Editorial, December 27, 2012
Looking over the Christmas Newsletter editorials of our founder,
Margaret Lawson (1919-2006) there were occasions when she considered
winding-down the FoL during less active years. And indeed the same
sense of stagnation has echoed not a few times since.
annual newsletter was published in 2001, to be followed by a lull in
which other Church-focused vegetarian groups offered a decisive outlet
for the renewed energies of Christian activists in Britain. Over the
past six years, the Frank and Mary Hoffman Family Foundation have
kindly nurtured and meticulously presented a unique, backdrop project
with an emphasis on spiritual advocacy of animals' interests in the
UK. As well as replacing the basic FoL presence on the web since 1999,
the revamped site has developed into a notable theological resource
which reveals a substantial record of much wider, non-secular animal
rights activity in Britain, since the early 1970s.
time has again arrived when it is only honest to take stock of the way
in which a venture such as the Fellowship of Life presents itself. It
is all too easy for kindred societies (or concepts) to collectively
project false fabric around a movement which in reality has the barest
'campaigning' presence in the religious world today. We have an
important message to deliver in itself without masquerading as 'movers
and shakers' when the opposite is often the case - lets' s face it!
Should there arise adequate activist momentum to allow the FoL to
resume regular internet representation then the website could
rightfully confer the character of an actively campaigning body. In
the meantime, please make use of our printable literature and look out
for occasional updates to the compilations of pertinent articles,
letters, reviews and interviews, selected from Christian and animal
rights publications of recent decades. Many of these previously
published messages contain profound insights which could easily inform
the spiritual strand that exists throughout the Christian churches; if
harnessed and tactfully presented to future minds and hearts.
Our thanks remain due to the Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman Family
Foundation for hosting, preserving and transmitting a substantial
portion of theological animal rights heritage from the UK.
Fellowship of Life website editor (2006-2012)
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