Working Group on Right Relationship with Animals

The Working Group on Right Relationship with Animals is under the care of the Unity with Nature Committee. Its creation was approved at Sixth Month 2015 Interim Meeting (I2015-23) with a mission to stimulate thought and discussion among Friends about the effect that our food choices and other personal decisions have on the lives of animals and the rest of the living world.

Mission Statement: The Working Group on Right Relationship with Animals of Baltimore Yearly Meeting seeks to stimulate thought and discussion among Friends about the effect that our food choices and other personal decisions have on the lives of animals and on the rest of the living world.

All Friends are welcome to join our occasional working group meetings (in person and by teleconference). Contact Margaret Fisher for information about the next meeting. (703-244-9174)

Our video series

The working group is creating a series of short videos, each of which features a Friend talking about his or her experience with animals and how it relates to Quakerism. As these are available (we are aiming for monthly), links will be provided below. Would you like to be involved? Let us know and we can arrange to create a video featuring you and your journey. All viewpoints would be gratefully welcomed.

To watch the videos, click here for our YouTube channel.

  • August 2016:       Video #4: Connecting to Animals – BYM Annual Session 2016
  • February 2016:     Video #3: A humorous perspective on our food choices.
  • January 2016:      Video #2: Howard Brod’s journey began with chickens.
  • December 2015:   Video #1: Margaret Fisher talks about her unfortunate frog experiment.
  • Prequel:               Eat Them as Long as You Can

Ideas to start the discussion

  • Invite us to speak at your meeting. We would love to visit you and lead an Adult Religious Education session.
  • Have a book discussion. Good choices include
    • Enlarging our Circle of Love, Pendle Hill Pamphlet #440
    • Cowed, by Denis and Gail Boyer Hayes
    • Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, by Melanie Joy
    • The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan
    • Animals in Translation, by Temple Grandin
    • Taking the Adventure: Faith and Our Kinship with Animals, by Gracia Fay Ellwood. 
  • Host a video showing. Good choices include
    • Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home
    • Vegucated
    • Speciesism: The Movie
  • Hold a plant-based potluck
  • Contemplate a query

On line discussions

To learn about the basics of eating a plant-based diet:
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Vegetarian Starter Kit

Listed below are the current members of the Committee.

Margaret Fisher, Clerk
Herndon Friends Meeting
Dayna Baily
Penn Hill Preparative Meeting
Jodi Beatty
Herndon Friends Meeting
Mary Campbell
Friends Meeting of Washington
 

Videos

The working group is creating a series of short videos, each of which features a Friend talking about his or her experience with animals and how it relates to Quakerism. As these are available, links will be provided below.