Weekly Newsletter - March 25, 2016
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. New CVA Booklet Is Available
  2. Activist Feedback
  3. Quotation and Comment
  4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. New CVA Booklet Is Available

Many hours of work by CVA members has resulted in a significant revision of our main booklet. Its new title is Joyful, Compassionate Living. We’ve tried to make it more direct, more concise, and more upbeat and positive. You can view the booklet here. Copies can be obtained on request.


2. Activist Feedback

Our extraordinary activist Rick Hershey writes:

Chip and I handed out 3350 CVA booklets to kids and their parents at Intrust Bank Center for Winter Jam in Wichita, KS.  We received some negative comments this time. One man said that he got a booklet last year. I asked him what he thought of it, and he said that he disagreed with all of it.  I thanked him for looking at it.


3. Quotation and Comment

Our self-image and the reality of our nature are therefore implacably at odds: what really defines us as humans in opposition to “animals” is not intelligence or compassion, but the unique and nefarious power to turn all other species, without distinction, into prey, using our intelligence as an instrument of death, and ridiculing compassion whenever someone feels it.
- Carmen Dell’Aversano. “Analyzing Categories: Harvey Sacks and Critical Animal Studies.” Journal of Critical Animal Studies 2014, vol. 12, no. 4, p. 16.

Comment: Humans like to perceive themselves as the pinnacle of Creation, but the actions of most of us suggest that the features that make us distinctive – intelligence and capacity for compassion – are not virtues when it comes to animal issues. Is it true, as many people believe, that humans are more valuable – perhaps infinitely more valuable – than nonhumans, or is this merely a self-serving conviction that reflects conceit and hubris? I will start to explore this question next week.

- Stephen R. Kaufman, MD


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

Palm Passion Sunday Betrayal


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