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“I am a fugitive and a vagabond, a sojourner seeking signs.” 
― Annie DillardPilgrim at Tinker Creek

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“The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” 
― Annie DillardPilgrim at Tinker Creek

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"I have the honor of saying a few words at about how God is still speaking in my life. It never ceases to be with his creation and my role, the way I partake in it….not take from it.

Why are we separating ourselves from the rest of the earth’s inhabitants? You don’t have to be an “animal-lover” to question how we ought to treat non-human animals. How can we challenge the barriers we use to cause the immeasurable amount of animal suffering? “Most of us don’t want to be associated with animal suffering but just don’t realize how ingrained the use of animals has become in today’s society.” (Peter Singer)

This includes factory farms to a University in Wisconsin using a live cats for experiments.

The answer is, we have to be intentional. About our lives, our purpose and the way we build the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Not just for our selves; not just for our community; but also, for the least of these.

“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?” Luke 12:6

God is still speaking to us through his creation… Why would we then partake in the violence so many endure? I am not asking you to stop eating meat or go adopt a dog and cat, but to be intentional about how you and I we together can be responsible with the lives of animals. Maybe that means eating free range, adopting a rescue, pulling over for an injured animal, ask questions about leather, fur, other kinds of products made from our companions of this earth.

I agree with David Lane once again, it “…is not that humans are designed to be vegetarian. Rather, given our omnivorous nature, it is that we have the ABILITY to CHOOSE what we eat. And if we have the LUXURIOUS option of having an abundant food supply in the forms of fruit, vegetables, and nuts, then why unnecessarily kill animals which feel pain and suffer?”

Job 12:7-10 says to ” Ask the animals and they will teach you; or the birds of the air and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or the fish of the sea and they will inform you. Which of these does not know the hand of The Lord has done this? In His hands is life of every creature and the breath of all man kind.”

I beg you, ask.”

God Is Still Speaking series at First Plymouth Church, United Church of Christ, Jan 2013

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"The argument is not that humans are designed to be vegetarian. Rather, given our omnivorous nature, it is that we have the ability to choose what we eat. And if we have the luxurious option of having an abundant food supply in the form of fruits, vegetables, and nuts, then why unnecessarily kill animals which feel pain and suffer?" - David Lane, Why I Don’t Eat Faces

"The argument is not that humans are designed to be vegetarian. Rather, given our omnivorous nature, it is that we have the ability to choose what we eat. And if we have the luxurious option of having an abundant food supply in the form of fruits, vegetables, and nuts, then why unnecessarily kill animals which feel pain and suffer?" - David Lane, Why I Don’t Eat Faces

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"Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind." Job 12:7-10

I am going to ask…

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- The Bible
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Start With the Basics:

So where do I start to dismember the food I normally buy and figure out the truth behind the item’s existence? I figure the best place is the basics in my fridge:

-eggs
-milk
-cheese
-ice cream
-bread
-my local grocery store
{contracts and supplies its shelves, King Soopers.}

This list already makes me nervous; we have a small budget, as my husband is in a P.h.D. program and I am looking for full time employment. With this new devotion, we are anticipating a much larger grocery bill… BUT we hope to pave the way for other folks and families interested in knowing exactly where their food comes and being able to afford that knowledge.

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"What does your cat think when you stand naked before it?” -Jacques Derrida

Does a cat dream? Does it think? If so, in what language? This question Derrida proposes beckons humans to ponder the role of animals. The more provocative question he asks is, how has the violence against the ‘animal’ (conceptual, as well as actual violence) not so much violated but constituted the origins of human understanding, responsibility and ethics?

Source: litmed.med.nyu.edu
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“Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.”  ― George Bernard Shaw

“Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.”
George Bernard Shaw

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I want to end my participation in the violent acts against animals that are used for meat and produce. I will document my journey to find where the food I normally buy comes from, how it engages in the cruelty of animals and the new products I find that are responsible and respect creation we can use and not harm.

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“To protest about bullfighting in Spain, the eating of dogs in South Korea, or the slaughter of baby seals in Canada, while continuing to eat eggs from hens who have spent their lives crammed into cages, or veal from calves who have been deprived of their mothers, their proper diet, and the freedom to lie down with their legs extended, is like denouncing apertheid in South Africa while asking your neighbors not to sell their houses to blacks.”
Peter Singer