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CVA Weekly Newsletter
August 30, 2012

  1. Upcoming Activist Opportunities
  2. Commentary by Paul Hansen
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Upcoming Activist Opportunities

9/7       AZ Phoenix              Steven Curtis Chapman Christian Concert
9/7-8         CA San Diego       Promise Keepers Men's Conference
9/9       PA Philadelphia         TABLE Green Fest Philly
9/12      MA Boston               Hillsong
9/20      TN Kingsport       God’s Not Dead Fest With Newsboys
9/21      ME Bangor               An Evening with the Gaither Vocal Band
9/21-23   NC Hickory              "Momentum" The Conference Newsboys
9/22      NS Halifax              An Evening with the Gaither Vocal Band
8/24-25   IA Des Moines      Women of Faith Celebrate What Matters
8/24-25   IN Indianapolis         Women of Faith Celebrate What Matters Conf
8/24-9/3  MO Branson              Silver Dollar City - Southern Gospel Picnic
9/13      MD Baltimore       Hillsong Cornerstone Tour
9/14      OH Cincinnati      Hillsong Cornerstone Tour
9/14-15   CA Anaheim              Women of Faith Conference
9/14-15   NY Rochester       Women of Faith Conference
9/15      NC Charlotte       Hillsong Cornerstone Tour
9/18      AL Birmingham      Hillsong Cornerstone Tour
9/20      TX Austin               Hillsong Cornerstone Tour
9/20-22   MO St. Louis       Joyce Meyers Conference
9/21      TX San Antonio          Hillsong Cornerstone Tour
9/21      GA Duluth               Women of Faith Conference
9/21-22   TX Dallas               Women of Faith Conference
9/28-29   CO Denver               Women of Faith Conference
9/28-29   PA Pittsburgh      Women of Faith Conference
9/28-28   MA Amherst              Acquire The Fire Youth Conference
10/6-7    CA San Francisco        TABLE World Vegetarian Festival
10/7-8    PA Philadelphia         Women of Faith Conference
10/27-28  MA Boston               TABLE Vegetarian Food Festival
10/12-13  CO Colorado Springs     Hearts at Home Western Women's Conference
10/13         FL Tampa           TABLE VegFest
11/17         NY Albany               TABLE NY's Capital Region Vegetarian  

2. Commentary by Paul Hansen
I’ve been thinking lately about a series of questions I might ask people who empathize with animals that would reveal the inconsistency of objecting to “animal cruelty” on the one hand, while patronizing those who are guilty of it on the other. Here’s what I’ve come up with tentatively:
(1) If you knew that a certain veterinarian was regularly cruel to animals, would you patronize him?
      [expected answer: No]
(2) If you knew that a certain business was regularly cruel to animals, would you patronize it?
      [expected answer: No]
(3) Then why do you patronize the factory-farm/slaughterhouse business?
To resolve the paradox, they would have to either differentiate the sense of “companion animals” (in 1) from the sense of “farm animals” (in 2) and justify treating them differently, or claim they weren’t aware that factory farms/slaughterhouses regularly engaged in cruelty. If the latter, I could ask if they would like to see what “standard business practice” was like and lend them a copy of the 12-minute video, “Farm to Fridge” (available from Mercy for Animals and viewable online at MeatVideo.com):
One lady in our church, who was leery about watching “FOOD Inc.”, flatly declared, “I don’t want to change my eating habits, so I don’t care to watch any disturbing undercover video.” I find this reaction surprisingly common among meat-eating Christians. Ignorance is less repulsive and more comfortable.

3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
Hardness of Heart in the Churches  

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