We are offering services in two areas: 1) an intercessory prayer ministry for pet owners, whose pets are sick, near death or who have died, and 2) an intercessory prayer for the animal movements and various public animal issues. This will include going to people’s homes or other locations to pray for them and their animals. And it will include praying for the animal movement as part of our daily activities.
Our coordinator is an ethical and religious vegetarian and militantly against hunting for population control who also believe that animals have eternal souls and a relationship with God. Our coordinator is a committed, lifelong Christian animal activist and environmentalist.
We would like to focus our animal related ministry, providing services and opportunities which have not yet been currently addressed by the Christian animal rights movement that we feel are necessary for growing the movement.
More about Daniel, his education, work and vision...
From February 2016 - February 2017, Salomon served as Gate Lodge Host for the Pittock Mansion Historical Estate in Portland's Forest Park.
As of Thanksgiving 2016, Salomon debuted as a liturgical reader in his local Catholic parish.
October 19, 2016 Presentation, "Mosses, Lichens, and Liverworts" (PDF).
September 19, 2016 issue of the Catholic Sentinel contains a story on our workshop, Caring for our Common Home with Mercy. If you didn’t see it in the paper edition, here is a link to the online version. There’s also an accompanying video.
September 2016 - Hoyt Arboretum Class on Mosses, Lichens and Liverworts
These plants are vitally, ecologically important in sustaining the web of life...
Instructor, Daniel Salomon, holds a MA in Research as well as a Graduate Certificate in Science and Religion. His undergraduate work included biology and environmental studies. He is an accomplished author of six books on the environment. He is a Hoyt Arboretum citizen scientist, herbarium archive assistant and tour guide.
Submitted Testimony on Height Limits August 7, 2016 - see PDF.
As of July 2016, Daniel is a third degree member of Knights of Columbus and has been elected the Advocate and Retention Chairman for his local council.
As of Easter Eve 2016 Salomon was baptized, confirmed and given first communion and is now officially a member of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Daniel-Francis.
March, 9, 2016, I taught a 3-hour workshop on lichens, mosses and liverworts at the Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Oregon.
March 2, 2016
I officially became a board member of the Interfaith Disability Network of Oregon on March 2, 2016.
February 14, 2016
Daniel was elected for an Easter 2016 baptism/confirmation into the Roman Catholic Church by the Bishop of Portland.
December 3, 2015
Daniel participating in
3rd Annual Eco-ability Conference
Free online seminar
November 29, 2015
Daniel became a Catechumen in the Roman Catholic Church.
August 4, 2015
Daniel helped save a Cedar of Lebanon in his neighborhood of Goose Hollow with his fellow neighbors under Portland's tough new tree protection law which also protects trees on private property (Title 11).
July 26, 2015
Daniel was mentioned in a July 26,2015 Inquisitor article entitled "The Americans With Disabilities Act Celebrates 25 Years."
July 24, 2015
Daniel was interviewed by Amelia Templeton of Oregon Public Broadcast on July 24, 2015 - "Portland Celebrates Key Disability Rights Law With An Open Mic." Listen here...
June 9, 2015
Good News! Outcome of the Block according to the Northwest Examiner:
"When their neighborhood association was unresponsive, they formed an independent organization to block construction of a Athletic Club parking facility in violation of the zoning code and past agreements. They knew it was an uphill fight, so they raised $40,000 in preparation to appeal a City Council decision. Instead, the council took their side, upholding the long-range land-use policy plan for the area and causing the MAC's development partner to withdraw the application. Having won the battle at City Hall, they also elected allies and sympathetic individuals to their neighborhood association board at its annual election last fall."
This new organization, Friends of Goose Hollow (FOGH) were given an award for their citizenship in 2015 by Neighbors Northwest, the umbrella citizenship association.
Daniel participated in the 2015 Portland Audubon Society Birdathon and raised $60 in pledges for the organization.
May 14, 2015
Title: The Plants and Plant-based Organizations
Hoyt Arboretum citizen scientist, archive assistant and tour guide Daniel Salomon will be giving a public lecture and will field questions on the Plants and Plant-based Organizations of Israel based on Salomon's most recent six-week extended stay in Israel in the Winter of 2015 on May 14th 2015 at the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center from 7-8pm. The lecture will include a slide show and passing around real-life plant materials, field guides and reference books which Salomon personally brought back from Israel. Some attention will also be given to the plants of the Bible, the native and invasive plant species of the Israel, the importance of learning the Latin names of plants and how to harness a systematics understanding of plants to better interpret the plants of the Bible, as well as Israeli efforts to conserve, preserve, restore and steward the plants of Israel and their ancestral habitats.
April 25, 2015
As part of the Hoyt Arboretum Friends annual fundraiser "Forage in the Forest: An evening of dance, discovery and detectables" on August 1, 2015 two souvenir vouchers were auctioned off as part of an auction package entitled "Private Tour of Hoyt Arboretum for 4 with the Curator and Executive Director" where the herbarium vouchers were marketed as "Take home a piece of the arboretum's history with two herbarium vouchers." The entire auction package was auctioned off for $600. 21 herbarium vouchers have been sold.
