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The Compassion Consortium is a non-sectarian and interfaith religious center. We offer spiritual guidance, support, and fellowship to vegans, vegetarians, animal rights activists, animal lovers, and all humans who care about and advocate for animals and the planet. We recognize that many people do not see their deeply rooted compassion for all creatures reflected in houses of worship; some have even left faith traditions after seeing these innocent, loving beings excluded from the level of mercy they deserve; in many cases, they're even denied the possession of a soul.


The Compassion Consortium is here to supplement this "missing piece" for persons who are part of another religious or spiritual community, and those who are not. We welcome participants of all faiths or none. Our regular monthly service takes place on Sunday afternoons, 4 pm U.S. Eastern Time, to avoid interference with most church, synagogue, temple, or mosque services. While we encourage Compassion Consortium membership for those so moved, this is not a "join up required" kind of organization: we're here to serve you, the companion animals you care about, as well as all exploited, abused, and endangered animals, and the fragile ecosystem of planet Earth.

Our Sunday programs, offered via Zoom, feature either a solo presentation or panel discussion with experts from various religious and philosophical traditions who share the conviction that all living kind, and the planet itself, deserve respect, justice, and loving kindness. Each service also includes elements of traditional worship services and the opportunity to personally express faith, gratitude, and celebration to the degree that each individual wishes to participate.

The Consortium also hosts additional events, classes, and interest groups (such as the CC Book and Film Club), and offers services including pastoral counseling and companion animal grief counseling, animal chaplaincy, and animal Reiki and TTouch holistic healing. Our website itself is an ever-renewing resource for information about inclusive spirituality. The Compassion Consortium celebrates diversity and operates with an inviolable anti-racist and anti-speciesist ethic. While our ministry is global, we are based in New York City, where we are organized as a non-for-profit religious corporation. The members of our Spiritual Team (see below) are available for speaking engagements and media interviews; please contact us.

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Interfaith. Interspiritual. Interspecies

spiritual team

William blesses the vegan burgers


Ordained Interfaith Minister (June, 2021) 

Animal Reiki Master Certification

Shelter Animal Reiki Association Certified Practitioner

Canine Massage Studies

Tellington TTouch World Community Member

Interspecies Communication Studies

Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator Certification

Juris Doctor

William was, in his first career, an international business and technology lawyer living in seven countries and working in more than thirty others. This gave him exposure to myriad cultures and religions. In 2019, he decided to shift gears and pursue a ministry of compassion dedicated to healing the suffering of animals, the environment and the human heart.

Trading in his lawyer’s robe for a clerical collar, he is now a second-year student at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City, and he will be ordained as an Interfaith Minister in June, 2021. William also is a certified Animal Reiki Master. He offers animal chaplaincy, animal Reiki and TTouch holistic healing services as part of this ministry.



Ordained Minister & Animal Chaplain

Interspirituality Writer

Dean, One Spirit Interfaith Seminary

Reverend Sarah Bowen is an ordained interfaith/interspiritual/interspecies minister, animal chaplain, and faculty member at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City. Especially interested in the intersection of spiritual values with animal welfare, Sarah is a fierce advocate for all creatures, teaching interspecies mindfulness practices, working with humans around the grief and loss of companion animals, loving up animals in shelters, and providing wildlife struck by cars a sacred sendoff.

An award-winning author, Sarah’s Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective & Higher Purpose, won Nautilus and other book awards. Her forthcoming book is titled Sacred Sendoffs: An Animal Chaplain’s Advice for Surviving Animal Loss, Making Life Meaningful, and Trying to Heal the Planet. Sarah is a columnist for Spirituality & Health Magazine and regularly co-hosts Unity Online Radio’s “Big Universe” show. She holds a BA in Human Ecology from Michigan State University, a MA in Religious Studies from Chicago Theological Seminary, and an M.Div equivalent from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. A forever learner, she is completing post-graduate work in Anthrozoology & Humane Religious Studies.

As a member of Spiritual Directors International, the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, as well as several 12-step recovery and spiritual communities, she guides others in connecting with the higher power of their own understanding to reduce suffering. To learn more about Reverend Sarah’s background and story, click here.


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Intrigued by the spiritual since childhood and vegan for thirty-six years, Victoria spent three years as a librarian and editorial assistant at the Theosophical Society in America; made two trips to India and Tibet to research the spirituality of daily life, and volunteer in Tibetan refugee communities in Nepal and Himachal Pradesh; and earned a BA degree, summa cum laude, from North Central College, Naperville, Illinois, in comparative religions.

