Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - December 7, 2018
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)


  1. Recommended Essay: “Eating toward Shalom” by Matthew C. Halteman
  2. Original Sin, part 55: Accountability
  3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry

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1. Recommended Essay: “Eating toward Shalom” by Matthew C. Halteman

Read "Eating Toward Shalom" HERE.


2. Original Sin, part 55: Accountability

Last week, I noted that we need to hold people accountable for their actions. How can we do this without yielding to the temptation of the scapegoating process to attribute excessive guilt to other individuals? I offer a few thoughts.

First, we should refrain from the temptation to judge and punish other individuals. Such motivations lend themselves to the scapegoating process. We should focus on stopping mistreatment of other individuals without malice toward those we regard as perpetrators of harm. Indeed, we should strive to minimize the harm our actions cause to these wrongdoers.

Second, we should acknowledge our contributions to the suffering of others. Even as we aim to reduce or eliminate the suffering of others, we cannot avoid leaving a footprint on the earth that wounds other individuals. Our admitting where we have fallen short in the past and in the present helps in several ways. First, it is honest, and people appreciate honesty. Second, it helps builds a bridge between us and those we talk to, because we have in common a desire to avoid harming animals and feelings of discouragement because we’re not doing as well as we would like. Third, it helps preserve self-esteem among people who have harmed animals. They don’t need to discredit us or dismiss our message to feel good about themselves, which allows them to confront their contributions to animal suffering.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.


3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry


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