2013 Newsletters

Christian Vegetarian Association
Update Newsletters
ake Heart!

Take Heart Contents
| Animal Issues | Articles | Bible | Children | Devotionals | Environment | Food | Health | Opinion | Quotations | Recipes |

CVA Weekly Newsletter
May 1, 2013

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Book Review – part 2: This Is Hope: Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology by Will Anderson
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback
Andrea, who leafleted at the Redeemed Tour Spring in Greensboro, NC, writes:
I set up on the sidewalk where people were coming from a parking lot across the street, and I handed out just under 200 of the booklets. Many people seemed to be looking at them as they walked away. Although none came back to talk to me, it was a good experience overall.
I work in a college ministry and plan to ask the woman in charge of our building if I can place some of the remaining booklets in the lobby.
Activist Opportunities
5/7       MA Boston          Need To Breathe   
5/8       PA Philadelphia         Need To Breathe   
5/9       VA Charlottesville Need To Breathe
5/10-11   WA Seattle              Acquire the Fire Relentless Pursuit
5/10-11   WA Seattle              Acquire the Fire Relentless Pursuit
5/11      SC Charleston      Need To Breathe
5/16-18   MI Grand Rapids         Joyce Meyers Conference
5/18      FL Lakeland             WOF: Revolve Tour 
5/19      CA Lake Balboa          TABLE WorldFest 2013 Earth Day Festival
5/24      TX Denison              The Lifelight Festival 
5/30-6/1 OR Portland             Joyce Meyers Conference
5/30-6/1  OR Portland             Joyce Meyers Conference
6/8       MO Kansas City     Heartfest
6/11      TN Chattanooga     Newsboys @ the River Bend Festival   
6/15      GA Atlanta              Newsboys @ AtlantaFest 
6/17-21   FL Panama City Beach    Extreme Conference
6/20-22   OH Canal Fulton         Alive Festival
6/21-22   MO Bethany              Lifelight Festival
6/21-22   MO Bethany              The Lifelight Festival 
6/26-29   PA Mt Union             Creationfest 
6/27      OH Kings Island         SpiritSong Festival
6/27      VA Doswell              Newsong  
8/7-10    WA Enumclaw             Creationfest 
8/30-9/1  SD Worthing             The Lifelight Festival
Contact Lorena at lmucke@bellsouth.net if you can help. 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/.  

2. Book Review – part 2 of 2 (part 1 is in last week’s e-newsletter)
This Is Hope: Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology by Will Anderson, 2012, Earth Books, 368 pp, $22.95, www.ThisIsHopeTheBook.com
Anderson calls for “green vegan” living, which entails more than abstinence from animal products. He sees veganism as an ideology that includes human population control and a hands-off approach to the natural world. Borrowing from the important work of Melanie Joy (Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism), Anderson contrasts the ideology of green vegans with that of carnism.  The latter sees humans as special creations who are entitled to use and abuse nonhumans as humans please. Green veganism doesn’t call for a modest reform of modern living. Rather it calls for a comprehensive orientation toward compassion, concern, and sustainability. Anything less might slow the rate of humanity’s self-destruction but will not save our species, as well as the nonhuman world.
Anderson hopes that humans, upon recognizing the necessity of green vegan living, will choose this lifestyle. Unfortunately, I see little evidence that more than a small fraction of the populace has embraced his call, even though it strikes me as obvious that there is a the growing ecological crisis. Indeed, I find it hard to understand why those who insist on maintaining a course that is self-destructive for humanity still have children. Perhaps we are dealing with the psychology of denial, akin to the attitude of people living at the base of an active volcano who choose to ignore the clear threat in their midst. In this case, humanity isn’t just denying the problem; it’s continually worsening the problem. It’s like fracking over the San Andres Fault.
When there is no immediate danger, when change is slow, and when actions don’t have immediate, obvious impacts, it is difficult to encourage people to act, particularly when action means significant lifestyle changes. The challenge, it seems to me, is to find ways to make visible the growing ecological crisis – the “elephant in the room.” Otherwise, within 2-3 generations there won’t be elephants, other creatures, and perhaps humans, anywhere.
This observation might encourage people to give up in despair, but I don’t think that is the Christian way. We are called to be faithful, and that means living as if our actions will meaningfully change the world. Indeed, that possibility exists, however remote it might seem.
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D. 

3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
Praise the Lord All Creation 

Your question and comments are welcome

Copyright 2008 © Christian Vegetarian Association. All rights reserved.

| Home Page | Bibliography | Blog | Books, T-shirts, Etc. | Community | Contact Us | CVA Board | CVA Videos | Essays and Coloring Book | Honoring God's Creation | How to Help | Links | Membership | Mission | Podcast | Take Heart | Vegetarianism's Benefits |

This site is hosted and maintained by
The Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman Family Foundation.