New book on religion and animals

The Humane Society of the United States, through its Faith Outreach program, recently announced a new book, “Every Living Thing: How Pope Francis, Evangelicals and other Christian Leaders are inspiring all of us to Care for Animals.”

The book is a collection of the latest teachings from Christian leaders on animal protection issues, compiled to inspire individuals and spark fresh discussion in congregations. “Every Living Thing” includes the new Evangelical Statement on Responsible Care for Animals, by top Evangelical leaders and released at an event held at The National Press Club in Washington, DC.

The statement is the only unifying document bringing evangelicals together to care for living creatures.

Christine Gutleben, “Every Living Thing” editor and senior director of The HSUS faith outreach program said: “We are excited to provide this resource that shows the longstanding traditions of care and protection of animals across Christian denominations. It offers important context for The Evangelical Statement on Responsible Care of Animals and Pope Francis’ encyclical on creation, Laudato Si. It also helps us to understand our moral responsibilities towards God’s creatures.”

The book includes teachings from the Roman Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Church of God in Christ and the Assemblies of God.

Compassion toward animals runs through nearly every major religious tradition around the world—so additional material on other faith traditions is included in an appendix to help readers expand their awareness of these issues.

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