Activist Reports and Opportunities
November Issue of The Peaceable Table
1. Activist Reports and Opportunities
Ginger leafleting at the annual Halloween Hoot in Decatur, AL writes:
There was a fairly good crowd during the time I was there and almost
everyone was very receptive re: the leaflets. There was a live Christian
rock band playing during the time I was leafleting and I was so filled
with peace and joy by the time the event was over that I was positively
high! I distributed close to a full box of leaflets.
Betty at Casting Crowns in Springfield, IL writes: This was my first
CVA event and the first time I had been at the venue. I prayed before
and after the event – not to be standing in rain, for success and open
hearts, and in praise.
I arrived at the convention center almost 1 1/2 hours before the
event, as the doors opened one hour before the concert started. Just a
few people were there for a few moments, and I chatted with a woman
around my age who was sitting and reading a book. I thanked her later
for being there for moral support. I had 600 pamphlets because I thought
I would have a helper. By the time the concert began, I handed out all
600 and could have given out more – especially if I could have covered
both sets of doors at all times and approached everyone I saw.
I was often ten feet or so from the auditorium doors and at one point
stood in the middle of the lines of people going in – without disrupting
traffic – in order to get to more people. There were two security people
around, but they either didn't notice me or didn't care. I assume that I
was on public property.
Many couples just took one pamphlet for both of them. The lines I
used varied, such as "Would you like a pamphlet on compassionate
eating?", "Would you like a brochure from the Christian Vegetarian
Association?", "Did you get a pamphlet on vegetarianism from a Christian
viewpoint?" My own private "rude award" went early in the evening to a
30ish woman who said, "No, I would rather starve and die." I just said,
"Oh dear" and moved on to the next person.
Very few people handed these back or didn't want one. I made eye
contact and smiled a lot without really thinking much about it, and
people were generally very friendly. One woman told me that her
26-year-old daughter is a vegetarian. I said, "That's good". Just a few
people mentioned liking meat too much. I said that even reducing meat
intake is helpful. I was asked if I feel better eating this way, and I
said, "Yes, my digestion is better." Someone said that she didn't know
there was a Christian Vegetarian Association. I said that I didn't
either but was glad to find it. I don't know if some people understand
what "compassionate eating" is, but unfortunately, I think some minds
may quickly close if they hear "vegetarian."
Upcoming Leafleting Opportunities
11/14 LA New Orleans Jeremy Camp Christian Rock
11/15 TX Houston Joyce Meyers Conference
11/16 AZ Phoenix Women of Faith
11/16 GA Decatur Derek Webb Christian Concert
11/18 TN Nashville Derek Webb Christian Concert
11/20 OH Columbus Anberlin Christian Rock Concert
11/21 MI Detroit Anberlin Christian Rock Concert
11/23 WI Milwaukee Anberlin Christian Rock Concert
11/25 WA Spokane Anberlin Christian Rock Concert
11/28 SD Sioux Falls Jim Brickman Holiday Homecoming
11/28 WA Seattle Anberlin Christian Rock Concert
11/29 OR Portland Anberlin Christian Rock Concert
11/29 GA Rome Third Day & Jars of Clay Christian Rock
11/30 CA San Francisco Anberlin Christian Rock Concert
12/1 CA San Diego Anberlin Christian Rock Concert
12/1 SC Greenville Third Day Christian Rock Concert
12/2 SC Fayetteville Third Day Christian Rock Concert
12/3 CA Anaheim Anberlin Christian Rock Concert
12/4 CA Los Angeles Anberlin Christian Rock Concert
12/5 AZ Tempe Anberlin Christian Rock Concert
12/7 TX El Paso Michael W. Smith
The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
also has her “Vegetarian Food for Thought” podcasts and a DVD.
3. November Issue of The Peaceable Table
The Guest Editorial, by Maru Vigo, tells of her group's campaign to stop
plans for a bullring in a Mexico-US border town, and what she learned
about the close links between bullfighting and Roman Catholic piety.
* NewsNotes includes an account of the evacuation of an animal
sanctuary threatened by the California fires.
* One of the Book Reviews describes ethologist Marc Bekoff's
collection of essays reporting his findings, including the propensity of
pack animals for fair play in games.
* Recipes includes two tempting soups for chilly fall weather.
* The Pioneer is Martin de Porres, a sixteenth-century St. Francis
who loved and healed animals of all persuasions, including humans. You
can read this issue at
Light and Love to all,
Gracia Fay Ellwood