Weekly Newsletter - April 29, 2015
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Essay: Animals as Victims of Scapegoating
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
  4. High School Student Exchange Program in Michigan
  5. Meeting Announcement

1. Activist Feedback

Rick Hershey, who leafleted at a recent Third Day Concert in Kansas City, writes that he, Ashley, and Shannon handed out 600 CVA booklets at the event.

Upcoming Activist Opportunities

05/15-16/15 CA, Stockton Promise Keepers
05/16/2015 CA, Sacramento Fish Family Festival
06/5-6/15 LA, Baton Rouge Promise Keepers
06/14/2015 CO, Morrison Third Day
06/19-20/15 PA, Pittsburgh Promise Keepers
06/27/2015 FL, Miami Xtreme Christian Music Conference
07/17-18/15 WA, SeaTac Promise Keepers
07-24-25/15 OK, Oklahoma City Women of Faith 2015
08/4//2015 TN, Nashville Casting Crowns
08/7-8-15 CO, Denver Women of Faith 2015
8/14-15/15 KY, Louisville Women of Faith 2015
08/14-15/15 TX, Dallas Promise Keepers
8/21/22/15 PA, Philadelphia Women of Faith 2015
9/11-12/15 CA, Anaheim Women of Faith 2015
9/17-19/15 MO, St. Louis Love Life Women’s Conference
9/18-19/15 FL, Orlando Women of Faith 2015
9/25-26/15 IL, Hoffman Estates Women of Faith 2015
10/2-3/15 TX, Dallas Women of Faith 2015
10/16-17/15 MN, St. Paul Women of Faith 2015
10/22-24/15 New Jersey Hillsong Conference
11/1-14/15 CT, Hartford Women of Faith 2015
11/20-21/15 CA, Sacramento Women of Faith 2015
12/4-5/15 OR, Portland Women of Faith 2015


05/9-10/15 LA, New Orleans NOLA Veggie Fest
05/30/2015 IL, Chicago Veggie Pride
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
08/15-16/15 IL, Lisle Veggie Fest 2015
10/10/2015 IL, Chicago Vegan Mania 2015
10/24-25/15 MA, Boston Boston Veg Fest 2015
11/7/2015 FL, Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Veg Fest
11/7/2015 GA, Atlanta Atlanta Veg Fest 2015

2. Essay: Animals as Victims of Scapegoating

It is always tempting to blame other individuals for our own shortcomings, because this helps preserves our self-esteem. Attributing our own guilt to other individuals is the essence of scapegoating, and nonhumans are ideal candidates for such a process for several reasons.

Nonhumans cannot verbally challenge false charges against them. They are relatively weak compared to humans and vulnerable to human mistreatment. Human communities, particularly those needing fellow humans to assist in farming, hunting, or defense, find animals far more expendable and replaceable than humans. And, probably most importantly, animals can be punished or otherwise abused without risk of retaliation from family members, friends, or others.

Routinely, animals destined for murder at human hands are regarded as vicious, licentious, stupid, ugly, or otherwise contemptible and undeserving of sympathy. Next week, I will argue that these characterizations, which are essential to the process of scapegoating animals, are false.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

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

Good Shepherd of God’s Creation

4. High School Student Exchange Program in Michigan

Youth for Understanding is seeking vegetarian-friendly homes for several overseas students who want to do the 2015-2016 school year in Michigan. For more information, contact the CVA at cva@christianveg.org.

5. Meeting Announcement

The Real Truth about Health: Free 10-Day Conference live in Orlando, Florida - May 22-31, 2015 at The Caribe Royale Hotel.

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