The 1998 Conference on Animals and Spirituality presented by the Emissaries of St. Francis was held on October 2nd through the 4th 1998 at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in the magnificent Angel Canyon of Southern Utah. The conference focused on the sacredness and spirituality of the Animal Kingdom and what we can do to foster this understanding in ourselves, our communities and the world. 

Presenters at the 1998 Conference on Animals and Spirituality included:

     Keynote speaker Roger Fouts, Ph.D,author of "Next of Kin: What Chimpanzees Have Taught Me About Who We Really Are", is co-director of the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute and a distinguished Professor of Psychology at Central Washington University. Roger will talk about the development of his relationship with Washoe, a chimpanzee who has the ability to "sign" and therefore communicate with humans. He will also share information about his efforts to protect chimpanzees in the wild and in current and post-research situations.

     Joanna Lauck , author of a new and wonderful book, The Voice of the Infinite in the Small. She will share some of her understanding, insight and stories about the Sacredness of the Animal Kingdoms, with particular emphasis on the Insect Kingdom and its marvelous inhabitants.

     Susan Chernak McElroy is a former Veterinarian's assistant, Humane Society Educator, dog trainer, wildlife rehabilitator and zoo keeper. Susan is the author of Animals as Teachers and Healers and A Blessing From the Animals: Stories of Grace, Wisdom and Atonement. Susan will share with us how our animal companions mirror our own states of well being and disease and how they assist us in our journey back to God. Susan's vision is to heal the relationship between people and animals. She makes her home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

     Susan Keiraleyn, Ph.D.,a social psychologist and shamanic practitioner, will be doing a presentation and workshop on the concept of "power animals" as helping spirits, and on contemporary shamanic practice and its relevance to our culture, with special emphasis on the role of animals. Susan will lead a workshop on how to make a shamanic journey and meet your power animals and develop a relationship with them for purposes of healing, growth and wisdom.

     Linda-Lacy Shearer is an animal communicator who will lead a workshop on communicating with animals, with an emphasis on determining your animal's life path, purpose and choice of you as their human caretaker.

Conference on Animals and Spirituality
Promoting the Awareness of Animals as Spiritual Beings

October 2nd through the 4th 1998.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Kanab, Utah 

     Best Friends Animal Sanctuary , the conference site, is one the largest non-euthanizing animal shelters in the world, and is home to over fifteen hundred animals who were previously abused or unwanted. Best Friends cares especially for those animals who are not suitable for adoption because of age or medical condition. Best Friends is a refuge and a blessing where they can live "happily ever after." These animals are supported entirely by the donations of their "best friends" around the world. As a part of the conference you are invited to tour the sanctuary facility and to see for yourself that a heaven on earth for animals does indeed exist!

Let us gather . . . And together . . .
open to our Selves, and all Beings,
Bringing forth the truth of our Divine Identity.

For more information contact

Emissaries of St.Francis
Sharon Callahan P.O. Box 1056, Mt. Shasta, CA. 96067 USA
Telephone: (530) 926-6424 or Fax: (530) 926-1245