Aldersgate  –  A Vegan-Friendly Church

“Despite all the problems of our times, I remain hopeful.  More and more people are seeing the wisdom of nonviolence, including the wisdom of vegetarianism.  In the U.S. alone, more than 1 million people adopt a vegetarian diet every year.  As these trends gain momentum, they will have dramatic and positive consequences for our health, our environment, animal welfare, human rights, and, indeed, our disposition toward compassion and nonviolence.”   Fr. John Dear, S.J.

Several of our Aldersgate families have adopted a strict vegetarian lifestyle.  This is known as veganism — no meat, dairy, or eggs.  Through workshops and classes on vegetarianism and healthy eating offered at Aldersgate over the past few years, our congregation has become knowledgeable about individuals who have chosen to eat a plant-based diet and why*.   Many of our members have decided to pursue a healthier, kinder lifestyle, and although they may not be strict vegans, they are learning to incorporate more vegan options into their diets.  In response, our congregation has become inclusive and sensitive by offering alternative choices for meals we share at church functions.  We celebrate how blessed we are as a church family.

For more information on the benefits of a healthy vegan diet, or if you are interested in attending a workshop on vegetarian living, please contact us at  

*This is list of just some of the problems that can be cured or helped with a change to a vegan diet:  overweight/obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, arthritis, headaches, and allergies, not to mention animal cruelty and the destruction of the environment.  It is worth checking out!

Recommended Videos, Books, and Websites

 Videos:  Forks Over Knives (available at Blockbuster and Netflix)
Any of Dr. McDougall’s videos, which can be found at his website
 (found at

Books:  The McDougall Program by John A. McDougall, M.D.
The China Study
 by T. Colin Campbell, PhD
Eat to Live 
by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
The Food Revolution
 by John Robbins
Food for Life
 by Neal Barnard, M.D.
The Engine 2 Diet
 by Rip Esselstyn
The Pleasure Trap
 by Douglas J. Lisle and Alan Goldhamer
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
 by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, M.D.
Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease
 by Dean Ornish, M.D.
Forks Over Knives
 edited by Gene Stone
The Kind Diet
 by Alicia Silverstone
Keep it Simple, Keep it Whole: Your Guide to Optimum Health
 by Alona Pulde, MD and Matthew Lederman, MD

Cookbooks: The McDougall Quick & Easy Cookbook and The New McDougall Cookbook by John A.  McDougall, M.D. & Mary McDougall
The Health Promoting Cookbook
 by Alan Goldhamer
Vegan Vittles
 by Jo Stepaniak
Vegan Planet
 by Robin Robertson
How it All Vegan
 by Tanya Barnard & Sarah Kramer
Appetite for Reduction
 by Isa Chandra Mosowitz
Simple Treats
 by Ellen Abraham
May All Be Fed
 by John Robbins
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