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CVA Weekly Newsletter
August 21, 2013

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Essay: Solely One Trip for the Soul?
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback
Helen, who leafleted with a friend at a recent Mercy Me concert in Cincinnati, writes:
We went to the entrance after the convert and gave all 600 out in about 15 minutes. We both discussed that we needed at least two more people and at least two thousand leaflets.
Next year I would like to organize a larger showing for the CVA. 
The crowd is so polite and nice, it's a pleasure. And it sounds like they do it every year (Mercy Me). I know other activist here who would be glad to help.
Upcoming Activist Opportunities
08/29         TN Nashville       Jars of Clay
09/01         NC Boone           High Country Praise Festival 2013
09/08         FL Jacksonville         Red
09/06-07  CO Denver          Women of Faith
09/08         CA Los Angeles     Michael W Smith
09/13         CA Anaheim              Women of Faith
09/13-14  NY Rochester       Women of Faith
09/20         TX Dallas          Women of Faith
09/20         FL Orlando              Women of Faith
09/27         MO Kansas City     Women of Faith
09/27         WI Milwaukee       Women of Faith
09/12         NY New York             Third Day
09/14         AZ Phoenix              Point of Grace
09/14         AR Fort Smith      Rock the River
09/28         DC Washington      DC Veg Fest
09/28         VA Charlottesville Cville Vegetarian Festival
09/21         IL Chicago              VeganMania
09/20-21  VA Middleburg      Awakening Festival 2013
09/15         GA Athens          The Only Name Tour
09/20         MO Kansas City     The Only Name Tour
09/14         TX Waco            Manic Drive – Small Town America Tour 2013
09/27         NC Charlotte       Plumb
09/28         SC Columbia             Plumb
09/29         GA Macon           Plumb
09/29         PA Philadelphia         Mercy Me
10/04         NY NYC             Hillsong United (Radio City Music Hall) United
10/18         CA Los Angeles     Hillsong United
10/29         PA Pittsburgh      JCTV Tour
10/19         FL Tampa Bay       Tampa Bay Veg Fest
10/10–10  AL Fort Payne      The Courage
10/09         FL Tampa           Tampa Veg 2013
10/18-19  ON Mississauga     Acquire the Fire
10/11         OH Cincinnati      Newboys Tour
10/06         MA Pittsfield      Kings and Queens Tour 2013
11/01         Blakely PA              Third Day
11/01-02  OH Cleveland       Acquire the Fire
11/08-09  CA Anaheim              Acquire the Fire
11/08         CA Ontario              Winter Jam Tour
11/09         GA Atlanta              Atlanta Veg Fest
11/09         NV Las Vegas       Winter jam Tour
11/10         AZ Glendale             Winter Jam Tour
11/12         CA Ontario              Hillsong United
11/14         NJ Newark          Hillsong United
11/14         ID Boise           Winter Jam Tour
11/15         OR Portland             Winter Jam Tour
11/15         MA Boston          Hillsong United
11/16         PA Pittsburgh      Hillsong United
11/16         CA Sacramento      Winter Jam Tour
11/17         CA Fresno          Winter Jam Tour
11/18         NC Greensboro      Hillsong United
11/19         SC Greenville      Hillsong United
11/21         NM Rio Rancho      Winter Jam Tour
11/22         CO Colorado Springs Winter Jam Tour
11/22         FL Tampa           Hillsong United
11/23         FL Miami           Hillsong United
11/24         TX Ft. Worth       Winter Jam Tour
11/24         TN Nashville       National Youth Convention
11/26         TX Houston              Hillsong United
12/07         NY NYC             Toby Mac Hits Deep Tour
International Events
9/6-8          Toronto   Canada        Vegetarian Food Fair
10/07         Puerto Rico   San Juan      Hillsong

2. Essay: Solely One Trip for the Soul?
We all have a personal sense of identity – a consciousness that has subjective feelings that is often called the soul. Could this “soul” have more than one trip here on earth? There are people who believe that they have existed as humans previously, but I am skeptical of their claims. I have no memories of a prior existence, and neither do the vast majority of people. It is curious that many who claim to have such memories describe themselves as important or powerful people, whereas chance would favor them being among the masses. The mind can play tricks on us, convincing us that fabricated mental images reflect reality, and perhaps many of these claims have been honestly expressed mental illusions. Therefore, I do not believe in the classic notion of reincarnation, in which there is a single, ongoing story that involves continuity of the self from one existence to the next. I find no evidence for the notion of karma that evil deeds in one life will result in punishment in the next or that good deeds in one life will be rewarded in the next.
Nonetheless, the mystery of our existence – why our conscious self exists in a certain body at a certain point in time – encourages speculation that this conscious self might exist in other bodies at other points in time. If that were the case, then our conscious self might have existed in the past or might exist in the future. And why not in the body of a nonhuman being? All evidence points to nonhumans having unique conscious lives with subjective experiences that resemble our own.
Therefore, we might be wise to work for a world in which humanity does not treat nonhuman beings with the extreme viciousness that currently characterizes how humans interact with well over 99% of the nonhuman world. Anyone who takes their Christian faith seriously should treat all God’s living beings with respect, and I suggest that self-interest is another good reason to work toward the Peaceable Kingdom (Isaiah 11:6-9), in which no individual harms another.
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D. 

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

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