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CVA Weekly Newsletter
August 7, 2013

  1. Upcoming Activist Opportunities
  2. Essay: Thoughts on the Soul
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Upcoming Activist Opportunities
8/15      AL   Birmingham         Jars of Clay
8/16      NC   Charlotte     Jars of Clay
8/16      NC   Asheville     Casting Crowns
8/16      IL   Peoria        Women of Faith Tour
8/17      FL   Tampa              Tabling – Total Wellness Health Fair
8/17      TN   Knoxville     Jars of Clay
8/17      VA   Fairfax       Newsboys – DC Fest
8/18      VA   Williamsburg  Third Day
8/18      IL   Springfield        Powerlight Festival
8/23          MI   Battle Creek  Promise Keepers Men's Conference
8/23      FL   Jacksonville  Jars of clay
8/23      IA   Des Moines         Women of Faith Tour
8/23      IN   Indianapolis  Women of Faith Tour
8/24      FL   Orlando       Jars of Clay
8/24      OR   Portland      Point of Grace
8/25      CO   Denver        Sanctus Real
8/29      TN   Nashville     Jars of Clay
8/29–31   GA   Duluth        Influences Conference
8/30-9/1  SD   Worthing      The Lifelight Festival
9/06      FL   Orlando       Audio Adrenaline
9/07      FL   Orlando       Casting Crowns
9/07      FL   Kissimmee     Newsboys
9/10      AR   Little Rock        Jars of Clay
9/12      NY   New York      Third Day
9/14      AZ   Phoenix       Point of Grace
9/14      TX   Waco          Manic Drive – Small Town America Tour 2013
9/20          OK   Tulsa              Promise Keepers Men's Conference
9/20-21   VA   Middleburg         Awakening Festival 2013
9/21      IL   Chicago       VeganMania
9/21-22   OR   Portland       Portland VegFest  
9/27      NC   Charlotte     Plumb
9/28      SC   Columbia      Plumb
9/28      DC   Washington         DC Veg Fest
9/28      TX   Tyler              Point of Grace
9/28      DC   Washington         VegFest
9/28-29   CA   San Francisco World Veg Festival Weekend
9/29          NY   New York City New York City VegFest
9/29      GA   Macon              Plumb
10/06         MA   Pittsfield         Kings and Queens Tour 2013
10/10–13  AL   Fort Payne         The Courage
10/19         FL   Tampa Bay      Tampa Bay Veg Fest
10/19         FL   Tampa              Tampa Bay Veg Fest
10/20         TX   Dallas         Texas State Veggie Fair
10/25     FL   Daytona       Promise Keepers Men's Conference
10/26-27  MA   Boston         Boston Vegetarian Festival
10/26         MN   Minneapolis   Twin Cities Veg Fest
10/29         PA   Pittsburgh         JCTV Tour
11/01         PA   Blakely       Third Day
11/09         GA   Atlanta        Atlanta Veg Fest
11/17         AZ   Tucson        VegFest Tucson
11/24         TN   Nashville     National Youth Convention
12/07         NY   New York City Toby Mac Hits Deep Tour
International Event
9/6-8         Toronto, Canada         Vegetarian Food Fair
Contact Lorena at lmucke@bellsouth.net if you might be able to help.

2. Essay: Thoughts on the Soul
In recent essays, I have been exploring the question of what happens to the sense of self, sometimes referred to as the “soul,” upon death. Many religions, including Christianity, assert that some component of human identity exists beyond the grave, and most religions offer specifics about where this human identity will go and what it will experience. Though adherents to these religions are often quite dogmatic about their afterlife theories, it seems to me that none of them have much reliable empirical evidence upon which to base their conclusions.
The Bible describes people having various kinds of afterlife experiences. Unlike the New Testament, the Hebrew Scriptures offer very few specifics about the afterlife. In the Gospels, Jesus referred frequently to the Kingdom (or Realm) of God, though it could be argued that, in general, he was describing relationships on earth. Among the most explicit Gospel descriptions are from John 14:2: “In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am" and Matthew 22:29: “At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.” And, of course, the Bible describes Jesus as resurrected from the dead.
As creatures whose fear of death appears to be universal, it is comforting to believe that the death of the body does not mean the death of our sense of self. The Bible offers such assurance, and for those who are skeptical of the Bible’s accuracy there is the observation, which I made previously, that materialism does not explain the mystery of our existence. Science can explain how inanimate, material atoms form a living body, but it cannot explain how that living body has subjective experiences, i.e., can think and feel. Next week, I will offer further thoughts on what might happen to this sense of self, which many have called the soul, and I will relate these thoughts to animal issues.
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
Living in God’s Heavenly Will


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