Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - January 26, 2022
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. The Garden of Eden – Naming the Animals
  3. The January-February Issue of “The Peaceable Table” Is Now Online
  4. All-Creatures.Org Ministry

1. Activist Feedback

Rick Hershey writes:

I handed out 900 CVA booklets mostly to young people at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock for Winter Jam today. The crowd was smaller than previous years. A lot of people said “God bless you” to me. Mostly, I enjoyed a very pleasant and polite crowd in pleasant January weather.

Outreach 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 Winter Jam events are listed below. Contact Lorena at lorenavalenziveg@gmail.com if you can help.

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 Bancorp South 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

2. Garden of Eden – Naming the Animals

Last week, I explored the first creation account, described in Genesis 1. In Genesis 2, unlike in Genesis 1, God creates, in order, Adam, the plants, the animals, and finally Eve.

The animals were created because Adam, in fulfilling his charge to care for the Garden of Eden, needed “a helper fit for him” (Genesis 2:18). God wanted to see what names Adam would give to the birds and land animals, and Adam then named “every living creature.” Importantly, Adam named each individual, not each representative of their species. We do not name those we plan to abuse, and there would have been little reason for God to take an interest in the names of the creatures if Adam had planned to mistreat or kill them.

God last created Eve because none of the animals fully met Adam’s needs. She and Adam became of one flesh and they were not ashamed of their nakedness (Genesis 3:24-25). As in the first creation story, there were no rivalries and there was no violence in the Garden of Eden. The story depicts a biblical ideal, which might be impossible to realize in today’s world but remains a goal toward which we should strive.

Why did Adam and Eve’s eating the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge ruin everything? We will start to explore this next week.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

3. The January-February Issue of “The Peaceable Table” Is Now Online


  • The Glimpse of the Peaceable Kingdom shows two infants who became best friends, a wombat and a kangaroo.
  • The Editor's Corner Guest Essay deals with finding meaning, and thus hope, in situations of unavoidable suffering, with reference to Logotherapy created by Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl. This can have implications for our distress over animal suffering.
  • One of the NewsNotes reports that Jane Goodall and Marc Bekoff urge generous people not to support groups like Heifer International who give animals to needy families, a setup that is not sustainable, and can traumatize children when the animal is eventually killed and eaten. They urge support for sustainable charities instead.
  • The Pioneer featured in this issue is Peace Pilgrim (Mildred Lisette Norman, 1908 - 1981), who became a kind of nun-errant, crossing the US multiple times on foot, urging all she met to seek peace. She became a compassionate vegan during her period of preparation, in the 1950s.
  • The "Did You Miss This One?" Book Review deals with Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us, and What We Can Do About It, by physician Garth Davis.
  • The Poetry selection in this issue is Emily Dickinson's well-known "Hope Is the Thing with Feathers.”

To read all or part of this issue, go here.

Gracia Fay Ellwood,

4. From All-Creatures.Org Ministry

We Just published this week’s edition of our 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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