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2 September 2007 Issue

1. Animal Kinship Ministry

2. Memorials

3. CVA Activism

4. Editorial in the Boston Globe (re: Michael Vick)

1. Animal Kinship Ministry
The CVA is considering spearheading Animal Kinship Ministries.  One or more people would approach their church leaders and request permission to have information tables on compassion for animals.  They would then table before or after church services, offering literature on pet care, animal issues in general, and veg. recipes. 

If interested, please contact me at cva@christianveg.org. - Steve Kaufman, CVA chair

2. Memorials
The CVA will publish memorials up to 100 words in our e-newsletter.  We request, but do not require, a $25 donation in memory of the deceased human or animal companion. 

To donate to the CVA, go to the bottom of www.christianveg.org/materials.htm.  You will be able to write in the memorial when you pay by PayPal or by check. 

3. CVA Activism
Leafleting at Women of Faith in Dallas, Carol writes: There was a huge crowd and my friend and I were able to pass out almost 2 boxes after the conference ended. People were very receptive and things went well overall, but security mandated that we stand in the median area of a road rather than the sidewalk area of the exits. We complied, but I am quite sure that we would have emptied our second box if we could have stayed on the sidewalk area. I plan to take the last few leaflets and distribute them when I go to the "Women of Faith" conference in Houston next month. Thanks again for all the work that you do and take care.  

Some Featured Upcoming Events

9/10      MI         Allegan Toby Mac Christian Rock

9/12      TN        Nashville           Natalie Grant Christian Concert

9/14      OH       Columbus          The Revolve Tour Christian Music Fest

9/14      PA        Philadelphia       Women of Faith Conference

9/14      TX         El Paso The Katina’s Christian Rock

9/20      OH       Toledo               The Katina’s Christian Rock

9/20      WA       Spokane           Disciple – Scars Remain Tour

9/21      CO       Denver              Women of Faith

9/21      MI         Lansing An Evening with Jeremy Camp

9/22      OR       Salem               Disciple – Scars Remain Tour

9/27      NV        Nevada  Disciple – Scars Remain Tour

9/28      TX         Houston            Women of Faith

9/28      CA        San Jose           Disciple – Scars Remain Tour

9/30      CA        Vacaville           Disciple – Scars Remain Tour

10/2      AZ        Tempe              Disciple – Scars Remain Tour

10/5      NM       Albuquerque      Disciple – Scars Remain Tour

10/5      CA        San Jose           Women of Faith

10/10    TX         San Antonio      Disciple – Scars Remain Tour

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 christian_vegetarian@yahoo.com if you might be able to help.

4. Editorial in the Boston Globe
The rock mogul Russell Simmons, who is a spiritual person, thinks Vick will become enlightened because of this experience. Others who advise and guide Vick say that he is a person who has shown love for animals but who somehow compartmentalized his feelings for animals into those he cares for at home and those he uses and abuses in his gambling enterprise. Before we cast the first stone of skepticism, we should remember that all of us are capable of compartmentalizing our thinking in order to excuse bad behavior.

If we truly acted as if we believed what we are now shouting from the rooftops – that cruelty to animals is just plain wrong – we would all think of what goes on in slaughterhouses and become vegetarians. We would race home at lunchtime or pay someone to be there for us to make sure our dogs didn't have to sit with their legs crossed, waiting to relieve themselves. We would turn away in disgust from animal circuses because in our hearts we know that elephants want to be with their families in the wild, not forced, through the use of bullhooks, to stand on their hind legs while wearing a silly costume. We would refuse to spend another dime on a rodeo, or horse racing.

But Vick's failure to recognize animals as sentient individuals who were harmed needlessly is the issue now in the spotlight. Now that he has admitted his guilt, he needs to speak out against dogfighting, if only to stop youngsters from thinking that their football hero's only “crime” was that he got caught.

Your question and comments are welcome

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