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1 December 2010 Issue

1. Activist Feedback

2. Reflections on the Lectionary: Isaiah 11:1-10 “A Vision of the Realm of God”

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

1. Activist Feedback

Alma writes:

Alma Williams, Thanksgiving Day Parade:

Unfortunately, only one other person (Alex) showed up to help me hand out the booklets & we only distributed about 1,200 booklets.

[Great work, Alma!].

Upcoming Activist Opportunities  

12/7 CO Colorado Springs Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant

12/8 WV Keyser Seventh Day Slumber Christian Rock Concert

12/9 CA Anaheim Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant

12/9 DC Washington CeCe Winans Christian Concert

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

12/10 CA Sacramento Family Force 5 T The Christmas Pageant

12/10 MI Fairfield Seventh Day Slumber Christian Rock Concert

12/10 ND Bismarck Carrie Underwood Concert

12/11 NY Berlin Seventh Day Slumber Christian Rock Concert

12/11 AZ Queen Creek Extreme Faith Todd Agnew Christmas Concert

12/11 CA FRESNO Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant

12/11 PA Mt. Bethel Point of Grace Home for the Holidays Tour

12/12 NJ Leesburg Seventh Day Slumber Christian Rock Concert

12/12 MT Bozeman Carrie Underwood Concert

12/13 UT Salt Lake City Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant

12/14 NV Las Vegas Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant

12/14 WA Yakima Carrie Underwood Concert

12/15 AZ Phoenix Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant

12/16 NM Albuquerque Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant

12/17 AZ Gilbert BarlowGirl Christmas Concert

12/18 NC Asheville Point of Grace Home for the Holidays Tour

12/18 TX San Antonio Family Force 5 The Christmas Pageant

12/26 TX Houston Downtown Rodeo Parade

12/31 VA Lynchburg Fireflight Christian Rock Concert

International events:

12/15 CANADA BC Penticton Carrie Underwood Concert

12/16 CANADA BC Vancouver Carrie Underwood Concert

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. Reflections on the Lectionary

December 5, 2010,
Isaiah 11:1-10 “A Vision of the Realm of God”

This passage includes the prophecy that someday there will be peace and harmony in the “realm of God” and “the wolf shall lie with the lamb.” There will be no violence, and no individual will harm another. Despite what seems to me to be a clear message from Isaiah, I am sure that many churches will relate Isaiah’s vision to humanity alone, even though nonhumans join humanity in a peaceful world. We can expect many pastors to talk about love and peace, but few will preach Isaiah’s entire message and extend this peace to nonhuman beings. To do so would force them, and their congregations, to face their complicity in the massive worldwide assault against animals in the name of convenience and “lifestyle.” I have even heard that some pastors claim that the animals Isaiah describes are not animals at all, but rather allegorical figures that are meant to depict humans! We should always be skeptical of biblical interpretations that neglect compassion in favor of self-interest. Indeed, such an approach can render the Bible as racist, sexist, and speciesist as one wants – one can simply claim that the passages that obviously contradict one’s non-compassionate views should be treated as allegory, and then come up with a fanciful allegory that suits one’s purposes.

The consequence of failing to abide by the Bible’s moral imperatives is certainly a tragedy for animals at a scale that the human mind cannot fathom. And there are grave consequences for humanity itself. The mindset that countenances animal abuse likewise endorses abuse of God’s earth, and as a result we see dwindling natural resources, ecological devastation, and rising human conflicts over land, water, and food. Humanity is in great peril, and it results from rejecting the core teaching of virtually all religions, including Christianity, that compassion should be our guide as we should seek peace and harmony.

A peaceful world, Isaiah tells us, is “full of the knowledge of the Lord.” What is the knowledge of the Lord? I think it can be summarized as recognizing that, if we work together with love and compassion, we will find peace in our hearts and in our communities. All our physical and spiritual needs will be met, which is what, deep down, nearly everyone really wants. However, it takes great faith and trust in God’s goodness to choose the path of peace. Next week, I’ll reflect on what it means to be a peacemaker, which is not necessarily the same as being nonviolent.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

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

Our Christian Witness of Christ as King
http://www.all-creatures.org/sermons97/s26nov89.html .

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