Weekly Newsletter - February 22, 2017
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Six Principles of Nonviolence, part 5
  3. Reducetarian Conference
  4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback

Rick Hershey, who continues to do amazing outreach, reports after leafleting at Winter Jam in Peoria, IL:

Tyler Giles and I handed out 2000 CVA booklets mostly to kids at the Peoria Civic Center. High winds made for challenging leafleting.Small crowd this year made for a lower number of booklets.One kid said that she was going vegetarian after receiving a booklet.

Upcoming Activist Opportunities

Leafletting

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
04/21/2017 NM, Albuquerque Mercy Me
04/22/2017 AZ, Phoenix Mercy Me
04/28/2017 CA, Los Angeles Mercy Me
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
05/13/2017 TX, Houston Sisters, Celebrating the Art of friendship (Women of Faith)
05/30/2017 NY, NYC Mercy Me
07/21/2017 GA, Duluth Joyce Meyer Ministries Conference Tour
09/15/2017 CA, Fresno Sisters, Celebrating the Art of friendship (Women of Faith)
10/13/2017 IN, Indianapolis Joyce Meyer Ministries Conference Tour
11/10/2017 NC, Charlotte Joyce Meyer Ministries Conference Tour

Tabling

03/18/2017 FL, Tallahassee North Florida Veg fest
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
04/23/2017 CA, San Diego San Diego Earth Day
04/29/2017 NC, Charlotte Charlotte Vegfest 2017
04/29/2017 IN, Indianapolis Indy Vegfest
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 5

A fifth principle is that nonviolence chooses love instead of hate. Because this principle involves feelings rather than actions, it strikes me as a spiritual rather than simply pragmatic position. Indeed, this principle is well supported by Jesus’ teachings. The Sermon on the Mount includes Jesus’ declaration “Blessed are the peacemakers,” and he taught that if someone hits you on one cheek, offer the other cheek (Matthew 5:39; Luke 6:29). And, Jesus said that we should love our enemies (Mathew 5:44; Luke 6:27).

It is exceptionally hard to have a feeling of affection for those who seek to harm us. I suspect that the “love” Jesus had in mind was a genuine desire for the well-being of everyone, including those we would be inclined to despise. I think this love is grounded in a faith that God cares about all creation. One argument for this position resides in the observation that conscious experience (which we know exists for ourselves and reasonably conclude exists for others) exists in the world. Consciousness, which is clearly related to the physical brain but seems apart from inanimate matter, seems to have a metaphysical component. Many people have come to associate God with this metaphysical component.

These thoughts encourage a reflection on the nature of faith. Does it require, as critics of religion charge, believing impossible things? Or, does faith include elements of trust and commitment? I will consider these questions next week.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.


3. Reducetarian Conference

Reducetarian Conference

Organizers write: “On May 20th and 21st, 2017 at New York University, we're hosting the Reducetarian Summit, a conference that will explore how to reduce societal meat consumption with the aim of creating a more sustainable and healthy food system.”


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

Living Image of God


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