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29 July 2007 Issue

1. Activist Report

2. Are Farmed Animal Reforms Helpful (comment)

3. Contest – Top CVA States 

1. Activist Report
Don Gwillam reports on CVAUK’s tabling at the Vegan Fayre in the UK in June: 

The CVAUK stand at the Vegan Fayre was very successful, and we were warmly welcomed by the organisers of the show. They were pleased to see that 'at long last' at least some Christians were becoming vegetarian/vegan and showing compassion for animals, this sentiment was echoed by many visitors to the stand. 

Your leaflet 'Honoring God's Creation' was very popular and although we only offered a copy to those who showed interest, we handed out over 200 booklets. 

Visitors to the stand fell into three categories:

1. Vegan Christians who were delighted to discover us.

2. Secular vegans who were looking for spiritual encouragement.

3. Secular vegans who had relatives or friends that were Christian but who refused to acknowledge that a vegan diet could be part of their response towards caring for God's creation. 

A vicar and two lay speakers from other Christian organisations stated that they wanted to address Christian vegetarianism within their church/meetings and were pleased to discover so much information on the subject. Another Christian lady was in tears when she described how her church reacted to her desire to become vegetarian and eventually felt obliged to leave the church. 

We all enjoyed the show and would like to thank CVA USA for their sponsorship. During the two days we survived by sampling numerous vegan products. The fayre was situated in a very picturesque position within the old Bristol docks. Bristol was the centre of the slave trade in this country, so the docks would have been used by slave traders. 

8/10     NY       Chautauqua     Third Day Christian Rock

8/10     GA       Atlanta             Women of Faith

8/10     TX        Midland            Rock the Desert Christian Rock

8/11     MO      St. Louis          Newsboys Christian Rock

8/16     WA      Lynden            Third Day Christian Rock

8/17     OH       Cincinnati        Promise Keepers

8/17     MD       Baltimore         Jars of Clay Christian Rock

8/17     LA        New Orleans   Jeremy Camp Christian Rock

8/18     IN         South Bend     World Pulse Festival

8/22     TX        San Antonio     Living Proof Live with Beth Moore

8/24     CA       Fresno             Promise Keepers

8/24     TX        Dallas              Women of Faith

8/24     RI         Providence      Living Proof with Beth Moore

8/24     OR      Medord            Phil Wickham Christian Concert

8/25     CA       Redding           Worth Dying For Christian Rock

8/26     MN       Marshall           Phil Wickman Christian Concert

8/31     IN         Indianapolis     Apologetix Christian Rock Concert

9/1       IL         Oak Lawn        Apologetix Christian Rock Concert

9/6       NJ        St. Paul           Joyce Meyers Conference

To find out about all upcoming leafleting and tabling opportunities in your area, join the CVA Calendar Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group.christian_vegetarian/.  Read the home page, and then join. You will then be able to log in anytime to identify upcoming events in your region. 

Contact Paris at christian_vegetarian@yahoo.com if you might be able to help.

2. Are Farmed Animal Reforms Helpful (comment)This is a response to the discussion "Are Farmed Animal Reforms Helpful?".  I feel that Miyun Park of Compassion Over Killing summed it up nicely "If we ignore opportunities to help reduce their suffering until we're presented with a proposal that eliminates animal agriculture as a whole, we'll have allowed billions - possibly trillions - of animals to suffer needlessly.  I'm not willing to accept that."
- Cindy McDaniel 

3. Contest – Top CVA States
What are the top three states for CVA members?  Tie-breakers will be order (1-3) and the state with the least members.  The winner gets a free copy of Friends of All Creatures by Rose Evans.  The book features short biographies of people from a wide range of faiths and ethnic backgrounds who were compassionate toward animals, and there are very nice illustrations by Valeria Evans.

Your question and comments are welcome

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