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September 21, 2011

1. Activist Feedback

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

3. Commentary on Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

1. Activist Feedback

Jon, who leafleted with Darina, Joe, Leslie, Madonna, Deborah, Laura, and Wally at the Joel Osteen Night of Hope event in Chicago, writes:

Total: 2900 Would Jesus Eat Meat Today? booklets

We got there at 5pm, and the event was supposed to start at 7pm. However, people kept arriving until 7:30, so we stayed until we finished handing out booklets. This was not an especially ideal crowd – young people were few and far between. That being said, a lot of people seemed interested in our information, as we emphasized that we were giving out Christian VEGETARIAN Association booklets. Many people reached out to grab one after hearing our description. A handful of vegetarians echoed their support of our work. Upon encountering them and hearing that they didn't "need" a booklet, we asked them to pass your booklet along to a friend. We frequently saw people reading through the booklets while waiting for a traffic light (a few of us were stationed at the closest el stop before the venue). We reached a large number people in just a few hours at this event, largely due to the huge 8 person team we assembled – thanks to everyone who helped make this event a great success!

Upcoming Outreach Opportunities

9/28 OK Inola Seventh Day Slumber Christian Rock

9/28 TX Austin David Crowder Band - The 7 Tour

9/29 TX Houston David Crowder Band Christian Concert

9/29 SC Central Music With A Mission Tour

9/29 NJ Ocean City Starfield Christian Concert

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

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

9/30 WI Milwaukee Women Of Faith Conference

9/30-10/1 CO Denver Women Of Faith Conference

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

10/1 OK Grove Seventh Day Slumber Christian Rock

10/1 MS Crystal Springs Music With A Mission Tour

10/1 TX Dallas David Crowder Band Christian Rock Concert

10/1-2 CA San Francisco TABLE World Vegetarian Festival

10/2 AL Madison Music With A Mission Tour

10/2 PA Meadville Point of Grace Christian Concert

10/3 GA Rome Music With a Mission

10/7 OH Youngstown Gaither Homecoming 2011 Tour

10/7-8 PA Pittsburgh Women of Faith Conference

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

10/7-8 OR Portland Women Of Faith 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

10/8 IN Wayne Gaither Gospel Homecoming Tour

10/8-9 MS Biloxi TABLE Gulf Coast Street Fest

10/9 MI Ypsilanti Gaither Gospel Homecoming Tour

10/9 MO Kansas City RED Christian Rock Concert

10/12 MI Grand Rapids RED Christian Rock Concert

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

10/14 OH Dayton RED Christian Rock Concert

10/14-15 IN Fort Wayne Extraordinary Women Conference

10/14-15 CA Sacramento Women Of Faith Conference

10/14-15 FL Tampa Women Of Faith Conference

10/14-15 MO Independence GaitherFest Gospel

10/15 FL Tampa TABLE Tampa Bay Veg Fest

10/15 MI Mt. Clemens RED Christian Rock Concert

10/17 NY New York City RED Christian Rock Concert

10/18 CT New Haven RED Christian Rock Concert

10/21 PA Jermyn RED Christian Rock Concert

10/21-22 MS Tupelo Extraordinary Women Conference

10/21-22 TX San Antonio Women of Faith Conference

10/21-22 MN St. Paul Women of Faith Conference

10/22 PA Lancaster Red Christian rock Concert

10/22 AL Cullman Youthquake Christian Rock Conference

10/24 VA Norfolk Red Christian rock Concert

10/26 GA Atlanta RED Christian Rock Concert

10/28-29 OH Cleveland Acquire The Fire Youth Conference

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

11/3-5 OH Cleveland Joyce Meyers Ministries Conference

11/4 LA Monroe Gaither Homecoming 2011 Tour

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:

10/2 Canada, British Columbia Langley Come to the Well Tour

10/21-22 Canada, Ontario Hamilton Acquire The Fire Youth Conference

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

Why Should We Break Bread Together?

3. Commentary on Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

I think this amazing book’s message is as relevant today as when it received high acclaim in the late 1940s. Frankl was a practicing psychiatrist when Nazis sent him to the Auschwitz concentration camp. That he survived the death camps was little short of a miracle, and his personal account, including a self-reflective study of the psychological effects of his experience, is a gift to humanity.

I have read few accounts that better describe the pain, suffering, fear, and horror of being in a concentration camp. Frankl related the story of a friend who was having a nightmare, and Frankl chose not to awaken him, because no nightmare could be worse that what everyone was experiencing when awake.

Frankl came to realize that, once a person had a reason to live, that person could survive almost anything. If this were true of the extreme conditions of the death camps, then surely it applies to those who struggle to cope with the stresses and disappointments of modern life. Frankl’s personal and professional experiences let to his developing “logotherapy,” one aspect of which is that therapists assist clients who are suffering from depression and other existential crises by identifying what is meaningful to them.

As I read Frankl’s reports of patient conditions, it occurred to me that, consistently, what people found meaningful was their relationships with and service to others. Our culture (fueled by corporate-sponsored media) tells people hundreds of times per day that purchasing certain goods and services will make them happy and fulfilled. Jesus said, “If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35) And Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and instructed them to do as he had done (John 13:5-15). Jesus’ teachings accord with Frankl’s insights – self-centered living obstructs personal fulfillment and a sense of value, meaning, and purpose in life. An obvious implication is that those who harm other individuals, whether human or nonhuman, spiritually harm themselves.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

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