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Faith Formation Presents – ASK THE BEASTS: The Moral Status of Animals  

Facilitated by: Janet Fischer askthebeasts
Where: Education Room
When: April 12th, 19th, 26th (Note Date Change)
Potluck @ 6pm, Class @6:30

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(Held over from December) Issues surrounding animal rights are much in the news. Attitudes range from, “We can do anything we want with animals,” to “Animals should have the same rights as people,” and everything in between. In “Ask the Beasts” we will examine the issues of animal care and animal rights that are currently in the news and debated in law. Then we will examine what our scriptures have to say about animals and human responsibility for them, what the Christian tradition and Christian leaders have taught about them, and how we have arrived at our own beliefs and actions regarding animals. Much discussion is encouraged! Don’t worry; nobody will try to turn you into a vegan or even a vegetarian! That’s not what this is about. But our religious tradition is rich with wisdom regarding our relationship with animals that is either unknown or has been mostly ignored. “Ask the Beasts” comes from the title of Elizabeth A. Johnson’s book, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love. She takes the title for her book, written in honor of the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s Origin of Species, from the book of Job where Job responds to his accusers with, “Ask the beasts and they will teach you, ask the birds, and they will tell you.” (Job 12:7)

Although the book is recommended, reading it is NOT required for the class. (It can be obtained from your favorite bookseller in both e-book and paperback for under $20: Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love by Elizabeth A. Johnson (Bloomsbury Continuum, (2014).)

~Janet Fischer