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22 Mar 2009 Issue

1. Praise for Good News for All Creation
2. Animals and Religion Conference
3. Today’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
4. Activist Feedback

1. Praise for Good News for All Creation

Dr. Lisa Kemmerer writes: I just wanted to let you know that I am planning to use Good News for All Creation [by Stephen Kaufman and Nathan Braun, available at www.christianveg.org/materials.htm ] for a course next fall. It is really a perfect book for my students - clearly written, not too long, and offering much-needed concessions where possible.

2. Animals and Religion Conference

There will be a conference on April 24 at Chapman University in Orange, CA entitled “Do Unto Others: A Conference on Animals and Religion.” It will be Southern California’s first inter-religious conference focused on animals and religion. The purpose of the conference is to promote greater kindness and compassion toward animals by engaging with a variety of religious, ethical, and spiritual perspectives that extend compassion beyond the human species and empower faithful action. The conference features two keynote speakers: Jay McDaniels, prominent eco-theologian and writer, will open the conference with “You Purr Therefore I am: The Role of Animals in Human Spirituality,” and Karen Dawn, author of the popular book Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals, will provide the closing address at the upbeat vegan banquet. The program also includes workshops and panels, an inter-religious ceremony, exhibits and a bookstore. Conference registration is $25.00 (students are free) and the closing banquet is $25.00 ($15.00 for students).

For more information and registration, please visit the following website: http://www.chapman.edu/chapel/animalconference/

3. Today’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

The Fig Trees of God Should Always Bear Fruit
http://www.all-creatures.org/sermons97/s22mar92.html 

4. Activist Feedback

Nicole, who leafleted at Mercy Me Rock and Worship Roadshow in Billings, MT, writes: There was a huge line of people queuing up outside the doors when we arrived, so we decided to start handing out the booklets down the line. When we reached the end, we "straggled" there, handing out pamphlets to people as they queued up. When we arrived, we were all extremely nervous – none of us had ever done anything like this before. My hands started shaking, but after about two minutes into the leafleting, about 95% of my nervousness/fear vanished, because I reminded myself of the issues we were leafleting about and why we were doing it. In other words, I remembered that WE ARE SO RIGHT, that any rational, compassionate person could not possibly disagree with our cause. And most importantly (and this is what REALLY filled me with courage) I reminded myself that I was there for the animals. I told my sister that our fear had nothing to do with the cause we were there to promote – it had to do with "marching to a different beat" from the people around us. I think one of the bravest and most difficult things anyone can ever do is stand up against a world that is pretty much unanimously united in immorality – which in our own small way we did today! Most of the people just took the pamphlets and thanked us, a few declined, and only two people (men in tight Wrangler pants of course) got cheeky with us. But we followed the guidelines in the Art of Leafleting about how to deal with argumentative people, so even those parts went okay.

Thanks a lot for the opportunity you gave us!

