Weekly Newsletter - July 9, 2015
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. On Free Will, part 1: Definition
  2. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
  3.  Upcoming Activist Opportunities

1. On Free Will, part 1: Definition

Philosophers have long debated whether or not humans have free will. The question has important implications for how we should respond to those who do harmful activities. Should we show mercy because they were compelled to act badly, or should we respond to evil acts with vengeance?

I think any discussion about free will must start with a definition of terms. I suggest that we regard free will as the ability at some point in the decision-making process to have made a different choice. For nearly all of us, we feel as if we have free will. We feel that we have choices (though not always desirable choices) throughout the day. Unless there is a gun to our head or similar coercion, we do not feel forced to choose among available options.

But, is this sense of free will an illusion? As we reflect back on decisions we have made, the question remains: could we have done otherwise? I will start to explore this question next week.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

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

Worldly Boasting, Godly Boasting

3. Upcoming Activist Opportunities

The CVA will donate up to $18/hr for the veg/animal advocacy group of your choice. Contact Lorena at LorenaValenziVeg@gmail.com if you can help.


07/15/2015 ID, Boise Needtobreath “Tour de Comprades”
07/16/2015 FL, Daytona Beach Tenth Avenue North
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
08/8/2015 VA, Richmond Casting Crowns
8/9/2015 GA, Atlanta Third Day
8/10/2015 NY, NYC Needtobreath “Tour de Compadres”
8/12/2015 FL, Florence Needtobreath “Tour de Compadres”
8/14/2015 TN, Nashville Needtobreath “Tour de Compadres”
8/14-15/15 KY, Louisville Women of Faith 2015
08/14-15/15 TX, Dallas Promise Keepers
8/14-16/15 AL, Birmingham Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham
8/19/2015 IL, Chicago Needtobreath “Tour de Compadres”
8/21/22/15 PA, Philadelphia Women of Faith 2015
8/22/2015 AR, Little Rock Casting Crowns
8/22-23/15 OK, Oklahoma City The Good News Festival with Franklin Graham
9/25/2015 FL, Sunrise Xtreme Christian Music Conference, Lecrae, Jeremy Camp
8/28/2015 CA, Anaheim Third Day
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
10/01/2015 IL, Champaign Tenth Avenue North, All the Earth is Holy Ground Tour
10/2/2015 VA, Roanoke Women Conference
10/2-3/15 TX, Dallas Women of Faith 2015
10/16-17/15 MN, St. Paul Women of Faith 2015
10/16/2015 MS, Southhaven Women Conference
10/22-24/15 New Jersey Hillsong Conference
11/1-14/15 CT, Hartford Women of Faith 2015
11/06-07/15 WA, SeaTac Promise Keepers
11/20-21/15 CA, Sacramento Women of Faith 2015
12/4-5/15 OR, Portland Women of Faith 2015


08/15-16/15 IL, Lisle Veggie Fest 2015
08/02/2015 NY, Buffalo VegFest
09/13/2015 MI, Grand Rapids Vegfest 2015
10/03/2015 DC, Washington DC VegFest 2015
10/10/2015 IL, Chicago Vegan Mania 2015
10/17/2015 TX, Dallas Texas Veggie Fair
10/24/2015 FL, Orlando Central Florida VegFest 2015
10/24-25/15 MA, Boston Boston Veg Fest 2015
11/1/2015 MN, Minneapolis Twin Cities Veg Fest 2015
11/7/2015 FL, Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Veg Fest
11/7/2015 GA, Atlanta Atlanta Veg Fest 2015

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