THE ANIMAL MINISTRY (UUAM)
The Animal Ministry advocates for the rights of animals through education, legislation, and other peaceful means. We seek to exclude all forms of neglect and cruelty to animals. We engage in concrete actions that bring about change at the individual, congregational, community, and societal level.
We are focused on, but not limited to, three major areas:
Education: We coordinate with Religious Education (RE) to engage the children utilizing their programs through books and speakers (e.g. Carolina Wildlife). In addition, we have festivals such as the "Blessing of the Animals". Through "Meatless Mondays" and our various vegan events, cooking classes and recipe sharing, we encourage lifestyle changes directly related to reducing animal cruelty.
Legislation: We lobby our S.C. legislators on bills directly related to animal welfare. We attend legislative committee and subcommittee meetings and help to publicize animal welfare causes, both within and outside of the congregation.
Charitable: The Animal Ministry supports Pawmetto Lifeline and other animal welfare groups in the Midlands by publicizing and participating in their events, and we actively engage in fund raising for such groups.
What is the time commitment?
The Animal Ministry meets once a month to coordinate the above activities. We meet the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the UUCC, and our meetings last approximately 1 hour. When planning an event, obviously there is more time commitment, but the duties are voluntary and spread out among the members.
Some specific activities that we have sponsored, or plan to sponsor, include:
Who do I contact to volunteer or to get additional information?
Anita Grossman, Animal Ministry Chair
If you would like to make a donation, check out our: Animal Donations Wish List
If you would like to volunteer, check out our: Volunteer Needs
Questions about this page? Contact Anita Grossman at AnimalMinistry@uucolumbia.org