Blessing of the Animals

Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, Unitarian Universalists gather once a year to celebrate the creatures who accompany us through life. This worship service is an all-ages service for the entire family! Whether they walk, swim, hop, crawl, scamper, or fly, your animal friends are welcome to join us in “paw-son” for a special service of blessing (as long as they play well with others). Please use leashes or carriers for animals! You can also bring a photograph or favorite toy of your animal friend, or of beloved pets who have passed on. Children are invited to bring stuffed animal friends, too. This service will honor them all.

Ordained in 2012 by the three member-congregations of the Greater New Orleans Unitarian Universalists (GNOUU) cluster, Rev. Deanna served as a Community Minister for that religious collective and as Co-Director of the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal ( She serves on the Committee for Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression and Multiculturalism of the UU Ministers Association. Rev. Deanna has made a “family-inspired” move to the Puget Sound region in June of 2018 and currently resides on Bainbridge Island.