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3 June 2009 Issue

1. Activist Update

2. Perspectives on the Lectionary

3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

4. June Peaceable Table

5. Vegetarian Certified Financial Planner

1. Activist Update

Rev. Okello Ejedio writes:

Greetings from Uganda in Jesus’ name. I am very happy to inform you that the leaflets you sent were given out to Christians in our churches and to attendees at a Christian conference here in Uganda. Many were happy to receive Christian vegetarian information.

Upcoming Leafletting Opportunities

6/9 Tempe, AZ Anberlin Christian Rock Concert

6/10 Albuquerque, NM Anberlin-Taking Back Sunday Christian Concert

6/10-13 Wilmore, KY Ichthus Festival 2009

6/11 Syracuse, NY Casting Crowns Christian Rock Concert

6/12 Erie, PA Casting Crowns Christian Rock Concert

6/12 Springboro, OH Apologetix Christian Rock Concert

6/12 Oklahoma City, OK Anberlin Christian Concert

6/12-13 Hartford, CT Women of Faith Conference

6/13 Wheeling, WV Casting Crowns Christian Rock Concert

6/13 Cedar Rapids, IA Barlow Girl Christian Rock Concert

6/13 Newark, NJ CeCe Winans & McDonald's Gospel Festival

6/13 Little Rock, AR Anberlin-Taking Back Sunday Christian Concert

6/13-14 Long Island, NY Harvest 09 Christian Rock Conference

6/17-20 Atlanta, GA AtlantaFest Christian Music Festival

6/17-20 Canal Fulton, OH ALIVE 09 -Christian Music Festival [huge]

6/17 Atlanta, GA Anberlin-Taking Back Sunday Christian Concert

6/19 Poplar Bluff, MO Casting Crowns Christian Rock Concert

6/19 Asheville, NC Chonda Pierce Christian Comedy

6/20 Bryan Park, VA TABLE Richmond Vegetarian Festival

6/20 Hamilton, OH CeCe Winans Christian Concert

6/24-2 Mt Union, PA Creation 09 Northwest

6/25-27 Duluth, GA Forward Conference

6/25-26 Indianapolis, IN Benny Hinn: Fire Conference

6/26-27 St. Louis, MO Women of Faith Conference

6/26 Johnson City, IN Casting Crowns Christian Rock Concert

6/27 Indianapolis, IN Benny Hinn: Miracle Service-Multi time opps!

6/27 Mitchellville, MD CeCe Winans Christian Concert

6/29-7/4 Bushnell, IL 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. Perspectives on the Lectionary

Mark 4:26-34
June 7, 2009

This passage concludes with the observation “he [Jesus] did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.” Why did Jesus speak in parables? I think one important reason was that Jesus often told people things that they didn’t want to hear. He preached “blessed are the poor” in a world in which wealth conferred status and privilege. He preached “blessed are the peacemakers” in a world in which might made right. He preached, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” in a world in which people believed that sacrifice was necessary to commune with God.

For many audiences, plain and forthright speaking would likely have resulted in people dismissing him as a crank or angering them the point of murder. Indeed, he often scandalized the people with his words or actions, and on several occasions he needed to escape from the crowd. In contrast, he did not need to speak in parables to his disciples, who might be slow to understand him but were not scandalized by him.

Speaking in parables encourages people to ponder the meaning of a story, and from this indirect route people might come to question assumptions and to consider novel points-of-view. This is a feature of good literature, which encourages readers to consider new perspectives. I suggest that inferior literature merely reinforces the values and beliefs of the readers. Readers might find this briefly satisfying, but the story is quickly forgotten because they have not experienced spiritual or intellectual growth.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring! Put Away Your Umbrella! http://www.all-creatures.org/sermons97/s3jun90.html 

4. June Peaceable Table

Contents include:

* The Guest Editorial, originally from a Jain pamphlet entitled "Ahimsa," relates the reverence for life underlying vegetarianism with world peace.

* A NewsNote reports that Maine has become the most recent state to ban confinement crates for pigs and calves.

* The Recipes are for a vegan Gruyere cheese and a tomato sauce with unusual herb seasoning.

* Processed People, a documentary dealing with the effects of processed food and especially animal products on our health, is the subject of the Film Review.

Would you like to tell your Pilgrimage story? In particular, are you (or do you know of) a “pioneering figure” – someone who became vegetarian or took other action on behalf of animals prior to the beginnings of the contemporary movement in 1973? Please let us know.

To read this issue, go to http://www.vegetarianfriends.net/issue55.html.

Love and peace to all beings,
Gracia Fay Ellwood, Editor

5. Vegetarian Certified Financial Planner

CVA member Brenda A. Morris www.brendaveggie.com is a Certified Financial Planner (www.cfp.net) who advocates socially responsible investment.

Your question and comments are welcome

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