Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - October 18, 2018
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)


  1. Original Sin, part 49 – Why Redemption Is Needed
  2. Upcoming Activist Opportunities
  3. On Animals: Theological Ethics – a presentation by Prof. David Clough in Denver
  4. From All-Creatures.Org Ministry

1. Original Sin, part 49 – Why Redemption Is Needed

We need redemption for our manifestations of “Original Sin,” which I think can best be understood as a manifestation of the universal scapegoating process. Christian leaders have often treated human sinfulness as an individual problem. They have encouraged people to focus on their own sins and how their sins might be redeemed so that they can become right with God. While it is understandable that people would want such a sense of redemption, society-at-large also needs redemption from humanity’s original sin of scapegoating.

Christian leaders have often failed to make the connection between human sinfulness and the role of human institutions in contributing to social injustice. Instead, they have often tried to defend institutions, including the ones with which they are aligned, on the grounds that they are “traditional” or “sacred” and above reproach. This has facilitated injustices at the hands of church leaders themselves, which has included the recently exposed sexual abuse of children by priests. We need to redeem our religious and political institutions, because history has shown that they can be responsible for massive misery and death to humans and nonhumans, and because modern technologies have greatly increased humanity’s ability to harm others.

Redemption starts with prioritizing truth. While most of us try to show love and compassion, we need to acknowledge the evil in our souls and in our communities. We also need to be skeptical of unsubstantiated beliefs that discourage action for social justice. For example, many people assert with confidence that God cares more about certain individuals than others. Do they really have inside knowledge about God’s mind, or are they just presumptuous? Similarly, many Christians seem to think they know who is and who is not redeemed by God. I think this sentiment tends to discourage those who believe they are “saved” from considering how they can and should do much better to reduce suffering in the world.

Perhaps it would be helpful to reconsider the notion of “salvation.” I’ll explore this next week.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.


2. Upcoming Activist Opportunities

Leafleting and tabling are effective, enjoyable ways to show our brothers and sisters in Christ that a plant-based diet is good for God’s Creation. When you volunteer for the CVA, the CVA now donates $16/hr. for tabling and $25/hr. for up to 3 hours for leafleting to the veg. or animal protection group of your choice.

Contact Lorena at [email protected] if you can help.

Lealeting

10/23/2018 TX, El Paso Hillsong Tour Worship United Young & Free

10/24/2018 AZ, Mesa Hillsong Tour Worship United Young & Free

10/25-27/18 FL, Tampa Love Life Conference with Joyce Meyer

10/25/2018 OH, Columbus Newsboys UNITED

10/26/2018 TN< Knoxville Newsboys UNITED

10/26/2018 CA, San Diego Hillsong Tour Worship United Young & Free

10/26-28-18 MO, Independence Mercy Me & Tenth Avenue North

10/26/2018 TN, Knoxville Newsboys United Fall 2018 Tour

10/27/2018 CA, Los Angeles Hillsong Tour Worship United Young & Free

10/28/2018 AR, N. Little Rock Mercy Me & Tenth Avenue North

11/01/2018 NC, Charlotte Danny Gokey with Tauren Wells and Riley Clemmons

11/02/2018 TN, Knoxville Danny Gokey with Tauren Wells and Riley Clemmons

11/03/2018 PA, Reading Jeremy Camp and Matthew West

11/03/2018 ME, Portland Mercy Me & Tenth Avenue North

11/09/2018 SC, Greenville Mercy Me & Tenth Avenue North

11/10/2018 NC, Greensboro Mercy Me & Tenth Avenue North

11/10/2018 TX, Hidalgo Jeremy Camp and Matthew West

11/10/2018 RI, Providence Toby Mac and Diverse City on The Theater Tour

11/11/2018 CO, Loveland Newsboys UNITED

11/11/2018 TX, Corpus Christi Jeremy Camp and Matthew West

11/16/2018 MO, St. Charles Jeremy Camp and Matthew West

11/16/2018 WA, Seattle Newsboys UNITED

11/18/2018 KS, Wichita Jeremy Camp and Matthew West

11/30/2018 MI, Wyoming Newsboys UNITED

12/01/2018 WV, Charleston The Roadshow Christmas Tour

12/01/2018 PA, Reading Little Drummer Boy Christmas Tour – For King & Country

12/02/2018 TN, Knoxville Chris Tomlin Christmas

12/06/2018 VA, Richmond Newsboys UNITED

12/16/2018 FL, Jacksonville Little Drummer Boy Christmas Tour – For King & Country

01/11/2019 FL, Jacksonville Winter Jam 2019

01/12/2019 FL, Tampa Winter Jam 2019

01/13/2019 AL, Mobile Winter Jam 2019

01/18/2019 MI, Grand Rapids Winter Jam 2019

01/19/2019 OH, Columbus Winter Jam 2019

01/20/2019 NC, Charlotte Winter Jam 2019

01/25/2019 IA, Des Moines Winter Jam 2019

01/26/2019 MO, Kansas City Winter Jam 2019

01/27/2019 MO, St, Louis Winter Jam 2019

01/31/2019 LA, New Orleans Winter Jam 2019

Tabling

10/27/2018 TX, Dallas Texas veggie Fair

10/27/2018 CA, San Francisco World Veg Festival

10/28/2018 FL, Orlando Central Florida Veg Fest

11/03/2018 FL, Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Veg Fest

11/04/2018 AZ, Phoenix SouthWest VegFest

11/10/2018 GA, Atlanta Atlanta Veg Fest

11/11/2018 FL, W Palm Beach Palm Beach VegFest

08/15-25/19 NY, Camp Walden Woodstock Fruit Festival


3. On Animals: Theological Ethics – a Presentation by Prof. David Clough in Denver

David Clough, Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chester (U.K.), and author of Creaturely Theology: God, Humans and Other Animals, and On Animals vol. 1: Systematic Theology, will discuss his soon to be published: On Animals vol. 2: Theological Ethics, at the First Universalist Church of Denver.

Prof. Clough’s upcoming book has been described as: “the first substantive modern academic monograph focused on the Christian ethics of the human treatment of animals” that “sets out the radical implications of taking animals seriously in the context of Christian ethics.”

This presentation, sponsored by the Ethical Eating & Animal Welfare Task Force of the First Universalist Church of Denver (41041 E. Hampden Ave.) will take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018, starting at 6:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP’s are appreciated to make sure adequate space is set aside. To RSVP, or for further information, please contact Roland Halpern at: [email protected]


4. All-Creatures.Org Ministry


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