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8 September 2010 Issue

1. Praise for Guided by the Faith of Christ

2. Upcoming Activist Opportunities

3. Commentary on the Lectionary Luke 15:1-32 – A Lesson in Forgiveness

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

5. The September Peaceable Kingdom Is Now Online

1. Praise for Guided by the Faith of Christ

Dennis writes:

Rarely do I find a book that has me reading through it a second time. Your Guided by the Faith of Christ is one of those rare readings. . . [It] is not only compelling from a solid theological perspective; it is as well formulated and expressed as a treatise based on the behavioral sciences. You have presented extremely persuasive evidence that scapegoating born of acquisitive mimetic desire is the “sin” that is “hidden since the foundation of the world.”

All proceeds from the book support the Christian Vegetarian Association ministry. The book is available for $14 from www.christianveg.org/materials.htm, and we offer a money-back guarantee if for any reason you are not satisfied.

2. Upcoming Activist Opportunities

09/12-18 KY Louisville National Quartet Convention-Gospel HUGE

09/16-17 SC Greenville Benny Hinn Miracle Crusade

09/17-18 NC Hickory Momentum Christian Youth Rock Festival

09/17-18 VA Leesburg The Awakening Festival 2010

09/17-18 WA Spokane Women of Faith Conference

09/17-18 OH Cleveland Women of Faith Conference

09/17-18 NC Hickory Momentum Christian Youth Rock Festival

09/19 MI Detroit Steven Curtis Chapman / Third Day

09/17-19 MO Saint Louis Kirkwood Green Tree Festival

09/18 AR Fort Smith Kutless Rock the River Christian Concert

09/23 KY Louisville Casting Crowns Christian Concert

09/24 ME Fairfield The Hoppers Gospel

09/24 KY Bowling Green Casting Crowns Christian Concert

09/24-26 IL Rosemont Chicago Harvest Festival

09/24-26 NY Rhinebeck Women & Power 2010

09/24-25 GA Atlanta Women Of Faith Conference

09/24-25 CO Denver Women Of Faith Conference

09/25 GA Valdosta Third Day Christian Rock Concert

09/25 NC Charlotte Casting Crowns Christian Rock Concert

09/25 VT Montpeliar The Hoppers Gospel

09/25-26 IL Bellville Our Lady of Snows Youth Day Celebration

09/30 OH Youngstown Make A Difference Tour Third Day

10/1 KY Corbin Make A Difference Tour Third Day

10/1-2 AZ Phoenix Women Of Faith Conference

10/1-2 WI Milwaukee Women Of Faith Conference

10/2 GA Alpharetta Make A Difference Tour Third Day

10/2 FL Tampa TABLE Tampa Bay Veg Fest

10/2-3 CA San Francisco TABLE World Vegetarian Festival

10/3 MO Cape Girardeau Make a Difference Tour w/ Third Day

10/7 TX Austin Make a Difference Tour 2010 Third Day

10/8 TX Beaumont Make a Difference Tour2010 Third Day

10/9 LALafayette Make a Difference Tour Third Day

10/14 CA San Jose Make a Difference Tour Third Day

10/14-15 OH Cleveland Benny Hinn Miracle Crusade

10/15 CA Bakersfield Make A Difference Tour w/ Third Day

10/23 FL Tampa TABLE Central Florida VegFest

11/6 FL Jacksonville TABLE Northeast Florida Veg Fest

12/9-10 FL Coral Gables Benny Hinn Miracle Crusade

International events:

10/16 CANADA - Ontario Make A Difference Tour w/ Third Day

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. Commentary on the Lectionary Sept. 12: Luke 15:1-32

A Lesson in Forgiveness

This reading includes the well-known parable of the prodigal son, in which a father forgives his son’s waywardness and welcomes the son back into the family. Remarkably, the father runs to his son to embrace and kiss him, which violates the cultural norm of the day. People expect a patriarch to assume a regal attitude, walking slowly and erect. Further, the father should rebuke his sinful son, yet instead the father risks his reputation in order to show his love and forgiveness.

The father also forgives his elder son, who, having served the father with loyalty, rebukes the father for celebrating the return of the son. The father reminds the elder son of his bond to his son and that the elder son will still gain his rightful inheritance.

This story has parallels with Jesus’ return after the resurrection, in which Jesus greets those who had betrayed him with warmth and friendship, saying, “Peace be with you.” Our natural desire for self-esteem discourages us from forgiving those who have offended or hurt us, but Christian teachings calls for forgiveness. We can’t avoid intentionally or unintentionally offending each other, and without forgiveness our anger and hostility can divide communities. Jesus tried to show us how to build and maintain communities with love rather than have people unified by their common contempt for scapegoats. Forgiveness is crucial to that program.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

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

Daniel, God’s Man in the Field (Part VIII)

5. The September Peaceable Kingdom Is Now Online

This issue includes:

* In the Editorial, "The Beasts and the Blessed Ones," Robert Ellwood recounts some stories of ancient and medieval saints showing compassionate care for animals, and reflects on what the tales imply about ultimate Oneness.

* Two sages of ancient Rome, Cicero and Marcus Aurelius, offer Gems of wisdom about our ties to animals.

* Special Notice: The Bolivian wild animal sanctuary Inti Wara Yassi, which we featured in the December '08 issue, is in a crisis and asking us to join in speaking up on their behalf..

* This month's Glimpse of the Peaceable Kingdom is about one of those rare and wonderful beings, a naturally (near-)vegetarian cat.

* Do you remember Nanny McPhee, who taught us that ugliness is in the eye of the beholder? Benjamin Urrutia reviews the new McPhee movie, in which the redoubtable Nanny, a little like the saints cited in the Editorial, relates to animals (as well as children) in surprising and wonderful ways, for the ultimate benefit of all.

* "Hares at Play," by nineteenth-century poet John Clare, vividly captures a scene showing the fun these animals can have when they are free to be themselves.

We always welcome comments, submissions, and suggestions for future topics.

To read this issue go to http://www.vegetarianfriends.net/issue69.html  .

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