A few months ago, I was named the USA Representative for the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals (AWSA), whose purpose is getting animals on the agenda of the Christian Church. Founded over 30 years ago, the organization is called to make Christians and others aware of the need to care for the whole of creation, and in particular God’s creatures, and believes that God has given us a responsibility towards sentient beings with whom we share God’s world. Their activities include the following:
- Encouraging churches to include animal welfare concerns in their prayers.
- Encouraging and helping churches to hold animal blessing services and to be aware of the need to care for God’s creation.
- Through education and lawful action, advancing the conservation and well-being of animals.
- Co-operating with other organizations, religious and secular, that have similar aims.
- Production of Animalwatch (free to members) containing articles and information about animal welfare issues, interests, and events and providing a means by which the members can share ideas, stories, and concerns.
- Publishing a series of pamphlets about animal issues, ensuring that materials are balanced and theologically and scientifically sound.
- Helping to arrange major services and events focusing on animal care.
- Promoting awareness through exhibitions, meetings, talks and preaching.