An undergraduate fellowship enabled her to research vegans in the UK, leading to her first book, Compassion the Ultimate Ethic. Subsequent books include The Love-Powered Diet, Shelter for the Spirit, Creating a Charmed Life, The Good Karma Diet, and the iconic Main Street Vegan. Listed by VegNews Magazine among the "Top 10 Living Vegetarian Authors," Victoria has written books endorsed by Neal Barnard, MD, Larry Dossey, MD, Sharon Gannon, Milton Mills, MD, Moby, Michael Moore, Thomas Moore, Christiane Northrup, MD, Dean Ornish, MD, Marianne Williamson, and the late Louise Hay and Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

She has been featured on Oprah, Today, Good Morning America, and All Things Considered, as well as in the 2019 Curiosity Stream docu-series, The Future of Food. She also acted as lead producer of Thomas Jackson's documentary, A Prayer for Compassion, introducing the vegan lifestyle to people of faith. Since 2012, Victoria has both hosted the Main Street Vegan podcast on Unity Online Radio, and directed Main Street Vegan Academy, training and certifying vegan lifestyle coaches and educators. She is herself a certified life coach, certified holistic health coach, graduate of the T. Colin Campbell/e-Cornell program in plant-based nutrition, and a registered yoga instructor. She lives with her husband, William Melton, their rescue dog, Forbes, and rescue pigeon, Thunder, in a green condo in Upper Manhattan. Find her at


Interfaith/Interspiritual Minister
Author, Gay the Pray Away
Speaker & Workshop Leader

Erika Allison is an interfaith minister and inspirational speaker who helps the queer community—and also really cool straight people--find spiritual liberation and live joyful, authentic lives. She is the author of Gay the Pray Away: Healing your Life, Love, and Relationships from the Harms of LGBT Conversion Therapy which hit Amazon best-seller status in four categories on its recent release.

Formerly a practicing mechanical engineer, Erika sees the world in systems and connections. Her healing journey led her to expand this view through the study of bodywork, Healing Touch, Energy Psychology, JourneyDance, and breathwork. Erika became ordained through One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, a progressive program exploring the deep truths at the heart of all authentic spiritual traditions. She offers workshops, programs, coaching and retreats to strengthen one's inner compass through awareness and alignment.


Birthed out of her own suffering at the hands of unconscious religion, Erika is a committed vegan in her quest to reduce suffering for all beings. Her mission is to empower the queer community (and other marginalized groups) to guide humanity towards a more awakened path forward. Enthusiasm is her spiritual practice. Erika lives in western Massachusetts with her partner Toni and two teenage stepsons. They provide a great reality check when she thinks she has it all figured out!



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Animal Chaplaincy

 As animal chaplains, Reverends Sarah and William provide a variety of services for the Compassion Consortium community, including:

  • interspecies practices instruction

  • birth and adoption/welcoming blessings

  • birthday celebrations

  • companion animal "commitment ceremonies"

  • prayers for sick and injured animals

  • support during surgery or euthanasia

  • grief support and recovery following the loss of a companion animal

  • memorial services and loss rituals

  • support for animals in shelters and sanctuaries

  • advocacy for animals suffering abuse and harm at the hands of humans.


For a description of the role of and services provided by an animal chaplain see Reverend Sarah’s animal chaplain page. 

Animal Reiki

The term “Reiki” derives from the Japanese words “rei” and “ki” meaning universal life force or energy. Animal Reiki is a holistic, alternative therapy using Reiki healing energy to help nonhuman beings rebalance on the physical, mental, emotional, behavioral and energy levels. Companion animals, animals in shelters and sanctuaries, wildlife and distressed animals suffering loss, abuse, harm, pain and/or imprisonment can benefit from receiving Reiki energy healing. Reiki is often even more effective as a therapy for animals than for humans because they are inherently more aware of and sensitive to the energy fields around them.

Tellington TTouch® Holistic Healing

The Tellington TTouch Method was developed by Linda Tellington Jones in 1975 after studying with Moshe Feldenkrais, founder of the Feldenkrais Method of alternative exercise therapy for humans. TTouch is a gentle, respectful, and positive approach to handling, training, and interacting with animals that incorporates bodywork, groundwork, and tools. TTouch combines observations and philosophy, bodywork, ground exercises, and equipment to help animals find physical, mental, and emotional balance, as a way of enhancing communication, cooperation, and harmony.  The TTouch method is based on a philosophy of mutual respect and cooperation and serves as a unique system of nonverbal communication with animals. The goals of TTouch Include:

  • Influencing positive behavioral changes

  • Promoting well-being through reduction of stress

  • Deepening the relationship and fostering clear communication between people and animals

  • Treating animals and their people with equal respect and understanding


Reiki sessions and TTouch holistic healing are complementary to qualified medical or traditional animal care practices and are not intended as a treatment, diagnosis or cure for any medical condition or symptoms. You should always consult with a veterinarian or other qualified care giver regarding medical and health concerns for your animal companions and friends.