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December 7, 2011

  1. Annual Appeal
  2. Activist Feedback
  3. Another Vegan Gardening Web Site
  4. Following Christ and Making a Living, part 3: Corporations and Good Will
  5. This Week’s Sermon by Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Annual Appeal

Every year the Christian Vegetarian Association distributes over 150,000 booklets at Christian concerts, revivals, and other events. We couldn’t do this, as well as our other ministries (including developing and providing educational materials, managing a web site and discussion group) without member donations. Sustaining members receive the daily Take Heart! e-note and can get discounts on CVA materials.

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 $25 (or larger) check to CVA, PO Box 201791, Cleveland, OH 44120. Donations to the CVA are tax-deductible.


2. Activist Feedback

Jeff, who leafleted with John, Kirby, and Phil at the Winter Jam Concert in Phoenix, AZ last month, writes:

We leafleted the hour before the concert started and were able to distribute 800 brochures! This particular crown wasn't overly receptive, but we did find many people, especially young people, who were interested in reading the brochure and learning more. And we did a thorough clean up afterwards so we could re-use any discarded brochures. All in all, an excellent use of an hour’s time!

Upcoming Activist Opportunities

12/11 OH Greenville Illumination Christ is Come

12/15 IL Bloomington Gaither Christmas Homecoming

12/16 OH Columbus Gaither Christmas Homecoming

12/16 NC Lenoir Elishah Christian Rock Concert

12/16 TX Richardson Night of Stories Christmas Tour

12/17 WV Huntington Gaither Christmas Homecoming

12/18 MO Independence World Vision A Christmas Spectacular

12/19 CA Irvine Benny Hinn Monday Night Service

12/30-31 VA Lynchburg Winterfest 2011

12/31 GA Duluth Gaither’s Jubilate

1/6/2012 WV Charleston Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular

1/6 TN Nashville 2012 World Conf.-Morris Cerullo & Benny Hinn

1/7 NC Raleigh Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular

1/8 NC Charlotte Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular

1/12 FL Orlando Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular

1/13 FL Jacksonville Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular

1/14 FL Tampa Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular

1/15 GA Atlanta Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular

1/27-28 FL Miami Benny Hinn Miracle Crusade

4/28-29 CT Hartford TABLE Connecticut Vegetarian & Healthy

Living Festival

5/20 CA Van Nuys TABLE WorldFest 2012


3. Another Vegan Gardening Web Site

http://gentleworld.org/beginners-guide-to-veganic-gardening


4. Following Christ and Making a Living, part 3: Corporations and Good Will

Buddhism teaches the importance of right thinking and right action, in part because what we think and do tends to become habitual and, eventually, a component of our personality. I think this is a main reason that Jesus taught that we should forgive repeatedly, because the act of forgiving makes us more kind, gentle, and compassionate. If amoral corporations demand that employees focus on maximizing profit, there is great risk that these people will apply analogous standards to other walks of life.

Successful, sustainable communities must have a high degree of good will among their members. If fair, just, and respectful treatment are grounded primarily on threats of retaliation or litigation, it is not only unpleasant, it is dangerous and, ultimately, dysfunctional. People looking out for themselves alone will eventually find themselves in destructive internal conflicts, and they will be unable to unify against external social, political, or military threats. They will tend to respond poorly to problems of resource scarcity and environmental degradation. And, they will have difficulties in commercial trade, because trust is needed for a smooth exchange of goods and services.

What should we do? There are few people who are eager to see radical changes, in part because our form of capitalism has been so successful in providing goods and services that have made life far safer, easier, and (perhaps) more enjoyable. There are several ways we can resist the corrosive effect of working for corporations totally dedicated to profit maximization. We can do our best not to work for corporations whose core products violate our core values, for example corporations involved in exploiting nonhuman beings. We can do our best to remain mindful that some of the values demanded by the workplace should not become our values. This takes vigilance, because the process of corrupting morals is often an insidious one.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.


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

The Christmas Gift of the Bread of Life
http://www.all-creatures.org/sermons97/s4dec88.html 

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