Weekly Newsletter - September 21, 2016
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Book Review: A Vegan Ethic: Embracing a Life of Compassion toward All, by Mark Hawthorne
  2. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Book Review: A Vegan Ethic: Embracing a Life of Compassion toward All, by Mark Hawthorne

This short, well-written book notes that we all agree that we are supposed to treat others with compassion and respect. While adopting a plant-based diet is a rather obvious choice if we wish to have our actions align with our ethics, being an ethical vegan isn’t just about food. Compassion should guide all our interactions with the nonhuman world, and the same principle should apply to our treatment of fellow humans. And, being vegan is not only about making certain lifestyle choices; it is also about activism. Vegans need to show other people the benefits of compassionate living for themselves and the rest of the world.

Hawthorne helpfully shows people how to transition to a vegan lifestyle, navigating the social and dietary challenges that many newer vegans often face. He also discusses how animal advocates should, and should not, intersect with other social justice movements. Another section addresses many of the questions and concerns raised by those who are skeptical of plant-based eating, such as whether eating the flesh “humanely raised” animals is acceptable, and whether more animals are killed to raise plants than to raise animals for food.

I also recommend Hawthorne’s other two books on animal rights: Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering and Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism. I think we should be grateful for Hawthorne’s passion, commitment, and contributions toward having the world adopt a vegan ethic.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.


2. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
 
Holy People, Worldly People



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