John Gilheany - South Wales, UK
I became involved in Christian vegetarian campaigning in the early 1990s with a view to expanding the audience for insights which have been revealed in the handful of books by vegetarian clergy.
In 1998, I produced a booklet which stemmed from the main 'animal theological' works in print. 'Christian Vegetarianism - a Biblical approach to life' was published by the Fellowship of Life along with a flyer which enabled many local animal rights groups to deal with Church dogma and general 'Bible-Bullies'.
I was involved with 'Veg4Lent' and the development of the subsequent CVAUK between 2001-05. In recent years, I've been researching the history of organised vegetarianism and published 'Familiar Strangers: The Church and the Vegetarian movement in Britain (1809-2009)' during 2010. There's a related website which commemorates the influence of a forgotten Christian vegetarian society at www.ordergoldenage.co.uk and a large selection of similar archive material at www.christianvegetarianarchive.blogspot.com
In 2006, I began working with Frank and Mary Hoffman on a new Fellowship of Life website which currently serves as a 'modern museum' of Church-related animal rights activity in Britain (1970s to '90s). The Christian press has often afforded a generous forum for letters which has enabled open debate and occasional evidence of empathy among churchgoers. A large selection have been harnessed and reproduced on the FoL website (along with articles and other features) to record the development of non-secular activism and assist the growth of future apologetics.
Several articles on vegetarianism were published in Christian publications during 2011 and a few of my own contributions are available to download:
The essential purpose of the FoL has become the task of the CVA UK these days whilst the unique vision of FoL Founder, Margaret Lawson, provides a backdrop resource for contemporary campaigners. A few of the later FoL leaflets are printable via pdf and Clare and Tom Harral remain FoL Secretaries, offering off-line support.
Over the past year, I've been broadening my writing interests on
Wattpad where an
exploration of Christian-veggie issues is among my creative works.
The Fellowship of Life,
Gwynedd LL57 3RD,
North Wales, U.K.