A Blessing of the Animals will be part of the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, October 7, at Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit, 4 Waldron Ave. (at Springfield Ave.)

"Our pet blessing isn't just about a Sunday of beloved companions,” says Rev. Robin Tanner, minister of worship and outreach. “It also reaffirms our connection to all life on earth and our responsibility to environmental care and climate activism."

For the service, all household pets and their human companions will be welcomed into the sanctuary provided they have no history of problems with people or other animals. Any animals requiring a leash or containment must be properly secured.

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Children and adults without live pets may wish to bring stuffed animals or photos of pets from the past.

To ensure a safe space for people with animal-related allergies, there will be no blessing of live animals at the congregation’s first service, at 9:30 a.m. Instead, a program of song and spoken word will affirm “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part,” a core UU belief.

Beacon draws members from various religious and cultural backgrounds who join together in their individual quests for truth and meaning. Our mission is to be a radically inclusive religious community that feeds the human spirit and heals the world. We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.