Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - September 27, 2019
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Original Sin, part 66; Salvation through Faith part 1
  2. Activist Feedback
  3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry

1. Original Sin, part 66; Salvation through Faith part 1

What kind of faith can help us transcend the attractions of Original Sin? For Christians, I think a central component of faith is belief in salvation via the risen Christ. As I will discuss in later essays, I think salvation involves belief in the power of love, as manifest in the story of the risen Christ, to overcome the “powers and principalities” that rely on the scapegoating process to victimize vulnerable individuals. First, I want to explain why I reject the widely held belief that equates salvation to entry into heaven.

The writer of Ecclesiastes declared, “For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts; for all is vanity. All go to one place; all are from the dust, and all turn to dust again.” (Ecclesiastes 3:19-20). I am unaware of any reliable evidence for what happens to our sense of self (often called the soul) when we die. Some people have used accounts of people who have had “near-death” experiences to illuminate what heaven is like, but these people were not dead. Elaborate theories about what life is like in heaven, as best I can tell, reflect the power of human imagination much more than any verified account.

Even if one asserts that heaven exists, there remain heated disputes among Christians over the criteria they believe God uses to determine who does and who does not gain access to heaven. Nearly all disputants agree on one thing – that they themselves meet the criteria for eternal heavenly bliss.

There are elements of the scapegoating process in disputes about who are “saved” and thereby gain access to heaven. Dividing the world into those who are saved and those who are not saved leads to victimization. Those claiming to be “saved” tend to believe that they are “better” and more beloved by God than those who are not saved. This serves as a basis for holding that they are entitled to exploit and abuse the “inferior” non-saved individuals, whether those individuals are human or nonhuman.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

2. Activist Feedback

Winter Jam Charlotte, January 20, 2019
Booklet total: 1,470

We had a good crew of volunteers. There were 5 of us, and getting leaflets out to the crowd was pretty easy. I had some good conversations, including with hunters and farmers. Many didn't approve of factory farming or had health concerns. Still, overall the crowd seemed very disinterested in talking about veganism - most had not considered reducing their intake of animal products. The kids were more receptive, and a couple teens had their parents sign them up for the 10 Weeks to Vegan program. People enjoyed the Primal Strips we offered, but few of them signed up.

Contact Lorena at lorenavalenziveg@gmail.com if you can help, for example at an event below.


