1. Activist Feedback
Essay on Animal Welfare Campaigns
Aug.-Sept. Issue of Peaceable Table
I wanted to report that I had a very positive response to the pamphlet
"Are We Good Stewards of God's Creation?" which I handed out as part of
an adult Sunday School class on 7/29. My Mennonite Church USA
congregation in State College, PA is doing a study of the Mennonite
Cookbook Simply in Season, which encourages buying locally and
seasonably and supporting sustainable agriculture. I was a co-leader of
the session on animals. The other co-leader grew up on a hog farm and
still has a positive view of traditional large scale animal agriculture.
I handed out about 35 copies of the pamphlet to those who attended the
class. I also gave a few pamphlets to the vegetarian children of people
in the class so that they could have more information when they told
their friends about their vegetarianism.
There are only a few vegetarians in this congregation, but quite a few
of the people in the class referred to themselves as near vegetarians or
as making an effort to eat less animals products. Mennonites have
traditionally included a lot of farmers, and several families in this
congregation are farmers now, including animal farmers. However, this
congregation is very concerned about social justice and environmental
issues, and because of this, they oppose factory farming, and are open
to eating less animal products.
People were especially receptive to the idea of being good stewards of
God's creation. I believe that this was a good example of Christians
with different views and perspectives coming together with
open-mindedness and respect. I hope that some seeds were sown that will
bear the fruit of choosing more plant-based diets in the future.
Thank you and everyone involved with CVA for providing these materials.
[The CVA has many materials designed for church education programs,
including our booklet "Are We Good Stewards of God’s Creation?", the
26-minute video "Honoring God’s Creation", and the 3-part adult-ed
"Psalm 24 Project". To order, go to
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2. Essay on Animal Welfare Campaigns
Bruce Friedrich has a thoughtful essay entitled “Why Animal Rights
Advocates Should Support Efforts to Ban the Cruelest Confinement and
Most Abusive Slaughter of Farmed Animals” at
http://www.animalblawg.com/wordpress/?p=139. Comments are welcomed
3. Aug.-Sept. Issue of Peaceable Table
The Editorial "Speaking to the Heart" presents the biblical image of
Wilderness to express pains and spiritual possibilities in the lives of
those following the prophetic call on behalf of animals.
Among the NewsNotes is an account of the remarkable hospice ministry of
a young cat named Oscar.
The Recipe column in this issue offers some kitchen tips and
"My Pilgrimage" features physician Steve Kaufman, co-author of Good News
for All Creation and chair of the Christian Vegetarian Association.
This issue's Pioneer is Donald Watson, the compassionate and far-sighted
Englishman who coined the word "vegan" and launched the organized
movement for a vegan lifestyle sixty-plus years ago.
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Strength for the journey,
Gracia Fay Ellwood