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REVEREND WILLIAM MELTON

Ordained Interfaith Minister

Animal Reiki Master Certification

Shelter Animal Reiki Association Certified Practitioner

Fear Free Shelter Certified Practitioner

Canine Massage Studies

Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator Certification

Juris Doctor

William blesses the vegan burgers

 

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.

 

WIlliam left his 30-year legal career, enrolled in and was ordained by One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City, and co-founded the Compassion Consortium - all in his quest to extend to all living beings the same compassion that is a foundational element of all religions and faith traditions. William also is a Level-3 Animal Reiki Master, a Shelter Animal Reiki Association certified practitioner, and Fear Free Shelter certified practitioner. He offers animal chaplaincy and animal Reiki as part of his ministry, as described in the Our Interspecies Support Practices on the About Us page.  Rev. William currently visits Tamerlaine Sanctuary and Preserve in Montague Township, NJ, on weekends to offer Reiki to the animals resident there. www.tamerlaine.org

Watch Rev. William's Journey to the Ministry

Watch The Mad Vegan Prophet Serve His Main Course of Compassion for All Beings with a Side Order of Humor

WILLIAM MELTON

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REVEREND SARAH BOWEN

Program Director, Animal Chaplaincy Training Program

Ordained Minister & Animal Chaplain

Animal Loss Bereavement Companion

Columnist, Spirituality & Health Magazine

Nautilus-Award-Winning Author

Dean, One Spirit Interfaith Seminary

Reverend Sarah Bowen is an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister, animal chaplain, and program director of Compassion Consortium's Animal Chaplaincy Training Program.

 

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.

Sarah has presented on animal death and interspecies spirituality in a wide range of venues, including United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, Parliament of the World’s Religions, Compassion Arts Festival, Pace E Bene’s Campaign Nonviolence Action Week, Spiritual Directors International, The Spiritual Forum, and on numerous spirituality, animal advocacy, and conservation podcasts.

An award-winning author, 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. (April 2022, Monkfish Publishing). Sarah is a columnist for Spirituality & Health Magazine and her work has been featured in Parabola, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Light of Consciousness, Elephant Journal, mindbodygreen, Religious Dispatches, Religion News Service, and a wide range of spirituality media. Sarah regularly co-hosts Unity Online Radio’s “Big Universe” show, which explores modern spiritual paths.

 

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. Sarah is also a faculty member at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City. As a member of Spiritual Directors International, the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, and several 12-step recovery and spiritual communities, Sarah guides others in connecting with the higher power of their own understanding to reduce suffering for all living beings and the interconnected planet they share. 

Website: modernreverend.com

FB/IG: @modernreverend

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VICTORIA MORAN, CHHC(AADP), RYT

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 www.mainstreetvegan.net.

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REVEREND ERIKA ALLISON

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

Board Member, Farm Sanctuary

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. Enthusiasm is her spiritual practice. Erika serves on the Board at Farm Sanctuary and advocates for kindness and inclusive awareness for all beings.

 

Website: http://reverikaallison.com
Email: hello@reverikaallison.com
FB/IG: @reverikaallison

 
 
 
 

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