Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - December 15, 2020
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)


  1. Thoughts on Moral Frameworks, part 2
  2. Prophets of a Future Not Our Own by Fr. Ken Untener
  3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry

1. Thoughts on Moral Frameworks, part 2

In the pursuit of justice and morality, in which we seek to have all individuals, human and nonhuman, are treated properly, I will explore different moral frameworks. The first is legalism – justifying one’s own behavior as well as that of one’s community on the grounds that it is legal.

We need criminal laws to limit antisocial behavior, and we need civil laws to settle property and other civil disputes through the courts rather than through violence. However, there are several limitations of using the laws to define social behavior. First, laws reflect the interests of those with power. One major reason that nonhumans are mercilessly abused is that they are unable to participate in the political process. Their only representation is by proxy via good-hearted humans who care about their plight.

Second, laws that genuinely aim to procure justice are imperfect, sometimes punishing excessively and sometimes being overly lenient. From a societal standpoint, laws often constitute compromises between extra-legal alternatives that are worse. However, when it comes to individual decisions, abiding by the dictates of the law is not always the best moral choice.

Third, society-at-large functions poorly if everyone’s decisions are determined by the laws. Without good will and basic decency, people would repeatedly aim to cheat each other. Reliance on the courts to settle the voluminous conflicts would profoundly reduce the efficiency of the exchange of goods and services, resulting in reduced general social well-being. Overwhelmed courts would ultimately fail to resolve many disputes, and the final arbitrator in many cases would likely be violence.

Next week, we will consider theodicy – rule by God or the gods.

Stephen R. Kaufman, MD


2. Prophets of a Future Not Our Own by Fr. Ken Untener

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent
enterprise that is God's work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of
saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an
opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master
builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

Shared by Sarah Withrow King of CreatureKind www.becreaturekind.org


3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry

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