Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - May 2, 2018
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Original Sin, part 32 – The Prophetic Voice
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback

Ornella writes:

Dear CVA,

I want to tell you about the booklets that you have sent me and the impact that it had to the people around me. It may be small but for us, here in North East where people eat pretty much everything it's a huge thing for us.

I distributed as much as I could – to my office, on the streets, people around me, and also sent some to my home town.

First, my daughter read it and she turned vegan. So did my best friend. And my maid decided to turn vegetarian. My nephew gave up meat too. My co-worker who is always been a hard core nonvegetarian started having only vegetables but told me that she still eats milk products sometimes but she will give it up soon.

My grandparents turned down offers from the government to have a pig farm. As they feel that one should not be responsible for taking lives of any living beings. They are vegetarian now.

So, I'm here to say, “Thank you.” That booklet alone made a lot of difference in a people around me.

God Bless You.

2. Original Sin, part 32 – The Prophetic Voice

As discussed in the previous essay, having a prophetic voice can be challenging and sometimes even dangerous. Those with the courage to speak truth to power generate enemies and often pay a price. Tragically, people generally fail to listen to most prophets, and most of those prophets who have an impact are recognized for their wisdom and insight long after they have died. Fortunately for humanity, each generation has prophets who see injustice and rail against it. When the times are right, prophets are heard.

We who speak for exploited animals have a prophetic voice. Countless nonhumans are victims of extreme injustices, and yet most members of our society express few concerns. Indeed, most people provide essential financial support for industries that brutalize innocent creatures. Our denunciation of these crimes rarely wins us friends or provides financial benefit. More commonly, the opposite is the case. Yet, many of us are compelled to speak out.

In future essays, I will consider what the Bible says about prophesy, and how we might be effective prophets in our communities.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

[Comment: Item #1 above on this page illustrates that sometimes our prophetic voice yields fruit!]

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

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