Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - July 11, 2018
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Original Sin, part 39: Man’s Search for Meaning
  3. Interfaith Vegan Coalition
  4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback

Jude, who recently leafleted at Third Day Christian Rock in New York City, writes:

I was there from 5:30 to 7:30 and the leafleting went OK. About 1/4 to 1/3 of the people took a brochure.

Thanks so much,

Jude


2. Original Sin, part 39: Man’s Search for Meaning

This series has been an exploration of the challenge to overcome “Original Sin” – the part of human nature that has undermined our efforts to live together harmoniously. We cannot exist in a Garden of Eden if we harm each other, and our tendency to scapegoat (which includes blaming other individuals for our own failings) seems to be a major impediment to justice and peace.

An example of extreme human injustice and violence was the Nazi Holocaust. (Similar episodes, but generally on a smaller scale, have occurred throughout human history.) Several factors contributed to this great tragedy, including the desire to find scapegoats for the humiliating and economically devastating Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I and the hope among many people of appropriating the wealth of Jewish people.

The psychiatrist Viktor Frankl was one of the many victims. He was a Jewish prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp, where he suffered unrelenting, severe hardships. His book Man’s Search for Meaning describes his harrowing ordeal. He observed that, in the face of extreme deprivation and brutality, he still had the power to decide how to respond in his own mind to the situation. He found that imaging a hopeful future gave him a sense of purpose. He concluded that we can always find meaning in life, even while suffering or even dying.

Next week, I will discuss how Frankl found that his love for his wife gave him hope, meaning, and the strength to survive against all odds. Perhaps his experiences and insights relate to the 1 John 4:8 passage “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.


3. Interfaith Vegan Coalition

Some very good background information from Interfaith Vegan Coalition:
The Interfaith Vegan Coalition (IVC) helps activists and spiritual leaders bring vegan values to spiritual, ethical, and religious communities. The guiding ideals of most traditions are nonviolence, loving-kindness, and harmlessness. We work with all faith and secular wisdom traditions to help them practice these ideals toward all animals. Our religion-specific Advocacy Kits can help you veganize your place of worship.

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

Sincerely Ask Animals


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