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Joan Ward to discuss ‘The Elephant Whisperer’

On Sunday, Oct. 21, the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service topic will be “The Elephant Whisperer,” presented by Joan Ward. 

Ward will discuss the following story, which illustrates the UU Seventh Principle: “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part.”

Joan explains that after author and legendary conservationist Lawrence Anthony died on March 2, two herds of wild South African elephants made a solemn, 12-hour procession to the house of the man who had saved their lives.

The formerly violent, rogue elephants, destined to be shot a few years ago as pests, were rescued and rehabilitated by Anthony, who had grown up in the bush and was known as the “Elephant Whisperer.”  For two days, the herds loitered to say good-bye to the man they loved.  But how did they know he had died?

Known for his unique ability to calm traumatized elephants, Anthony had become a legend.  He is the author of three books, including his bestselling “The Elephant Whisperer.”

Joan Ward is not only treasurer of the Pagosah UU Fellowship, but is past president of the board of directors of Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, uses her Ph.D. in nutrition planning menus for Loaves and Fishes, and is active with the Humane Society.

The children’s service is provided during the main service and centers on the Seven UU Principles.  The main service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall.  The address is Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza.  Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign.  All are welcome.

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