Daniel's brainchild of selling herberium plant vouchers as a fundraiser for the Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Oregon has been officially implemented by the Arboretum's staff and volunteers. They are now available for purchase.
Red flowering Currant
As of May 27, the Hoyt Arboretum has sold 10 plant vouchers and counting as a fundraiser for the organization.
April 18, 2015
Daniel will be presenting a lecture/discussion on Douglas Firs as part of the Wilderness International 2015 Creation Care Summit on April 18th, 2015 at Eastridge Convent Church in Clackamas, Oregon, 14100 SE Sunnyside Road. The event is free for students and open to the public. A $20 registration free includes morning refreshments and lunch. You can find more information and register online at Wilderness International. See PDF for an outline of his presentation.
February 7, 2015
November 20, 2014
As of November 20th, Salomon has mounted 100 plant samples for the Hoyt Arboretum Herbarium, as a Hoyt Arboretum Herbarium Assistant for the year of 2014.
October 7, 2014
Daniel was invited by Dr. Dan Brunner to be a seminary class speaker in his graduate level Christian Earth Keeping Course at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon on October 7, 2014. Daniel spoke and facilitated a discussion about the theological anthropology themes in his various books related to animal theology and disability studies. Daniel was awarded an honorarium by George Fox University for being a seminary class speaker.
I am planning to attend this year's Society for Disability Studies (SDS) 2014 Annual Conference in Minneapolis, June 11-14.
I will be a presenter in another panel this year: Session 4. Thursday June 12 3:30-5 PM. " Eco-Ability's Web of Disability, Ecological, and Animal Justice and Liberation." I will be presenting a paper, "Disability, Sustainability and the Nonhuman World: Toward the Greening of Disability Studies and the Cripping of Deep Ecology."
I will be promoting my book Confessions of an Autistic Theologian: A Contextual, Liberation Theology at the New Book and Poster Session an d Reception on Thursday, June 12, 5-6 PM.
I will be leading an interest meeting for "Meeting of Christians of SDS" at 7-7:45 PM on Thursday June, 12.
April 2014 - Daniel has recently been invited to the EMO's Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns for the State of Oregon and has joined Wilderness International (WI) and Friends of Goose Hollow (FOGH).
August 2013 - Daniel begun volunteering at Portland's Hoyt Arboretum teaching environmental education.
Daniel has a Master of Arts degree in Research from Andover Newton Theological School, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Science and Religion, with a concentration in Religion and Ecology, from the Schools of the Boston Theological Institute. He grew up Jewish, but converted to Christianity later in life. He is currently a non-denominational Christian.
As a 35-year old male living with Asperger’s (a neurological condition) Daniel has a special sensitivity to animal life.
He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Studies from Salisbury [State] University, in Maryland, with concentrations in Biology, Environmental Studies and Conflict Analysis/Dispute Resolution, in addition to a Naturalist Certificate from the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, in Michigan. He has also taken courses in animal ethics and animal behavior science.
Daniel's project "Animal Interest Group" has been included in Society for Disability Studies (SDS) November 2013 Newsletter.
Daniel has written
This paper will respectfully, sympathetically, generously engage the various animal movements to rethink the relationship between the autistic pride and animal rights movements, from the perspectives of ethics, critical social theory, political activism and conflict resolution.Read entire outline of this presentation - PDF
In a timely new release, Salomon revisits political polarization, compassion fatigue, even Girardian Theory, making the case that religious leaders absolutely must include neurodiverse humanity in religious life as spiritual equals, carefully listen to the spiritual voices of neurodiversity and accommodate neurodiverse individuals, if organized religion is going to have positive, life-affirming relations with the neurodiversity barricade at all.
In Salomon’s long awaited autism story, Salomon addresses directly how his autistic Christian ecological identity informs his activism, scholarship, method of theological reflection and spirituality. Salomon bases his “serious and radical” critique of normal society on the planetary crisis and institutional animal cruelty, attempting to reconcile disability justice with the planetary agenda, in the process.
Salomon demonstrates that in the long-run, including neurodiversity and disability justice on the planetary agenda will help accelerate non-disabled efforts towards sustainability, justice and nonviolence.
Salomon offers a practical framework with concrete guidance to the various disability and faith communities alike from a Christian liberation theology perspective, which will help realize a world worth living in, for everyone.
Daniel wrote a Glossary to help define terms and give background infomation to make
his book more accessible to his readers that can be found here:
Discovering History & Nature At Ein Gedi: Daniel's sister wrote an article about their pilgrimage together in 2009 in Ein Gedi National Park in Israel which is mentioned in Have Mercy On Me, An Ecological Sinner.
Abstract, Natural Areas Conference, October 18, 2016, Davis, CA.
