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CVA Weekly Newsletter
June 18, 2014

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Essay: Transcending Satanic Desires
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
  4. Cookbook

1. Activist Feedback

I tabled at the 2nd Annual Cleveland Veg Fest. There was a lot of interest in the CVA as well as other organizations whose literature we offered, including Jewish Vegetarians of North America and Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians. What I like best about tabling is the opportunity to discuss questions and issues in greater detail.

Steve Kaufman

Upcoming Activist Opportunities

06/21/2014 CA, Irvine Jeremy Camp
06/21/2014 VA, Richmond Richmond Vegetarian Festival
06/22/2014 Canada, Ontario Tenth Avenue North
06/26/2014 VA, Doswell Newsboys
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
07/19/2014 TX, Houston VegFest Houston
08/02/2014 VA, Fairfax Matthew West
08/08/2014 PA, Lancaster Third Day
08/9-10/2014 IL, Naperville VeggieFest Chicago
08/15/2014 PA, Pittsburgh 3 Rivers of Hope – Tenth Avenue North
08/16/2014 VA, Fairfax Third Day
08/21-23/14 ON, Toronto CANADA, Joyce Meyer Conference 2014
08/22/2014 NC, Cary Third Day
08/23/2014 PA, Bethlehem Bethlehem VegFest
08/31/2014 GA, Atlanta Newboys
09/5-7/2014 Canada-Toronto Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair http://festival.veg.ca/
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 VA, Roanoke Jeremy Camp
09/27/2014 IN, Indianapolis Matthew West
09/27-28/14 OR, Portland Portland VegFest
10/05/2014 TX, Dallas MercyMe
10/11-12/14 CA, San Francisco World Veg Festival
10/18/2014 MN, Saint Paul Matthew West
10/25/2014 CO, Denver Matthew West
10/25/2014 OH, Lima Newboys
10/19/2014 TX, Dallas Texas Veggie Far
11/01-02/14 AZ, Tucson VegFest Tucson
11/08/2014 WA, Seattle David Crowder

Please contact Lorena at lorenavalenziveg@gmail.com if you can help. The CVA donates up to $18/hr to the veg. or animal protection group of your choice if you volunteer to leaflet or table. Contact us for more information about this program.

2. Essay: Transcending Satanic Desires

It is difficult to identify our satanic desires. Eager to preserve our self-esteem, we tend to regard our desires or actions that harm others as justifiable or even meritorious. We generally recognize our imperfections, but we usually see ourselves as decent, well-intentioned people.

An interesting study illustrated the point. People were asked to recall an episode in which someone harmed them, and an episode when they harmed another person. Almost invariably, when they were the victim, they regarded the intention as malevolent (such as selfishness or jealousy) or inexplicable, and they experienced the harm as severe and its consequences long-lasting. In contrast, when they were the perpetrators, they considered their actions at least partly justifiable and the consequences likely minor and not long-lasting.

The problem is that, when we regard evil as something real but (almost invariably) possessed by someone else, we tend to feel justified in eradicating the evil by any means necessary to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities. This sentiment readily lends itself to scapegoating, the universal scourge that, as I have argued previously, is “the sin of the world” (John 1:29). If we are to deal compassionately and respectfully with those who harm other individuals, it helps to recognize our own capacity for evil. How can we see the evil in our own souls - evil that we tend to hide from ourselves and almost always try to hide from others? Christianity offers a path, and it involves forgiveness. I’ll discuss this next week.

Stephen R. Kaufman, MD

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

Upside Down World of Human Indifference

4. Cookbook

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment has a recipe book with over 400 vegetarian and vegan recipes compiled by volunteers, including recipes from local celebrities and restaurants.

They sell for $20 and the proceeds go to Missouri Coalition for the Environment, 3115 S. Grand Blvd., Ste. 650, St. Louis, MO 63118.

Your question and comments are welcome

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