The intersectionality of spirituality and animal companionship
Date(s) - Thu, Jun 9, 2022 MDT
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Presented by: Betz King, PhD
This webinar explores the intersectionality of spirituality and animal companionship through the application of existential philosopher Martin Buber’s “I and Thou” philosophy. To consider companion animals as ‘pets’ reduces our interactions to what Buber would call an “I-it” encounter, while recognizing them as autonomous sentient beings with whom we share space and time allows for sacred “I-thou” encounters. Participants will learn ways to apply this philosophy to animal companionship, as well as ways to include animal companions in spiritual practices.
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