Minister for you and your animal companions

Animal Chaplain

An Animal Chaplain is an ordained minister who has additional training and experience in the relationships and needs of animals and their human companions. Chaplaincy support services include (but are not limited to):

  • Animal blessing & naming ceremonies;
  • Rituals to honor transitions, such as adoption, moving, and other life/family changes;
  • Grief and loss support, memorial services, and spiritual guidance for people experiencing the deep grief of losing a loved animal companion;
  • Blessings for animal care workers;
  • Individual intuitive animal communication and Animal Reiki consultations;
  • Guidance to help you and your animal family communicate more clearly.

As an Animal Chaplain, my commitment to you is to be fully present, stand beside you in your process, use all of my skills in full integrity, and to say so if someone else can better serve you.

Minister and interfaith spiritual guide for you

An Interfaith Minister is one who has received training in the traditions and practices of the prominent world religions and faith traditions. Interfaith ministry honors the many paths of the spiritual journey, and meets you where you are on your life and spiritual path. In addition to animal chaplaincy services described above, please contact me to inquire about:

  • Guest sermons My sermons are developed from over 15 years experience in the nonprofit sector serving homeless families with children; Scripture; growing up in an American family overseas; wisdom gained from travel, nature, children, grandchildren, and animals. (Please see the ‘Resources’ page for examples of condensed sermons.)
  • Memorial and Funeral services Memorial, funeral, and celebration of life services for a deceased loved one offer the simple grace of an opportunity for mourners to experience closure, even though the feelings of grief and loss may continue. I will guide you through planning a service that best meets your needs, so that you may focus on the difficult process of saying goodbye.
  • Blessing services – A blessing service is a celebration of new beginning. Welcome a new child or animal with a blessing or naming service to acknowledge the change in your family. Smooth a life transition with a blessing service for your new home, school or job. This ritual can make what is new or different feel truly yours, as well as being an opportunity to give thanks for the abundance that sustains us all.
  • Compassionate spiritual guidance – We have heard that the Divine never asks us to carry a burden that is too great. Yet, there are times when life feels like too much! Even changes we anticipate with excitement – marriage, retirement, children – can bring unexpected feelings of loss and grief. Being compassionate with oneself through life’s events will create greater ease and acceptance/joy/satisfaction.The fabric of your life can be understood by viewing it through the lens of five major systems: the Kabbalah Tree of Life, the Native American Medicine Wheel, Dreamwork, Energy Balancing, and Labyrinths. click here to read more
A sermon on Summer Solstice, Ecclesiastes, and Change. Photo by Cheri Harris

A sermon on Summer Solstice, Ecclesiastes, and Change.
Photo by Cheri Harris


"It has been my pleasure and honor to hear several sermons by Rev. Nancy Schluntz.
Her most recent message focused on the story of The Good Samaritan. Nancy always looks at things from a point of view that spurs thought and discussion. I feel anyone who hears one of her messages will be impressed with her intelligence, her wit, and her spirituality."
Cheri Harris
Hayward First United Methodist Church
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