NOTES FROM THE FILMMAKERS
A Prayer for Compassion is a feature-length documentary that strives to inspire and encourage those already on a religious or spiritual path, to expand their circle of compassion to embrace all life, regardless of species, and make choices in alignment with this value.
The film follows Thomas Jackson on a quest across America, that ultimately takes him to Morocco for the UN Climate Conference and throughout the Indian subcontinent to ask the question, “Can compassion grow to include all beings? and Can people who identify as religious or spiritual come to embrace the call to include all human and nonhuman beings in our circle of respect and caring and love?”
Drawing on traditions including Christianity — evangelical, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Friends (Quakers), Seventh Day Adventism, Unity, and more; Judaism; Islam; Hinduism; Buddhism; Jainism; the Native American tradition; Unitarian Universalism; Zoroastrianism; and the “spiritual but not religious” point of view — A Prayer for Compassion calls on people of faith and spiritual seekers of every stripe to come together to bring about a world in which “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them…They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:6 and 11:9)
About the Filmmakers
A Prayer for Compassion was directed by Thomas Wade Jackson and produced by Victoria Moran. Find out more about the film at aprayerforcompassion.com.
“This compelling documentary establishes the point that many of us know: people who buy packages of meat, seafood, dairy, and eggs in the grocery store have managed to blindly disconnect those packages from the lives of animals that they represent. Like most of us, those people were probably taught by their parents to eat animals and may assume that those animals live bucolic lives on beautiful farms. They may never have investigated further or looked at the animal agriculture system from an ethical standpoint. And I can certainly understand how that happens; my own journey toward more ethical eating has taken many years. I grew up in a meat-eating household. In fact, I come from a family of cattle ranchers! But with my father and grandfather both dying of heart disease before the age of 60, it became clear to me during my 20’s that a meat-centered diet was unhealthy — so I started my journey toward veganism for health reasons. Only later did I learn more about the equally convincing ethical and environmental reasons for a plant-based diet.” – Leigh. Olive the Thyme Kitchen. A Prayer for Compassion – A Review. 27 March 2019
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