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24 March 2010 Issue

1. Essay: The Need for Community
2. Activist Feedback
3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Essay: The Need for Community

Two weeks ago I talked about how many people need community for spiritual healing. Many people experience a crisis of faith when, having had faith in a loving, compassionate, just God, they experience something that seems terribly unjust, such as a great loss or a false accusation. What kind of God would allow this? They have the sense that, if God is good, God is not great. If God is great, then God is not good.

We have all been wounded by life, though obviously some have been wounded much more deeply than others. A community of people who have suffered yet maintained their faith in a God who loves all of God’s creation can offer crucial support during the darkest moments of those who suffer. In hard times, a community of believers can give strength and direction that is difficult to find if one chooses a solitary path of “being spiritual.”

In my opinion, the most helpful community of faith, and perhaps the one that best reflects the faith of Christ, is one that does not try to heal by reciting dogmas. In other words, it doesn’t try to force a certain biblical or theological view upon those seeking spiritual support. Instead, it offers personal presence and a witness to a faith that God cares about all victims.

Those who care about animals need community as much as anyone else. Unfortunately, they have often found that their opposition to cruelty to animals – a stance that reflects the love, compassion and mercy of Christ – alienates them from their brothers and sisters in Christ. This has been one of the great failures of institutional Christianity – churches have valued more the “right” to participate (directly or indirectly) in animal abuse than the calling to side with victims of human selfishness or the obligation to minister to those whose sensitivities to pain and suffering don’t stop at the species border.

The Christian Vegetarian Association tries to help address this problem in several ways. We have a moderated Internet discussion group christianveg@yahoogroups.com . We respond to all questions and comments we receive. And we have literature, DVDs, and other materials that make it easier for people to make a significant impact on the world through leafleting, tabling, lecturing, and other forms of outreach.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

2. Activist Feedback

Trish, who leafleted at Benny Hinn in Nashville, writes:

I arrived as people were leaving from the first "show" approx. 1:30 p.m. and placed myself at the most used exit. People were ready to go eat lunch, so I handed them leaflets as I directed them to restaurants in the area that had (of course) vegetarian options.

I chatted with the contracted security guards at the event and found out when they would be starting the next shift (4:30 p.m.) for the next "show" at 6 p.m. So I went to my car in the parking garage to 'regroup' (eat a snack, get more leaflets) and came back in about 3:30 p.m. People had already formed a line at the door, (which I had also found would not be opened until 5 p.m.). I started at the front of the line passing out leaflets and then stood at the foot of the escalator passing out leaflets as people got off. Keep in mind I was able to do this because security wouldn't be there until 4:30.

One lady who had refused a leaflet alerted the Benny Hinn staff of my presence. He politely told me I needed to get permission. I politely agreed to do so if he could direct me to the proper person. He replied that person would return in 10 minutes. I thanked him and moved to the upper level escalator--knowing I had at least 10 min. left and actually had 30 min. before security was due back. I was able to give out the rest of the leaflets--300 leaflets distributed in all for the day.

It was a very positive experience for me--most people were receptive to taking a leaflet as I told them it was "health information" (I also said a 'disclaimer' that I was not associated with the Benny Hinn ministry). I had interesting conversations about vegetarianism and factory farming with people from different states and from Africa! A few people who had already read the leaflet actually came back to me to say they liked it and asked for a few more to share with friends back home and at their church.

Upcoming Outreach Opportunities     

03/31 CA Bakersfield Family Force 5-Rock and Worship Road Show

04/01 CA Fresno Family Force 5- Rock and Worship Road Show

04/01 OH Dayton Casting Crowns & Tenth Ave North Christian Rock

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 Christian Rock

04/02 CA Sacramento Family Force 5- Rock and Worship Road Show

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

04/03 KY Murray Casting Crowns &Tenth Ave North Christian Rock

04/08 IA Council Bluffs Casting Crowns & Tenth Ave North Christian Rock

04/08 VA Norfolk Tobymac & Skillet Christian Rock Concert

04/08 CA Long Beach Family Force 5-The Rock and Worship Road Show

04/09 WV Huntington Tobymac & Skillet Christian Rock Concert

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

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

04/10 OH Cincinnati Superchick Christian Rock Concert

04/10 WA Everett FireFlight 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

04/10 AZ Phoenix Family Force 5-Rock and Worship Road Show

04/13 NM Albuquerque Family Force 5-Rock and Worship Road Show

04/15 OK Oklahoma City Family Force 5-Rock and Worship Road Show

04/16 TX Dallas Family Force 5- Rock and Worship Road Show

04/17 OK Tulsa Family Force 5- Rock and Worship Road Show

04/17 MA Worcester TABLE VegFest 2010

04/17 CA Richmond TABLE West Contra Costa Earth Day

04/18 CA San Diego TABLE EarthWorks' EarthFair 2010

04/18 TX San Antonio Family Force 5-The Rock and Worship Road Show

04/18 WA Colfax FireFlight Christian Rock Concert

4/22 OH Cleveland Catholic Charities Centennial Leadership Summit

4/22 IA Cedar Rapids Family Force 5- Rock and Worship Road Show

4/23 TX San Antonio Superchick Christian Rock Concert

4/23 IN Fort Wayne Family Force 5- Rock and Worship Road Show

4/23-24 NV Las Vegas Women of Faith - Imagine Conference

4/23-24 LA Shreveport Women of Faith - Over the Top Conference

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

04/24 FL Orlando TABLE Central Florida Earth Day!

04/24 OH Columbus Family Force 5-Rock and Worship Road Show

04/25 SC Columbia Family Force 5-Rock and Worship Road Show

05/1 NY Morrisonville Seventh Day Slumber Christian Rock Concert

05/1 MO St. Louis CeCe Winan's Christian Concert

05/4 MD Cumberland Seventh Day Slumber Christian Rock Concert

05/7 MS Summit Seven Day Slumber Christian Rock Concert

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:

04/09 CAN Ontario Family Force 5-Rock and Worship Road Show

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/  


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

With True Wisdom Comes Everlasting Life!
http://www.all-creatures.org/sermons97/s1apr90.html
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