Weekly Newsletter - February 17, 2016
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Essay: Advocating for Animals, part 5
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback

Rick Hershey writes: I handed out 600 booklets at the Sprint Center to a largely unreceptive crowd attending Women of Faith.

Upcoming Activist Opportunities

02/21/2016 OH, Cleveland Winter Jam 2016
02/25/2016 NC, Raleigh Third Day
02/25/2016 CA, Sacramento Jeremy Camp
02/26/2016 TN, Chattanooga Third Day
02/26/2016 AZ, Phoenix Toby Mac Hits Deep Tour
02/27/2016 OH, Canton Third Day
02/28/2016 CA, San Diego Toby Mac Hits Deep Tour
03/18/2016 CO, Denver Toby Mac Hits Deep Tour
03/18/2016 IN, Indianapolis Winter Jam 2016
03/20/2016 IL, Peoria Winter Jam 2016
04/01/2016 LA, New Orleans Winter Jam 2016
04/02/2016 AR, Little Rock Winter Jam 2016
04/07/2016 IL, Naperville Mercy Me Live in Concert
04/09/2016 IN, Indianapolis Outcry 2016 (Hillsong, Kari Jobe and more)
04/12/2016 MN, St. Paul Outcry 2016 (Hillsong, Kari Jobe and more)
04/14/2016 OK, Tulsa Outcry 2016 (Hillsong, Kari Jobe and more)
04/17/2016 MO, Springfield Third Day and Steven Curtis Champman
04/19/2016 MI, Grand Rapids Outcry 2016 (Hillsong, Kari Jobe and more)
04/21/2016 AL, Birmingham Third Day and Steven Curtis Champman
04/22/2016 NC, Charlotte Third Day and Steven Curtis Champman
04/22/2016 PA, Philadelphia Outcry 2016 (Hillsong, Kari Jobe and more)
04/24/2016 NY, NYC Third Day and Steven Curtis Champman
04/28/2016 GA, Atlanta Third Day and Steven Curtis Champman
05/07/2015 OH, Cincinnati Third Day and Steven Curtis Champman
6/16-18/16 GA, Locust Grove Atlanta Fest 2016
07/19/2016 FL, Miami Chris Tomlin Worship Night in America
07/23/2016 NY, NYC Chris Tomlin Worship Night in America
8/19-20/16 OH, Columbus Belong Tour 2016
9/16-17/16 PA, Philadelphia Belong Tour 2016
9/23-24-16 CO, Denver Belong Tour 2016 (Loveland, CO)
09/30/2016 TX, Dallas Belong Tour 2016
10/01/206 TX, Dallas Belong Tour 2016

Tabling

03/20/2016 FL, Tallahassee North Florida Vegfest
04/02/2016 TX, Austin Vegfest
04/9-10/16 WA, Seattle VegFest
04/23/2016 CA, San Francisco Earth Day 2016
04/26/2016 MI, Novi VegFest
05/01/2016 CA, Los Angeles VegFest L.A.
05/07/2016 OH, Cleveland Vegfest
05/7-8/16 NY, New York NY Vegetarian Food Festival
05/7/2016 LA, New Orleans NOLA Veggiefest
06/4/2016 NY, Albany Vegfest 2016
06/18/2016 WI, Madison Mad City VeganFest
07/6-10/16 PA, Johnstown Vegetarian Summerfest 2016
07/23-24/16 CO, Denver VegFest Colorado 2016
07/23-24/16 IL, Naperville Veggie Fest 2016
10/22-23/16 OR, Portland Portland VegFest


2. Essay: Advocating for Animals, part 5

Abolitionists – who reject animal welfare reforms, advocating only the abolition of animal exploitation – often argue that animal rightists and animal liberationists should not promote animal welfare reforms. The abolitionists argue that such programs confuse the public about what animal rights and animal liberation mean.

I think this is a valid concern. Welfare reforms can reduce animal abuse, but if the result is still abusive and involves killing young, healthy animals, it is neither consistent with animal rights and liberation, nor is it “humane.” Further, animal exploitation industries can effectively undermine animal rights and animal liberation if they can quote animal rights groups saying that reducing animal ill-fare is tantamount to animal rights or animal liberation. But, no matter how unlikely animal liberation might be, as God’s stewards we should never abandon the goal of seeing a time when people find it as unconscionable to enslave nonhumans as they currently regard the enslavement of humans.

A challenge is that, in our political system, legislation generally arises from compromise. Those unwilling to compromise, in general, don’t get laws passed. Some abolitionists have tried to avoid this conundrum by favoring laws that abolish certain kinds of animal abuse, even if such laws leave other kinds of abuse intact. There are difficulties with this approach, as I will discuss next week.

Stephen R. Kaufman, MD


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

Every Good Thing Comes from Heaven


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