Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - July 5, 2018
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Original Sin, part 38: Fulfilling the Law
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback

Grace, who tabled at a health event at St. James Cathedral, writes:

The church staff and organizers were wonderful. My coworker joined me around noon after her church is over. She is studying to become a PA which is very nice. We both have a unique position to educate people to choose healthy diet

Unlike a vegfest or Christian concert, not very many folks were interested in vegetarian diet or concept.

Several older couples stopped by and said Jesus ate lamb, or God put animals on earth for us to eat, etc.

I just provided a leaflet for them to read.

Upcoming Activist Opportunities

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 CO, Denver Switchfoot
08/04/2018 MO, St. Louis Colton Dixon
08/05/2018 OR, Portland Franklin Graham’s Decision America Pacific Northwest Tour
08/05/2018 TX, Corpus Christi Newsboys United
08/09/2018 WA, Spokane Franklin Graham’s Decision America Pacific Northwest Tour
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
09/15/2018 CT, Stamford Casting Crowns
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 PA, Reading Jeremy Camp and Matthew West
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
11/10/2018 TX, Hidalgo Jeremy Camp and Matthew West
11/11/2018 TX, Corpus Christi Jeremy Camp and Matthew West
11/16/2018 MO Jeremy Camp and Matthew West
11/18/2018 KS, Wichita Jeremy Camp and Matthew West


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. Original Sin, part 38: Fulfilling the Law

Earlier, I discussed how the later prophets asserted that God wants justice and righteousness, not blind adherence to rigid laws that failed to protect widows, orphans, and other vulnerable individuals. Jesus said he came to “fulfill” the law and the prophets, and I think this is what he had in mind. He denounced the religious authorities that followed the letter of the law but ignored its moral spirit.

A recurrent theme of the New Testament is Jesus’ attention to the spiritual and physical needs of social outcasts, including people with infirmities and leprosy, as well as sinners and despised tax-collectors. Repeatedly, he showed compassion and sought justice. He said that we should take up the cross and commit our lives to God rather than to self-aggrandizement or self-indulgence.

At a recent college reunion, I asked many classmates what had given them the most sense of meaning in their lives, and everyone pointed to acts of service to others, including raising children and providing social services. While many of us spend much of our time engaged in self-directed activities, these activities do not seem to give us our greatest feelings of fulfillment. I will continue to explore this topic next week.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

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

Empathy Frees Creation

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