Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - July 26, 2017
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Upcoming Activist Opportunities
  2. Original Sin, part 2
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
  4. Vegetarian Cleveland-area exchange student

1. Upcoming Activist Opportunities

Many people find leafleting rewarding and fun. And, 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.

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
08/12/2017 MO, St. Louis Mercy Me @ Six Flags Over Mid America
08/13/2017 KY, Louisville Mercy Me
08/14/2017 CA, Concord Outcry Tour Summer 2017
08/19/2017 CO, Denver Outcry Tour Summer 2017
08/20/2017 WA, Spokane Mercy Me
08/20/2017 CA, Bakersfield The Concert for the Youth – Audio Adrenaline ….
08/21/2017 TX, San Antonio Outcry Tour Summer 2017
08/22/2017 TX, Houston Outcry Tour Summer 2017
09/02/2017 GA, Marietta Mercy Me – Celebrate Freedom / Jim R. Miller Park
09/08/2017 FL, Orlando Chris Tomlin, Rock the Universe
09/09/2017 TX, Houston Sisters, Celebrating the Art of Friendship (Women of Faith)
09/16/2017 TN, Memphis Needtobreathe
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
10/03/2017 VA, Richmond Needtobreathe
10/05/2017 DC, Washington Needtobreathe
10/06/2017 OH, Columbus Needtobreathe
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
10/09/2017 NC, Raleigh Needtobreathe
10/10/2017 AL, Birmingham Needtobreathe
10/13/2017 IN, Indianapolis Joyce Meyer Ministries Conference Tour
10/14/2017 IL, Peoria Mercy Me, Life Tour
10/15/2017 GA, Atlanta Needtobreathe
10/16/2017 TN, Nashville Needtobreathe
10/19/2017 PA, Reading Chris Tomlin, Good Good Father Tour
10/20/2017 MO, Kansas City Needtobreathe
10/21/2017 MO, Saint Louis Needtobreathe
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


08/12-13/17 IL, Leslie Veggie Fest 2017
08/26/2017 OH, Columbus Columbus Vegfest
09/02/2017 DC, Washington DC 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
11/04/2017 FL, Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Vegfest
11/11/2017 GA, Atlanta Atlanta Veg Fest

2. Original Sin, part 2

In reflecting on the Garden of Eden story, I want to first acknowledge that the ancient Hebrews developed this story. They never meant for it to be reinterpreted in light of the life, ministry, and death of Jesus of Nazareth. I think Christianity offers new and potentially valuable insights into this story, but I would never claim that the Jewish understanding of their own story is less complete or less valid than Christian understandings.

John the Baptist, referring to Jesus, declared, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). What is “the sin of the world”? Perhaps because of the influence of Augustine of Hippo, Christians tend to think of “the sin of the world” as synonymous with “Original Sin” in the Garden of Eden. What is the “Original Sin” from which (presumably) all other sins emanate?

Perhaps the most widely held view is that the Original Sin was disobedience. God told Adam and Eve not to eat the forbidden fruit, and they disobeyed. However, I do not think disobedience should be seen as “the sin of the world.” Their disobedience might reflect a human tendency to want what we have been told not to have, but we always have the choice of whether or not to obey. Moreover, Adam and Eve’s disobedience itself does not determine whether or not future humans will commit similar sins, which should be a feature of “Original sin.”

Next week, I will continue this exploration.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

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

Warring Madness Separates Us

4. Vegetarian Cleveland-area exchange student

A promising high school student from India is looking for a vegetarian or vegan host when she comes to the Cleveland area as an exchange student. If you might help, contact Kellie Bland at kbland@afsua.org.

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