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The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville
Gainesville, Florida

Our congregation, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville has an Earthkeepers and Voices for Animal justice group. All are invited.

Rev. LoraKim Joyner serves as a minister with The Unitarian Universalists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (UFETA), as well as consultant for Wings of Compassion, a website dedicated to grieving, healing, and hope in avian-human relationships. She was a coauthor for the Religious Proclamation of Animal Compassion.

Birds have always called to LoraKim. Since an early age she always had birds in the home, out in the pigeon coop, or eating at the yard feeder. Her hope for avian flourishing led her to a B.S. in Avian Sciences and then later to a D.V.M. where she specialized in birds. A later Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine emphasized avian research. Hearing birds call to her heart, she worked in other countries as a consultant in avian medicine and conservation, with an emphasis on parrot conservation. Her hopes for the birds led her to the Philippines, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Guatemala where she lived for several years.

Her work with birds has also included working as a Clinical Instructor and Research Assistant Professor at the Nondomestic Avian Clinic at the College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University. There she later served as the Community Advocate, where she taught ethics and grief management as well as assisted staff, faculty, and clients in dealing with grief and ethical issues.

Her experiences have taught her that the birds cannot flourish if the human heart cannot heal, and the human heart cannot heal without knowing the great depth of suffering and beauty in all life.

Rev. LoraKim Joyner
The Unitarian Universalists Fellowship of Gainesville
4225 NW 34th Street
Gainesville, FL 32605

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