UU Animal Ministry

UU Animal Ministry (UUAM) Meetings are held on the fourth (4th) Sunday of each month at church. We meet for socializing around 12:30/12:45pm (11:45am for Summer services), with the meeting starting at 1pm (12pm for Summer). Room A303 (good to double check the activities boards for room change info). All are welcome!

For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or stop by our table in Fuller Hall after services to talk with Janice.

Our email list is accessible at You can also signup in-person at our table or by emailing Christopher.

Our Facebook page.SOS Love - all beings

Info about the national UU Animal Ministry.

A contribution from our UU Animal Ministry group toward our ongoing nonviolence discussion
Dr. Will Tuttle, author of Amazon best seller “The World Peace Diet” was recently in Portland.  Members of our UU Animal Ministry group were able to meet with him at First Unitarian to get his commentary on the origins and expressions of violence in our culture, to help understand and characterize the many subtle ways it takes place in our community, that we may visualize a world beyond violence.
Will Tuttle has a Master's degree in Humanities from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. in Education from UC, Berkeley.  He is also a professional pianist, composer and educator, trained in Korea as a Zen Buddhist monk, and works extensively in Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, intuition development and spiritual healing.  His book has been described as a must-read for anyone who wants to grow spiritually, to live a conscious and compassionate life, and contribute to world peace.
Please join us in consideration of his statements in these 3 short videos, which were in response to our question:
Will, our First Unitarian Church bookstore has copies of your best selling World Peace Diet, and we have held discussions about this book here at the church.  Author Joanna Macy says that in your book, you bring a priceless perspective to the planetary crisis confronting us, with "powerful ways we each can effect it." The cover of your book says "Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony." How do our food choices contribute to the way that we treat each other, and how we regard the world?

Upcoming Events

Holiday Potluck

Sunday, January 1, 2017. 12:15-2:30pm.
After worship on New Years Day, celebrate by stimulating your palette with healthful, wonderful plant-based food in the Buchan conference room. The potluck is sponsored by the UU Animal Ministry. Please bring a vegan main dish, side dish, salad or dessert to share with a list of ingredients so diets can be accommodated. Simple options are salads with non-dairy dressings, fruit, nuts, vegetables, breads or crackers without animal ingredients (please no gelatin, honey, whey, etc.) which can be served with spreads like humus. Everyone is welcome to attend!

NewYears 2016

Hmm... We're working on several other things. We don't have specific event details worked out currently. Want to help with planning? If so, please let us know.

Previous Events

Tabling at Portland VegFest
October 2016.

Animal Sanctuary service/volunteer day
Sunday, August 14th, 2016
This is our annual volunteer trip organized to support the "Creating Connections " 2016 Auction. This year we'll be heading to Wildwood Farm Sanctuary in Newberg, OR.
Pictures from a previous service trip (at Out to Pasture) - click here

Factory Farming Awareness Coalition presentation
Sunday, October 2, 2016. 1:00 PM in the Daisy Bingham room, with Katie Contrail.

Talk by Gene Baur and British author Alex Lockwood.
Gene Baur, founder of Farm Sanctuary, is commemorating a big 30th anniversary by bringing along a fellow animal advocate, Dr. Alex Lockwood to share their presentation here.  Both authors are long distance athletes, sharing their thoughts on activism, writing and running, and why advocacy for animals should be seen as part of environmental activism.
Alex Lockwood—writer, educator, and activist working in the fields of literature, creative writing, media, and the environment—critically explores the relationship of the body to animal activism.
Link to info about Alex's book, The Pig in Thin Air - An Identification

Thursday, July 21, 2016. Eliot Chapel. We had about 104 people in attendance. No charge!

KBOO (90.7 FM in Portland) Monday, May 23rd, 2016 - Voices for the Animals. 11:30am to 12pm.
In this episode of VFA, Courtney Scott interviews Keith Iding and Janice Clark of First Church's Animal Ministry.

Discussion with The Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) Faith Outreach and the Save Endangered Animals Oregon campaign. Sunday, May 15, 2016. We offered refreshments and discussed the role that people of faith play in animal protection along with ways we and our congregation can get involved in this and other areas. About 25 people attended.

Earth Day 2016 Tabling & the Wheel-of-Chance
Sunday, April 17th.
stopped by after service for snacks, information, and to spin the wheel for fantastic prizes and awesome opportunities.
For a selection of pictures from a previous year's event - click here.

Free Film Event. From Suffering to Satori 

February, 2016. Eliot Chapel. Premiere by Portland filmmaker, Courtney Scott. In this documentary, the Oregon Zoo becomes a stage where questions about our relationship to animals are pondered.  World-famous resident elephant, Packy, plays a central role as Scott leads us through her growing awareness and concern about all we take for granted in our nature-dominant culture. The film is a conversation with two dozen specialists who bring focus to the disparity between our assumptions and the realities of how we treat the other residents of this world.

Holiday Potluck

Potluck lunch of foods that are vegan following the church service. December 27, 2015, in the Buchan Reception room. Celebrating community and a healthful plant-based diet. The meal stimulated our palates and gave us the opportunity to meet new people and re-connect with current friends.

Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary service/volunteer day
Sunday, August 9th, 2015
This is our annual volunteer trip to Out to Pasture organized to support the "Extending Our Welcome" 2015 Auction.
Pictures from this trip - click here
About 25 of us from First Church donned some outdoor clothes and headed down to Out to Pasture Animal Farm Sanctuary (Estacada, OR) for an afternoon of service work. We did light farm-work (previous activities include shovelling, painting, feeding non-human animals, washing water bowls, sorting herbs, etc.). This is a family friendly event. We carpooled. It's a great opportunity to support the Church financially and get outside with a nice group of people to do some volunteering. The time with the animals has been animal therapy for some (way better than a zoo!). Snacks provided.
Pics from a previous trip can be seen here -

Earth Day 2015 Tabling & the Wheel-of-Chance
Sunday, April 19th.
Please stop by after service for snacks, information, and to spin the wheel for fantastic prizesand awesome opportunities (TBD).
For a selection of more pictures from last year's event - click here.

Your Ecological Foodprint: Eat Like A Prius
Every meal we eat gives us the opportunity to influence the future.
Factory farming, which supplies most of what Americans eat, is our biggest source of pollution, greenhouse gases, land and water use. Community for Earth (CFE) and the Animal Ministry invite you to a free talk presented by Peter Spendelow, DEQ Natural Resource Specialist, and president of NW VEG. Healthy snacks available 12:30–1pm; Questions and discussion follow. Seating is limited. Sunday, Apr. 12, 1–2:30pm, Channing Room.

Interested in joining a small reading group with people from Church? If so, please let us know. We haven't decided on our second book yet.

The first book we read was The World Peace Diet - Eating For Spiritual Health And Social Harmony

Visionary author Will Tuttle’s #1 Amazon bestseller, The World Peace Diet, is a transformational guide to living in alignment with our inner wisdom, and the loving kindness and compassion that are our true nature. We’ve been born into a culture that indoctrinates us from birth to disconnect from our spiritual values and our innate sense of justice, and to deny our inner knowing that all animals are sentient—they have feelings, intelligence, sensitivity, and consciousness, plus a physiology that feels pain. Just like us, they seek to be happy and to avoid suffering. Yet when we participate in the routine mistreatment of animals required by daily meals of animal flesh and secretions, we deprive them of their happiness. The World Peace Diet is a comprehensive roadmap that awakens us to the devastating ramifications of our food choices—to animals, other people, the environment, as well as our own health, spiritual sensitivity and consciousness. The book empowers us to bring our actions into alignment with our spiritual, ethical values by making conscious vegan choices based on compassion, justice, kindness, nonviolence, and mercy to animals. We hope you’ll join the Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry group for a discussion of The World Peace Diet, which will be led by Beth Redwood, a certified World Peace Diet facilitator.

Author's site (Will Tuttle, PhD)
World Peace Diet (Powell's)
World Peace Diet (Multnomah County library)

Holiday Potluck Lunch
Join us for a potluck lunch of foods that are vegan following the church service on December 28 in the Buchan Reception room. We can gather and set up at 12:30 and share lunch around 1:00. Bond with vegans, vegetarians, and veg-curious people as we celebrate community and a healthful plant-based diet. This meal will stimulate your palate and give you the opportunity to meet new people. Please bring generous dishes to share: a main dish, side dish, salad, or dessert; a card listing its ingredients; and a serving utensil. If you come by yourself, figure the amount to serve 8-10; increase the amount by 4 servings for each additional person in your party/family. Please bring only plant food: no meat, eggs, milk products, honey, gelatin, etc. Everyone is welcome to attend! For more information email Christopher, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary service day.
Sunday, December 21st. We'll be gathering together after second service to carpool together for those who want to). Lets plan on leaving the Church around 12:30pm. It'll be a relatively small group of us and we'll have the sanctuary to ourselves.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
Screening of Cowspiracy. Eliot Chapel, Sunday, November 2nd. Light snacks. FREE. About 120 people came for the film & we had some good discussion afterwards.
Co-sponsored by the Animal Ministry and Community for Earth (CFE).
Event listing on Facebook - here.

Cowspiracy is the 'game changer' film that demonstrates the huge impacts of animal agriculture on our environment against a backdrop mystery of why this information has taken so long to attain a higher priority within mainstream environmental organizations.
Sources of the film's statistics can be found here -

Tabling at Portland VegFest 2014.
September, 2014. More pictures can be seen here.

VegFest 2014

Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary service day. Saturday, July 19, 2014. Organized to support the Lift Our Spirits auction at Church. We carpooled to Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary (Estacada, OR) for an afternoon of service-work/volunteering. They needed help painting (fences, pig houses, buildings) and other light farm-work to make the place look nice for their annual open house. We had the sanctuary to ourselves and had a good day. If you'd like to go on a future service trip like this, please get in touch.
More pictures - here.

OtP 2014

IMG 5527 02    IMG 5576  IMG 5588Earth Day 2014 Tabling & the Wheel-of-Chance -- many people stopped by for snacks, information, and to spin the wheel for fantastic prizesand awesome opportunities (eg., one of four $25 gift-certificates generously donated by Food Fight grocery; super-tasty fair-trade, organic, vegan, local (Seattle), chocolate bars, ...).
For a selection of more pictures from the event - click here. We're interested in hearing how people/families did with their commitments. If you'd like support/community in following through with a commitment, then please feel welcome to connect with us.

Screening of the filmSpeciesism - April 26th, 2014. Food (generously donated by Loving Hut) and discussion followed the film. Free. Event listing on Facebook - here. If you were one of the 80 attendees and would like to contribute feedback or a review, please get in touch.

Group picture from our volunteer/service day at Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary in Estacada (2013).

UUAM meeting 2014-03 - join us
March 2014 meeting

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Friends (Tristan & Ferd) at Wildwood Farm Sanctuary (2/2014)