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Do United Methodists believe that animals have souls and go to heaven?

 

United Methodists have no official teaching on the nature of "animal souls." John Wesley, however, did believe that animals would be part of the new creation, along with plants and all other things currently existing, and described what they may be like in his sermon, "The New Creation."

We include in our Book of Worship a liturgy for the blessing of animals and we see animals as companions and "friends" to humans and believe that all of them belong to God. An update of this resource also includes plants and other life forms.

Rev. Dan Benedict and Rev. Taylor Burton-Edwards
Formerly directors of worship resources at Discipleship Ministries (1992-2018)