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Monthly Sunday Services are on the 4th Sunday of Every Month
5/21, 6/25, 7/23 ...
(note: our May services date is moved to 3rd Sunday due to Memorial Day weekend)


Join us On May 21 for our next Sunday Service

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On May 21, 2023, at 4:00 pm ET, the Compassion Consortium will present our special guest Martin Rowe, co-founder of Lantern Books, and executive director of the Culture and Animals Foundation.


The Mission of the Culture and Animals Foundation

The Culture and Animals Foundation exists to advance animal advocacy and the intrinsic rights of our nonhuman fellow creatures by supporting artists and scholars whose work demonstrates a strong commitment to this aim.  The Culture & Animals Foundation (CAF) believes our future survival depends on developing a worldview that embraces a deep understanding of animals as deserving of our respect and care. We are inspired by the creativity, compassion, and commitment of artists and scholars who strive to awaken this realization in society. Since its founding in 1985, CAF has stood uniquely at the intersection of creativity and scholarship, dedicated to transforming society’s relationship with nonhuman animals. CAF’s hundreds of funded projects have explored the entire cultural language of animal rights—in the humanities and social sciences; in lectures, dissertations, books, and presentations; and through music, dance, film, photography, spoken word, poetry, and drama.

Martin was the co-founder of Lantern Books (1999), and subsequently Lantern Publishing & Media (2020). He is the author of The Polar Bear in the Zoo: A Reflection; The Elephants in the Room: An Excavation; and The Animals Are Leaving Us (with photos by Jo-Anne McArthur), and other books, including a couple on cricket and baseball. 


He was the co-founder of Satya magazine; is currently engaged in the Vegan America Project for Brighter Green, an ethical/environmental action tank focused on the Global South; and he is a regular presenter at Main Street Vegan Academy. A native of the UK and now an American citizen, Martin is a graduate of Oxford University and holds a Masters degree in religious studies from NYU. He will be part of the panel, "Human Rights, Creation Rights: A Christian View of Eco-Redemption," at the Parliament of the World's Religions this summer. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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Folk artist Jacob Knight created this celebration for the animals at the request of the Cartin Foundation, which subsequently gifted the painting to Culture and Animals Foundation.


May 21 Compassion in Action will feature author Fred Beasley and his book, Heru the Dragon

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Fred Beasley II—aka Doc G—is a forward-thinking and dynamic speaker, health and wellness educator, filmmaker, author, creative music director, and global youth culture architect. 

Doc is a lifelong creative with over two decades of experience working with at-risk youth. He has done interactive workshops and lectures designed to educate and empower disenfranchised and underserved communities.


He is a co-founder of the NYC chapter of Hip Hop is Green, a non-profit organization developed to introduce inner-city youth to the benefits of living a healthy balanced lifestyle. In addition, he partnered with vegan restaurant owners and created The First Supper, inviting youth from schools in Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Queens to enjoy plant-based meals for free.

His work has been featured in the NY Times, Men's Health, CNN, Men's Fitness, and the Smithsonian Museum. Fred created opportunities to work with high-profile clients such as Nike, the NBA, Equinox, the NFL, and Leverage Marketing agency. In addition, he is a featured writer in the award-winning book Brotha Vegan: Black Men Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society, edited by Omowale Adewale and published by Lantern Books in 2021.

In 2017 and 2018, Fred hosted the Black VegFest in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, which garnered over 15 thousand grassroots attendees. In 2018, he worked with Eric Adams, now serving as mayor of New York City, to implement the Meatless Mondays initiative in New York City public schools, serving over 1 million students. Fred was also part of a coalition of advocates helped push a historic animal rights bill in New York City.  He now lives with his wife and four children in Nashville. 


When: The Fourth 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.

About the book

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A decorated royal dragon guard of the highest rank decides to trade his sword and shield for an apron and spatula.  However, before he can live his dream, he must first face his most powerful opponent, himself. 

An interview with Author
"‘Heru the Happy Dragon:’ Helping Kids Love Themselves and Embrace Imagination - The Tennessee Tribune (

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