Blessing the Animals Who Bless Our Lives

Animals bring us pleasure, calmness, compassion, hope and healing — especially where we have experienced deep trauma. (Well behaved animal companions are welcome to attend this service and receive a blessing and a treat!) Mary Strine is an AUUC Member and Pet Therapy Trainer.… more

Walking with Dogs: A Spiritual Journey

Marti is a popular local author and storyteller who has shared her spiritual experiences with beloved animal companions in past UU worship services. This title is from her latest book–wherein she invites us to join her in seeing God in all living things.

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Saratoga Warhorse Project

Honor the sacrifices of those who have served in war and peace, learn about an extraordinary Aiken program that pairs the experiences of retired racehorses with veterans as a path for renewal and healing. Julie Robins (Natural Horsemanship Teacher) presents with Veteran Joe Diaz, workshop graduate and strong advocate.… more

Blessing of the Animals

Coordinated by Joya DiStefano ~ If you will be bringing a well-behaved animal companion for blessing, please let us know by emailing worship@aikenuu dot org

“We need another, and a wiser, and a perhaps more mystical concept of animals…
Animals are not brethren, they are not underlings;
they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time.” ~ Henry Beston… more