Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - December 13, 2018
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Original Sin, part 56: Truth, part 1
  3. All-Creatures.org Ministry

Please DONATE to the CVA to support our important ministry. This year, we distributed over 100,000 booklets to Christians at concerts, revivals, and other events.

1. Activist Feedback

Grace writes:

I couldn't make it to Newsboys concert on 11/16 due to work. However, I handed approximately 450 leaflets out today to concertgoers at the Benaroya hall (Seattle's heart of downtown symphony place, great location for leaflet activities) Today's event was a Christmas concert by the Northwest Christian university orchestra/symphony. A lot of college age groups, young adults, and teens as well as older adults came to enjoy the concert. Some people stopped and asked genuinely, so I started a conversation about veganism and they understand why this is so important.

Upcoming Activist Opportunities

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. Winter Jam is a particularly effective venue, with lots of young people who are receptive to our message. Contact Lorena at lorenavalenziveg@gmail.com if you can help.


12/16/2018 FL, Jacksonville Little Drummer Boy Christmas Tour – For King & Country
12/16/2018 NY, NYC Chris Tomlin Christmas: Christmas Songs of Worship
12/30-31/18 VA, Lynchburg Winterfest 2018
01/11/2019 FL, Jacksonville Winter Jam 2019
01/12/2019 FL, Tampa Winter Jam 2019
01/13/2019 AL, Mobile Winter Jam 2019
01/18/2019 MI, Grand Rapids Winter Jam 2019
01/19/2019 OH, Columbus Winter Jam 2019
01/20/2019 NC, Charlotte Winter Jam 2019
01/25/2019 IA, Des Moines Winter Jam 2019
01/26/2019 MO, Kansas City Winter Jam 2019
01/27/2019 MO, St, Louis Winter Jam 2019
01/31/2019 LA, New Orleans Winter Jam 2019
02/01/2019 AL, Birmingham Winter Jam 2019
02/02/2019 KY, Lexington Winter Jam 2019
02/07/2019 IL, Peoria Winter Jam 2019
02/07/2019 AL, Huntsville TobyMac Hits Deep Tour
02/08/2019 KA, Wichita Winter Jam 2019
02/08/2019 TN, Nashville TobyMac Hits Deep Tour
02/09/2019 KY, Louisville TobyMac Hits Deep Tour
02/09/2019 AR, N. Little Rock Winter Jam 2019
02/10/2019 OK, Tulsa Winter Jam 2019
02/10/2019 IN, Indianapolis TobyMac Hits Deep Tour
02/14/2019 PA, Reading Winter Jam 2019
02/15/2019 PA, Pittsburgh Winter Jam 2019
02/16/2019 OH, Cincinnati Winter Jam 2019
02/21/2019 MS, Tupelo Winter Jam 2019
02/21/2019 FL, Jacksonville TobyMac Hits Deep Tour
02/22/2019 TN, Knoxville Winter Jam 2019
02/23/2018 MA, Springfield Casting Crowns Only Jesus Tour
02/23/2019 NC, Greensboro Winter Jam 2019
02/24/2019 VA, Norfolk Winter Jam 2019
02/28/2019 MO, Springfield Winter Jam 2019
02/28/2019 OH, Toledo TobyMac Hits Deep Tour
03/01/2019 LA, Bossier City Winter Jam 2019
03/02/2019 OK, Oklahoma City Winter Jam 2019
03/03/2019 TX, Austin Winter Jam 2019
03/08/2019 TN, Nashville Winter Jam 2019
03/09/2019 KY, Louisville Winter Jam 2019
03/10/2019 TN, Chattanooga Winter Jam 2019
03/15/2019 SC, Columbia Winter Jam 2019
03/16/2019 GA, Atlanta Winter Jam 2019
03/22/2019 NC, Raleigh Winter Jam 2019
03/23/2019 WV, Charleston Winter Jam 2019
03/24/2019 SC, Greenville Winter Jam 2019
03/27/2019 NY, Albany TobyMac’s Hits Deep Tour
03/29/2019 IN, Indianapolis Winter Jam 2019
03/30/2019 PA, State College Winter Jam 2019
03/31/2019 OH, Cleveland Winter Jam 2019


12/22-23/19 AZ, Peoria AZ Vegan Festival
03/09/2019 FL, Tallahassee North Florida Vegfest
05/05/2019 CA, Encino Los Angeles Vegfest
07/27-28/19 CO, Broomfield VegFest Colorado
08/15-25/19 NY, Camp Walden Woodstock Fruit Festival

2. Original Sin, part 56: Truth, part 1

The reason that “Original Sin” continues to plague us is that it has been hidden. We can address visible sins, but individually and collectively we will continue to commit those sins that we cannot recognize or refuse to acknowledge. This is why I think that scapegoating is the Original Sin – it is crucial to the scapegoating process that the truth is hidden. If people recognized that they have attributed excessive guilt to scapegoating victim(s), the community would not have the sense of relief, safety, and camaraderie that accompanies the punishment or banishment of the scapegoating victim(s). They would not have the sense that they have eradicated the evil in their midst.

As I’ve discussed before, Jesus exposed the scandal of the scapegoating process. If we are to embrace this crucial teaching, we are left with the uncomfortable prospect of acknowledging the evil in our own souls and the harm we do to the world as a consequence of our greed, thoughtlessness, or other failings. Jesus assured us that the truth will set us free (John 8:32). I think the truth is that service to God can lead to individual peace of mind and communal salvation. Another view, held by many Christians, is that the truth is Jesus was God. Those who believe this tenet will be rewarded with personal salvation and peace of mind. The first interpretation requires great faith in the wisdom and insight of Jesus. The second promises great rewards if one believes something for which, in my opinion, the empirical evidence is not strong. The first has the potential to bring peace and well-being to communities, while the second (being focused on the individual) does not necessarily impact communities positively or negatively.

The scapegoating process has resulted in massive suffering for humans and nonhumans, and it threatens human civilization. Confronting the scapegoating process requires acknowledging and incorporating all truth and rejecting the lies, fairy tales, magical thinking, and superstitions that undergird the scapegoating process. This can be challenging for people, but the future of humanity hangs on the balance. I will continue this exploration next week.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

3. All-Creatures.org Ministry

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