Interfaith. Interspiritual. Interspecies.
The next Compassion Consortium Spiritual Service will be held at 4:00 pm ET on June 27. Each service includes immersive spiritual practices—such as musical reflection, meditation, prayer, and loving-kindness—as well as a spiritual conversation with a special guest. The special guest for our June spiritual conversation will be Jane Velez-Mitchell, the founder and content editor of JaneUnChained, a multi-platform social media news outlet that produces original video content on animal rights and the vegan/compassionate lifestyle. She has won four Genesis Awards from the Humane Society of the United States for her reporting on animal issues. VegNews named Velez-Mitchell Media Maven of the Year in 2010. In 2013, Mercy for Animals awarded her their Compassionate Leadership Award. In 2014, she was honored for fighting animal abuse by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. In 2015, she received the Nanci Alexander Award at PETA’s 35th anniversary. For six years she hosted her own show on CNN Headline News, where she ran a weekly segment on animal issues. Previously, Velez-Mitchell reported for the nationally syndicated Warner Brothers/Telepictures show Celebrity Justice, where she did numerous stories on animal issues championed by celebrities. Velez-Mitchell is the author of four books, including her New York Times bestselling memoir, Want: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life. Velez-Mitchell directed and produced the documentary Anita Velez: Dancing Through Life which won a Gracie award in 2001. She lives with her partner, Donna Dennison, and their 4 companion animals in Los Angeles.
MONTHLY SPIRITUAL SERVICES
When: The Fourth Sunday of each month (6/27/21, 7/25/21, 8/22/21 ... )
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
Reverend Sarah Bowen
Reverend Erika Allison
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 being organized pursuant to the New York Not-for Profit Corporation Law and Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (pending), and will operate as a not-for-profit spiritual and educational fellowship. 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.