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How I Became an Animal Chaplain (and Why It Matters)

Inspiring ways to rebalance with the rest of the animal kingdom

For Spirituality & Health Magazine

“It’s possible the seeds for my call to animal chaplaincy were sown the first time I was read Margery Williams’ The Velveteen Rabbit."

In this classic children’s story, a stuffed rabbit struggles with some of the life lessons we humans do: What does it mean to be real? How powerful is unconditional love? Are some lives valued over others? As a result of the story, I formed rich relationships with my stuffed animals, concerned about their welfare, loving them as the boy in the story loved his rabbit. William’s tale deeply informed my beliefs about what might have a soul or spirit, causing me to treat seemingly inanimate objects with great compassion. ... Read the full article on (or in the March/April print issue)

Photo credit: Family Heirloom, Mary Alayne Thomas,


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