Recently, a pastor called looking for information about accepting emotional support animals (ESAs) in the congregation. For those unfamiliar with ESAs, an emotional support animal can help people who experience psychological disabilities find increased stability in daily life. ESAs are not service animals, however.
Congregations increasingly get the question, “Can I bring my Emotional Support Animal to church with me?” We can help your congregation discern your response to this question. A new ADN resource on ESAs includes information, discussion and reflection questions, and examples of policies used by other congregations.
This resource can be accessed HERE
A PDF version is also available here:
Please let us know if your congregation has discussed this issue. Do you have questions to consider or wisdom to share with other congregations? Contact us by following this link.