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3 August 2011

1.  Become a CVA Sustaining Member!

2. Activist Feedback

3. Commentary on the Lectionary – Matthew 15:22-33: Staying Afloat

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

1. Become a CVA Sustaining Member!

To become a Sustaining Member, go to our membership page, and fill out the form, which will take you to the dues-paying section. Or, you can send a check to CVA, PO Box 201791, Cleveland, OH 44120. Donations to the CVA are tax-deductible.

Benefits include receiving the daily e-note. Here’s what one Sustaining Member had to say:

I also don’t know how I would survive without Lorena Mucke’s daily “Take Heart!” message. Her column is always well written and contains very helpful information, cross references, and excellent recipes.

2. Activist Feedback

Sharon, who leafleted at the Polish Fest in Milwaukee in June, writes:

We were at the event on Saturday evening the 18th and Sunday morning the 19th. We distributed almost 3 boxes.

I must say I was very surprised at how responsive people were. We approached people as telling them that we just want to make you aware of our food is coming from, how many foods are contaminated without us knowing, and most of all how God created us to take care of His Creatures.

Again I was so surprised that in a total of 8 hours, no one at all gave us a hard time about anything. I can’t wait for this weekend with Festa Italiana.

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3. Commentary on the Lectionary

Matthew 15:22-33: Staying Afloat

This passage relates the story in which Peter walks on the water until he becomes afraid and starts to sink. Jesus saves Peter and declares, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” A literal reading of this account reveals, I think, a straightforward message: Jesus protects those who have faith in him. Not everyone finds this account satisfactory, however.

There are many people who have experienced great tragedies despite having had devout faith. To suggest that their faith must not have been strong enough is cruel, because it blames them for their misfortune; and it is self-serving, because it gives a sense of security to onlookers who (I think falsely) believe that their greater faith protects them. Further, the notion that Jesus protects those who have faith seems unfair to those who are incapable of faith, including young children and nonhuman beings; and to those who have little or no opportunity for Christian faith, such as those raised in non-Christian households.

I suggest that faith is not an insurance policy, but rather a worldview that can (among many things) help us survive during difficult times. Despite the apparent randomness and insensitivity of the universe, it is possible to believe that a creative God wants beings to flourish. This belief can give direction and purpose to our lives and help us withstand, as Shakespeare put it, “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.” However, in times of crisis, it is possible for even the most devout people to have their faith shaken. This is one reason that Christianity is a communal faith and not just an individual creed. We need communities to remind us that there is love and support in the world, particularly when the entire world seems dark and life seems pointless.

It is tempting to sink into despair when we see so much suffering in the world. Jesus taught that, with faith, we can stay afloat.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

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

The Lord’s Heart Aches Too!

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