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


With other Catholic and Protestant denominations, we United Methodists do not teach that animals have souls and therefore need redemption and forgiveness or heaven in the same way that humans do.

However, we do teach that "All creation is the Lord's, and therefore we are responsible for the ways in which we use or abuse it" (including animals and diverse forms of life on the planet).

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.

Rev. Dan Benedict
Center for Worship Resources
Discipleship Ministries