Interfaith. Interspiritual. Interspecies.
AT OUR NEXT SUNDAY SERVICE...
Evanna Lynch joins us
Sunday, Sept. 25th at 4pm Eastern
Each Sunday service includes immersive spiritual practices—such as musical reflection, meditation, prayer, and loving-kindness—as well as a spiritual conversation with our special guest.
Our September 25th service will cap off our first annual Membership Month with celebrity guest Evanna Lynch joining us from London. During this service, we will thank and highlight Compassion Consortium members, and introduce new perks for new and existing members at both the "Belonging" and "Engaged" membership levels.
Evanna Lynch is an award-winning stage and film actor, perhaps best known globally for her role as Luna Lovegood in the final four Harry Potter films. She is also the author of the powerful autobiography The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting: The Tragedy and Glory of Growing Up – A Memoir.
Evanna is an ardent animal rights and Vegan activist. Victoria Moran’s interview will focus on this activism, and also on her struggle with and recovery from anorexia (the subject of her book).
More about Evanna
In 2015, Evanna was the first person to sign the petition against live export in the On Cow tour, an event organized by Compassion in World Farming which visited eight cities in the European Union. Since then, she has joined many animal rights demonstrations and campaigns.
In May 2018, Evanna and a journalist travelled to Kerala, India to observe the treatment of the endangered Asian elephant. In August, she and actor Peter Egan joined the organization Save the Asian Elephants to hand in a 200,000-name petition to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, demanding to ban the advertisement in the United Kingdom of "unethical Asian elephant related holidays abroad", among other requests.
In 2017, Evanna narrated the short documentary iAnimal by Animal Equality, dealing with the dairy industry. The film received a nomination at the 2018 Raindance Film Festival.
In June 2018, she narrated a short film by the Humane Society International against the dog and cat meat trade in Asia.
In October 2019, Evanna was announced as a Lovie Award winner for her activism. The committee stated that she "raises the bar for others in a position of fame to use the Internet in the most creative and accessible ways possible, to introduce new ideas to people that can truly change our world for the better".
In November 2017, Evanna founded the podcast The ChickPeeps, co-hosted by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix actor Robbie Jarvis, Surfers Against Sewage representative Momoko Hill, and Protego Foundation founder Tylor Starr. Its content is based on Veganism and features discussions on diverse topics, often joined by prominent activists such as Ingrid Newkirk, Earthling Ed, and Compassion Consortium co-founder Victoria Moran, among many others.
In November 2018, Evanna co-founded, along with American actress Daniella Monet, the vegan and cruelty-free make-up and beauty care box Kinder Beauty Box. The subscription box, which started its monthly delivery in January 2019, was intended to "put ethical brands in the spotlight" and "overcome confusing jargon" used by big brands that test on animals. The products shipped in sustainable packaging and a portion of the sales goes to animal rights and environmental causes and benefits for vegan rights.
Evanna developed an eating disorder at age 11. She was hospitalized several times for anorexia and stated that the Harry Potter series was the only thing that could "pull her attention" from her disease.
Evanna has worked to promote healthy self-esteem and body image in young girls because of her previous experiences with this eating disorder. Lynch wrote an essay entitled "Why the Body Bind is My Nightmare" in which she describes her emotional struggle with her appearance and how she managed to overcome this through the use of allusions that pertain to the Harry Potter series.
In October 2021, Headline in the UK and Ballantine Books in the USA published Evanna's book The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting: The Tragedy and Glory of Growing Up – A Memoir. It details "her recovery from anorexia and how the conflict between the comfort of self-destruction and the liberation of creativity still rages inside of her.”
ABOUT SUNDAY SERVICES
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
Reverend William Melton
Reverend Sarah Bowen
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.