Rev. Jennie with dog


The UU Animal Ministry (UUAM) advocates for the rights of all animals through education, legislation and other peaceful means.  We seek to exclude all forms of neglect and cruelty to animals. We engage in concrete actions that bring about change at the individual, congregational, community, and societal level.

Coming Up


Bark to the Park
Update: Time is running out!! The walk is only two weeks from this Saturday!!! Unfortunately, we have only raised $160!!  Remember you do not have to commit to walk; you are still free to give a tax-deductible donation of any amount, regardless of your commitment to participate on April 8th.
To review a few facts regarding the walk:
The Animal Ministry will once again have a team to walk in the annual Bark to the Park event to benefit Pawmetto Lifeline on Saturday, April 8. You don’t need to walk! Donations are gratefully accepted and both registration  fees and donations are completely tax-deductible! Pawmetto Lifeline is an animal rescue organization that works to address the problems created by pet overpopulation and include: Adoption, Medical, Rescue, and Education.

To register to walk in Bark to the Park, click here.
Click on the Join an Existing Team
Search for Team Name (Our team name is Animal Ministry)
Click on the team name
Select Join Team
Register as an individual walker to join the team
Proceed to edit your personal page and start recruiting team members and raising donations!!

Go to
Search by the team’s name (Animal Ministry) or the individual’s (team member) name
Select the team or the individual
Click on the Donate Now button
If you selected a participant name, click on the Support this Walker
Enter the donation amount and proceed with the transaction
If  you need assistance with your online registration or donation, there is a perfectly wonderful information technology person at Pawmetto Lifeline and you can email Katherine Yon here.She can also be reached at (803) 465-9174. Don’t hesitate to call on her if you run into a problem!

Email ANITA GROSSMAN, team captain, for hard copies of the registration and donation forms which you can fill out and mail in with your check.

Recent Activities:

PurePlant Nation

In March, the Animal Ministry (UUAM) sponsored a showing of the next film in our Ethical Eating series, PlantPure Nation.  It relates to a plant-based diet, research into its efficacy, and the struggles for official political recognition. Once again, we collaborated with Columbia Veg (our local vegetarian society).  We began with vegan snacks prior to, and during intermission. It was followed with a lively discussion.

Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals Poster



On November 6th, we held our annual Blessing of the Animals.  Once again this year, Rev. Jennie Barrington officiated.  As always, it was a good time for the animals and their people.Blessing of the Animals, 2016Rev. Jennie with dog






On Sunday, October 16th, we held a vegan pot luck in our social hall.  The speaker for the evening was Trisha Mandes, MPHN, who spoke about “Dietary disease prevention and reversal: an introduction to the evidence.”  This meal was a joint venture between the Animal Ministry, Columbia Veg, and, for the first time, the SC Progressive Network.  It was a great success with over 90 people in attendance.

Main Activities of the Animal Ministry:

  • Education: We coordinate with Religious Education (RE) to engage the children utilizing their programs (e.g., Hogwarts), through books and speakers (e.g., Carolina Wildlife Care).  In addition, we have festivals such as the Blessing of the Animals.  Through Meatless Mondays and our various vegan events, cooking classes, and recipe sharing, we encourage lifestyle changes directly related to reducing animal cruelty.
  • Legislation: We lobby our SC legislators on bills directly related to animal welfare.  We attend legislative committee and subcommittee meetings and help to publicize animal welfare causes both within and outside of the congregation.
  • Charitable: The Animal Ministry supports Pawmetto Lifeline and other animal welfare groups in the midlands by publicizing and participating in their events.Rev. Barrington blesses dogVanDenBerg Family