Weekly Newsletter - February 4, 2015
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. The February Peaceable Table Is Now Online
  2. Rev. Basil Wrighton Quotation
  3. Archived Reflections on the Lectionary
  4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. The February Peaceable Table Is Now Online
Contents include:
How do so many children, who once identified with animals and loved them, develop into calloused adults who think nothing of eating them?

 Karen Davis, founder of United Poultry Concerns and a onetime professor of English, in the Editor's Corner Guest Essay "Custom Heavy as Frost . . ." develops concepts from the poet Wordsworth to cast light on the process, light that can bring about change.
"Mahatma" Gandhi reminds us, in an Unset Gem, that love is the world's strongest force.
One of the NewsNotes tells that Australia has banned the destructive supertrawler fishing boats in its waters.
The Pilgrimage narrative of Vegan Outreach's cofounder Matt Ball tells how he moved from a conservative stance in childhood and youth, through a period of self-righteous veganism, to a more sensitive, results-oriented activism today.
Try the colorful, raw Pad Thai dish in this month's Recipe section; you will delight your taste buds and nourish your body abundantly at one and the same time.
The Book Review by Robert Ellwood evaluates The Accidental Activist, a collection of talks and essays from which this month's Pilgrimage essay is taken, a book that distills the valuable insights Matt Ball has gained in his twenty-plus years of vegan activism.
Read this issue of The Peaceable Table here.

The sponsor of PT, Quaker Animal Kinship, published a sixteen-page booklet entitled "Are Animals Our Neighbors? Taking the View From Below," dealing with the animal concern in its relationship to spiritual issues.  Go here for an informative review.  If you can help distribute copies of the booklet, contact us at graciafay@gmail.com. We appreciate help with our expenses, but if your funds are not abundant, we will send copies free of charge.

Toward the Peaceable Kingdom,
Gracia Fay Ellwood, Editor

2. Rev. Basil Wrighton Quotation
Rev. Basil Wrighton of the Catholic Study Circle for Animal Welfare, who died in 1988, wrote:
As things are in our society, man is conditioned to violence and bloodshed from his earliest years. . . He can look unmoved at the ghastly display of mangled limbs and bleeding carcasses in a butcher’s shop. And he can see nothing but fun in the cruel massacres that are perpetrated in the name of ‘sport.’
“From this it is but a step – and an easy step — to accepting the dismemberment and massacre of one’s fellow-men in war as part of the order of things. . . And while such an attitude prevails, there can be no hope of banishing war.
“Our best hope, then, is to address the deeper level of man’s psyche and recondition him in his attitude to the animals. If we can convince him of the essential outrageousness of killing or injuring an animal, he will be far less disposed to kill or injure a fellow-man. 

3. Archived Reflections on the Lectionary
There are now 105 essays at Reflection on the Lectionary. Thanks, Veda and the All-Creatures.org team!

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

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