Tu, M., Riggs, E., Nicholson, M., Alongi, D., Brooks, L., Carr, P., Ficken, P., Kuhn, U., Pollock, K., Salomon, D., Schapira, Z., Schreiber, B., Skadsen, E., Skinner, M., Sweeney, A. and R. Wexler. 2016. Engaging citizen scientists to research best management practices for increasing the abundance of Spiranthes romanzoffiana, a locally rare orchid, in Hoyt Arboretum, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
See Engaging citizen scientists to research best management practices for increasing the abundance of Spiranthes romanzoffiana Cham.
in Hoyt Arboretum, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. (PDF)
Comments on West Quadrant Plan, January 18, 2015
I completely support the recommendations of the West Quadrant Plan Minority Report which advocates for a more critical review of the current height bonus policy and FAR transfer policy, preservation of the distinctive character and human scalability of each of Portland’s neighborhoods like Goose Hollow, concentrate tall buildings along the north-south transit corridor and at freeway viaducts, set height limits based upon realistic foreseeable market demands and contextualized to the specific conditions of a given neighborhood instead of a one-size-fits-all formulaic approach and create more affordable housing opportunities. Read PDF here.
Jefferson 14 Apartments Testimony, December 11, 2014
Recommendation for the Portland Design Commission Hearing on the Jefferson 14 Apartments on December 11, 2014. Testimony regarding architectural recommendation for a Jefferson Street apartment proposal in Portland, Oregon as part of my work with Friends of Goose Hollow (FOGH). In my testimony I advocate for livability and sustainability in my own Portland neighborhood of Goose Hollow. It has already been submitted and is now part of the public record. Also, I am now the founder and chair of the environment committee for the Friends of Goose Hollow (FOGH). Read PDF here.
Block 7, December 3, 2014
Oral Testimony by Daniel Salomon for the City Council of Portland (read PDF here)
Block 7, October 1, 2014
Oral Testimony by Daniel Salomon for the City Council of Portland (read PDF here)
Block 7, October 1, 2014
Oral Testimony by Daniel Salomon for the City Council of Portland and Goose Hollow Foothills League (GHFL) (read PDF here)
A Natural History of Non-Flowering Plants - Guided Tour by Daniel Salomon at Hoyt Arboretum, Portland, September 2, 2013
Tour guide Daniel Salomon will lead a special guided tour of the Arboretum on Labor Day, Monday, September 2 that focuses on the natural history of non-flowering plants.
In Plant Systematic courses, non-flowering plants - like conifers and palms - and primitive plants - like mosses, horsetails and liverworts - are often glossed over. However, these primeval plants are integral members of the temperate rainforest bioregion of the Willamette Valley, where the City of Portland and the Hoyt Arboretum are located.
Come take a guided saunter around Hoyt to learn, see and experience for yourself the fascinating natural history, evolutionary systematics and ecological place of non-flowering plants both native to Oregon and from around the world. The tour will end at the arboretum's beautiful, peaceful Redwood Deck for those interested in quiet solitude and cultivating a sense of place.
Annual Society for Disability Studies (SDS) conference, June 27,
2013, Orlando FL
"Animals and Disability" (3:30-5:00pm)
Abstract: This panel examines the intersections of critical disability studies and animal studies. Stephanie Jenkins argues that contemporary moral theory is premised on an ableist and speciest conception of the subject. She proposes that disability studies and critical animal studies share a common interest in developing a robust and expansive understanding of moral considerability beyond the limits of species-typical performance criteria. Haylie Swenson examines the 14th century British poet John Gower's work as a site where the human/animal binary is both affirmed and subverted. Through this subversion, Gower's poetry opens up new venues for exploring the experience of non-nomate human and animal bodies. John Derby analyzes the relationship of ableism, speciesm, and partriarchy in Foucault's Madness and Civilization. He argues that, for Foucault, a discourse of animality-patriarchy worked to marginalize and inflict violence on the mentally disabled. He claims that art provides a space to formulate alternatives to this violent discourse. Mara Green examines her relationship to her disabled pitbull, Phoebe. This relationship serves as a starting point to examine the relation of species-membership, race, class, gender, and ability. Through her study, she examines how the "good life" for both Phoebe and herself is negotiated and redefined over the course of their inter-species relationship. Together, these papers show that disability studies and animal studies can be jointly applied to provide a powerful analytic framework for understanding contemporary and historical problems.
Presenters: John Derby, “The Discourse of Animality-patriarchy: Representations of Madness and Mad Art” - E. Mara Green, “The Phoebe Meditations: Pitbulls, Disability, and the Good Canine Life” - Daniel Salomon, “Getting To Solidarity: Towards the Adjudicating of the Conflict Between the Animal Rights Movements and the Autistic Pride Movements”
Moderator: Sunaura Taylor
Animals and Disability: Building Collaborations
Single Sentence Panel Abstract for program (25 words):
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