Adult Religious Education — 9:30 AM Annette Boucher, "Animals and Our Interactions with Them" Animals, referred to by John Muir as our horizontal (siblings), have long been recognized as essential to our development and well-being. Throughout history they have played a major role in human thought and culture. They inhabit our myths, fables, proverbs and stories. There is a profound, inescapable need for animals among all peoples, for while animals have inhabited a world without people, we have never lived with- out the companionship, example and practical help of animals. ~ Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon, Earth Prayers. Our relationship with animals today is complicated and has many dimensions: emotional, ethical, social, spiritual, scientific, and more. We love animals, we live with them, we use them, we work together, we play together, we protect them, they protect us, we learn from them, we eliminate those that get in our way, we mourn their deaths. We wonder and argue mightily over the ways to be in right relationship with animals. In this "web of all existence, of which we are a part," what part do animals play for you? Describe relationships you have had with animals of other species, including those who share your home and those outside your immediate world, in the wild, or in crisis. Have you ever had what you would call a spiritual experience with an animal? What is unique about the pain of losing a pet and how is it different from losing a family member or friend? Share some stories of experiences you have had with animals: positive, negative, funny or sad. Main Service — 11:00 AM Visit First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco Social Hour — ten minutes after completion of the Main Service Visit nvuu.org for service links.