Weekly Newsletter - December 8, 2016
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Does the Truth Make Us Free?
  2. Video - Eating You Alive
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Does the Truth Make Us Free?

Is it true, as Jesus declared, “the truth will make you free” (John 8:32)? This question seems increasingly relevant today, because more and more people show admiration for leaders who make statements that can easily be proven false and because more and more people seem to believe the content of fake news web sites. It seems that many people from both sides of the political spectrum prefer to believe a “reality” that conforms to their expectations, values, or desires rather than anything that resembles objectivity.

This is certainly a problem when it comes to public policy, because reality cares little about the preferences about reality in human minds. I think it is also a problem for people spiritually. Believing in manufactured “reality” requires silencing the voice of reason that governs many of the decisions we make, such as what car to buy, whether to trust a friend with a loan, or how to insulate one’s house. When a person engages in magical or irrational thinking, I think that person is aware of this at some level of consciousness, resulting is a sense of uneasiness and worry.

The truth is not always easy to face, but it does provide a sense of grounding with the real world. The truth about how people treat animals can be very hard to acknowledge, particularly among those who empathize with animal suffering. But, doing so is a crucial step toward integrity and a sense of connection with the world. Lies and deceit weigh us down partly because it takes effort and energy to prevent the truth from manifesting itself and partly because lives grounded on falsehoods feel inauthentic and directionless.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

2. Video - Eating You Alive

Merrilee Jacobs, co-producer of the video Eating You Alive writes:

Our team transitioned to a Whole Food Vegan lifestyle a little over two years ago, and the change became the impetus for Eating You Alive, which will premiere in New York City December 14-20.  We believe this is the diet/lifestyle that was designed for us and given in Genesis 1!

Eating You Alive - Official Trailer
Eating You Alive website
Eating You Alive Facebook page

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

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