Pet Blessing Slated at Home of Truth

Courtesy photo    Chaplain Barbara Snethen will bless beloved companions at Alameda’s Home of Truth Sunday, July 28.

The congregation calls her their Dog Whisperer. Barbara Snethen, one of the Certified Prayer Chaplains at the Home of Truth Spiritual Center, not only prays with congregants, but she’s got the spirit when it comes to calming and blessing various canines in the community.

A pet-friendly congregation, The Home of Truth knows how important animal companions are for physical, emotional and spiritual health. For many, pets are a significant way to experience the Divine in everyday life.   

The Home of Truth will honor this special connection with a Pet Blessing Sunday, July 28. At the end of the 10:30 a.m. worship service at approximately 11:30, Snethen will set up a station with holy water.  Congregants and visitors may bring well-behaved dogs on leashes or smaller animals in carriers up, one at a time, for a light anointing and blessing. Pets respond well to Barb’s gentle touch and reverent spirit. Admission is free. If a pet is unable to attend for any reason, Snethen will happily bless a photo.

Located at 1300 Grand St., the Home of Truth was founded in 1895 by Annie Rix Militz and Harriet Hale Rix, or, the Rix sisters, as they’re known. It’s unknown if they kept any pets but they did study with Emma Curtis Hopkins and are part of the founding legacy of the New Thought movement. Their basic message lifted up the power of consciousness to change and heal lives. The congregation honors their legacy by keeping their spirit alive by celebrating New Thought principles with music and teaching every Sunday.

For more information, visit or call 522-3366. Be sure and tell Fido, Fifi and Fluffy to mark the upcoming event on their calendars.