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Introduction, Session 10: Love for All Creatures

In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program

What is religion? Compassion for all things, which have life. — Hindu Hitopadesha (Sanskrit collection of fables)

Animals can communicate quite well.And they do.And generally speaking, they are ignored. — Alice Walker, African American author

In this session we will focus on the third Unitarian Universalist Source expressed in child friendly language as, "the ethical and spiritual wisdom of the world's religions."

The story "The Cat" comes from the Hindu tradition and illustrates the importance of kindness to animals, reflected in the Hindu teaching of "ahimsa," or non-harm. Participants deepen their empathy for all Earth's living beings as they consider the ways they interact with animals.

NOTE: The main activity includes visiting with live animals. Arrange this in advance, first finding out about any allergies in the group and any congregational policies about live animal visitors. If you cannot host live animals, use Alternate Activity 3, Role Play, instead.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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