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8 March 2011 Issue

1. Activist Feedback

2. Link to Commentary Mentioned Last Week

3. Vegan for Lent Blog

4. Essay: Healing Anger, part 3

5. This Week’s Sermon by Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback

Darina, who leafleted with Jon and Sam at two Thousand Food Krutch Rock and Worship Road Show in Illinois last month writes:

Our local group Justice For Animals conducted some great leafleting at the Rock and Worship Shows - very receptive audience at both events and we distributed a total of 1252 pamphlets. About six or seven people returned a pamphlet to us, citing that they were already vegetarian - we asked them to hand the booklet to a friend instead, and they enthusiastically agreed. Parents often took a pamphlet after hearing us cite the Christian Vegetarian Association as the author. We found that acceptance was higher for young adults if we endorsed the booklets as "Info to help animals" and that parents were more swayed by "Info from the Christian Vegetarian Association." Darina encountered a family of Seventh Day Adventists at the Bloomington show, and the father said he was glad to see a Christian booklet on vegetarianism. Overall, this is a great crowd to leaflet - thanks so much for supplying us with the literature! 

Upcoming Outreach Opportunities

3/17 PA Reading Newsboys Winter Jam Tour Spectacular

3/18 VA Roanoke Newsboys Winter Jam Tour Spectacular

3/18-19 FL Lakeland Revolve Tour Dream On Christian Youth Conference

3/18-19 NC GREENSBORO Acquire the Fire Christian Youth Conference

3/19 NC Fayetteville Newsboys Winter Jam Tour Spectacular

3/19-20 AZ Tempe Arizona City Fest Luis Palau Christian Conference

3/20 VA Norfolk Newsboys Winter Jam Tour Spectacular

3/23 MI Saginaw Newsboys Winter Jam Tour Spectacular

3/24 IN Evansville Newsboys Winter Jam Tour Spectacular

3/25 OH Cincinnati Newsboys Winter Jam Tour Spectacular

3/25-26 OH Columbus Revolve Tour Dream On Christian Youth Conference

3/25-26 OK TULSA Acquire the Fire Youth Conference

3/25-26 CA SAN DIEGO Acquire the Fire Youth Conference

3/25-26 KY Louisville Women of Joy Conference

3/26 IL Champaign Newsboys Winter Jam Tour Spectacular

4/1 MO St. Charles Newsboys Winter Jam Tour Spectacular

4/1-2 TX DALLAS Acquire the Fire Youth Conference

4/1-2 WA SEATTLE Acquire the Fire Christian Youth Conference

4/1-2 CT Hartford Revolve Tour Dream On Christian Youth Conference

4/1-3 TX Fort Worth Passion Conference 2011

4/2 WA Everett Acquire The Fire Christian Conference

4/2 MO Springfield Newsboys Winter Jam Tour Spectacular

4/3 IL Peoria Newsboys Winter Jam Tour Spectacular

4/8-9 Ca Sacramento Acquire the Fire Christian Youth Conference

4/8-9 NJ East Rutherford Acquire The Fire Christian Youth Conference

4/8-9 PA Reading Revolve Tour Dream On Christian Youth Conference

4/8-9 MT Billings Women of Faith Christian Conference

4/8-10 TN Sevierville Women of Joy Conference

4/9 CA Sacramento Acquire The Fire Christian Conference

4/11 FL Tampa TABLE Talking Animals Festival

4/15-16 CA Ontario Revolve Tour Dream On Christian Youth Conference

4/15-16 FL TAMPA Acquire the Fire Christian Youth Conference

4/15-17 OK Oklahoma City Women of Joy Conference

4/16 OR Portland Acquire The Fire Christian Conference

4/17 CA San Diego TABLE EarthFair 2011

4/22 TX Arlington David Crowder Band

4/29-30 MI Lansing Acquire the Fire Christian Youth Conference

4/29-5/1 MO Branson Women of Joy Conference

5/15 NY New York TABLE Post Veggie Pride Parade or leafleting

6/19 VA Richmond TABLE Richmond Vegetarian Festival

7/5-8 OH Cincinnati TABLE Church Turning the World Upside 

Contact Paris at [email protected]  if you can help. To find out about all upcoming leafleting and tabling opportunities in your area, join the CVA Calendar Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/christian_vegetarian/

2. Link to Commentary Mentioned Last Week

The URL for Norm Phelps’ commentary on a study that showed that animal welfare campaigns reduce animal suffering is http://www.evana.org/index.php?id=63506.

3. Vegan For Lent Blog

Check out
http://veganjoy.blogspot.com/2011/03/vegan-for-lent.html
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4. Essay: Healing Anger, part 3

Last week, I discussed dealing with anger arising from situations in which we feel damaged self-esteem. This week, I want to consider anger that comes from feeling powerless, a frequent cause of anger.

A sense of powerlessness is an inevitable consequence of life. We cannot get everything we want, and this often frustrates us, leading to anger. If we are to address this anger in a constructive manner, we must learn how to transform this anger into more positive feelings and actions.

There are several possible ways to transform anger, and I offer one strategy that is inward-looking and one that is outward-looking, though I think the two are related. Inwardly, meditation can help calm both the mind and the emotions. Anger is a powerful emotion, and meditation is an effective salve. Often, our minds our clouded by anger. Anger makes it difficult to see our contribution to conflicts, and anger often makes us say or do things that we later regret. Meditation can help us reflect on situations that make us angry and devise constructive ways to address this anger. There are many good resources on meditation techniques including Vinegar into Honey by David Loy.

Outwardly, an appropriate and effective strategy is to turn anger into constructive action. Often meditation can help us look at situations more objectively and can help us find creative, positive responses. For example, in response to a feeling of powerlessness in the face of potent institutions that support animal abuse, we can leaflet, table, talk to friends, and advocate on behalf of nonhuman beings. By the same token, if we find ourselves angered by family or friends, we can seek to ascertain how the conflict arose (including our own contribution to the problem) and find respectful ways to mend fences.

Next week, I will consider what to do when injustices arouse our anger.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

5. This Week’s Sermon by Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

How Do I Love Thee?
http://www.all-creatures.org/sermons97/s14feb88.html
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