The mission of this group is to promote understanding and awareness of animals as fellow sentient beings in line with the 7th UU Principle, and provide ministry, education, and support to interested members, and to the church community as a whole. Contact: Janice Clark


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, with the meeting starting at 1pm. Room A301 (good to check the activities boards for info). All are welcome!

For more information, please email us, or stop by our table downstairs in Fuller Hall after services to chat.

Our email list is accessible at Google Groups You can also sign up in-person at our table or by emailing Christopher Kirschbaum


Facebook page:

Info about the national UU Animal Ministry.




 Recent Events

We’re always working on new projects and activities. Want to help? If so, please let us know!

Author Sailesh Rao comes to Portland

Be a proactive climate healer!

Our Church’s Animal Ministry and the Community for Earth are cosponsoring an encouraging talk by Dr. Sailesh Rao, author and founder of
Born in rural India, Dr. Rao came to the US to earn a PhD in Computer Sciences from Stanford and became very successful in designing and building microchips that launched the growth of the internet. As he sought to help the world through his success, he went to work for Al Gore doing talks on climate, but started his own organization, Climate Healers, when he became convinced that the most significant environmental threat was not being addressed. He wrote 2 interesting books describing his perspective, ‘Carbon Dharma’ and ‘Carbon Yoga’ which offer a positive message of how to see the mess we are in as a part of a transformative phase which we can emerge from together by joining in a simple grassroots Gandhi-inspired movement.
Sailesh addressed the European Parliament at a screening of Cowspiracy, a film he helped fund, and he will be coming to Portland directly from speaking at a climate sustainability conference in Costa Rica. His version of individual commitment is very different from the mainstream focus on fossil fuels.
Come consider his message of change and hope.
Friday June 23, 7 PM, Eliot Chapel. Doors open at 6:30. Snacks provided following the talk




Previous Animal Ministry Events

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.

Join us for a talk by British author Alex Lockwood.
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, 5:00 to 10:00 PM. More info to come.

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— October 2016 (exact date TBD). 1:00 PM in the Old Chapel, A1088, with Katie Cantrell.

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.
Families 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 next 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,

Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary Service Day 2015
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.

Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary Service Day 2014 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.

Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary Service Day 2014

IEarth 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.

Film: Speciesism
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)