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25 Jan 2009 Issue

1. CVA Activism
2. Letter to the Editor
3. Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman Sermon

1. CVA Activism

Norma leafleting at Benny Hinn in Oakland, CA on 1/22, writes: WOW, that was THE MOST incredibly positive, motivating volunteer experience I have ever had. Perhaps a dozen people were not interested. I gave out about 100 brochures in 30 minutes, and the rest in about 20 minutes. At some points, I literally could not hand them out fast enough. I said no more than "vegetarian recipes and information, thank you, bless you" and a few times mentioned CVA.

Thank you for the opportunity, and the t-shirt. Blessings were exchanged right and left - I am still "high" from the experience.  

Upcoming Leafleting Opportunities

1/30 MT, Billings Anberlin Christian Rock Concert

1/30 OH, Cleveland Winter Jam Christian Rock Fest

1/30-31 OK, Oklahoma City Revolve Tour Event for Teen Girls

1/31 ID, Pocatello Anberlin Christian Rock Concert

1/31 OH, Columbus Winter Jam Christian Rock Fest

2/5 MS, Southaven Winter Jam Christian Rock Fest

2/6 AR, Little Rock Winter Jam Christian Rock Fest

2/6-7 FL, Orlando Revolve Tour Event for Teen Girls

2/7 NC, Williamston Third Day Christian Rock Concert

2/7 AL, Birmingham Winter Jam Christian Rock Fest

2/8 GA, Duluth Winter Jam Christian Rock Fest

2/13 SC, Greenville Winter Jam Christian Rock Fest

2/13-14 TX, Houston Revolve Tour for Teen Age Girls

2/14 FL, Jacksonville Winter Jam Christian Rock Fest

2/15 AL, Mobile Winter Jam Christian Rock Fest

2/20 SC, Columbia Winter Jam Christian Rock Fest

2/21 NC, Greensboro Winter Jam Christian Rock Fest

2/22 VA, Norfolk Winter Jam Christian Rock Fest

2/20 MD, Salisbury Newsboys Christian Rock Concert

2/28 FL, Plant City Third Day Christian Rock Concert

2/28 CO, Denver Revolve Tour for Teen Girls

3/21 WA, Seattle TABLE Vegfest 2009

4/16 TN, Knoxville TABLE EarthFest 2009

4/17 GA, Atlanta TABLE EarthDay at Georgia Tech

4/18 TN, Nashville TABLE Earth Day

4/19 CA, San Diego TABLE EarthFair 2009

4/23 TN, Nashville 39th Annual GMA Dove Awards

4/26 MO, St. Louis TABLE Earth Day Festival

Contact Paris at christian_vegetarian@yahoo.com  if you can to help. 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/ 

2. Letter to the Editor

In this age of spiraling gas prices, environmental degradation, and diminishing resources an easy way to lessen the impact to your pocket book, the planet, and to your personal health is in the transition to a vegetarian diet.

A November 2006 U.N. report found that a full 18% of global warming emissions come from raising cows, chickens, turkeys, pigs, and other animals for food. That's about 40% more than all the cars, trucks, airplanes, and all other forms of transport combined (13%). It's also more than all the homes and offices in the world put together (8%). The world's cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people – more than the entire human population on Earth. About 20% of the world's population, or 1.4 billion people, could be fed with the grain and soybeans fed to U.S. cattle alone. Animal agriculture is a huge contributor to water pollution. America’s farm animals produce 130 times the waste produced by the human population.

On a more personal level research has shown that vegetarians are 50% less likely to develop heart disease, and they have 40% of the cancer rate of meat-eaters. People following a plant-based diet have 2.5 times fewer cardiac events, including heart attack, stroke, bypass surgery, and angioplasty. Plus, meat-eaters are nine times more likely to be obese than vegans. Adult vegans are, on average, 10 to 20 pounds lighter than adult meat-eaters.

The raising of animals for meat involves unimaginable cruelty and suffering. If the atrocities inflicted on chickens, cows and pigs (the latter being an animal that by most accounts is smarter than dogs) were to happen to cats and dogs most people would be outraged. Mahatma Gandhi said that “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – a logical extension of the Golden Rule that we learned in Kindergarten.

Even if you were to become vegetarian for one or two days a week the benefits to you, our community, and our world will be significant. If you are interested in sampling delicious vegetarian meals and in meeting other concerned people in our community join us [information about our monthly potluck was inserted here].

Stephen Augustine

3. Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman Sermon

The Greatest Spiritual Gift of All

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