Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - January 31, 2018
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)


  1. Revised CVA booklet
  2. Activist Report
  3. Original Sin, part 24
  4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Revised CVA booklet

I am pleased to announce that the CVA’s booklet “Joyful, Compassionate Eating” has been revised and reprinted. We’ve got a more contemporary look, and the booklet is about 15% shorter, making it more appealing to a Twitter-infused world. SEE THE BOOKLET HERE and order information!


2. Activist Report

Tanaka, Mare, and Charles handed out 900 CVA booklets at Scottrade Center in St. Louis for Winter Jam on January 27.

Great work, Team!

Upcoming Activist Opportunities

Leafleting and tabling are effective, enjoyable ways to show our brothers and sisters in Christ that a plant-based diet is good for God’s Creation. When you volunteer for the CVA, the CVA now donates $25/hr. to the veg. or animal protection group of your choice. In particular, the Winter Jam events are outstanding leafleting opportunities, with large, young, receptive audiences. Contact Lorena at [email protected] if you can help.

02/08/2018 IN, Ft. Wayne Winter Jam 2018
02/09/2018 OH, Cleveland Winter Jam 2018
02/10/2018 IN, Indianapolis Winter Jam 2018
02/11/2018 MI, Detroit Winter Jam 2018
02/16/2018 PA, Pittsburgh Winter Jam 2018
02/17/2018 OH, Columbus Mercy Me and Tenth Avenue North LIVE
02/17/2018 OH, Cincinnati Winter Jam 2018
02/22/2018 TX, Corpus Christi Mercy Me and Tenth Avenue North LIVE
02/23/2018 TN, Knoxville Winter Jam 2018
02/24/2018 NC, Greensboro Winter Jam 2018
02/25/2018 TN, Chattanooga Winter Jam 2018
03/02/2018 GA, Atlanta Mercy Me and Tenth Avenue North LIVE
03/03/2018 TN, Memphis Winter Jam 2018
03/04/2018 TX, Houston Winter Jam 2018
03/04/2018 TN, Nashville Mercy Me and Tenth Avenue North
03/09/2018 KS, Wichita Winter Jam 2018
03/10/2018 LA, Bossier City Winter Jam 2018
03/10/2018 PA, Philadelphia Mercy Me and Tenth Avenue North
03/11/2018 MO, Kansas City Winter Jam 2018
03/17/2018 OK, Oklahoma City Winter Jam 2018
03/18/2018 TX, Ft. Worth Winter Jam 2018
03/23/2018 SC, Columbia Winter Jam 2018
03/24/2018 NC, Raleigh Winter Jam 2018
03/25/2018 SC, Greenville Winter Jam 2018
03/29/2018 IL, Chicago Winter Jam 2018
03/31/2018 KY, Lexington Winter Jam 2018


3. Original Sin, part 24

Continuing the discussion about substitutionary atonement theology, another difficulty is that it treats sin as a timeless problem rather than as a contemporary issue. The focus of substitutionary atonement theology is the eradication of sin generated by Adam’s disobedience and inherited by all subsequent humans. Jesus’ sacrificial death, according to substitutionary atonement theology, absolves humans of this sin.

Substitutionary atonement might permit humans to gain entrance to heaven, but it does not address ongoing sin and its consequences. There is immense human and nonhuman suffering in the world at the hands of sinful humans. The other-worldly focus of substitutionary atonement theology at best does not address and at worst distracts us from addressing contemporary issues of social justice. Of course, many Christians are very concerned about social justice, but I think this is more despite rather than because of the popularity of substitutionary atonement theology.

The problem of scapegoating, which in earlier essays I argued was “the sin of the world,” is an ongoing challenge. If we are to address this challenge, we need an atonement theology that relates Jesus’ death to the problem of and solution to scapegoating.

Stephen R. Kaufman, MD


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

Not Recognizing Our Messiah


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