Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - January 20, 2024
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Toward Building the “Beloved Community”
  2. All-Creatures.Org Ministry

1. Toward Building the “Beloved Community”

Last time, I asked how we might build the “beloved community,” in which all individuals are treated with compassion and respect. Nobody would be excluded for arbitrary reasons, such as sex, gender identification, skin pigmentation, nation of origin, cognitive status, or species membership. Excluding any group of individuals based on an arbitrary criterion paves the way for exclusion of other individuals based on other arbitrary criteria.

This does not mean that all individuals should be treated the same. The needs and capabilities of individuals differ, and our obligations differ among individuals. For example, we have a greater obligation to protect and nourish the children we choose to raise than other children. We have greater obligations to protect and nourish communities that are dedicated to protecting and nourishing us than other communities.

A difficulty is that humans tend to be tribal, and favoring one’s own tribe (however defined) can easily lead to conflicts with or harm to other tribes. Another difficulty is that humans are often selfish, and they frequently harm other individuals in the pursuit of self-gratification. A third problem which is related to the first two, is that humans are drawn to the scapegoating process, about which I’ve talked at length. How might we transcend these barriers to the “beloved community”?

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

2. From All-Creatures.Org Ministry

All-Creatures.org Newsletter, January 10, 2024:

We hope you enjoy this week's newsletter and that your January is off to a good start. Check out the many articles ...

Natural Justice… life after humans? — irrational, endless realities of speciesism — Good News for Animals in 2023! — baby Roosters are bred to die in cockfights — 10 years of Veganuary — helping outdoor Cats — Mongolia will stop murdering stray Cats and Dogs — birth control/sterility projects damage wild Horses — learning from Topsy the Elephant’s murder — magnetic Foxes — the collapsing of Dog ‘racing’ worldwide — and more…

All-Creatures.org Newsletter, January 17, 2024:

Hunting birds for the feather trade, sometimes to extinction — banding Birds with no regard for their well-being — inside the minds of Animals — Shakti is finally safe — Bethlehem PA bans sale of commercially-bred dogs, cats, rabbits in pet stores — former petting zoo Animals now safe — silence is evil’s accomplice — humans reluctant to believe that Fishes feel pain — USDA gives millions of tax dollars for bird flu bailouts— and more…

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In the Love of the Lord,
Frank L Hoffman


Tams Nicholson
Executive Directress

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