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15 July 2009 Issue

1. Can’t Lose Book Offer

2. Activist Feedback

3. Reflection on the Lectionary: Spiritual Self-Renewal

4. The Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Can’t Lose Book Offer

From now until the end of the month, Vegetarian Advocates Press (www.vegadvpress.com) is offering a money back guarantee to CVA members for the book Guided by the Faith of Christ: Seeking to Stop Violence and Scapegoating by CVA chair Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D. If you don’t find the book valuable, you can return it by the end of August for a full refund.

2. Activist Feedback

Steve, who leafleted at the Revolve Tour in Florida, writes:

This was a great event to leaflet. We only went for the after-show portions, which seems to work best at the Amway Arena. The take-rate was great on both nights, and we handed out 537 booklets. Sophia and I were the only ones there, and we didn't even get close to handing everyone in the crowd a booklet. With twice as many people, we could have handed out twice as many booklets. We also had some great conversations.

Upcoming Leafleting Opportunities.

7/22-25 WA George Creation 09 Northwest

7/23 TN Knoxville Salvador Christian Rock Concert

7/24 GA Atlanta Men at the Cross Conference

7/24 NC Sanford Sonicflood Christian Rock Concert

7/24 CA Redlands Phil Wickham Christian Rock Concert

7/25 CA Irvine FishFest Christian Rock Festival

7/25 MA Worcester Salvador Christian Rock Concert

7/28-8/5 IL Belleville 66th Annual Healing & Hope Novena

7/29-8/1 NH Gilford TABLE Soulfest 2009 Christian Music

7/29-8/2 CA Monterey Ammunition Conference

7/30-8/1 MO Grandview Int'l House of Prayer-Fascinate 2009

7/30-8/1 CA Monterey Spirit West Coast Christian Rock Fest

7/31-8/1 CO Boulder Promise Keepers Men's Conference

7/31 NY New York Newsboys Rock The Sound Concert

8/1 PA Shippensburg Phil Wickham Uprise Festival

8/2 MO St Louis Billy Graham: Rock the River Tour

8/2-5 NY Darien Park Kingdom Bound Festival

8/2 NY Darien Center Salvadore Christian Rock Concert

8/3-7 FL Orlando Assemblies of God: 53rd General Council

8/6-7 IL Barrington Amer. Baptist Church Leadership Summit

8/8-9 IL Peoria Promise Keepers Men’s Conference

8/8 IA Davenport Billy Graham Rock the River Tour

8/9 TX Rio Grande Valley Joel Olsteen A Night of Hope

8/14-15 MN Winsted Higher Ground Music Festival

8/14 ND Bismarck Phil Wickham Christian Concert

8/16 WI Eau Claire Phil Wickham Christian Concert

8/16 MN St Paul Billy Grahams Rock the River Tour

9/5 NJ Frenchtown Resilient K Christian Rock Group

9/11-12 TX Waco Just Give Me Jesus Angel Ministries

9/12 CA San Francisco Power to the Peaceful Festival

9/12 CA Chula Vista Switchfoot Christian Rock Concert

9/16-19 TN Nashville 2009 AACC Grace and Truth World Conf.

9/19 NY Albany TABLE NY's Capital Region Vegetarian Expo

10/2-3 MI Grand Rapids Hearts at Home Conference

10/3-4 CA San Francisco TABLE World Vegetarian Festival

10/16-18 CA Burbank Healthy Lifestyle Expo

10/24 FL Orlando TABLE Central Florida Veg Fest

11/7-9 WI Milwaukee Call To Action 2008 National Conference

11/13-14 MN St Paul The Christian Community Fair    

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/

3. Reflection on the Lectionary: Spiritual Self-Renewal

Mark 6:30-34

July 19

The passage relates, “The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.”

Jesus recognized that discipleship requires caring for our own physical, emotional, and spiritual needs; otherwise we risk “burn out,” which would make us unable to muster the energy to continue our work. How can we recuperate? Among numerous possible strategies, many people find that various forms of meditation help clear and calm the mind. Meditation can involve physical relaxation, and sometimes people meditate while engaging in relatively mindless tasks, such as gardening, knitting, or yoga. In particular, I recommend exercise, which is also good for the body.

Some forms of meditation help clear thoughts from the mind and can be quite invigorating. I also find it helpful to relax and then to contemplate those things that, in my busier, more agitated everyday existence, cause me stress or anxiety. In a relaxed state, I can address those concerns with a detachment that helps put things in perspective and helps me understand where those stressors come from, why I find them burdensome, and how I contribute to my own suffering.

Another effective strategy is to seek the company of like-minded people who share our concerns for animals and our recognition that a plant-based diet is a crucial component of good stewardship of God’s creation. Such fellowship is important, because we live among people who, struggling to resolve their own conflicting needs, desires, and fears, often say and do hurtful things. Indeed, I think that many people manifest hardness of heart when it comes to animal issues because they have been wounded by the trials and tribulations of life. Whatever the reason, their hardness of heart can demoralize those of us who care about animals. Therefore, however we do it, we must attend to our emotional and spiritual wounds if we are to be lifelong healers in a wounded world.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

4. The Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

A Memorial Service for the Animals
http://www.all-creatures.org/sermons98/s20090712.html .

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