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CVA Weekly Newsletter
October 31, 2012

1. Activist Feedback
2. Essay: What is the “faith of Christ?”
3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback
Angie, who leafleted at a Women of Faith event on August 24 in Indianapolis, writes:
We leafleted for about 40 minutes and passed out 300 booklets. There was a wonderful, receptive crowd (and we knew several from my husband’s church!) We started out in the plaza area, but a security guard asked that I move to the street corner. That location was fine.
Upcoming Activist Opportunities
11/8-10   TX Houston              Joyce Meyers Conference
11/9      IN Fort Wayne      Matthew West's INTO THE LIGHT TOUR
11/9-10   CA Anaheim              Acquire the Fire Christian Youth Conference
11/10         MT Bozeman              Leeland Christian Rock Concert
11/11         MT Billings        Leeland Christian Rock Concert
11/16-17  MT Billings        Acquire the Fire Christian Youth Conference
11/17         NY Albany               TABLE NY's Capital Region Vegetarian Expo
11/24         NC Greensboro      The Story Tour by Mathew West
11/26         FL Tampa           The Story Tour by Mathew West
11/29         MI Grand Rapids         The Story Tour By Matthew West
11/29         MN Duluth               Kutless Christian Rock Concert
11/30         MN St. Paul             Kutless Christian Rock Concert
11/30         TX Plano           Women of Faith Christmas!
12/1      MO Independence         The Story Tour by Mathew West
12/1      MN Brainerd             Kutless Christian Rock Concert
Contact Paris at christian_vegetarian@yahoo.com 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. Essay: What is the “faith of Christ?”
It is not easy to discern the faith of Christ from the only detailed descriptions of Jesus’ life – the Gospels. What we can say is that Jesus aimed to follow God’s will, and it does appear that Jesus’ concern for victims aligned with God’s desires for creation. The Bible relates that God initially intended that all creation live peacefully and harmoniously, because all creatures were vegan in the Garden of Eden. Likewise, Isaiah 11:6-9 prophesied that at end of times there would be a return to the Realm of God in which no creature harmed another.
Jesus’ ministry reflected concern for all individuals. However, this often involved conflict, because Jesus lived in a world filled with injustice and violence. He showed compassion and concern for all who were vulnerable, including widows, orphans, and poor people, and he denounced the hypocrites who claimed piety and righteousness but benefited from unjust power arrangements. Similarly, as well as turning over the moneychangers’ tables, he liberated the animals in the Temple, which evidently showed his compassion and concern for nonhumans.
Jesus’ dedication to the will of God was so complete that he permitted his own capture and execution, which he believed was his divinely ordained destiny. Fortunately, few of us need to make such extreme sacrifices to prevent victimization. Most CVA members live in countries where we have freedom to eat and speak as we believe, yet tragically few people take advantage of these opportunities to protect God’s Creation. Instead, most people equate freedom with consumer choices, and they end up degrading God’s Creation rather than protecting it.
Jesus said the truth will set us free, and indeed we can find meaning and direction in our lives not by impressing our friends with our latest purchases but by serving God. Jesus was in great pain on the cross, but the Bible describes him ultimately as at peace. Faith involves trusting that aligning our actions with God’s desires, as Jesus did, will put our hearts at ease and liberate us from the burdens of this human existence.
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D. 

3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
We Can’t Have It Both Ways

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