The Grace of Dogs

In this episode, Andy Root explores the deep relational connection between humans and their dogs. Reflecting on the loss of their black lab Kirby and his son’s spontaneous liturgical response to the dog’s death, Andy describes what makes this relationship unique, even spiritual.

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Contributor: Andrew Root

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Andrew Root is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. He is the Principle Leader of 1.2 million dollar John Templeton grant called Science for Youth Ministry. Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Kara, two children, Owen and Maisy, and their two dogs. When not reading, writing, or teaching, Andy spends far too much time watching TV and movies.