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Animals will be blessed today in Bushmaster Park

Saturday, October 03, 2009

The annual Blessing of the Animals event is this afternoon. This is a very special interfaith event with local leaders from several faith traditions, including Navajo Christian, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Meher Baba and Celtic Pagan.

All animals are welcome, but must be on a leash or in a crate. Each year the Shared Earth Network (SEN) sponsors a "Blessing of the Animals" event, on the Catholic day associated with Saint Francis of Assisi, said Laurent Weichberger, a follower of Meher Baba, who is one of seven blessors at the event.

"Because SEN is also an interfaith organization, they have asked various faith leaders to act as blessors, to literally bless the animals that are brought to us, in the tradition that our spiritual path has shown us is the proper way to honor and bless all of God's creatures," Weichberger said. "I am honored to represent the Meher Baba spiritual tradition, and look forward to the blessing on Saturday. Thanks to Tish and Sherry at SEN for consistently building bridges between faiths, which I feel is one of the great works that faces us in this age."

There will be a special presentation by Eric Souders, who will demonstrate how he creates relationships of trust with his llamas.

Free llama cart rides will be available, with the help of 4H members.

There will be exhibits by several animal advocacy groups including: Animal Defense League of Arizona; Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project; Habitat Harmony; Llama Rescue; Second Chance Center for Animals; Northern Arizona Audubon Society; and Shared Earth Network.

Animals, their owners and other attendees will be treated to live music by "Spining Jimmy," local musicians Charly Spining and Jimmy DeBlois.

-- Betsey Bruner, Sun staff reporter


WHAT: Blessing of the Animals

WHEN: Today, from 2 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Bushmaster Park, South Ramada , 3150 N. Alta Vista

INFO: Tish at (928) 606-0882, Web site at
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