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The upcoming monthly Sunday Services will be held on the third Sunday of each month, on 12/17, 1/21…


The Compassion Consortium Service on Sunday, December 17, 2023, will feature our Special Spriitual Guest, Dr. Clair Linzey.

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Dr. Clair Linzey is the deputy director of the Ferrater Mora Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and the director of the annual Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School. She is also the Frances Power Cobbe Professor of Animal Theology at the Graduate Theological Foundation and Research Fellow in Animal Ethics at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. She earned a master's in theology then a doctorate in theology from the University of St Andrews, as well as an additional master’s from Harvard Divinity School. 


Dr. Linzey is co-editor of the Journal of Animal Ethics and co-editor of the Palgrave Macmillan Book Series on Animal Ethics. Her co-edited volumes on animal ethics and theology include Animal Ethics for Veterinarians, The Ethical Case Against Animal Experiments, The Palgrave Macmillan Handbook of Practical Animal Ethics, Ethical Vegetarianism and Veganism, as well as The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Animal Ethics. She is the author of Developing Animal Theology: An Engagement with Leonardo Boff.


The Ferrater Mora Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics was founded in Oxford in 2006 by Andrew Linzey, Clair's father and a member of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford. The Centre promotes ethical concern for animals through academic study and public debate, and aims to create a global association of academics willing to advance the ethical case for animals. The Centre aims to break new ground for the animals. It wants to put ethical concern for animals on the intellectual agenda and contribute to an enlightened public debate about animals. The Centre believes that the rational case for animals is frequently understated within academia and misrepresented in the media. Its aim is to create a world-wide association of academics from all disciplines who want to pioneer ethical perspectives on animals.


Learn more about both Linzeys and the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, visit


Our Compassion in Action guest on December 17th is Miyoko Schinner.


Our Compassion in Action guest on December 17 is the legendary Mikoyo Schinner: undisputed Vegan cheese whisperer, creator of Miyoko's Kitchen (later Miyoko's Creamery), author, singer and director of Rancho Compasion Animal Sanctuary. She famously beat the state of California in a 2021 lawsuit about whether or not Vegan cheese could be called cheese.


Miyoko went vegetarian at age twelve and later earned a BA in philosophy. After going Vegan in the 1980s, she founded a series of Vegan food companies, was admitted to the NAVS "Vegetarian Hall of Fame," and opened Rancho Compasion in 2015 in Marin County, California, to provide homes for once farmed animals and to envision a world where non-human animals are no longer seen as here for human use.

In 2018, she was featured in PopSugar’s "28 Women Changing the World Right This Second" list,  in 2018, she was featured in PopSugar’s "28 Women Changing the World Right This Second" list.

For more on Miyoko, check out her YouTube cooking channel and Rancho Compasion sanctuary.


When: The third Sunday of each month (see upcoming dates at top of this page)

  • Service from 4 pm - 5:30 pm U.S. Eastern Time

  • Fellowship is available after the service

How: Currently via Zoom. Register for link.

Why:  We recognize that many people do not see their deeply rooted compassion for all creatures reflected in some houses of worship and that some people have left their religion of birth or choice for this reason. 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. Learn more about us.


Creative programming: Each month's program is unique, and features 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. View replays of our past services here,


Spiritual practices: Each service also includes elements of traditional worship services—such as music, meditation, and movement. We hope these practices help each participant personally express faith, gratitude, and celebration to the degree that they wish to participate.


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Eastern time

Guided by: 

Reverend William Melton

 Reverend Sarah Bowen

Victoria Moran

 Welcome and Introduction


The Compassion Consortium Tenets of Agreement 

Song of Compassion

Interspecies Spiritual Practice


Conversation with Guest Speaker

Compassion in Action: A Short Story


Blessings & Prayers

Spiritual Fellowship & Open Discussion 



The Compassion Consortium is organized pursuant to the New York Not-for Profit Corporation Law and Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and operates as a not-for-profit spiritual, educational, and charitable organization. Accordingly, we request that political, partisan and lobbying discussions and activities be avoided in the Consortium’s activities, forums and social media platforms. We also request that all discussions, input and contributions be conducted with decorum and in a positive spirit of respect, tolerance, civility and harmony.

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