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On a bi-monthly basis, the Compassion Consortium suggests a book, film or compassionate practice for you consider that relates to our mission. Please join us to discuss and exchange thoughts regarding the topic being explored and its meaning to you. When possible, we will be joined by the book’s author, the film maker, or someone who is an expert in the compassionate practice being discussed.

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More Upcoming Events

Our Compassion in Action Guest on Sunday, July 24, will be Kathy Stevens, co-founder and Executive Director of Catskill Animal Sanctuary in New York's Hudson Valley. Kathy is the author of Where the Blind Horse Sings and Animal Camp, two critically and popularly acclaimed books about the work of Catskill Animal Sanctuary; she’s also a contributor to books, podcasts and articles on animal sentience, animal rights and veganism.


Our special guest at our August 28 Spiritual Service will be Light, co-founder of Gentle World. Gentle World is a 501(c)(3) educational organization whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition.  ​In 1970, when Gentle World founders Light and Sun became vegan, there was no animal rights movement, no online education, no other vegans that they knew, and no word they were aware of for what they were doing.  Not only did Light and his (late) wife begin living the vegan life before they even knew that this philosophy was shared by others (very few others at the time) they created what is perhaps the world’s only successful and thriving vegan intentional community. 



Author, Co-founder of Compassion Consortium

In this discussion, we feature Compassion Consortium's own Reverend Sarah Bowen, as she talks about her new book,  Sacred Sendoffs: An Animal Chaplain's Advice for Surviving Animal Loss Making Life Meaningful & Healing the Planet. 

Rev. Sarah shares her new manifesto for improving life and death for all beings on Earth. While many books focus exclusively on pet loss, animal welfare, or environmental issues, with Rev. Sarah’s ever curious and playful style, she  takes on all three, revealing their unavoidable entanglement.


about their film "They're Trying to Kill Us" 

An exclusive, pre-release discussion with film producers Keegan Kuhn (Cowspiracy and What the Health) and John Lewis (Badass Vegan).  The aim of this film is to encourage critical thought about justice by highlighting Hip Hop artists and activist who speak about injustice in all its forms. The film addresses food access and food deserts, nutritional, and environmental racism, diet related diseases, racial disparities of disease, government corruption, animal cruelty, climate change and ultimately how the influence of Hip Hop will save the world. The film features notable influencers from the fields of Hip Hop, medicine, sports, entertainment, policy, and politics weighing in on the singular most deadly threat to American society that mainstream media doesn't want to talk about.


Contributors to the book Vegan Voices: Essays by Inspiring Changemakers 

Our panelists discuss their contributions to the book Vegan Voices: Essays by Inspiring Changemakers, a collection of informative, diverse, evocative, and inspiring essays from over 50 vegan activists, educators, artists, and changemakers on the whys and wherefores of the vegan diet and lifestyle.


Shelter Animal Reiki Association co-founders
Exploring the Healing Power of Animal Reiki 

Kathleen discusses the concept and history of animal Reiki, its use and value in healing animals, their healing and meditation techniques, their personal experiences, and the mission and activities of SARA. In addition, she leads us in an animal Reiki meditation.


President and Co-Founder of Dharma Voices for Animals (DVA)

Learn about the Buddha’s teachings on compassion to all beings in Dharma Voices for Animals’ free documentary Animals and the Buddha. The 45-minute documentary includes interviews with world-renowned monastics and lay teachers including Jetsuma Tenzin Palmo, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Ven. Bhante Gunaratana, Ven. Geshe Phelgye, Christopher Titmuss, teachers from Spirit Rock Meditation Center and many others.

Co-founder Compassion Consortium and Author of Gay the Pray Away

For many people, religious communities have been a source of rejection, judgment, and shame. In Gay the Pray Away, Rev. Erika Allison shares her experience growing up in a religious family in Texas and enduring conversion therapy as their attempt to change her sexual orientation.

The book first describes her 20-year journey of healing and recovery as she learned to peel back the layers of conditioning to find her true, authentic self. This discovery led Rev. Erika to transform from corporate engineer to Queer interfaith minister (and aspiring mystic), from human “doing & proving” to human being, and from carnivore to compassionate vegan. Along the way, she also learned how to forgive, heal, and make peace with her family and “the church.” Rev. Erika offers readers 7 guideposts she calls “the RAINBOW path.” The steps suggest a way to heal from identity harm―or any other experience of being that told who you are is somehow unlovable or flawed. She hopes this book will help readers connect with their truest version of themselves, fall in love with that authentic self, and unapologetically unleash that brilliant self to shine brightly in the world.

Episcopal priest and the Executive Director of GreenFaith, a global multi-faith climate and environmental justice network

With honesty and candor, Fletcher Harper shows that it takes belief and practice, science and faith to sustain us and our planet. The book gives concrete examples and tips that will help people of faith and worshiping communities engage in Earth care—in bold, life-giving ways. Each chapter has questions to guide personal study and group conversation. All bets are off if we go over the climate change cliff—a disaster greater than many Hurricane Sandys. There is no doubt that climate change is happening. While debated for years and despite some media reports to the contrary, the majority of people are ready to take action to avoid calamity. But what action is advisable or even possible? What can ordinary people do in the face of such staggering problems? Can or should faith communities play a part? Fletcher Harper shows how we can make a difference and make Earth a better world for all of us.