Weekly Newsletter - February 25, 2015
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Essay: Why Do People Support Institutions?
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback

Contact Lorena at LorenaValenziVeg@gmail.com if you can help. Leafleting is fun and effective!

Helen, who leafleted at Winter Jam on February 20 in Cincinnati, writes:

It went pretty well. I gave out all 265 booklets I had and some Mercy for Animals booklets. It was pretty cold.

Upcoming Activist Opportunities

02/28/2015 TX, Houston Winter Jam 2015
03/01/2015 OK, Tulsa Winter Jam 2015
03/03/2015 NY, NYC Third Day
03/05/2015 MO, Springfield Winter Jam 2015
03/05/2015 MA, Boston Third Day
03/05/2015 OH, Columbus Rock & Worship Roadshow Mercy Me
03/06/2015 PA, Philadelphia Third Day
03/06/2015 PA, Pittsburgh Rock & Worship Roadshow Mercy Me
03/06/2015 KS, Wichita Winter Jam 2015
03/07/2015 OH, Akron Third Day
03/07/2015 OK, Oklahoma City Winter Jam 2015
03/07/2015 KY, Louisville Rock & Worship Roadshow Mercy Me
03/08/2015 TX, FT Worth Winter Jam 2015
03/13/2015 NC, Raleigh Winter Jam 2015
03/14/2015 OR, Portland Rock & Worship Roadshow Mercy Me
03/15/2015 WA, Spokane Rock & Worship Roadshow Mercy Me
03/19/2015 CA, Sacramento Rock & Worship Roadshow Mercy Me
03/13/2015 OK, Tulsa Third Day
03/14/2015 SC, Columbia Winter Jam 2015
03/14/2015 TX, Amarillo Third Day
03/15/2015 TX, Grand Prairie Third Day
03/19/2015 SC, N Charleston Third Day
03/20/2015 TN, Knoxville Third Day
03/20/2015 IN, Indianapolis Winter Jam 2015
03/21/2015 OH, Columbus Third Day
03/22/2015 TN, Memphis Winter Jam 2015
03/22/2015 MI, Grand Rapids Third Day
03/26/2015 CO, Co. Springs Rock & WorshipRoadshow Mercy Me
03/28/2015 FL, Tallahassee Third Day
03/29/2015 FL, W. Palm Beach Third Day
04/11/2015 NC, Fayetteville Casting Crowns
04/16/2015 MO, Kansas City Third Day
04/17/2015 IL, Chicago Third Day
04/18/2015 PA, Pittsburgh Third Day
04/19/2015 OH, Toledo Third Day
04/23/2015 AL, Huntsville Casting Crowns
04/24/2015 IL, Peoria Casting Crowns
04/25/2015 IN, Anderson Casting Crowns
04/25/2015 NY, Albany Third Day
06/14/2015 CO, Morrison Third Day
06/27/2015 FL, Miami Xtreme Christian Music Conference
08/4//2015 TN, Nashville Casting Crowns
10/22-24/15 New Jersey Hillsong Conference

03/14-15/15 NY, NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
03/21/2015 WA, Seattle Vegfest 2015
03/28/2015 MA, Northampton Pioneer Valley VegFest
03/29/2015 NY, NYC Veggie Parade
04/04/2015 TX, Austin VegFest 2015
04/19/2015 MI, Novi VegFest
04/19/2015 CA, San Diego EarthFair 2015
04/25/2015 FL, Florida Central Florida Earth Day 2015
05/9-10/15 LA, New Orleans NOLA Veggie Fest
06/20-21/15 CO, Golden Vegfest Colorado
06/27/2015 WI, Madison Mad City Vegan Fest
07/9-12/15 NC, Hot Spring Wild Goose Festival

2. Essay: Why Do People Support Institutions?

Last week, I noted that people who receive little or no material benefit from institutions often voluntarily sacrifice their time, their money, and sometimes even their lives defending those institutions. Why does this happen?

Evidently, these institutions address other needs that people value highly. Often, it seems to me, institutions offer a sense of security. In a world filled with threats, people bound by common commitment to a religious or other institution promise to protect each other and to provide social support during difficult times.

Institutions themselves often provide promises that address natural human hopes and fears. A particularly potent fear, as I have discussed at length in prior essays, is fear of death, which appears to haunt the human psyche. Does addressing this fear incline institutions to do good, harm, or both? I will continue that exploration next week.

Stephen R. Kaufman, MD

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

Lenten Season Hypocrisy

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