. There is lots of information about Tigers!

Lenten Family Day for Saturday, February 11th, which is the first Saturday in Lent (or Saturday, February 18th). This is a project that can involve children of all ages, their parents, the youth, seniors, and those with a theatrical bent.

According to Lectionary Year B, the Gospel reading for Sunday, February 12th, the first Sunday in Lent, is Mark 1:13:

Jesus "was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him."

The basic structure of the day would be:

1. Film

2. Discussion (or meal)

3. Meal (or discussion)

4. Activities

Here are the details:

1. Viewing a wonderful Film released last year about a pair of tiger siblings called
"Two Brothers" ( ), that was filmed in Cambodia and Thailand.



Study Guide:

2. breaking up into age appropriate groups for Discussion. I have collected a number of resources to choose from. Here are two exploring the theme of Jesus being with the wild beasts:

i. An essay entitled The messianic peace with wild animals by Richard Bauckman (in Animals on the Agenda, Andrew Linzey)

ii. A poem entitled In the Wilderness by Robert Graves,

Here are two resources exploring the wildlife's uncanny response to the tsunami:



Tigers, habitat loss, treatment in captivity, use in Chinese medicine, etc. There are a lot of resources, I will list just two regarding tigers in Thailand today:



The Trinity Choir sang British composer John Tavener' s setting of William Blakes poem The Lamb last year; perhaps this year they could sing his magnificent setting of The Tyger on Sunday?

3. Ordering a Meal from the vegetarian Thai restaurant Pukk in the East Village:


4. Age-appropriate Activities, such as Mask-Making and asking the questions: What would Jesus say to the wild beasts today as they are struggling for survival as their habitats are being destroyed? What would the wild beasts say to Jesus?

None of this is written in stone! Do you like any of these ideas? Do you think the young people and the little ones would like any of them? Do you have any additional suggestions?

Now, while I'm not Mother Crafton, these ideas, and the positive inter-generational things we can do are a marvelous way to rekindle the dynamic nature of our faith! Keep up the good work, Gwendolyn--- and folks, please add your comments to this posting so that others can read and Gwen can get some feedback. Or, you may contact her directly @ Many thanks to all!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting these resources on this site!

Sue G.

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Thank you!

9:43 AM  

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