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CVA Weekly Newsletter
September 5, 2012

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. The Sept.-Oct. Peaceable Table is now online
  3. Comment on Paul Hansen’s Note Last Week
  4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback
Angie, who leafleted at Women of Faith in Indianapolis on August 24, writes:
I arrived at 5:25 pm and encountered a wonderful, friendly, and receptive crowd. I started out on in the plaza area but a security guard asked that I move to the street corner. That location was fine, and I passed out 300 booklets by 6:00. 
Upcoming Outreach Opportunities
9/12      MA Boston               Hillsong Live Cornerstone Tour
9/20      TN Kingsport       God’s Not Dead Fest With Newsboys
9/21      ME Bangor               An Evening with the Gaither Vocal Band
9/21-23   NC Hickory              "Momentum" The Conference Newsboys
9/22      NS Halifax              Gaither Vocal Band
8/24-25   IA Des Moines      Women of Faith Celebrate What Matters
8/24-25   IN Indianapolis         Women of Faith Celebrate What Matters Conf
8/24-9/3  MO Branson              Silver Dollar City - Southern Gospel Picnic
9/13      MD Baltimore       Hillsong LiveCornerstone Tour
9/14      OH Cincinnati      Hillsong Live Cornerstone Tour
9/14-15   CA Anaheim              Women of Faith Conference
9/14-15   NY Rochester       Women of Faith Conference
9/15      NC Charlotte       Hillsong Live Cornerstone Tour
9/18      AL Birmingham      Hillsong Live Cornerstone Tour
9/20      TX Austin               Hillsong Live Cornerstone Tour
9/20-22   MO St. Louis       Joyce Meyers Conference
9/21      TX San Antonio          Hillsong Live Cornerstone Tour
9/21      GA Duluth               Women of Faith Conference
9/21-22   TX Dallas               Women of Faith Conference
9/28-29   CO Denver               Women of Faith Conference
9/28-29   PA Pittsburgh      Women of Faith Conference
9/28-28   MA Amherst              Acquire The Fire Youth Conference
10/6-7    CA San Francisco        TABLE World Vegetarian Festival
10/7-8    PA Philadelphia         Women of Faith Conference
10/27-28  MA Boston               TABLE Vegetarian Food Festival
10/12-13  CO Colorado Springs     Hearts at Home Western Women's Conference
10/13         FL Tampa           TABLE VegFest
11/17         NY Albany               TABLE NY's Capital Region Vegetarian Expo 

2. The Sept.-Oct. Peaceable Table is now online
Contents include:

The *Editor's Corner Essay* reflects on the relationship between pain, hope, and healing. What is the relationship between having compassion for oneself and compassion for others? How does self-pity fit in? What is the evidence that hope can actually strengthen our immune systems? Is it possible to communicate the healing benefits of hope to suffering animals?

In one of the *Unset Gems,* Victoria Moran compares the well-known statement "Cows give milk" to "Muggers think pedestrians "give" cash and jewelry." She thinks that "it's a strange way to look at giving."

One of the *NewsNotes *points out that the USDA allows meat moguls to sell dangerously polluted products, and blame consumers if they get sick.  What of toymakers or car manufacturers were allowed to sell defective products, and blame the victims who are injured or killed?

The *Pioneer* in this issue is the remarkable emperor Ashoka, who ruled India in the third century BCE. At first a typical warmongerer, Ashoka saw some of the anguish he had inflicted on the innocent, and was horrified. He was converted to Buddhism and not only committed himself and his household to nonviolence, but established protections (including medical care and laws against hunting) for animals throughout his vast realm. Once almost forgotten, Ashoka's wonderful (if temporary) achievement came to light as Victorian archaeologists discovered a series of rocks and carved pillars with inscriptions of his compassionate decrees.

A children's picture book, *A Home for Spooky*, is featured in *Did You Miss This One*?  A young girl rescues a half-starved, very sick dog and gets her family involved. The story is moving; the art is very fine.

Our recipe editor Angela Suarez provides summer *Recipes* for an unusual and refreshing green salad and miso dressing.

To read this issue, see http://www.vegetarianfriends.net/issue90.html

Toward the Peaceable Table
Gracia Fay Ellwood

3. Comment on Paul Hansen’s Note Last Week
Paul’s last sentence “Ignorance is less repulsive and more comfortable” is so true.  Therein is the root of the problem, which is nothing less than self-centric, hard-hearted, and definitely not Christ-like.  Many people hide behind the term “Christian.”  I just can’t see how anything will get through to people of that mind-set, but I do believe books like ‘Guided by the Faith of Christ’ offer ways to start chipping away.

4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

Peace: Many Branches, But One Root

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