All My Relatives: An Exploration in Spiritual and Theological Reflection upon Our Relationship With Animals

Tuesdays, April 7, 14, & 21, 2015

6:30 - 8:30 pm


How should we relate to animals? Come read, reflect on, and discuss a variety of perspectives on our relationship with animals, domestic and wild. 

Session One will consider the artistic depictions of animals from the earliest cave drawings, discovered in France, to contemporary expressions in film and the visual arts regarding their meaning and significance.  Recommended reading:  Gregory Curtis,The Cave Painters (Anchor Books, 2006)

Session Two will examine the emerging discipline of animal theology and what might be learned from such spiritual traditions as Christian, Native American, Hawaiian, Celtic, Buddhist, and Taoist. Recommended reading: Andrew Linzey, Creatures of the Same God: Explorations in Animal Theology (Lantern Books, 2009)

Session Three will discuss animal rights and ethical considerations regarding the moral status of animals, the harms of confinement, keeping pets and zoo animals, animal research, and meat-eating diets. Recommended reading: Daniel DeGrazia, Animal Rights: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2002)


Ed Sellner, Ph.D., is professor of theology at Saint Catherine University where he has taught for the past 34 years, and author of numerous books. He is also a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, Oxford, England. At the Centre’s recent international conference, he presented a paper on the Celtic saints and their kinship with animals.

WHEN: Tuesdays, April 7, 14, & 21, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

COST:  $75.00 for series; $30.00 per session

This class is now closed for registration.