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19 August 2007 Issue

1. Activist Feedback

2. Essay on Animal Welfare Campaigns

3. Aug.-Sept. Issue of Peaceable Table


1. Activist Feedback

I wanted to report that I had a very positive response to the pamphlet "Are We Good Stewards of God's Creation?" which I handed out as part of an adult Sunday School class on 7/29. My Mennonite Church USA congregation in State College, PA is doing a study of the Mennonite Cookbook Simply in Season, which encourages buying locally and seasonably and supporting sustainable agriculture. I was a co-leader of the session on animals. The other co-leader grew up on a hog farm and still has a positive view of traditional large scale animal agriculture. I handed out about 35 copies of the pamphlet to those who attended the class. I also gave a few pamphlets to the vegetarian children of people in the class so that they could have more information when they told their friends about their vegetarianism.


There are only a few vegetarians in this congregation, but quite a few of the people in the class referred to themselves as near vegetarians or as making an effort to eat less animals products. Mennonites have traditionally included a lot of farmers, and several families in this congregation are farmers now, including animal farmers. However, this congregation is very concerned about social justice and environmental issues, and because of this, they oppose factory farming, and are open to eating less animal products.


People were especially receptive to the idea of being good stewards of God's creation. I believe that this was a good example of Christians with different views and perspectives coming together with open-mindedness and respect. I hope that some seeds were sown that will bear the fruit of choosing more plant-based diets in the future.


Thank you and everyone involved with CVA for providing these materials.




[The CVA has many materials designed for church education programs, including our booklet "Are We Good Stewards of God’s Creation?", the 26-minute video "Honoring God’s Creation", and the 3-part adult-ed "Psalm 24 Project".  To order, go to www.christianveg.org/materials.htm.]


Upcoming Leafleting Opportunities


8/31     IN        Indianapolis    Apologetix Christian Rock

9/1       CA      Riverside         Discipleship Christian Rock

9/1       IL        Oak Lawn       Apologetix, Christian Rock

9/1       MO      Kansas City     Toby Mac Christian Rock

9/6       MO      Springfield      Point of Grace Christian Music

9/7       CA      Sacramento     Thor Ramsey Christian Comedy

9/7       AR      Texarkana        Disciple Christian Rock

9/7       CA      Anaheim          Women of Faith Conference

9/8       CA      Los Angeles    The Katina’s Christian Rock

9/8       FL       Orlando           Toby Mac Christian Rock

9/9       OK      Claremore        Disciple Christian Rock

9/9       CA      Menifee           The Katina’s Christian Rock

9/10     MI       Allegan            Toby Mac Christian Rock

9/12     TN       Nashville         Natalie Grant Christian Concert

9/14     OH      Columbus        The Revolve Tour Christian Music Fest

9/14     PA       Philadelphia    Women of Faith Conference

9/14     TX       El Paso            The Katina’s Christian Rock

9/20     OH      Toledo             The Katina’s Christian Rock

9/20     WA     Spokane          Disciple Scars Remain Tour

9/21     CO      Denver            Women of Faith

9/21     MI       Lansing           An Evening with JeremyCamp

9/22     OR      Salem              Disciple Scars Remain Tour

9/28     TX       Houston          Women of Faith


To find out about all upcoming leafleting and tabling opportunities in your area, join the CVA Calendar Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group.christian_vegetarian/.  Read the home page, and then join. You will then be able to log in anytime to identify upcoming events in your region. 


Contact Paris at christian_vegetarian@yahoo.com if you might be able to help.


2. Essay on Animal Welfare Campaigns

Bruce Friedrich has a thoughtful essay entitled “Why Animal Rights Advocates Should Support Efforts to Ban the Cruelest Confinement and Most Abusive Slaughter of Farmed Animals” at http://www.animalblawg.com/wordpress/?p=139.  Comments are welcomed


3. Aug.-Sept. Issue of Peaceable Table

The Editorial "Speaking to the Heart" presents the biblical image of Wilderness to express pains and spiritual possibilities in the lives of those following the prophetic call on behalf of animals.

Among the NewsNotes is an account of the remarkable hospice ministry of a young cat named Oscar.

The Recipe column in this issue offers some kitchen tips and
quickie recipes.

"My Pilgrimage" features physician Steve Kaufman, co-author of Good News for All Creation and chair of the Christian Vegetarian Association.

This issue's Pioneer is Donald Watson, the compassionate and far-sighted Englishman who coined the word "vegan" and launched the organized movement for a vegan lifestyle sixty-plus years ago.

To read this issue, go to http://www.vegetarianfriends.net/issue35.html

Strength for the journey,
Gracia Fay Ellwood

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