CCA Interfaith Collaboration

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CCA is a founder member of the Animal Interfaith Alliance (AIA).  Dr Deborah Jones, CCA’s Vice Chair, is Vice President of AIA, and Chris Fegan, CCA’s General Secretary and Barbara Gardner, CCA’s Ark Editor are on the AIA board.

Other AIA members include (in alphabetical order):

The Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals (ASWA),

Bhagvatinandji Education and Health Trust (BEHT)

The Christian Vegetarian Association of the US (CVA US),

The Christian Vegetarian Association of the UK (CVA UK),

Dharma Voices for Animals UK (DVA UK),

The Institute of Jainology (IoJ),

Islamic Concern (IC),

The Jewish Vegetarian Society UK (JVS)

Mahavir Trust

The Oshwal Association of the UK (OAUK),

Quaker Concern for Animals (QCA)

The Sadhu Vaswani Centre.

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Interfaith Celebrations for Animals

CCA plays a major part in the annual Interfaith Celebrations for Animals, organised by the Animal Interfaith Alliance and led by its chair, Rev. Feargus O’Connor.

Deborah JonesOn 12th July 2015, at the 12th annual Interfaith Celebration for Animals, CCA Vice President, Dr Deborah Jones was the keynote speaker and talked on Pope Francis’ new Encyclical on the Environment, Laudato Si’ and discussed its historic importance for animals. Dr Jones is also AIA’s Vice President.  She is a Catholic theologian, and author of The School of Compassion: A Roman Catholic Theology of Animals.

Readings on animals were given by Anglican, Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Jewish, Jain, Muslim and Unitarian speakers from each of their faiths.  AIA patron, Dr Alpesh Patel from the Dr Hadwen Trust spoke on the humane medical research undertaken by the trust, for which AIA’s own Dr Schweitzer Universal Kinship Fund is a sponsor.  The research involves no animal testing and therefore saves both animal and human lives.

AIA director, Barbara Gardner expressed AIA’s goodwill and gratitude to Pope Francis for the excellent document, Laudato Si’.  Funds raised at the Interfaith Celebration were donated, half to the Dr Schweizter Universal Kinship Fund and half to Friends of the Earth, in support of the environment highlighted in Pope Francis’ new encyclical.