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13 July 2008 Issue

1. Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman Sermon
2. Public Airing of CVA Video
3. Religion and Animals Course at Duke
4. Essay by Fr. John Dear
5. Vegan Fast Food Restaurant in Yuma, AZ


1. Our sermon offering for today is: Independence Day? For Whom?
http://www.all-creatures.org/sermons98/s20080706.html 


2. Public Airing of CVA Video

A CVA member in St. Paul relates that our DVD Honoring God’s Creation was aired on the St. Paul, MN community access station on 6/12, 6/17, 6/19, 6/26, 7/3, and 7/10 at 10:30 AM.

To obtain this 26 minute video, go to www.christianveg.org/books.htm . It costs only $2 (to cover our printing costs), and there are lots of other CVA materials available at that site.


3. Religion and Animals Course at Duke

Rondy Elliott writes: This coming semester, I will be co-teaching a for-credit course at Duke University titled "Religion and the Moral Status of Animals." The faculty member and co-teacher will be Kathy Rudy, PhD. She provided the academic clout to push this thing through. We will examine the major world religions and what they have to say about animal treatment, and we will explore what the cultures within which a particular religion is dominant actually do in practice. We have 15 students signed up. We're excited!

I'll be doing the Christianity part and will use Matthew Scully's book Dominion to complement our foundation text, Paul Waldau's A Communion of Subjects.

Other news from North Carolina . . . "Our State" Magazine, a beautiful publication that is widely read all over the state (I think it's in every doctor's waiting room) has a feature article on the Duke Chapel Blessing of Animals. In the places where they quoted me, I tried to be as clear as possible that this is not just a "feel good" event but one where we address widespread and institutionalized animal abuses as well. It's not just about dogs and cats!

I see the group is continuing to be active . . . fantastic!


4. Essay by Fr. John Dear

The only diet for a peacemaker is a vegetarian diet By John Dear SJ Created Jul 8 2008 - 05:50

In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last week to speak at the National Convention of Unitarian Universalists, I met my old friend Bruce Friedrich. We spent eight memorable months together in a tiny jail cell, along with Philip Berrigan, for our 1993 Plowshares disarmament action. A former Catholic Worker, Bruce is now one of the leaders of PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He gave a brilliant workshop on the importance of becoming a vegetarian, something I urge everyone to consider.

I became a vegetarian with a few other Jesuit novices shortly after I entered the Jesuits in 1982 and later wrote a pamphlet for PETA, "Christianity and Vegetarianism." I based my decision solely on Francis Moore Lappe's classic work, Diet for a Small Planet, a book that I think everyone should read.

Click on the link for the full article:
http://ncrcafe.org/node/1965 


5. Vegan Fast Food Restaurant in Yuma, AZ

CVA member Jean Myers writes: My husband and I own a vegan fast food restaurant called Nature's Express in Yuma, AZ -- see www.natures-express.com. We invite all CVA members traveling this way to stop by! 

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