1. New Booklet "Are Animals
2. Leafleting Feedback
3. Vegan outreach Job Opening
in Boston Area
4. Prayer Request
5. Feedback on "Are We Called to Save all the Animals?"
6. Christianity and the Problem of Human Violence: The Parakletos,
Defender of the Accused, part 1
1. "Are Animals Our
CVA member Gracia Fay Ellwood has published a very nice color booklet
"Are Animals Our Neighbors? Taking the View from Below." This thoughtful
and inspiring booklet is available free of charge (though donations are
appreciated) by sending your address to
2. Leafleting Feedback
Amanda, leafleting at a Gaithers Homecoming in Tulsa, OK on March 31,
writes: Wow! It was my very first time to do anything like this, and
frankly I was terrified. I was very timid at first, but as I saw people
respond, it got easier and easier to approach people. I got mostly
positive responses. There were very few negatives, and I felt like I
could have been a little better prepared for some of the questions I
got. Overall, I am so grateful I got to participate in this experience.
Some Upcoming Events:
4/15 FL Jacksonville Casting Crowns
4/21 MO Kansas Casting Crowns
4/22 CO Denver Casting Crowns
4/24 TX Abilene Casting Crowns
4/28 IA Ames Casting Crowns
4/29 MN St. Paul Casting Crowns
To find out about all upcoming leafleting and tabling opportunities in
your area, join the CVA Calendar Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group.christian_vegetarian/.
Read the home page, and then join. You will then be able to log in
anytime to identify upcoming events in your region. Contact Paris at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you might be able to help.
3. Vegan Outreach Job Opening
in Boston Area
Vegan Outreach has decided to add another leafleter to our staff, to
start next 8/06 August and last through 5/05, and possibly beyond.
This person would need to live in the Boston area during that time.
Duties would involve:
Leafleting at public colleges in the New England area.
Leafleting at private colleges that allow it or where there is access
to the campus from a public sidewalk.
Investigating, scheduling and conducting tabling/leafleting at
private colleges that allow vendors.
Possible help with Vegan Outreach correspondence.
This job could be part or full-time depending on your situation.
Contact Jack Norris at 916-375-0014 if interested.
4. Prayer Request
I'm asking for prayer for three things:
1 - for the millions of animals who are abused each day, especially
those who are factory farmed
2 - for my alcoholic boyfriend to stop his addictions
3 - for myself to find another job which is not so stressful
Thank you, and God bless you.
5. More Feedback on "Are We Called to Save all the Animals?" (March 26):
I'll turn 65 this July--long time to be fighting for better treatment
of animals, and with NO EARTH SHAKING SUCCESS. You got it right--it
becomes overwhelming and I too thought of giving up. Instead I decided
to downsize the expectations of my youth--helping ALL ANIMALS ALL OVER
THE PLANET. Now I just help those that come to my door, (or whose local
plight is brought to my attention) and promote the benefits of being a
Since I look a good 20 to 30 years YOUNGER than my chronological age,
and am very peppy, I use that to do my converting without over
emphasizing how it will benefit animals. I also always let everyone I
first meet know that I am an Animal Lover, not just a lover of Pets, in
the first 5 minutes. So it's no surprise that I'm often the first person
they call about a downed Deer, or a dog stuck out on the ice, or an
unwanted pet that needs placing. I also still join letter writing
campaigns, protesting inhumane treatment of Animals and Children. Over
the years, I've taken in 10 Foster Kids and countless cast off former
pets when I couldn't place them. They ALL repaid me in Spades... It's
NOT ((ALL)) that I hoped to accomplish, but it's BETTER THAN DOING
Kudos to you and everyone who TRIES to make a difference.
Sincerely, Mrs. Barbara Faust
6. Christianity and the Problem of Human Violence: The
Parakletos – Defender of the Accused, part 1
[This series reflects my views and not "official" CVA positions. It
is being archived at
John 14:15-16 reads, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor
(Greek: parakletos), to be with you for ever”. According to Liddell and
Scott’s Lexicon, the parakletos is the one who defends the accused. Who
is the accuser, and who is the accused?
The Bible often describes Satan as the accuser, such as in the Book
of Job. According to mimetic theory and the scapegoating mechanism, the
mob’s satanic powers accuse an arbitrary victim of responsibility for a
crisis, and then they scapegoat the victim. These satanic powers are as
old as human civilization; indeed, Girardian mimetic theory asserts that
human community was generated by the camaraderie that accompanies mob
violence. The accused, then, is the scapegoat, who may not be totally
innocent (none of us is totally innocent) but is never nearly as guilty
as the mob believes.
Let’s consider the first part of John 14:15. Jesus said, “If you love
me, you will keep my commandments.” According to this analysis, those
who love Jesus will follow him in loving God with all their heart, soul,
and mind, and strength, and their neighbor as themselves. (Mark
12:30-31; Luke 10:27). Such people would not consider participating in
scapegoating, and their faith would encourage them to forego violence
altogether. Jesus then promised that God would send “another Counselor (parakletos).”
I think that Jesus was saying that he was the first counselor. He was
the one who defended the accused – those who were sick, poor, widowed,
or otherwise disenfranchised – who were the typical victims of
According to this analysis, then, one of Jesus’ principle functions
was to serve as the defender of the accused. How does one defend the
accused? One approach is to use violence to destroy the accusers, but
this merely turns the victimizers into victims and fails to generate
peace and harmony. A nonviolent strategy involves showing that the
accusers are wrong. In the case of scapegoating, one demonstrates that
the accusations are satanic, motivated by a desire to maintain peace and
order at the expense of an arbitrary, relatively innocent victim. So, in
defending the woman accused of adultery (John chapter 8), Jesus pointed
out the hypocrisy of the accusers, since they felt free to pass judgment
despite being sinful themselves.
Jesus, however, was but one person, and he recognized that future
generations, benefiting from the gradual work of the Holy Spirit, would
prove effective in defending the accused. Therefore, Jesus said, “Truly,
truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I
do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the
Father.” (John 14:12)
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D