03/07/2019 FL, Jacksonville Steven Curtis Chapman: SCC SOLO Tour
03/08/2019 TN, Nashville Winter Jam 2019
03/09/2019 KY, Louisville Winter Jam 2019
03/09/2019 PA, Pittsburgh Casting Crowns Only Jesus Tour
03/09/2019 IL, Hoffman Estates TobyMac Hits Deep Tour
03/09/2019 TN, Memphis Steven Curtis Chapman: SCC SOLO
03/10/2019 TN, Chattanooga Winter Jam 2019
03/10/2019 MI, Grand Rapids TobyMac Hits Deep Tour
03/14/2019 AR, North Little Rock TobyMac Hits Deep Tour
03/15/2019 SC, Columbia Winter Jam 2019
03/15/2019 TN, Knoxville for King & Country
03/15-16/19 TX, Grand Prarie TobyMac Hits Deep Tour
03/16/2019 NC, Asheville Mercy Me Imagine Nation Tour
03/16/2019 GA, Atlanta Winter Jam 2019
03/16/2019 CT, Stamford Needtobreathe Acoustic Live Tour
03/21/2019 TX, Austin Elevation Worship – Hallelujah Here Below Tour
03/22/2019 KS, Wichita Chris Tomlin HOLY ROAR Tour
03/22/2019 NC, Raleigh Winter Jam 2019
03/23/2019 WV, Charleston Winter Jam 2019
03/23/2019 PA, Pittsburgh TobyMac Hits Deep Tour
03/24/2019 SC, Greenville Winter Jam 2019
03/24/2019 IL, Peoria Mercy Me Imagine Nation Tour
03/27/2019 NY, Albany TobyMac’s Hits Deep Tour
03/28/2019 MO, Springfield Mercy Me Imagine Nation Tour
03/28/2019 LA, Baton Rouge Francesca Battistelli The Own It Tour 2019
03/28/2019 FL, Pensacola Only Jesis Tour with Casting Crowns
03/29/2019 TN, Memphis Mercy Me Imagine Nation Tour
03/29/2019 PA, Philadelphia TobyMac Hits Deep Tour
03/29/2019 IN, Indianapolis Winter Jam 2019
03/30/2019 PA, State College Winter Jam 2019
03/30/2019 FL, Jacksonville Casting Crowns Only Jesus Tour
03/30/2019 OK, Oklahoma City Mercy Me Imagine Nation Tour
03/30/2019 TX, Austin Francesca Battistelli – Own It Tour ft Stars Go Dim …
03/31/2019 OH, Columbus TobyMac Hits Deep Tour
03/31/2019 OH, Cleveland Winter Jam 2019
04/04/2019 AZ, Glendale Mercy Me Imagine Nation Tour
04/05/2019 CA, Los Angeles Mercy Me Imagine Nation Tour
04/05/2019 NC, Raleigh Overcome Tour 2019
04/06/2019 IN, Indianapolis Casting Crowns Only Jesus Tour
04/07/2019 NC, Greensboro Chris Tomlin – Holy Roar Tour ft. Tauren Wells & more
04/09/2019 IL, Rockford Casting Crowns Only Jesus Tour
04/12/2019 MN, Minneapolis Casting Crowns Only Jesus Tour
04/12/2019 LA, Baton Rouge Michael W Smith and Newsboys
04/13/2019 OR, Portland Mercy Me Imagine Nation Tour
04/14/2019 SD, Sioux Falls Casting Crowns Only Jesus Tour
04/14/2019 TX, San Antonio Chris Tonlin Holy Roar Tour ft Tauren Wells & more
04/18/2019 SC, Greenville Casting Crowns Only Jesus Tour
04/19/2019 NC, Raleigh Casting Crowns Only Jesus Tour
04/19/2019 TN, Nashville Chris Tomlin Good Friday Nashville
04/25/2019 MI, Grand Rapids Casting Crowns Only Jesus Tour
04/26/2019 OH, Cincinnati Mercy Me Imagine Nation Tour
04/27/2019 MO, St. Charles Casting Crowns Only Jesus Tour
05/04/2019 FL, Orlando Mercy Me Imagine Nation Tour
05/05/2019 FL, Tampa Mercy Me Imagine Nation Tour
05/10/2019 MA, Boston Steven Curtis Chapman SCC Solo
09/26/2019 WA, Spokane Casting Crowns Only Jesus Tour
09/27/2019 OR, Portland Casting Crowns Only Jesus Tour


03/09/2019 FL, Tallahassee North Florida Vegfest
03/23-24/19 CA, North Hollywood Vegan Street Fair
03/27/2019 FL, Orlando 2nd Annual Vegfest @ UCF
03/30/2019 IN, Indianapolis INDY Vegfest
03/30-31/19 WA, Seattle Vegfest
03/31/2019 FL, Sanford Health Fest
04/06/2019 TN, Nashville Nashville Vegfest
04/06/2019 TX, Austin Texas Vegfest
04/14/2019 Al, Birmingham Alabama Vegan Fest
04/28/2019 CA, San Diego San Diego Earth Fair
04/28/2019 MI, Novi Michigan VegFest 2019
05/04/2019 CA, Santa Clarita SCV Veg Fest
05/05/2019 CA, Encino Los Angeles VegFest
05-18-19/19 NY, New York NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
05/18/2019 Oh, Cincinnati Cincy VegFest 2019
05/18/2019 OH, Cleveland 2019 Cleveland VegFest
06/07-9/19 MO, Kansas City VegFest KC 2019
06/08/2019 PA, Philadelphia VegFest
06/09/2019 NC, Asheville VegFest
07/20/2019 CT, Hamden 5th Annual Compassionfest
07/27-28/19 CO, Denver VegFest Colorado
07/27/2019 WA, Spokane Spokane VegFest
08/10-11/19 IL, Lisle Veggie Fest 2019
08/15-25/19 NY, Camp Walden Woodstock Fruit Festival
09/08/2019 NY, Albany Albany Vegfest
09/22/2019 MI, Grand Rapids Grand Rapids Veg Fest
11/09/2019 GA, Duluth Atlanta Veg Fest 2019
11/10/2019 AZ, Tucson VegOut! Tucson Vegan Food Festival 2019

3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry

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