There Are Two Kinds of People

“There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who divide everyone into two kinds of people, and those who don’t.”

I put this in quotes because I’m sure I heard it somewhere before. I Googled it and found lots of funny and not so funny ways of playing around with this common, very human […]

Blessing of the Animals Set For October 4

You are cordially invited to a Service of Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

That day is the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi, who is known, of course, as one who recognized all the animals and other elements of Creation as brothers and sisters to us all.

You are […]

The Glories of Glum and Sheep Keepers New Year

            Lots of people complain when clouds and rains come. They think it dreary.  Not me—especially when we have endured the long, hot, dry summer of 2012. I complained when there was not a cloud in the sky for days and weeks on end and the grass stopped growing when spring rains didn’t materialize and […]

Second Annual Blessing of the Animals Is October 6

Everyone who attended last year’s Heatherhope Farm Blessing of the Animals said it was an inspiration to them and they would like to do it again.

So, we have planned our second annual Blessing for Saturday, October 6, at 11:00 a.m.

For all of Christian history there has been a special reverence for the animals that God […]

Post-Sheep-Handling Thoughts on Olympian Spirit

The great 19th century Danish-Lutheran philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, wrote scathingly of a certain bishop who was called a “faithful witness of the truth” at his funeral. Kierkegaard thought that faithful witnesses, or, what he would also call “knights of faith,” were people who suffered gravely for simply standing as individuals against the crowd–for standing up […]

Saving 254 from Death by Bloat

            It had been one of those busy days–even a rough day—so Connie and I felt sufficiently sorry for ourselves that we got carry out Chinese food for dinner. We got up from our meal and I saw that telltale sign of trouble: a Ewe was grazing near the lane back to the barn—on the […]

Prayerfully Gathering with Spot

February 2, 2012

                As an apprentice sheepdog, Spot has had a tumultuous work history. With the help of the insights from three of the very best sheepdog trainers in the world, Bobby Dalziel, Aled Owen and Gordon Watt, I have understood that I taught him well to bite sheep. I trained him on sheep that […]

Epiphany at Heatherhope Shows Forth the Work of God

At our bonfire of greens we sang "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and other songs. Photo by John

The day and season of Epiphany is a celebration of the many ways God’s work is manifest in our lives. (The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek for “show forth.”)

Here at Heatherhope we have an simple annual […]

NY Times Article On Christianity and Animals

The October 15 edition of the NY Times has a wonderful article by Mark Oppenheimer on the fascinating of the love of animals and the Christian faith. We urge our friends to check it out. Here is a link which I hope will get you there: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/15/us/pet-ministries-are-growing-in-churches.html

Do Our Pets Go To Heaven?

At our first annual Blessing of the Animals service we shared stories. After Sharon told of the way her dog had (perhaps) saved her life when she was worn down with caring for her dying father and she began to despair that life had any good purpose. Night after night the dog would sense her […]