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22 July 2009 Issue

1. Activist Feedback
2. Sustaining Membership
3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
4. "Can’t Lose" Book Offer
5. Perspective on the Lectionary: Power Corrupts

1. Activist Feedback

Rick, leafleting in St. Louis at the July 17 Men at the Cross event, writes:

George and I leafleted this evening at Chaifetz Arena to a receptive crowd of men. George did a great job his first time leafleting – he handed out 150 booklets and dealt expertly with some challenging questions about Christianity and vegetarianism. Together we handed out a total of 600 booklets.

Upcoming Leafleting Opportunities.

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/

2. Sustaining Membership

The CVA offers Sustaining Membership to those paying our $25 annual subscription. In addition to the weekly e-newsletter available to all members, Sustaining Members receive the Take Heart! daily e-messages, which include inspirational comments, biblical commentary, health tips, an advice column, and recipes.

To become a Sustaining Member, go to our membership page, and fill out the form, which will take you to the dues-paying section. Or, you can send a check to CVA, PO Box 201791, Cleveland, OH 44120. Donations to the CVA are tax-deductible.

3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

Do We Truly Understand Our Relationship with God? http://www.all-creatures.org/sermons97/s15jul90.html  

4. "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.

5. Perspective on the Lectionary: Power Corrupts

July 26

2 Samuel 11:1-15

This passage describes King David’s affair with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, which resulted in Bathsheba’s pregnancy. In order to allow Bathsheba to be his wife, King David has Uriah killed in battle by commanding Uriah to be placed at the battlefront and then having the troops withdraw, leaving Uriah exposed and defenseless.

Throughout Jewish history, David has been a highly regarded king. Yet his adulterous affair reflected an abuse of power, and the subsequent murder of Uriah was heinous. Does power always corrupt?

We all have desires that can entice us to harm innocent individuals, such as a desire for domination, for sensual pleasure, and for a sense of security. Power imbalances leave many individuals vulnerable to abuse, including women vis-à-vis men, children vis-à-vis adults, and animals vis-à-vis nearly everyone. Often, people are taught that these power imbalances, and the abuses that typically accompany them, are “natural” or ordained by God. Such justifications are most readily accepted by those who stand to benefit. Indeed, the perpetrators and patrons of great evil often believe that their actions are good and just.

How do we build a just society, in which people don’t justify abuse based on such arbitrary criteria as gender, ethnicity, or distinctions between pet and livestock species? I will offer some thoughts on this question next week.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

Your question and comments are welcome

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