Weekly Newsletter - February 8, 2017
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Winter Jam offers great leafleting opportunities. Rick Hershey reports on success at Winter Jam events in Kansas City and St. Louis
  2. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Six Principles of Nonviolence, part 4
  3. Notice Regarding Research on Nutrients in Breast Milk
  4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Winter Jam offers great leafleting opportunities. Rick Hershey reports on success at Winter Jam events in Kansas City and St. Louis.

Obie, Tyler, and I handed out 3600 CVA booklets mostly to kids at WJ in Kansas City at the Sprint Center.I saw many people reading the booklet, and a few people thanked us for being there.

Tanaka, Dora, Jack, Tyler, and I handed out 3100 CVA booklets at WJ in St. Louis on January 28. Scottrade security guards interfered with us again at this public venue, but we still had a productive day of outreach largely to kids.Thanks to Tanaka, Dora, Jack and Tyler!

Rick shows how we can make a difference, and indeed many of our new CVA members first heard about the ministry from our booklet. It’s easy and fun to leaflet at Christian events. See below for some opportunities (with Winter Jam concerts being perhaps the best for leafleting).

Upcoming Activist Opportunities

02/12/2017 NC, Fayetteville Newsboys Love Riot Tour 2017
02/12/2017 IL, Peoria Winter Jam 2017
02/14/2016 FL, Pensacola Hits Deep Tour (TobyMac, Matt Maher, and/ more)
02/16/2017 GA, Augusta Winter Jam 2017
02/17/2017 FL, Jacksonville Hits Deep Tour (TobyMac, Matt Maher, and/ more)
02/17/2017 NY, Albany Newsboys Love Riot Tour 2017
02/17/2017 SC, Greenville Winter Jam 2017
02/18/2017 TX, Dallas Disciple, City Rock Fest 2017
02/18/2017 OH, Columbus Winter Jam 2017
02/18/2017 PA, Philadelphia The Very Next Thing Tour, Casting Crowns
02/19/2017 NC, Charlotte Winter Jam 2017
02/23/2017 VA, Norfolk Winter Jam 2017
02/24/2017 CO, Denver Disciple, City Rock Fest 2017
02/24/2016 TX, Tyler Newsboys Love Riot Tour 2017
02/24/2017 TX, Grand Prairie Hits Deep Tour
02/25/2017 TN, Memphis Winter Jam 2017
02/26/2017 TN, Knoxville Winter Jam 2017
03/03/2017 TN, Nashville Hits Deep Tour (TobyMac, Matt Maher, and/ more)
03/03/2017 OH, Columbus Newsboys Love Riot Tour 2017
03/03/2017 TX, Houston Winter Jam 2017
03/04/2017 PA, Pittsburgh The Very Next Thing Tour, Casting Crowns
03/05/2017 MO, Springfield Winter Jam 2017
03/10/2017 IL, Chicago Winter Jam 2017
03/11/2017 OH, Cincinnati Disciple, City Rock Fest 2017
03/12/2017 OH, Cleveland Winter Jam 2017
03/16/2017 NY, Albany Hits Deep Tour (TobyMac, Matt Maher, and/ more)
03/17/2017 AL, Birmingham Winter Jam 2017
03/17/2017 FL, Orlando The Very Next Thing Tour, Casting Crowns
03/18/2017 FL, Tampa The Very Next Thing Tour, Casting Crowns
03/18/2017 LA, New Orleans Winter Jam 2017
03/19/2017 AR, N. Little Rock Winter Jam 2017
03/19/2017 TX, San Antonio Newsboys Love Riot Tour 2017
03/23/2017 NM, Albuquerque Newsboys Love Riot Tour 2017
03/23/2017 MI, Grand Rapids The Very Next Thing Tour, Casting Crowns
03/24/2017 PA, State College Winter Jam 2017
03/24/2017 TX, El Paso Newsboys Love Riot Tour 2017
03/25/2017 NC, Greensboro Winter Jam 2017
03/26/2017 TN, Chattanooga Winter Jam 2017
03/30/2017 VA, Richmond The Very Next Thing Tour, Casting Crowns
03/31/2017 CA, Sacramento Newsboys Love Riot Tour 2017
03/31/2017 KS, Wichita Winter Jam 2017
04/01/2017 NY, NYC Hillsong – Colour Conference US 2017
04/02/2017 AZ, Phoenix Hillsong – Colour Conference US 2017
04/02/2017 OK, Tulsa Winter 2017
04/03/2017 CA, Los Angeles Hillsong – Colour Conference US 2017
04/04/2017 TX, San Antonio Chris Tomlin, Worship Night
04/06/2017 OK, Tulsa Chris Tomlin, Worship Night
04/07/2017 WA, Seattle Newsboys Love Riot Tour 2017
04/08/2017 MO, Kansas City Chris Tomlin, Worship Night
04/08/2017 MN, Minneapolis The Very Next Thing Tour, Casting Crowns
04/09/2017 WA, Spokane Newsboys Love Riot Tour 2017
04/13/2017 MO, Springfield The Very Next Thing Tour, Casting Crowns
04/21/2017 IL, Springfield Newsboys Love Riot Tour 2017
04/21/2017 TX, Grand Prairie Chris Tomlin, Worship Night
05/04/2017 WA, Seattle Chris Tomlin, Worship Night
05/05/2017 OR, Portland Chris Tomlin, Worship Night
05/07/2017 CA, Sacramento Chris Tomlin, Worship Night
05/07/2017 TX, San Antonio The Very Next Thing Tour, Casting Crowns

