A Celebration and Blessing of the Animals
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro, MA
Sunday, April 22, 2007 * 10:30am
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During our Sunday worship service on April 22, The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro (FUUSM) will hold the first Celebration and Blessing of the Animals ever to be held at FUUSM. This will be the final service that Elizabeth, the student intern minister, will lead. She is happy to be doing it around a theme that is so close to her heart. As April 22 is Earth Day, it will be a special time to reflect on the interdependent web of existence of which we and all other animals are a part. Animal companions are invited to the service, and with a little planning it should be a very special worship service.
We ask only animals that will do well in a public place join us at the service. We want all of our animals and humans to feel comfortable. While we will have supplies on hand to clean up any accidents, we encourage you not to bring your animal if you think that this is likely to be a problem. You might want to consider if your friend gets along well enough with other animals to join us, and if he or she will be okay sitting through the service. If your animal companion doesn’t do well in public or is not ready for such a big event just yet, we encourage you to bring a picture of him or her, a stuffed animal that represents your friend, or you can bring a collar or blanket that your friend likes and we can bless that instead.
Anyone is also invited to bring a pictures of animals friends that have passed away. There will be a time in the service to remember those animal friends whom we have lost. We asks that dogs are on short leashes or in carriers, and that all cats and any other animal that my try to scurry away be in carriers. Unfortunately, we do not have room in our sanctuary for any horses, goats, cows, sheep, or bigger pigs, but if you would like to have any bigger animals blessed outside after the service, please let Elizabeth know and arrangements can be made. There will be a special “human only” section of the sanctuary for anyone with allergies. With some flexibility and creativity, our Celebration and Blessing of the Animals promises to be an exciting way to honor and affirm the love and joy that our animal companions bring to us.
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro
25 South Main Street, Middleboro, MA 02346
April 22, 2007 * 10:30am (Regular time for Sunday Services)