Weekly Newsletter - July 9, 2014
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Upcoming Activist Opportunities
  2. Job Opportunity
  3. Essay: Transcending “Satanic” Desires – God’s Forgiveness
  4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Upcoming Activist Opportunities

We need volunteers to spread the veg message to our brothers and sisters in Christ! Below are some prime opportunities to leaflet.

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
09/20/2014 DC, Washington DC VegFest
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

If you might be able to help, contact Lorena at LorenaValenziVeg@gmail.com.

Volunteers can earn up to $18/hour for the animal protection or veg group of their choice.

2. Job Opportunity

Hampton Creek Foods, a vegan-friendly startup company based in San Francisco is offering $15/hour plus bonus opportunities for demonstrating their vegan mayonnaise product. Specifically, they are looking for people in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Minnesota, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, California, Arizona, Hawaii, Alabama, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Seattle, WA, and possibly the Carolinas.

If anyone wants more info about the job or how to apply for it, contact Ruthanna Vandegriff - Rvandegriff@gmail.com.

3. Essay: Transcending “Satanic” Desires – God’s Forgiveness

In the United States people can and are allowed to believe anything they want, but some beliefs are more reasonable than others. This raises the question: Is it reasonable to believe, as Christianity teaches, that God forgives our sins?

We have conscious, subjective experience, which cannot (to the best of our knowledge) be explained by the physical sciences. As best I can tell, a creative, metaphysical force seems to be responsible, and I think it is reasonable to regard “God” as either responsible for this force or equivalent to this force. If God created us as thinking, feeling beings, it is reasonable to think that God likely cares about us. In that case, God could reasonably want to forgive our sins, rather than condemn and punish us for them.

Of course, if God forgives our sins because God cares about what God has created, then God should also care about God’s nonhuman creations, such as nonhuman animals. God might want to forgive our sins, but does God forgive humans who continually sin against God’s nonhumans beings? In other words, does God forgive unrepentant sinners who decide to continue sinning? I’ll explore these questions next week.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

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

Heavenly Kingdom Living Versus Worldly Living

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