Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - April 25, 2019
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)


  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Liberals and Conservatives, part 3:  Shades of Gray
  3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry

1. Activist Feedback

Vegan Outrech staff member Vic S. leafleted with a volunteer at Winter Jam in Reading West Virginia. He writes:

It was very cold, but there were lots of good interactions and readers. One man asked for another to give his daughter who wanted to go veg. One man asked for 5 more. A woman also asked for two after she saw others reading it.

Upcoming Activist Opportunities

Leafleting and tabling are effective, enjoyable ways to show our brothers and sisters in Christ that a plant-based diet is good for Godís Creation. When you volunteer for the CVA, the CVA now donates $16/hr. for tabling and $25/hr. for up to 3 hours for leafleting to the veg. or animal protection group of your choice. Contact Lorena at [email protected] if you can help.

04/30/2019 TN, Nashville Jars of Clay
05/02/2019 AL, Birmingham Hillsong United
05/02/2019 TX, Cedar Park Only Jesus Tour ft. Casting Crowns
05/02/2019 IN, Evansville Amy Grant
05/03/2019 GA, Atlanta Weekend to Remember
05/03/2019 GA, Atlanta Hillsong United
05/04/2019 TN, Nashville Hillsong United
05/04/2019 FL, Orlando Mercy Me Imagine Nation Tour
05/04/2019 TX, Austin Mac Powell and the Family Reunion
05/05/2019 FL, Tampa Mercy Me Imagine Nation Tour
05/06/2019 SC, Greenville Hillsong United
05/07/2019 FL, Orlando Hillsong United
05/09/2019 FL, Miami Hillsong United
05/09/2019 NY, NYC Steven Curtis Chapman SCC Solo
05/10/2019 MA, Boston Steven Curtis Chapman SCC Solo
05/11/2019 PA, Philadelphia Steven Curtis Chapman SCC Solo
05/17-18/19 NY, Albany Joyce Meyer & Kari Jobe
05/19/2019 NC, Asheville Matthew West
05/30/2019 WA, Seattle Hillsong United
06/01/2019 OR, Portland Hillsong United
06/05/2019 NV, Las Vegas Hillsong United
06/07/2019 CA, San Diego Hillsong United
06/7-8/2019 MI, Grand Rapids Joyce Meyer
06/08/2019 AZ, Phoenix Hillsong United
06/11/2019 CA, Los Angeles Hillsong United
06/20-22/19 OH, Cincinnati Spiritsong Festival
06/22/2019 CO, Denver Hillsong United
06/24/2019 IL, Chicago Hillsong United
06/25/2019 MI, Grand Rapids Hillsong United
06/26/2019 Mi, Detroit Hillsong United
06/29/2019 DC, Washington Hillsong United
07/01/2019 MA, Boston Hillsong United
07/02/2019 NY, New York Hillsong United
07/20/2019 TX, San Antonio Matthew West
07/21/2019 WA, Seattle Jordan Feliz
07/27/2019 MO, Kansas City Matthew West
08/23-24/19 OH, Columbus Joyce Meyer
09/20-21/19 CA, Anaheim Womenís Conference
09/26/2019 WA, Spokane Casting Crowns Only Jesus Tour
09/27/2019 OR, Portland Casting Crowns Only Jesus Tour
10/25-26/19 SC, Charleston Womenís Conference
11/08-09/19 PA, Hershey Joyce Meyer

Tabling

05/04/2019 CA, Santa Clarita SCV Veg Fest
05/05/2019 CA, Encino Los Angeles VegFest
05-18-19/19 NY, New York NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
05/18/2019 Oh, Cincinnati Cincy VegFest 2019
05/18/2019 OH, Cleveland 2019 Cleveland VegFest
06/07-9/19 MO, Kansas City VegFest KC 2019
06/08/2019 PA, Philadelphia VegFest
06/09/2019 NC, Asheville VegFest
07/20/2019 CT, Hamden 5th Annual Compassionfest
07/27-28/19 CO, Denver VegFest Colorado
07/27/2019 WA, Spokane Spokane VegFest
08/10-11/19 IL, Lisle Veggie Fest 2019
08/15-25/19 NY, Camp Walden Woodstock Fruit Festival
09/08/2019 NY, Albany Albany Vegfest
09/22/2019 MI, Grand Rapids Grand Rapids Veg Fest
11/09/2019 GA, Duluth Atlanta Veg Fest 2019
11/10/2019 AZ, Tucson VegOut! Tucson Vegan Food Festival 2019


2. Liberals and Conservatives, part 3: Shades of Gray

As I have discussed, contemporary liberals tend to believe that people are generally good at heart. They want to reduce income inequality, make sure that the government protects everyone from the vicissitudes of life, and protect nonconformists from discrimination. Liberals often maintain that institutions usually originate as and almost always become self-serving, and therefore we need to limit institutionsí power. They note that institutions that are widely held to be sacred become impervious to criticism, and these institutions often use violence against critics to hide the hypocrisy and corruption that nearly always accompanies unbridled power.

As I see it, humans are social creatures who have a natural tendency to be concerned about the welfare of others. We also seek to satisfy our own needs and desires. These goals often conflict, and sometimes we do things that serve others and other times we do things to serve ourselves at the expense of others. The only people immune to the charge of hypocrisy are the rare individuals who are totally dedicated to others and the narcissistic (widely held as despicable) people who only care about themselves.

We canít change human nature, but we can choose how to live among ourselves. Radical individualism tends to result in harm to those who are weak and vulnerable. Uncritical allegiance to institutions tends to curtail individual freedom and creativity, victimize those who have difficulty conforming to institutional norms, and render people blind to real challenges to the community (such as resource depletion or climate change).

I think we need to recognize that we live in a world filled with ambiguity and inconsistency. We need general principles to help us make everyday decisions, but we must remember that these principles are approximations of the good and that there are always exceptions. This view encourages open discussion, which among well-meaning people can be respectful and constructive, even when there is strong disagreement.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.


3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry

 


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