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9 December 2007 Issue

1. Please Begin or Renew Christian Vegetarian Association Membership: Veg News Subscription Bonus

2. Leafleting Tip

3. Holiday Dinner in NJ

4. “Theology and Animals” Course at Xavier University

5. December Issue of The Peaceable Table

1. Please Begin or Renew Christian Vegetarian Association Membership: Veg News Subscription Bonus

Presidential candidate Bill Richardson, in reference to teachers’ salaries, said at a recent debate, “Don't tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I will tell you what you value.”

Do you value our activities? The CVA leaflets at Christian events throughout the USA and many events in other countries, and this year we distributed over 150,000 booklets. Our e-newsletters, discussion group, expert panels, and other resources have assisted and inspired many Christians in their paths toward a plant-based diet. For a limited time only, dues-paying members will receive a free subscription to the outstanding bimonthly magazine Veg News.

To pay dues and/or make a donation, go to www.christianveg.org/freemembership.htm.  Sign in, and then you’ll go to a membership page where you can pay dues and/or make a donation.

2. Leafleting Tip

Eugene, leafleting at colleges in the Adopt-a-College program from Vegan Outreach (www.veganoutreach.org) had the following encounter:

Guy flips through the pages of the Why Vegan:

Him: "So, are you against people who eat meat?"

Me: "Well, my parents eat meat."

Him: "No, what I meant was, are you just against the cruelty, or are you against eating meat?"

Me: "Oh, I am against eating meat in principle. But the way the industry does it makes it so much worse."

Him: "Do you eat fish?"

Me: "No."

Him: "So, you don't think that God ever intended for us to eat meat?"

Me: "What I think is that the animals don't want us to eat them, regardless of what God happens to think about it."

He smiled and seemed to nod in agreement.

3. Holiday Dinner in NJ

Jan Fredericks writes: For some of you who may live in New Jersey and New York area, we are having our Holiday Dinner at Veggie Heaven in Teaneck, NJ (complete vegan dinner). All profit goes into our veterinary charity fund which helps people across the country! The date is January 6, 2008, at 2:00pm - 4:00pm. (Food will be served, but we can stay later). It is $35.00 per person. RSVP by January 2, 2008. Deacon Joseph Dwyer Jr. and Rabbi Robin Nafshi will be sharing.

We are also beginning to plan for our first Lenten dinner at the same place on March 2, 2008. Catholic Concern for Animals-USA will be co-sponsoring with God's Creatures Ministry. Rev. Frank Hoffman will be sharing along with myself.

Best wishes to all for a fruitful Christmas Season and a Joyful New Year!

"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord." Psalm 150:6

4. “Theology and Animals” Course at Xavier University

Theology 387
Spring Semester, Mon-Wed Jan 14-May 7,
4:00-5:15 PM

3 semester credit hours; graduate credit available with permission of instructor; consortium students welcome; no extra tuition for students attending local colleges; no religious affiliation required; special rates for senior citizens.

Course Description:

Using violence as a focus this course will analyze the ethical and religious implications of the way animals are treated in contemporary society. Also, it will examine how this treatment redounds upon human beings in spiritual, psychological, and physical ways, thus preventing peace, both personal and social. The Judeo-Christian scriptures and tradition will form the context for this exploration.

Instructor: Theologian/Activist Dr. Elizabeth Farians Information: ejf.ape@juno.com 

5. December Issue of The Peaceable Table

Contents Include:

* The Editorial, "The Sins of the Fathers," deals with the threat of lethal bird flu that has been gathering in the last ten years as a result of human enslavement of ducks, chickens and other birds.

* One of the Book Reviews is of THE GREAT CAT, an anthology of poems
about felines.

* The Recipes include two for chestnut soup, perfect for cold weather; another is for mouth-watering potato pancakes.

* The December Pilgrimage narrative, by Judy McCoy Carman, tells how her love for the lambs on her parents' small farm--who were destined to disappear ominously--started her on her lifelong journey of active compassion.
You can read this issue online at http://www.vegetarianfriends.net/issue38.html

May all beings know liberty, joy, and Peace on Earth.

Gracia Fay Ellwood

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