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The upcoming monthly Sunday Services will be held on the third Sunday of each month, on the dates 7/21, 8/18, 9/15...


On July 21, 2024 our Special Spiritual Guest will be Ellie Laks

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Our upcoming  Special Spiritual Guest is Ellie Laks, founder of The Gentle Barn, a nonprofit organization that rescues and rehabilitates animals who have been abused and neglected. She is also an animal communicator and healing expert who consults with people, animal rescues, and sanctuaries all over the world on how to save, heal, and treat their own animals.


Ellie is a powerful speaker and the author of My Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal, and Children Learn to Hope. Ellie has appeared on some of the most influential media outlets including The Ellen Show, People Magazine, Life Magazine, Animal Planet, The Huffington Post, Turning point, Women’s World, NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, The NY Times, and many more.


Ellie has been saving, rehabilitating and communicating with animals since she was a child. From the age of seven Ellie heard the distress calls of baby birds, injured wildlife, and orphaned animals and would bring them home to heal them.  By age 11 Ellie was working with families in her community to solve behavioral and training issues for their dogs.


As a young adult, Ellie founded "Rover Rescue" where she focused on taking dogs and cats from high kill shelters deemed unadoptable. By communicating and connecting with the animals, Ellie was able to resolve their issues and place them into forever homes. During her time with Rover Rescue Ellie saved over 500 dogs and cats.


Later Ellie discovered a petting zoo and was overwhelmed by the animals’ desperate pleas for help. Not able to walk away, Ellie ended up bringing those broken farm animals home to her half-acre backyard. She listened as they recounted their tails of abuse and neglect and gave them everything they needed to heal. This made Ellie want to do more.


Ellie founded The Gentle Barn in 1999. She  formulated her own "Gentle Healing" method, using a combination of animal communication, energy healing, holistic healing, holding therapy, and western medicine to heal animals no one else would take and had nowhere else to go.


The goal of The Gentle Barn is to be the voice for animals, share their stories, and open the hearts of humanity towards all living beings.


For more information about The Gentle Barn, visit To learn more about Ellie, visit her website,

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Our Compassion in Action guest on July 21  will be Ellen Felsenthal 

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Our July Compassion in Action guest is Ellen Felsenthal, founder and head of the herd at New Moon Farm Sanctuary near Arlington, WA.  Although New Moon Farm Sanctuary is known primarily as goat sanctuary, it’s also a haven for a few other animals, because Ellen believes that all beings deserve to live a happy, peaceful life in a safe, loving home. 

Nothing makes Ellen and her staff happier than seeing a once-starving goat lying in a bed of soft hay as they eat. Or watching a sheep that has suffered life-threatening injuries leaping and playing. Or having a goat who was once terrified of people lie down to sleep with her head in a volunteer’s lap. 

In addition to working with local animal control agencies, the sanctuary takes in farm animals in extreme situations on a case-by-case basis. The farm is also home to a permanent herd of special needs animals. By offering educational opportunities for visitors and maintaining an active presence in the local community, New Moon Farm Sanctuary is a Vital example of what it means to promote compassion by action.

Learn more about New Moon Farm Sanctuary.

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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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