Weekly Newsletter - July 5, 2017
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Original Sin, part 1
  2. Upcoming Activist Opportunities
  3. Health Benefits of Veganism
  4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Original Sin, part 1

Animal advocates are acutely aware that humans are capable of great evil. Rather than avoid contributing to extreme animal suffering, most people readily sponsor factory farming by choosing to satisfy their own food preferences at minimal cost. For those who do not take animal issues seriously, pointing out humanity’s treatment of nonhumans does not demonstrate humanity’s capacity for evil. For such people, perhaps citing the Holocaust makes the point more compellingly.

Germany was a very cosmopolitan and highly educated nation prior to the Nazi rise to power. How, then, did German citizens commit one of the greatest atrocities of human history? Many said that Germany “went mad,” but this view offers no insight. In seeking answers, we might note that there have been many genocides and mass murders, some involving a few victims and others thousands or millions. While genocides are, fortunately, uncommon, they are not rare and have occurred throughout the world. More broadly, human history is littered with wars that have caused massive suffering and death.

Particularly subsequent to World War II, many cultural anthropologists sought to understand what prompted humans to kill each other. While the advent of weapons of mass destruction makes this project more urgent today, the various religious traditions have also explored the problem of human violence, which has plagued humanity since the dawn of human civilization. Does the Judeo-Christian tradition offer us insights, and perhaps hope, into this problem? Next week, I will start to consider the Garden of Eden story.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

2. Upcoming Activist Opportunities


07/14/2017 NC, Charlotte Summer Lights Tour, Mercy Me, Jeremy Camp
07/22/2017 GA, Duluth Joyce Meyer Ministries Conference Tour
07/28/2017 GA, Forsyth Jason Crabb Live in Concert
07/30/2017 MO, Springfield for King & Country
07/31/2017 OH, Columbus for King & Country
08/01/2017 PA, Clearfield Matthew West
08/05/2017 TX, Frisco Hillsong United Headlines OUTCRY Festival
08/06/2017 CO, Denver Newsboys, Colorado Rockies Faith Day
08/11/2017 WA, Spokane Outcry Tour Summer 2017
08/12/2017 WA, Seattle Outcry Tour Summer 2017
08/14/2017 CA, Concord Outcry Tour Summer 2017
08/19/2017 CO, Denver Outcry Tour Summer 2017
08/21/2017 TX, San Antonio Outcry Tour Summer 2017
08/22/2017 TX, Houston Outcry Tour Summer 2017
09/08/2017 FL, Orlando Chris Tomlin, Rock the Universe
09/09/2017 TX, Houston Sisters, Celebrating the Art of Friendship (Women of Faith)
09/15/2017 CA, Fresno Sisters, Celebrating the Art of Friendship (Women of Faith)
09/21/2017 MO, St. Louis Love Life Women’s Conference
10/07/2017 PA, Reading Mercy Me, Life Tour
10/07/2017 TX, San Antonio Disciple
10/08/2017 OH, Cleveland Mercy Me, Life Tour
10/13/2017 IN, Indianapolis Joyce Meyer Ministries Conference Tour
10/14/2017 IL, Peoria Mercy Me, Life Tour
10/19/2017 PA, Reading Chris Tomlin, Good Good Father Tour
10/26/2017 FL, Jacksonville Mercy Me, Life Tour
11/2-7/2017 CA, Los Angeles Hillsong Conference
11/04/2017 FL, Tampa Chris Tomlin, Good Good Father Tour
11/10/2017 NC, Charlotte Joyce Meyer Ministries Conference Tour
11/25/2017 AR, Little Rock Christmas Tour
11/26/2017 KS, Wichita Christmas Tour
11/28/2017 TX, San Antonio Christmas Tour
11/29/2017 LA, Baton Rouge Christmas Tour
12/03/2017 CO, Denver Christmas Tour
12/08/2017 IL, Chicago Christmas Tour
12/10/2017 IN, Indianapolis Christmas Tour
12/16/2017 PA, Philadelphia Christmas Tour
12/17/2017 NY, New York Christmas Tour


07/22/2017 WA, Spokane Spokane Vegfest
07/22-23/17 CO, Golden VegFest Colorado
08/12-13/17 IL, Leslie Veggie Fest 2017
09/12/2017 DC, Washington DC Vegfest
09/17/2017 OH, Columbus 2017 Ohio Vegfest
09/23/2017 IL, Chicago Chicago Vegan Mania
10/01/2017 CA, San Francisco World Veg Festival Weekend
10/14/2017 OR, Portland Portland VegFest
10/28/2017 FL, Orlando Central Florida VegFest
11/11/2017 GA, Atlanta Atlanta Veg Fest

When you volunteer for the CVA, the CVA donates $20/hr. to the veg. or animal protection group of your choice. Contact Lorena at lorenavalenziveg@gmail.com if you can help.

3. Health Benefits of Veganism

CVA member Jen Miller writes:

I’ve just written a detailed, up-to-date 7,000 word guide on 20 health benefits of going vegan according to science, and it includes 6 delicious vegan recipes: https://www.jenreviews.com/vegan/.

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

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