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CVA Weekly Newsletter
April 9, 2014

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
  3. On Science and Religion, part 3

1. Activist Feedback

Pamela, who leafleted with five friends at Third Day & Skillet Tour in Indianapolis on 2/28, writes:

We had six people who passed out 2000 booklets at the event. Thanks so much!

Upcoming Activist Opportunities

04/25-26/14 CO, Denver ATF Epic Truth
04/19/2014 TN, Nashville Earth Day Festival – TABLING - http://www.nashvilleearthday.org/
04/27/2014 MO, St. Louis Earth Day Festival – TABLING - http://www.stlouisearthday.org/events/festival/
04/19-26/13 OH, Columbus Earth Day Festival – TABLING - http://earthdaycolumbus.org/
04/19/2014 CA, San Francisco Earth Day Festival – TABLING - http://www.earthdaysf.org/earth-day.html
04/13/2014 MI, Novi Michigan VegFest – TABLING - http://vegmichigan.org/activities/vegfest/
04/17/2014 TN, Knoxville Casting Crowns
04/26/2014 MO, St. Charles Agape Festival
04/27/2014 CA, San Diego San Diego EarthWorks - TABLING
04/24/2014 OH, Cleveland Joyce Meyer Conference
05/01/2014 MI, Grand Rapids Casting Crowns
05/02/2014 OH, Columbus Matthew West
05/03/2014 MD, Baltimore VegFest http://www.thehumaneleague.com/BaltimoreVegFest/index.htm
05/02-03-14 PA, Pittsburgh ATF Epic Truth
05/02-03/14 MD, Baltimore ATF Epic Truth
05/03/2014 WV, Charleston Casting Crowns
05/09-10/14 WA, Everett ATF Epic Truth
05/10-11/14 TX, Houston VegFest
05/15-17/14 TX, Fort Worth Joyce Meyer Conference
05/24/2014 AB, Edmonton CANADA - Capital Kings
05/31/2014 IL, Chicago Veggie Pride Parade
06/01/2014 TN, Nashville Casting Crowns
06/07/2014 WI, Madison Mad City Vegan Fest
06/08/2014 CA, Vancouver Canada VEG Expo 2014 – TABLING - http://www.vegexpo.ca/
06/21/2014 VA, Richmond Richmond Vegetarian Festival
06/27-30/14 DC, Washington Taking Action for Animals
07/2-6/2014 PA, Johnstown Vegetarian Summerfest 2014
07/5-6/2014 CO, Golden VegFest Colorado
07/10-13/14 CA, Los Angeles Animal Rights National Conference http://arconference.org/mission-structure.htm
08/02/2014 VA, Fairfax Matthew West
08/9-10/2014 IL, Naperville VeggieFest Chicago
08/15/2014 PA, Pittsburgh 3 Rivers of Hope – Tenth Avenue North
08/21-23/14 ON, Toronto CANADA, Joyce Meyer Conference 2014
09/5-7/2014 Canada-Toronto Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair
09/13/2014 CA, Anaheim Matthew West
09/20/2014 TX, Dallas Matthew West
09/25-27/14 MO, St. Louis Love Life 2014 Women’s Conference
09/27/2014 IN, Indianapolis Matthew West
09/27-28/14 OR, Portland Portland VegFest
10/18/2014 MN, Saint Paul Matthew West
10/25/2014 CO, Denver Matthew West
10/19/2014 TX, Dallas Texas Veggie Far

If you can help, please contact Lorena at mlpmucke@gmail.com.

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

New Life in Jesus and Living in the Heavenly Will of God

3. On Science and Religion, part 3

In general, the scientific revolution has been a disaster for nonhumans. Thanks to technologies spawned by science, humans now occupy nearly the entire globe, and we are poor neighbors to nearby nonhumans. Humans kill billions of nonhumans called “pests” or “vermin” – creatures whose principle crime has been to compete with humans for food and other resources. Perhaps more disastrous for nonhumans, modern technologies make possible the enslavement of many more billions of nonhumans to lives of pain, suffering, and misery.

From the perspective of nonhumans, there is, perhaps, a silver lining to the dark cloud that humans call “civilization.” Science is, largely, a universal language using a universal method, and its conclusions rely on evidence more than the opinions of authorities. The evidence, readily available to anyone who cares to look, shows that nonhumans of many species share similar feelings and emotions as humans. This commonality is a foundation for rights and respect.

Unfortunately for nonhumans, humanity has not abandoned Medieval thinking, which relied more on authority than evidence. For example, many people still agree with religious authorities who declare (with scant biblical evidence and without any empirical evidence) that only humans have souls, and then they confidently assert that humans are free to do to nonhumans whatever humans please. In general, animal advocates employ modern thought, which is grounded in a scientific evidence, to make a compelling case that we should treat nonhumans ethically and with respect. Tragically, even many scientists ignore this evidence, which might be inconvenient to their research programs as well as their tastes in food, clothing, etc. However, if there is a glimmer of hope for nonhumans (other than the self-destructive path humanity seems to be heading), I think it lies in what science tells us about the rich lives of nonhumans.

Some people, using the scientific approach, deny that there is evidence for God or for meaning. Is there a role of faith in a scientific, materialist world view, or should all good scientists reject religion? I’ll explore this question next week.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

Your question and comments are welcome

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