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13 July 2011

1. Important United Church of Christ Resolution

2. Activist Feedback

3. Essay: Is “Humane Slaughter” Possible?

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

5. CD: The Gery Girls

1. Important United Church of Christ Resolution

Last week, the United Church of Christ General Synod passed “Resolution for Mindful and Faithful Eating.” The resolution calls for all church bodies “to explore ways in which our food choices can be mindful and faithful, so that, to the best of our abilities, what we eat reflects our values and beliefs.” Further, it encourages the identification, development, and promotion of curricula at all education levels help Christians understand how what we eat impacts our health, God’s earth, and God’s animals.

This resolution will help open the door to discussions about animal agriculture, as well as other aspects of faithful eating. It was supported by Rev. Diane Ryder, Rev. Lisa Hadler, and CVA chair Steve Kaufman.

2. Activist Feedback

Jeff, who leafleted with Queenie and Sean at the Hillsong United Concert in Phoenix, AZ, writes:

This is a great concert to leaflet, definitely one of the better Christian concerts we've done. Everyone was friendly and in a good mood. The crowd was a wide range of college, young adults, and older adults.

I was saying 'Hi, could you read this when you get a chance?" and Queenie and Sean were saying "Hi, info from Christian Veg Association?" Acceptance rate was very high for both. Most responded sincerely that they'd read the brochure, and some people even came back to get one. We overheard a few people starting to discuss it.

Also, I targeted younger people whenever possible since they are more likely to change their diet. We leafleted before the show for an hour and handed out 705 booklets. This crowd arrived a bit early, so we could have arrived even a little more than an hour prior. It was a very good use of our time, and with more people could have given out even more!

Upcoming Activist Opportunities

7/17-21 TN Nashville Camp Electric Christian Music Learning Camp!

7/18 CA Irvine Benny Hinn Ministries Monday Night Service

7/20-23 WA Enumclaw Creation 2011 Christian Music Fest

7/21 GA Rome The Hoppers Gospel Tour

7/21-23 MD Fort Wash. Benny Hinn Miracle Conference

7/21-23 NY Albany Joyce Meyers Ministries Conference

7/21-24 WI Milwaukee Festa Italiana

7/23 TN Jackson The Hoppers Gospel Tour

7/23-25 GA Atlanta Women 'N Power Conference

7/24-28 OH Cedarville Camp Electric Christian Music Learning Camp!

7/27-30 TN Nashville Immerse 2011

7/29-31 IL Zion Ignite Festival Christian Music Fest

7/30 CO Loveland HeavenFest Christian Music Fest

7/28-31 WI Milwaukee GermanFest

8/3-6 NH Gilford SoulFest Christian Music Festival

8/4-6 TX Midland Rock the Desert Christian Music Fest

8/4-6 PA Hershey Joyce Meyers Minstries Conference

8/4-14 WI West Allis Wisconsin State Fair

8/6 IL Chicago Joel Olsteen: A Night of Hope Conference

8/6 OH Wapakoneta The Hoppers Gospel Tour

8/6 MO St Louis Casting Crowns Christian Family Day

8/7 NC Asheville TABLE VegFest

8/10 IN Indianapolis Third Day @ Indiana State Fair

8/10 IN South Bend World Pulse Festival Christian Music Fest

8/11-13 MI Muskegon UNITY FESTIVAL

8/12-13 NE Omaha Women Of Faith Conference

8/12-13 GA Atlanta Women Of Faith Conference

8/12-14 CA Anaheim Harvest Crusade

8/12 AL Huntsville The Hoppers Gospel Tour

8/12 AR ALMA Casting Crowns Christian Concert

8/13 TN Chattanooga The Hoppers Gospel Tour

8/13 KS Kansas City Farm Aid 2011

8/14 MI Clarkston Third Day Christian Rock Concert

8/19-20 IN Indianapolis Women Of Faith Conference

8/20 NE Kearney Casting Crowns Christian Concert

8/21 CO Denver Casting Crowns Christian Concert

8/25-9/5 MO Branson Southern Gospel Picnic

8/26-27 TX Dallas Women Of Faith Conference

8/26-27 DC Washington Women Of Faith Conference

9/1-2 PA Pittsburgh Benny Hinn Miracle Services

9/2-4 SD Sioux Falls Lifelight Christian Music Festival

9/9-10 CA Anaheim Women Of Faith Conference

9/9-10 PA Philadelphia Women of Faith Conference

9/10 PA Philadelphia GreenFest Philly

9/10 CA Los Angeles Harvest Crusade

9/15-17 MO St. Louis Love Life Women's Conference- Joyce Meyers-

9/16-17 WA Spokane Women Of Faith Conference

9/16-19 MO Kirkwood Greentree Festival

9/17 OH Mt Vernon SonFest 2011 Christina Rock Festival

9/17-18 MO Kirkwood TABLE 2011 Kirkwood Greentree Festival

9/23-24 VA Middleburg Awakening Festival Christian Music Festival

9/25-26 IL Belleville Our Lady of the Snows Youth Day Celebration

9/29-10/1 TX Dallas Benny Hinn Miracle Conference

9/29-10/1 GA Atlanta Joyce Meyers Ministries Conference

9/30-10/2 CA San Diego National Youth Workers Convention

10/7-8 VA Lynchburg Extraordinary Women's Conference

10/7-8 CO Co. Springs Hearts @ Home- Mom Revolution Women's Conference

10/7-8 MA Amherst Acquire the Fire Christian Youth Conference

10/13-15 CA Long Beach Joyce Meyers Ministries Conference

10/14-15 IN Fort Wayne Extraordinary Women Conference

10/21-22 MS Tupelo Extraordinary Women Conference

10/29-30 MA Boston Boston Vegetarian Food Festival TABLE

11/3-5 OH Cleveland Joyce Meyers Ministries Conference

11/4-5 IL Rockford Extraordinary Women Conference

11/4-5 MN Rochester Hearts @ Home Mom Revolution Conference

11/18-20 GA Atlanta National Youth Workers Convention

International Events:

7/22-24 CANADA ON Burlington Burlington Jazz'n Blues Festival

3. Essay: Is “Humane Slaughter” Possible?

Some people argue that it is “humane” to kill young, healthy animals, as long as there is no pain or suffering leading up to and including slaughter. However, animals have an intense desire to live. Does this desire deserve moral consideration?

Those who deny that this desire to live is morally important (hereafter “deniers”) argue that it is “instinct.” True, there is probably a genetic basis for this desire, but are not many of our own desires (including a desire to live) ingrained, with a presumably genetic basis? Whether the desire derives from genetic factors, early childhood experiences, or other sources does not seem morally relevant for either humans or nonhumans. We should respect the needs and desires of others, and discounting desires of others on the grounds of their presumed sources seems arbitrary and is, often, self-serving.

Deniers sometimes assert that farmed animals have humans to thank for their very existence, and a premature death is better than no life at all. However, a nonbeing cannot be wronged, so it is fallacious to claim that an animal who never existed has been harmed by not being offered the gift of life. In contrast, once an animal becomes a living, feeling being with needs and desires, addressing these needs and desires become morally relevant.

Next week, I will discuss how it is difficult to trust producers of “humane meat,” and how those who claim to eat only “humane meat” find it socially difficult to avoid consuming the products of factory farms.

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

Why We Mourn the Death of Animals

5. CD: The Gery Girls

“Rockin the Garden” is a collection of 12 songs written by Douglas Gery and sung by his daughters, extolling the virtues of plant foods. Titles include “Rock in the Garden,” “I Love Potatoes!” and “Eggplant Maniac.” For a one-minute promo, check out www.gerygirls.com

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