Tabling

03/18/2017 FL, Tallahassee North Florida Veg fest
03/26/2017 CA, North Hollywood Vegan Street Fair
04/01/2017 WA, Seattle Vegfest 2017
04/01/2017 TX, Austin Texas VegFest 2017
04/08/2017 NV, Las vegas Las Vegas VegFest
04/22/2017 MO, Kansas City Vegfest Kansas City
04/29/2017 NC, Charlotte Charlotte Vegfest 2017
04/30/2017 MI, Novi Michigan Vegfest 2017
04/30/2017 CA, Lake Balboa Vegfest LA
05/06/2017 Canada, Ontario Hamilton – Veggie Fest
05/20-21/17 NY, NYC NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
06/01/2016 WI, Madison Mad City Vegan Fest 2017
06/03/2017 OH, Cleveland Cleveland Vegfest 2017
06/10/2017 NC, Asheville Asheville Veganfest

When you volunteer for the CVA, the CVA donates $20/hr. to the veg. or animal protection group of your choice. Contact Lorena at [email protected] if you can help.


2. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Six Principles of Nonviolence, part 4

A fourth principle of nonviolence is that it requires accepting suffering without retaliation. Those engaged in nonviolent resistance should not seek suffering, but they should accept that suffering often occurs. Importantly, there are positive attributes to suffering, which include education and transformation. Further, there is a redemptive quality to unearned suffering.

Those who oppose animal abuse often find themselves in conflict with a wider culture that believes (very incorrectly, in my opinion) that harming animals is “necessary” for human well-being. They can experience alienation from family and friends, and they might ever suffer ostracism. In comparison, nonviolent protesters for civil rights were frequently beaten and imprisoned, and they were sometimes killed. These were grievous injustices, but at least the protesters were widely welcomed and admired by family and friends. So, there are many ways that those who resist injustice might suffer, but Jesus knew the dangers of speaking truth to power. For example, he said, “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.” (Matthew 5:11)

All who experience suffering are transformed by the experience. Some become bitter and seek revenge, but one can learn other lessons. For example, one might see that those who perpetrate acts of violence are themselves responding to fear and alienation. One might find that the struggle for justice is a path toward a meaningful life. One might learn forbearance, which can transform a wide range of interpersonal relationships.

Next week, I want to explore the redemptive quality of suffering. Why should those working for peace and justice need redemption?

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.


3. Notice Regarding Research on Nutrients in Breast Milk

I am faculty at East Carolina University. Along with my collaborator from the University of North Carolina Greensboro are recruiting breastfeeding vegetarian and vegan women to participate in a research study that examines nutrient composition in breast milk. We need your help in this process. We have attached a flyer with information regarding eligibility to participate in the study. We are requesting that you forward this e-mail with the attached flyer to pastors and/or church members and/or post the attached flyer on your website to inform lactating women of this study.

The following are the basic eligibility criteria:

Delivered a healthy term infant that is currently 2 weeks old or older;
Willing to provide 1 sample of their breast milk and complete a diet survey;
Following one of the following diet patterns: vegan or vegetarian;
Women who live in Greensboro, Greenville, or the Research Triangle area of North Carolina are especially encouraged to participate.

Individuals selected for the study will be asked to complete a diet survey and donate a milk sample. Participation in this study will take approximately 30 minutes. Study participants will receive a $25 gift card.

To complete eligibility screening visit (please use Firefox as your browser): ECU and UNCG Breastfeeding Study

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact me at 252-744-1013 or at[email protected]. We sincerely appreciate your help.

Roman Pawlak, PhD, RD
Principal Investigator
East Carolina University

[Editor’s note: Dr. Pawlak has been an advocate for plant-based diets.]


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

Seeing Through Glorified Evil


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