“The Rights of Nature”

Job 12: 7 – 8, Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – Blessing of the animals is a favorite worship service at Redlands United Church of Christ. We love our pets! As we honor the sacred bond between humans and pets, we honor the rights of animals. While pets do not have a Bill of Rights, most would agree that animals, specifically our pets, deserve humane treatment. What about non-animal beings? Do rivers and trees deserve rights, too? Can we widen our circle of love and respect to all of creation? RUCC is being asked to sponsor a resolution to the 2021 UCC General Synod entitled, “The Rights of Nature.” Are we able to support such a resolution?