Animals in the Kingdom- A Great Study for Your Church!
An 8 Session Safari into God’s Kingdom!
Each session includes a 30 minute video, and is accompanied by a Discussion Guide. This series is perfectly suited for any church group, young or old. Below is a description of the sessions.
SESSION ONE: The Kingdom
In this session, we discover the roots of our thinking about the imaginary line between humans and animals. We too often lean toward the ideas of Greek philosophy, and its “Chain of Being” rather than the Jewish Scriptures that are the real basis of our Christian faith. There isn’t a “Human Kingdom” and an “Animal Kingdom”. Rather, we are all part of one Kingdom. It is God’s Kingdom!
SESSION TWO: Life in the Lab
In this session, we consider the complicated ethics of animal research. Using an example from a controversial human study involving African Americans, this session lifts up some ethical foundations that are now in place, and asks it they apply to animals. In this episode, we visit one of the country’s leading animal research facilities and discuss these issues with its Director.
SESSION THREE: Life in the Zoo
In this session, we ask important questions concerning the ethics of zoo’s. Given recent events such as the Sea World controversy, the release of Gorillas into the wild, and the shooting of a gorilla in its habitat due to an accidental fall of a child, this session considers whether zoos are good, bad, or a necessary evil. We bring our questions to the Director of the Oklahoma City Zoo.
SESSION FOUR: Life on the Farm
In this session, we take a hard look at the source of our food. The family farms of our past have been replaced by factory farming, that sees animals as product resources rather than living things. This episode addresses the political movement spreading across our country that is trying to protect these factory farms from needed regulations. Farm animals are in need of intervention. As people of faith, what is our responsibility, and what actions can we take?
SESSION FIVE: Life in the Wild
In this session, we consider the ethics of hunting, both for food and for sport. We also consider the extinction rate of species happening on our planet, and how many species are in danger. We return to the zoo, and see what actions are being taken to protect endangered species. With stories ripped from the headlines, once again this session is certain to raise some energetic discussions!
SESSION SIX: Life in the Balance
In this episode, we experience three stories of people who are making a difference in the lives of animals. We visit a sanctuary for retired lab monkeys, a woman who has transformed her yard into a sustainable farm, and a man who feels his life has been saved by a homeless dog. This episode shows that all of us can take some step in bringing God’s grace and justice into the lives of animals.
SESSION SEVEN: Life in Our Homes
In this episode, you will meet Paul’s dog Ginger, and together they will explore the issues of the pet trade, including puppy mills and the epidemic of homeless pets in our communities. Visits to the Animal Shelter and the Humane Society help raise important issues for all of us who love the pets in our lives.
SESSION EIGHT: A TALE OF TWO KINGDOMS
In this final session, we will ask the question that many of us do when we lose a loved pet. Do animals go to heaven? We will see that our faith tradition offers two possible answers to this question. Which answer is more true to our Judeo-Christian path? At the end of this session, we sum up all of the issues we have explored, and see that in many ways, we are at a crossroads in terms of our future with animals not only in heaven, but here on earth as well.
Your order will include the eight videos downloadable or to be viewed directly online, plus an electronic copy of the Discussion Guide which you can copy for as many students as you have. These products can also be made available on DVD with hard copies of the Discussion Guide at your request. An easy-to-use study ready for you!
Animals in the Kingdom – Online Series
Built on a bridge between faith and science, this study explores many current, and often controversial, issues of animal rights. Issues addressed from a faith perspective include animal research, factory farming, species extinction, puppy mills, and much more. A discussion guide with additional video resources is included. Endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States, this study is an exciting and important expedition for any group.