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10 March 2010 Issue

1. Comment from a New Member
2. Reflections on Forgiveness and Faith
3. Activist Feedback
4. The World Peace Diet Special Promotion
5. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman


1. Comment from a New Member

Vegetarianism truly seems to go hand in hand with my Catholic faith, yet I have friends who pass judgment because I devote my energy to such a cause when there are "much more worthy" causes. This website is a breath of fresh air! As a former butcher who had an "epiphany" while preparing a suckling pig for a customer and found a new career within a month, I've found nothing but happiness in my vegetarian lifestyle, and I feel more consistent as a human being and Christian.


2. Reflections on Forgiveness and Faith

The movie Rachel Getting Married focuses on Kim who, several years previously, was drunk and high on drugs when she drove the family car off a bridge, killing her younger brother. Kim relates, “I could never believe in a god who could forgive me.” What might it mean for God to forgive her?

Nobody, including God, can make things right – Kim made some terrible choices that resulted in a great tragedy. Indeed, how can God forgive, when the offense was not against God but rather against her helpless brother and against her deeply wounded family? And Kim’s offense was also against herself in that she experienced a deep sense of loss and a seemingly insurmountable feeling of guilt. At one point, Kim says that nothing she could do with her life would make the final sum come out positive.

I don’t think God’s forgiveness means that God forgets the past. People in Kim’s circumstances are unable to accept such an idea. God’s forgiveness simply means that God still offers love, regardless of what we have done. The reason God offers love is that, as our faith teaches, the spark of life that animates us comes from God. The core of our being is grounded on an act of love. Just as we would love a child who had deeply disappointed us, God loves what God has created, even if those creations have fallen far short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). King David’s life provides us with an example of this.

While our faith teaches that God offers forgiveness in the form of unconditional love, forgiveness only happens when we are ready to accept it. It will take great faith for Kim to believe that God can still love her, and it’s unlikely that Kim, who has so much self-loathing, will find this faith on her own. That’s why community is so important to faith. Kim’s greatest hope for salvation – in the sense of finding spiritual healing – is to find a community that values and cherishes her because she is a creation of God. If that community reflects God’s love and concern with their own words and actions, she can feel valued, regardless of whether or not the sum good of her life outweighs the bad.

This view of God as offering love to everyone is, in my view, crucial to the spiritual salvation of people who feel estranged from God either because they believe that they have let down God or that God has let them down. Logically it follows that a loving, compassionate God who loves sinners like Kim who unintentionally harmed her brother would never look upon humanity’s intentional torture of innocent creatures – also God’s creations – and smile approvingly. The test of any faith, I believe, is what it teaches us about what to do with those who are most vulnerable. A faith that sees God as siding with victimizers is simply a facilitator of evil. Though Christians throughout the ages have claimed God’s stamp of approval over slavery, subjugation of women, ostracism of homosexuals, and abuse of animals, I am convinced that the faith of Christ, which we are called to emulate, is one that lovingly sides with victims.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.


3. Activist Feedback

Jan, who leafleted at Casting Crowns in Newark, NJ, writes:

I passed out about 150 leaflets. It's a good place to leaflet. Some didn't want the pamphlets, but I was able to get some to people at Star 99.1, a major Christian radio station. Thanks for the opportunity.

Upcoming Activist Opportunities    

03/15 TN Nashville B.Reith christian Rock Concert

03/16 CT Bridgeport Carrie Underwood Concert

03/18 MS Tupelo Winter Jam

03/18 PA Hershey Awake Tonight Tour TobyMac and Skillet

03/19 AR Little Rock Third Day Winter Jam

03/19 MD Baltimore Tobymac & Skillet Christian Rock Concert

03/19-20 NC Greensboro Teen Mania's Acquire the Fire

03/19-20 CA San Deigo Teen Mania's Acquire the Fire

03/19-20 IL Chicago Dare to Share Blaze Youth Conference

03/20 PA Johnstown Toby Mac & Skillet Christian Rock Concert

03/20 LA Bossier City Third Day Winter Jam

03/21 KS Wichita Third Day Winter Jam

03/21 OH Toledo Toby Mac & Skillet Christian Rock Concert

03/21 FL Tamarac TABLE Great American MeatOut

03/25 MI Grand Rapids Third Day Winter Jam

03/25 FL Tallahassee Toby Mac & Skillet Christian Rock Concert

03/25 TN Nashville Catholic Charities Centennial Leadership Summit

03/26 MI Ypsilanti Third Day Winter Jam

03/26 FL Jacksonville TABLE Florida VegOut 2010

03/26 FL Ft. Myers Toby Mac & Skillet Christian Rock Concert

03/26-27 OK Tulsa Teen Mania's Acquire the Fire

03/26-27 LA Baton Rouge Teen Mania's Acquire the Fire

03/26-27 MO St Louis Dare To Share Blaze Youth Conference

03/27 IL Normal Third Day Winter Jam

03/27 FL Palm Beach Toby Mac & Skillet Christian Rock Concert

03/28 AL Auburn Toby Mac & Skillet Christian Rock Concert

03/28 KY Louisville Third Day Winter Jam

04/01 OH Dayton Casting Crowns & Tenth Ave North Concert

04/01 LA New Orleans Awake Tonight Tour: Toby Mac & Skillet

04/02 TX Tyler TobyMac & Skillet Awake Tonight Tour

04/02 MO St. Charles Casting Crowns & Tenth Ave North Concert

04/03 MS Jackson Awake Tonight Tour: Toby Mac & Skillet

04/03 KY Murray Casting Crowns and Tenth Ave North Concert

04/08 IA Council Bluffs Casting Crowns and Tenth Ave North Concert

04/08 VA Norfolk Tobymac & Skillet Christian Rock Concert

04/09 WV Huntington Tobymac & Skillet Christian Rock Concert

04/09 IA Des Moines Casting Crowns & Tenth Ave North Concert

04/9-10 MT Billings Women of Faith Conference

04/10 SD Sioux Falls Casting Crowns & Tenth Ave North

04/10 VA Lynchburg Tobymac & Skillet Christian Rock Concert

04/11 NC Asheville Toby Mac and Skillet Christian Rock Concert

04/11 MN St. Paul Casting Crowns & Tenth Ave North Concert

04/11 FL Tampa TABLE The Talking Animals Festival

04/17 MA Worcester TABLE VegFest 2010

04/17 CA Richmond TABLE West Contra Costa Earth Day

04/24 FL Orlando TABLE Central Florida Earth Day!

04/18 CA San Diego TABLE EarthWorks' EarthFair 2010

04/23-24 NY New York EarthFair TABLE at Grand Central Terminal

04/24 FL Orlando Central Florida Earth Day!

05/16 NY New York TABLE Veggie Pride Parade & Rally

06/19 VA Richmond TABLE Richmond Vegetarian Festival

06/19 NJ Newark 3rd Annual McDonald’s Gospelfest

International Events:

05/30 CAN Ontario TABLE Ottawa Veg Fest 2010        

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/  


4. The World Peace Diet Special Promotion

On Friday, March 12, Dr. Will Tuttle is coordinating a special offer for his critically-acclaimed book The World Peace Diet. Many generous and caring sponsors have donated excellent bonus gifts and prizes to anyone who buys The World Peace Diet on March 12.

There are downloadable audio books, recipes, music, e-books, discount coupons and the chance to enter drawings for some terrific prizes! There are over 50 gifts and prizes.

Here’s the link to this special campaign: http://worldpeacediet.org/promo.htm


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

The Mystery of It All
http://www.all-creatures.org/sermons97/s18mar90.html .

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