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13 May 2009 Issue

1. Activist Feedback

2. Their Lives Our Voices conference

3. Reflection on the Lectionary

4. This week’s sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

5. The May issue of The Peaceable Table is now online

1. Activist Feedback

Pat, who distributed CVA booklets at the New Living Expo in San Francisco on April 25, writes:

I arrived early, securing good parking. A line had started to form and extended around and down the city block within the first hour. It was a diverse group! Some were veg people who gave me warm encouragement and expressed gratitude. Most in line accepted the booklet and read while waiting to get in to the venue. It was an awesome sight to see hundreds in-line reading their booklet in tandem! I distributed over 500 booklets.

The highlights included one man who asked for a copy while he was preparing meat at one of the outdoor cooking tents, and I had an opportunity to pray for an ailing young woman. This was an excellent opportunity to witness for Christ!

Upcoming Leafletting Opportunities

5/22-24 CA, Del Mar Spirit West Coast Christian Music Festival

5/23 AL, Dothan Disciple Christian Rock Concert

5/24 SC, Greenville Disciple Christian Rock Concert

5/29-30 WA, Spokane Women of Faith Conference

6/1 MD, Columbia Hillsong United Christian Concert

6/5-6 NY, Rochester Women of Faith Conference

6/5 AL, Montgomery Casting Crowns Christian Rock Concert

6/6 NJ, Jackson Toby Mac Christian Concert

6/10-13 KY, Wilmore Ichthus Festival 2009

6/13 WV, Wheeling Casting Crowns Christian Rock Concert

6/20 NC, Asheville TABLE Asheville’s VegFest

6/20 VA, Bryan Park TABLE Richmond Vegetarian Festival

6/24-27 PA, Mt Union Creation 09 Northwest

6/29 IL, Bushnell Cornerstone Festival 2009  

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/.

2. Their Lives Our Voices conference

Minneapolis, June 12-14

Join activists from all around the country this summer at the second annual Midwestern animal advocacy conference, "Their Lives, Our Voices” http://www.tlov.org/. Hosted by Compassionate Action for Animals, this conference will take place in Minneapolis at the beautiful Hubert Humphrey Conference Center, located in a charming, veg-friendly, walking neighborhood.

Their Lives, Our Voices is an inclusive, high-quality, affordable, and hands-on conference focused on empowering advocates in their efforts to help farmed animals. This event is accessible to all animal advocates, showcasing diverse topics and perspectives within our movement. Networking and attendee participation are vital to TLOV's success, so please come and help make this an exceptional event.

Our all-star line-up of featured speakers includes Tom Regan (The Case for Animal Rights), Lorri Bauston (founder of Animal Acres), pattrice jones (Aftershock), Kenneth Williams (vegan bodybuilder and host of Undercover TV), Victoria Moran (Love-Powered Diet), Hillary Rettig (The Lifelong Activist), Norm Phelps (The Longest Struggle), Mark Hawthorne (Striking at the Roots), Erin E. Williams (Why Animals Matter), Stephen Kaufman (Christian Vegetarian Association), Erica Meier (Compassion Over Killing), Jack Norris (Vegan Outreach), Jack Norris (Vegan Outreach), Nathan Runkle (Mercy for Animals), Rae Sikora (Plant Peace Daily), and Freeman Wicklund (Mercy for Animals) and many more!

The early-bird price is $15 for students and low-income individuals, $30 for everyone else. Both rates will increase by $15 on Friday, May 22. This includes four full vegan meals plus snacks! We also have low-cost housing options. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Please visit our website for information on travel scholarships and discounts for volunteering.

Visit our website at http://www.tlov.org/ to learn more about the event and to register at this special price!

3. Reflection on the Lectionary

John 15:9-17 (May 17, 2009)

This passage includes Jesus’ commandment to his disciples: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (9:12). I think that, perhaps as a consequence of Romanticism, many people equate “love” with great affection. However, affection is a feeling that we either have or don’t have; it can’t be “commanded” into us. I think the love to which Jesus referred is a deep concern and respect for other individuals that derives not from feelings of affection but from reverence to God. All things properly belong to God the Creator, and when we show love for Creation we show love for God.

This helps explain Jesus’ remarkable teaching that we should love our enemies (Mt 5:44, Lk 6:27). We can fear and want to have no social intercourse with our enemies while simultaneously recognizing our enemies as creations of God who, like ourselves, are flawed, perhaps seriously so.

Many people deride animal advocates as “animal lovers,” as if deep affection for animals was unhealthy or morally wrong. Given that many animals show great affection for us, it’s hardly surprising, and not at all improper, to have genuine affection for animals. However, one can be indifferent to individual animals while simultaneously loving them analogous to the way that Jesus encouraged his disciples to love each other. We can recognize that animals belong to God and, to the degree that they also suffer and feel pleasure, what we do with them and to them matters to God.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

4. This week’s sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

Christian Endurance and Love Can Change the Impossible

5. The May issue of The Peaceable Table is now online

Contents include:

* The Editorial, "The Practice of Peace," presents some basic principles from a number of spiritual disciplines, helping advocates respond with compassion to hostile opposition.

* The Unset Gem, by Howard Lyman, is a variant on the old saying "You can't take it with you."

* One of the NewsNotes cites two experts on influenza, both of whom link the current epidemic to the ghastly conditions on factory farms.

* One of the Glimpses of the Peaceable Kingdom features Dante, a highly evolved cat who refuses to eat flesh.

* The Book Review features pioneering biologist Marc Bekoff's book Animals Matter, which does not hesitate to deal with some difficult questions.

* The BBC documentary EARTH, with its stunning vistas and many wildlife scenes, is discussed in the Film Review.

* One of the Recipes is for a Raspberry Muffin Cake, tangy-sweet and delicious.

To read this issue please visit http://www.vegetarianfriends.net/issue54.html

Gracia Fay Ellwood, Editor


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