Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - January 10, 2022
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Vegan-Friendly Churches and Pastors
  2. Activist Opportunities
  3. The Garden of Eden, part 2 – Is It True?
  4. All-Creatures.Org Ministry

1. Vegan-Friendly Churches and Pastors

As a follow-up to last week’s notice of two vegan churches, here is a more comprehensive list of vegan-friendly churches and pastors: Vegan Friendly Churches - Vegan Churches - Vegan Pastors.

2. Activist Opportunities

Leafleting is an effective, enjoyable way 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. for up to 3 hours for leafleting to the veg. or animal protection group of your choice. We have found Winter Jam events to be particularly good opportunities, and upcoming events are listed below. Contact Lorena at lorenavalenziveg@gmail.com if you can help.

JAN 16, 2022 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena
JAN 20, 2022 Evansville, IN The Ford Center
JAN 21, 2022 Hoffman Estates, IL NOW Arena
JAN 22, 2022 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
JAN 23, 2022 N. Little Rock, AR Simmons Bank Arena (fmly. Verizon Arena)
JAN 27, 2022 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
JAN 28, 2022 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
JAN 29, 2022 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
JAN 30, 2022 Ypsilanti, MI EMU Convocation Center
FEB 4, 2022 Mobile, AL Mitchell Center
FEB 5, 2022 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena
FEB 6, 2022 Charlotte, NC Bojangles Coliseum
FEB 10, 2022 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
FEB 11, 2022 Kansas City, MO T-Mobile Center
FEB 12, 2022 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
FEB 17, 2022 Ft. Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
FEB 18, 2022 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
FEB 19, 2022 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
FEB 20, 2022 Tupelo, MS BancorpSouth Arena
FEB 25, 2022 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
FEB 26, 2022 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
FEB 27, 2022 Roanoke, VA Berglund Center
MAR 4, 2022 State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center
MAR 5, 2022 Cincinnati, OH Heritage Bank Center
MAR 6, 2022 Southaven, MS Landers Center
MAR 11, 2022 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena
MAR 12, 2022 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena
MAR 13, 2022 St. Louis, MO Family Arena
MAR 17, 2022 Reading, PA Santander Arena
MAR 18, 2022 Norfolk, VA Chartway Arena at Ted Constant Convocation Center
MAR 19, 2022 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
MAR 20, 2022 Louisville, KY Freedom Hall
MAR 24, 2022 Springfield, MO JQH Arena
MAR 25, 2022 Bossier City, LA Brookshire Grocery Arena
MAR 26, 2022 Oklahoma City, OK Paycom Center
MAR 27, 2022 Allen, TX Credit Union of Texas Event Center

3. The Garden of Eden, part 2 – Is It True?

Many people reject the Judeo-Christian creation story as “mere myth.” There is voluminous scientific data from a wide range of disciplines that contradict the notion that the Genesis creation account is scientifically accurate. Could it be true in a different sense?

Philosopher Mary Midgley wrote, “Myths are not lies. Nor are they detached stories. They are imaginative patterns, networks of powerful symbols that suggest particular ways of interpreting the world. They shape its meaning.” I suggest that we seriously consider the Garden of Eden story not because it is historically accurate but because it informs how the ancient Hebrews understood the world. This understanding profoundly influences our current thinking about the earth, ourselves, and God. For Christians and Jews, the biblical creation story is religiously important. For non-Christians in the West, including atheists, the biblical creation story is part of the Western intellectual tradition that has impacted our ethical intuitions and our general worldviews.

I will next consider what the creation story teaches us about animal issues.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

4. From All-Creatures.Org Ministry

Here is our recent All-Creatures Newsletter, which we hope you like and share with others to help stop the exploitation and killing of animals.

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