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CVA Weekly Newsletter
February 6, 2013

  1. Upcoming Activist Opportunities
  2. Quote and Comment
  3. Book Review: A Faith Embracing All Creatures
  4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
  5. Seeking Video Conversion
  6. Survey – Parents of Veg. Children

1. Upcoming Activist Opportunities
2/14      GA Augusta              Winter Jam
2/15      TN Knoxville       Winter Jam
2/16      NC Greensboro      Winter Jam
2/17      VA Norfolk              Winter Jam Christian Concert
2/21      VA Fairfax              Third Day Christian Rock Concert
2/22      OH Cincinnati      Winter Jam Christian Concert
2/23      IL Chicago              Winter Jam Christian Concert
2/24      MO St. Louis       Winter Jam
3/2       OK Oklahoma City        Winter am Christian Concert
3/2       FL Tampa           TABLE Bark In the Park
3/3       TN Memphis              Winter am Christian Concert
3/7       MS Tupelo               Winter Jam Christian Concert
3/8       LA Bossier City         Winter Jam Christian Concert Tour
3/9       OK Tulsa           Winter Jam Christian Concert Tour
3/10      AR Little Rock          Winter Jam
3/28      MO Springfield     Winter Jam
3/29      KS Wichita              Winter Jam
4/20      TN Knoxville       TABLE EarthFest 2013
4/21      CA San Diego       San Diego Earth Fair
5/19      CA Lake Balboa          TABLE WorldFest 2013 Earth Day Festival  

2. Quote and Comment
Joy Williams wrote in “The Inhumanity of the Animal People,” in Harper’s Magazine, August 1997  :“Their mysterious otherness has not saved them, nor have their beautiful songs and coats and skins and shells, nor have their strengths, their skills, their swiftness, the beauty of their flights. We discover the remarkable intelligence of the whale, the wolf, the elephant – it does not save them, nor does our awareness of the complexity of their lives. It matters not, it seems, whether they nurse their young or brood patiently on eggs. If they eat meat, we decry their viciousness; if they eat grasses and seeds, we dismiss them as weak. We know that they care for their young and teach them, that they play and grieve, that they have memories and a sense of the future for which they sometimes plan. We know about their habits, their migrations, that they have a sense of home, of finding, seeking, returning to home. We know that when they face death, they fear it. We know all these things and it has not saved them from us.”
Comment: If we believe that God’s judgment is just, where does this leave humanity? As I see it, humanity will not be punished for its sins, but by them. Global warming, resource depletion, and the violence that will inevitably accompany these changes await humanity. If nonhumans could see and evaluate what is going on, they would likely conclude that these are humanity’s just desserts; these calamities are the products of the same greed and hard-heartedness that also constitute the foundation for humanity’s cruel treatment of the nonhuman world. 

3. Book Review: A Faith Embracing All Creatures: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Care for Animals

Edited by Tripp York and Andy Alexis-Baker, Cascade Books, 2012, 194 pp.
This remarkable collection of essays covers a wide range of questions commonly raised among people who are skeptical that Christian faith and tradition mandate an animal-friendly ethic. Each essay is thoughtful and thorough, taking objections to animal protectionism seriously and offering compelling reasons to conclude that, indeed, Christians should care for the nonhumans who coexist with us. For many of us, the argument is quite simple: we hardly ever need to harm nonhumans, and biblical values favor love, compassion, and caring. The contributors to this book delve deeper, offering skillful scholarship and detailed analysis of animal issues raised by the Bible and the day-to-day lives of faithful Christians.
The contents include What about Dominion in Genesis? What about the Covenant with Noah? What about Animal Sacrifice in the Hebrew Scriptures? Didn’t Jesus Eat Lamb? Didn’t Jesus Eat Fish? Does Christian Hospitality Require that We Eat Meat? Does ‘Made in the Image of God’ Mean Humans are More Special than Animals? and Can the Wolf Lie Down with the Lamb without Killing it?
I strongly recommend this book for those who seek greater insight and wisdom when it comes to Christianity and animal issues.
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D. 

4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
Now That We Still Have Christmas With Us, Where Do We Go From Here?

5. Seeking Video Conversion
The CVA would like to make its video Honoring God’s Creation available in .flv format. If any CVA members have software that can convert .wmv to .flv, please contact me at cva@christianveg.org. Thanks. 

6. Survey – Parents of Veg. Children
A dietician researcher is seeking information about raising vegan and vegetarian children who are currently ages 1-6. This kind of research can help parents raise veg. children.

To complete the short survey, go to:

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