Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - June 7, 2018
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Essay: Original Sin, part 35
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback

Nancy writes:

It went well for me last night in Corpus Christi leafleting with my son at the Mercy Me concert. It was pretty uneventful with a couple of snickers but a few eager responses too. I did find a few booklets thrown to the side that I salvaged and the local Christian radio station agreed to have some at their table. I was there from 6-8pm. I would like to also go to the upcoming Houston event.

Upcoming outreach opportunities


06/13/2018 KY, Louisville Third Day

06/14/2018 IN, Indianapolis Third Day

06/15-16/18 GA, Atlanta Third Day

06/18-19/18 TN, Nashville Third Day

06/21/2018 MN, Minneapolis Third Day

06/21/2018 VA, Doswell Kings Fest (Tobymac, For King & Country, and more)

06/22/2018 MI, Grand Rapids Third Day

06/23/2018 TN, Nashville Third Day

06/24/2018 Phoenix, AZ For King & Country

06/27/2018 CO, Denver Third Day

07/07/2018 HI, Honolulu For King & Country

07/11/2018 CO, Colorado Springs Kari Jobe

07/13/2018 MI, Detroit Jeremy Camp – Summer Lights Tour

07/14/2018 CO, Denver Colton Dixon

07/19/2018 VA, Virginia Beach Jeremy Camp – Summer Lights Tour

07/21/2018 GA, Savannah Newsboys United

07/22/2018 FL, Panama City Newsboys United

07/30/2018 OH, Columbus Casting Crowns

07/31/2018 FL, Orlando Jason Crabb

08/01/2018 FL, Orlando Jason Crabb

08/03/2018 NY, NYC Hillsong Conference USA

08/04/2018 MO, St. Louis Colton Dixon

08/05/2018 TX, Corpus Christi Newsboys United

08/10-12/18 IN, Indianapolis Women of Joy

08/12/2018 TN, Memphis Needtobreathe

08/17/2018 DC, Washington Needtobreathe

08/18/2018 MA, Boston Needtobreathe

08/19/2018 PA, Philadelphia Needtobreathe

08/19/2018 CA, Anaheim Chris Tomlin

08/21/2018 NC, Charlotte Needtobreathe

08/24-25/18 MN, St. Paul Joyce Meyer Conference

09/15/2018 PA, Reading Propel Women Activate 2018

09/28/2018 FL, Orlando For King & Country

10/04/2018 IN, Indianapolis Mercy Me & Tenth Avenue North

10/5-7/2018 TX, San Antonio Women of Joy

10-6-2018 TX, Houston Propel Women Activate 2018

10/12/2018 LA, New Orleans Mercy Me & Tenth Avenue North

10/13/2018 TX, Tyler Mercy Me & Tenth Avenue North

10/26-28-18 MO, Independence Mercy Me & Tenth Avenue North

10/28/2018 AR, N. Little Rock Mercy Me & Tenth Avenue North

11/03/2018 ME, Portland Mercy Me & Tenth Avenue North

11/09/2018 SC, Greenville Mercy Me & Tenth Avenue North

11/10/2018 NC, Greensboro Mercy Me & Tenth Avenue North


06/23/2018 TX, Corpus Christi Corpus Christi VegFest

07/21/2018 TX, Houston VegFest Houston

07/28/2018 CO, Golden VegFest Colorado

07/28/2018 WA, Spokane Spokane VegFest

08/04/2018 MO. St. Louis St. Louis Vegfest

08/04/2018 PA, Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Vegfest

09/02/2018 NC, Asheville Asheville Vegan Fest

09/08/2018 TN, Chattanooga Chattanooga VegFest

09/15/2018 PA, Scranton NEPA VegFest

09/15/2018 NY, Rochester Rochester Vegfest

09/15/2018 DC, Washington DC Vegfest

09/16/2018 MN, St. Paul Twin Cities Vegfest

10/13/2018 IL, Chicago Chicago Vegan Mania

11/10/2018 GA, Atlanta Atlanta Veg Fest

Leafleting and tabling are effective, enjoyable ways to show our brothers and sisters in Christ that a plant-based diet is good for God’s Creation. When you volunteer for the CVA, the CVA now donates $16/hr. for tabling and $25/hr. for up to 3 hours for leafleting to the veg. or animal protection group of your choice. Contact Lorena at lorenavalenziveg@gmail.com if you can help.

2. Essay: Original Sin, part 35

Last week, I discussed how institutions invariably participate in the scapegoating process. How does this relate to Christianity?

Christian denominations and Christian churches are institutions. Many have done and continue to do good works, but there have also been times when they have placed the interests of the institution above those of individuals, resulting in harm. The Inquisition involved remarkably cruel methods to ensure stability of the Christian church. Many think that Bruno was burned at the stake for declaring the sun the center of the universe, but actually it appears that his main offense was his criticism of what he regarded as corrupt practices of church authorities. The more recent enabling of child sexual abusers by the Catholic Church is the latest example of institutional preservation having huge human costs.

Protestant Churches have not been immune to similar abuses. The problem is unrelated to theology – the problem relates to inevitable conflicts that arise between the needs of institutions and the needs and rights of individuals. In our experience, Protestant churches have tended to be worse that Catholic churches when it comes to allowing consideration of animal issues in Christian education and other venues. Why do churches avoid this topic? I think that many people find that thinking about animal abuse, and their own contribution to the problem, is unsettling. They are less likely to attend (and tithe at) a church that doesn’t make them feel better about themselves and their own salvation. Catholic churches tend to be less concerned about whether members will leave if they don’t like the message, because attendance is largely determined by living in that church’s local parish. In contrast, Protestant church attendance tends to depend more on the church experience.

The first followers of Jesus did not attend institutional churches. I will discuss that in next week's newsletter.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

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

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