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Sarah Bowen

Author & Animal Chaplain

Modern Reverend

Sarah A. Bowen is an animal chaplain who teaches interspecies mindfulness to help support the well-being of animals, animal advocates and organizations. She also helps humans survive animal loss and tackle compassion fatigue through one-on-one sessions and group workshops. Sarah is a co-founder of Compassion Consortium ― the first interfaith, interspiritual and interspecies community for people who care about and advocate for animals and the planet ― where she directs the animal chaplaincy training program. An award-winning author, her newest book is Sacred Sendoffs: An Animal Chaplain’s Advice for Surviving Animal Loss, Making Life Meaningful & Healing the Planet, which contains tools for mindfully extending compassion to the 8.7 million other species we share this interdependent planet with. She is also a columnist on animal/human relationships for Spirituality & Health magazine, and her work has appeared in Psychology Today, Parabola, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Elephant Journal, and mindbodygreen among other media. Sarah was recently interviewed by a RNS Vatican news desk reporter for her response to Pope Francis’ suggestion that living with cats and dogs is “selfish.” She has presented on animal spirituality and interspecies mindfulness at the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, Compassion Arts Festival, Parliament of the World’s Religions, Pace E Bene’s Campaign Nonviolence Action Week and through many podcasts, including All Creatures and Herd Around the Barn. Learn more at modernreverend.com