Mary Lett and Paulette Delahoussaye will lead a discussion group on the book The Friends We Keep: Unleashing Christianity’s Compassion for Animals, written by Laura Hobgood-Oster. The author is Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies at Southwestern University in Georgetown and coordinator of animal rescue at the Georgetown Animal Shelter. Laura will meet with our class on Wednesday, November 7.
The Friends We Keep gently but astutely introduces the situations animals face today – as companions, as animals in sport, as animals raised for food, and as creatures in the wild – and simultaneously retells a myriad of often surprising and instructive stories from the long, rich history of Christianity. We see and experience animals as Christians have for generations – as beloved companions to the saints, as unfortunate prisoners in Roman arenas, as sentient and compassionate recipients and givers of hospitality, and as good and worthy beings created by God.
To quote one review: “At last! A compelling and engaging book on how faith can speak to both our love for animals and our concern for their fate. The Friends We Keep is a must-read for anyone who has ever loved a pet or who is concerned about the impact humans have on the livelihood of species.” – Janetta Cravens Boys, Senior Minister at University Christian Church in Seattle, Washington.
- Class: $20 Book: $10
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