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CVA Weekly Newsletter
May 15, 2013

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Essay: Judgment versus Being Judgmental
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
  4. The May-June Peaceable Table Is Now Online

1. Activist Feedback
Rick, who tabled at St. Louis Earth Day with Bill, Joe, Melissa, Julia, Acya, Cindy, and Karen, writes; 
We enjoyed very pleasant weather and a large receptive crowd.  Thanks to Karen’s networking efforts, Acya volunteered and staffed the booth for several hours.  It was Acya’s first time, and she did a great job!  We gave out from the table 150 CVA booklets, 50 “Vegetarianism and the Major World Religions,” 50 coloring books, 50 “Tasty Veg Recipes,” 25 “Christianity and Vegetarianism,” and about 200 secular booklets. We signed up 34 new CVA members.
Karen and I also leafleted out in the crowd considerably, and we handed out over 1000 booklets.
Upcoming Activist Opportunities
5/30-6/1 OR Portland             Joyce Meyers Conference
5/30-6/1  OR Portland             Joyce Meyers Conference
6/1       TN East Ridge      Jfest
6/8       MO Kansas City     Heartfest
6/11      TN Chattanooga     Newsboys @ the River Bend Festival   
6/11      AZ Phoenix              Rhett Walker Band
6/15      GA Atlanta              Newsboys @ AtlantaFest 
6/17-21   FL Panama City Beach    Extreme Conference
6/20-22   OH Canal Fulton         Alive Festival
6/21      TX Arlington       Unveiled Youth Evangelism Conference
6/21-22   MO Bethany              Lifelight Festival
6/21-22   TN Nashville       Promise Keepers Men’s Conference
6/22      NC Concord              Faith Family & Freedom 2013
6/26-29   PA Mt Union             Creationfest 
6/27      OH Kings Island         SpiritSong Festival
6/27      VA Doswell              Newsong  
6/27      VA Doswell              Kings Fest
7/21-20   IA Cedar Falls          Promise Keepers Men’s Conference
8/7-10    WA Enumclaw             Creationfest 
8/23          MI Battle Creek         Promise Keepers Men’s Conference
8/30-9/1  SD Worthing             The Lifelight Festival
9/20      OK Tulsa           Promise Keepers Men’s Conference
10/25         FL Daytona              Promise Keepers Men’s Conference

2. Essay: Judgment versus Being Judgmental
It is crucial that we discern right from wrong in order to behave ethically, but this encourages us to judge other people as good or evil. Jesus discouraged judging other people, and he said, "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:1-3).
There are at least two good reasons for not judging others: none of us is perfect, and we don’t know what motivates other people. Perhaps they “know not what they do” (Luke 23:34); perhaps they believe they have no choice other than to act in harmful ways; perhaps they know something we don’t know such that what seems evil to us is in fact a relatively righteous choice.
This perspective favors treating all individuals with respect. What about those who are actively harming others? I think we need to do what we can to stop those who victimize others, and sometimes this means using force (possibly even lethal force). This raises another dilemma: Given the power of humans to deceive themselves, when we use potentially harmful force, how do we know that we are acting out of good intentions rather than justifying our own self-interest? In other words, how can we be sure that we’re preventing victimization rather being victimizers ourselves? I’ll explore that question next week.
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

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

Restoring God’s Heavenly Kingdom

4. The May-June Peaceable Table Is Now Online
Contents include:
The Editor's Corner Essay, "Return to Eden," follows up on "I Am a True Beast" (PT 81), taking up animal themes in another of C.S. Lewis' Narnian novels, The Magician's Nephew.  This story telling of Narnia's creation shows animals as involved in two important themes:  the tearing down of (Earth) barriers of social rank, and the cooperation of both humans and animals with the Divine work of creating and healing.
"Take it on down to Veganville," sings Justin Timberlake in a pro-veg skit from a mid-March Saturday Night Live.  Don't miss the link to this amusing vignette in the NewsNotes.
The Recipe column features two delectable creations of vegan chef Alan Roettinger:  "Fennel Slaw"and "Green Curry with Tofu and Baby Bok Choy," both just right for spring and early summer.
One of our reviewers, historian of religion Robert Ellwood, describes and evaluates Animals and World Religions, by Lisa Kemmerer as the best book he has encountered of pro-animal teachings and ideals in world religions.  It is valuable for inquirers and for activists reaching out to people for whom their religion's teachings would be a deciding factor in their response to the animal concern.  The author does not intend to deal with the grim side of many religious people's actual attitudes toward and treatment of animals.

Toward the Peaceable Kingdom,

Gracia Fay Ellwood, Editor 

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