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16 March 2011 Issue

1. Activist Feedback

2. Essay: Dealing with Anger Related to Injustice

3. Church that Promotes Plant-Based Diets in Santa Rosa, CA

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

1. Activist Feedback

Two people leafleted at the Revolve Tour event in Garland, Texas. Another activist reported their experience:

They had a great time and people were very receptive. They distributed our entire box. It was a great father-daughter (she is 12) bonding experience because vegetarian living is important to both of them. They look forward to distributing leaflets at the upcoming Meatout and/or Earth Day events.  

Upcoming Activist Opportunities

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 VA Lynchburg Rush of Fools at Liberty University

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 E. 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

4/12-14 IL Chicago Gospel Coalition's 2011 national conference

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

4/22 DC Washington Canton Jones Christian Concert

4/26 AL Birmingham Canton Jones Christian Concert

4/29-30 IL Greenville AgapeFest Christian Rock Festival

4/29-30 OH Columbus Women of Faith Conference

4/29-30 NV Las Vegas Women of Faith Conference

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

5/21 CA Buena Park Knottsberry Farm Gospel Festival

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. Essay: Dealing with Anger Related to Injustice

This week, in my ongoing discussion about anger, I will explore anger that arises from injustice. If injustice doesn’t anger us, then arguably there is something wrong with us. How we respond to that anger will have profound implications for whether or not we are effective advocates for rectifying injustice.

If we feel anger clouding our minds, as it is wont to do, we are inclined to say or do things that aren’t respectful and don’t help victims of abuse. Our anger, and the words and deeds it generates, become the focus, rather than the victims of abuse. Neither our feelings or behavior nor the attitude or the motivations of those responsible for injustice should be the focus. Rather, we should do everything we can to keep the focus on the victims of injustice – on what is happening, how it is fundamentally unjust, and how we can help prevent further mistreatment.

I suggest that, if we feel anger impairing our judgment, we need to take a “time out.” We can calm ourselves with deep breathing and by trying to observe the situation in a detached, objective manner, as if we were a bystander looking at the situation. This will help us respond to the situation in a wise, respectful manner. Sometimes, when we feel out of control, it’s hard to stop the interaction and take a time out. On such occasions, we can delay our response by saying something like, “I’m surprised to hear you say that. I’m left quite speechless. I’ll need a moment to collect my thoughts before responding.” (Notice how this response focuses on our own response rather than accuses the other person of saying or doing something inappropriate.)

In summary, anger is a normal human emotion. Our challenge is to manage our anger, which involves identifying the feeling when it happens, taking ownership for the feeling (even if the conditions responsible for the feeling are beyond our control), and transforming the feeling into useful and positive action. This all relates to mindfulness, and Jesus repeatedly taught his disciples to seek the truth and the light.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

3. Church that Promotes Plant-Based Diets in Santa Rosa, CA

Eileen M. Harrington, MA, MDiv writes:

We are based at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation on Mendicino Avenue in Santa Rosa. Our mission is “To provide support, education, outreach activities to parishioners who want to deepen their compassionate relationships to animals and humans, founded by Episcopal ethics." All interested in animal ministry are welcome, however, as many of the core group have come from different Christian traditions. I am the contact person, and they are welcome to write to me at [email protected] .

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

Have You Eaten of the True Bread of Life?

http://www.all-creatures.org/sermons97/s21feb88.html .

Your question and comments are welcome

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