Upcoming Leafleting Opportunities

3/27 AZ, Phoenix Mercy Me Rock and Worship Roadshow Tour

3/27 MS, Southaven Gaither Homecoming Gospel with Mark Lowry

3/27 NE, Alliance LifeLight Day of Fire Tour

3/27-28 LA, Shreveport Women of Faith Conference

3/28 TX, Katy You & Your Girl with Vicki Courtney

3/28 MD, National Harbor Wash DC Morris Cerullos Financial Prophetic Summit

3/28 TN, Chattanooga Michael W. Smith Christian Concert

3/28 NV, Las Vegas Mercy Me Rock and Worship Roadshow Tour

3/28 IA, Sheldon LifeLight Day of Fire Tour

3/28 MO, Branson Kutless Christian Rock Concert

3/28-29 WA, Seattle GreenFestival

3/29 IN, Lafayette Michael W. Smith Christian Concert

3/29 CA, Fresno Mercy Me Rock and Worship Roadshow Tour

3/29 IA, Battle Creek LifeLight Day of Fire Tour

3/30 MO, Springfield Michael W. Smith Christian Concert

3/30 MN, Sleepy Eye LifeLight Day of Fire Tour

4/1 OH, Cleveland Michael W. Smith Christian Concert

4/1 MN, Worthington LifeLight Day of Fire Tour

4/2 MD, Baltimore Michael W. Smith Christian Concert

4/2 SD, Sioux Falls LifeLight Day of Fire Tour

4/2 LA, Baton Rouge Rock and Worship Roadshow

4/3-5 FL Orlando SonFest / WinterFest Christian Festival

4/3 NY, Utica Michael W. Smith Christian Rock Concert

4/3 TX, Fort Worth Gaither Homecoming Gospel wi Mark Lowry

4/3 SD, Huron LifeLight Tour

4/3 TX, Dallas Rock & Worship Road Show

4/4 PA, Wilkes Barre Michael W. Smith Christian Rock Concert

4/4 TX, Fort Worth Gaither Homecoming Gospel with Mark Lowry

4/4 OK, Oklahoma City Rock & Worship Road Show

4/4 SD, Aberdeen LifeLight Day of Fire Tour

4/5 VA, Norfolk Michael W. Smith Christian Rock Concert

4/5 LA, Bossier City Rock & Worship Road Show

4/5 ND, Bismarck LifeLight Day of Fire Tour

4/9 CA, Santa Rosa Michael W. Smith Christian Rock Concert

4/9 CO, Denver Rock and Worship Road Show

4/10 CA, Visalia Michael W. Smith Christian Rock Concert

4/10 KS, Wichita Rock and Worship Road Show

4/11 CA, Long Beach Michael W. Smith Christian Rock Concert

4/11 CO, Denver VegFest TABLE

4/11 MO, Springfield Rock and Worship Road Show

4/12 CA, Palm Desert Michael W. Smith Christian Rock Concert

4/14 CO, Colorado Springs Michael W. Smith Christian Rock Concert

4/16 ND, Bismarck Michael W. Smith Christian Rock Concert

4/16 PA, Wilkes-Barre Gaither Homecoming Gospel wi Mark Lowry

4/16 OH, Columbus Rock and Worship Road Show

4/16-18 VA, Hampton Joyce Meyer Conference

4/17 GA, Atlanta TABLE EarthDay at Georgia Tech

4/17 MI, East Lansing Rock and Worship Road Show

4/17 IA, Sioux City Michael W. Smith & Steven Curtis Chapman Christian Concert

4/18 TN, Nashville TABLE Earth Day

4/18 NJ, Elizabeth Morris Cerullos "Embraced by God's Fire" Conference

4/18 TN, Knoxville TABLE EarthFest 2009 FREE

4/18 CA, Valencia Kutless Christian Rock Concert

4/18 IL, Peoria Michael W. Smith & Steven Curtis Chapman Christian Concert

4/18 IN, Bryant "BE THE MIRACLE" Mark Lowry Christian Comedy

4/18 NE, Lincoln The Katinas Christian Rock Concert

4/18 IA, Cedar Rapids Rock and Worship Road Show

4/19 CA, San Diego TABLE EarthFair 2009

4/19 IL, Springfield Rock and Worship Road Show

4/19 AR, Little Rock Michael W. Smith & Steven Curtis Chapman

4/21 MI, Holland Michael W. Smith & Steven Curtis Chapman Christian Concert

4/22 IN, Indianapolis Michael W. Smith & Steven Curtis Chapman Christian Concert

4/23 TN, Nashville 39th Annual GMA Dove Awards

4/24-25 OH, Columbus Women of Faith Conference

4/24-26 CA, San Francisco New Living Expo

4/25 NY, Bronx Joel Olsteen Conference

4/25 MO, St. Peters Michael W. Smith & Steven Curtis Chapman Christian Concert

4/26 MO, St. Louis TABLE Earth Day Festival

4/26 CA, Sacramento TABLE Earth Day

4/26 KY Lexington Michael W. Smith & Steven Curtis Chapman Christian Concert

5/2 FL, Orlando TABLE Central Florida Earth Day

International Events

4/18 CAN, Ottowa TABLE 6th annual Ottawa Eco-Stewardship Fair

4/25 CAN, Ontario Peterborough Green Expo

Contact Paris at christian_vegetarian@yahoo.com  if you can to help. 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/.

Your question and comments are welcome

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