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CVA Weekly Newsletter
February 27, 2013

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Commentary on the Lectionary for March 3, Luke 13:1-9; A Parable for Our Time
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback
John, who leafleted at Third Day inFairfax, VA, writes:
This event went well! Thank you all for the support. I gave out about 220 CVA booklets and about 25-40 Vegetarian Starter Kits (From where I work, PCRM) during about 1 hour and 15 minutes at the west entry of the Patriot Center.  It was pretty cold but I had on several layers and wore my t-shirt underneath my coat. I had my coat unzipped so hopefully people might see the CVA shirt =)  I had about three people tell me that they were already vegetarian.  Being a fan of Third Day, I also had purchased a ticket and was very blessed by the show!

Thank you for another opportunity to work on behalf of CVA.
Upcoming Activist Opportunities
3/7       MS Tupelo               Winter Jam Christian Concert
3/8       LA Bossier City         Winter Jam Christian Concert Tour
3/8       WV Morgantown      Brandon Heath 3 in 1 Tour
3/8       MO Maryland Heights     WOF Celebrate What Matters: Up Close
3/8-9     IA Des Moines      Acquire the Fire 2012-2013 "Relentless Pursuit"
3/9       PA Philadelphia         WOF Revolve Tour This Love
3/9       OK Tulsa           Winter Jam Christian Concert
3/10      AR Little Rock          Winter Jam Christian Concert
3/10          PA Lancaster      Brandon Heath 3 in 1 Tour
3/14-16   FL Orlando              Joyce Meyers
3/15-16   SC Greenville      Extraordinary Women's Conference
3/15-16   CA San Diego       Acquire the Fire 2012-2013 "Relentless Pursuit"
3/15-16   OK Tulsa           Acquire the Fire 2012-2013 "Relentless Pursuit"
3/15-16   IL Normal               Hearts at Home 2013 National Conference
3/16          NY Syracuse        WOF Celebrate What Matters: Up Close
3/22-23   NC Winston-Salem        Acquire the Fire 2012-2013 "Relentless Pursuit"
3/22-23   MN Minneapolis          Acquire the Fire 2012-2013 "Relentless Pursuit"
3/24          NY New York             Veggie Pride Parade NYC 2013
3/21          IA Davenport      Brandon Heath BranDisa Tour
3/23      OR Tualatin        WOF Revolve Tour This Love
3/28      MO Springfield     Winter Jam
3/29      KS Wichita              Winter Jam
3/30          TX San Antonio          Winter Jam
4/12-13   AL Birmingham      Extraordinary Women's Conference
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. Commentary on the Lectionary for March 3, Luke 13:1-9; A Parable for Our Time
In this passage, Jesus says the following parable:
A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, “Lo, these three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down; why should it use up the ground?” And he answered him, “Let it alone, sir, this year also, till I dig about it and put on manure. And if it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.”
As I see it, humanity is much like the fig tree. Just as the fig tree was given water and good soil to grow and flourish, so too has modern humanity been blessed with abundant resources with which humanity may thrive. Just as the fig tree was expected to bear fruit, so too should God expect humanity to live respectfully and peacefully with the rest of Creation. Humanity has the intelligence and the resources to live harmoniously with the rest of Creation, yet humanity has chosen the opposite path, harming nonhumans almost as much as humanity possibly can. Indeed, nearly all of humanity’s remarkable technologies and access to natural resources have been used in ways that harm the greatest number of animals in the most abusive manners possible.
So, if God delivers judgment and justice, how would God respond? If humanity is lucky, God would give humanity one last chance, just as Jesus gives the fig tree another year to produce. Personally, I am skeptical that God intervenes in human and world affairs in this way. However, I don’t think divine intervention is necessary here. Humanity’s selfishness and callousness – the attitudes that underpin humanity’s brutal exploitation of nonhumans – has generated unsustainable, self-destructive practices that include, but are not limited to, depletion of non-renewable resources, global warming, intensive farming practices that displace sustainable farmers and result in extreme poverty that is an impetus for war, and animal agribusiness practices that generate resistance to antibiotics and facilitate spread of deadly diseases from nonhumans to humans. If humanity is granted another chance, will humanity show thanks for the gift?
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
Do We Believe and Trust in God? 

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