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CVA Weekly Newsletter
February 5, 2014

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Comments on Last Week’s Essay
  3. Essays in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., part 2
  4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback

Rick, who leafleted with George and Alex at Winter Jam in St. Louis, writes:

We enjoyed pleasant weather and a young receptive crowd. We didn’t enjoy Scottrade security as much though; they stole four boxes of our booklets off the public sidewalk. Alex conducted a brief onsite investigation, went into the building, and walked out much to my pleasure carrying all four stolen boxes!

Thanks to George and Alex for their efforts and great work!

Upcoming Activist Opportunities

02/12/2014 GA, Atlanta Jars of Clay
02/14/2014 MN, Minneapolis Toby Mac’s Hits deep Tour
02/14-15/14 IN, Indianapolis ATF
02/16/2014 VA, Norfolk The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular
02/20/2014 KY, Lexington Casting Crowns
02/21-22/14 IA, Des Moines ATF
02/22/2014 WA, Seattle Toby Mac’s Hits Deep Tour
02/23/2014 OH, Cleveland The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular
02/23/2014 OR, Portland Toby Mac’s Hits Deep Tour
02/28/2014 AR, North Little Rock The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular
02/28/2014 ME, Portland Casting Crowns
02/2/2014 IN, Indianapolis Third Day & Skillet Tour
03/01/2014 KS, Wichita The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular
03/02/2014 TN, Memphis The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular
03/02/2014 CA, San Jose Toby Mac’s Hits Deep Tour
03/02/2014 PA, Philadelphia Casting Crowns
03/05/2014 TX, Ft. Worth The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular
03/06/2014 MO, Springfield The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular
03/08/2014 IL, Chicago Third Day & Skillet Tour
03/14/2014 SC, Greenville Extraordinary Women Conference 2014
03/22/2014 PA, Reading Third Day & Skillet Tour
03/23&24/14 WA, Seattle Vegetarians of Washington VegFest – TABLING
03/29/2014 IL, Hoffman Estates Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular
03/30/2014 NY, New York City Veggie Pride Parade NYC
04/04/2014 FL, Pensacola Extraordinary Women Conference 2014
04/05/2014 TX, Austin Texas VegFest http://www.texasvegfest.com/eventinfo/
04/19/2014 TN, Nashville Earth Day Festival – TABLING - http://www.nashvilleearthday.org/
04/12/2013 TX, Houston EarthDay Festival – TABLING - http://earthdayhouston.org/?page_id=2
04/27/2014 MO, St. Louis Earth Day Festival – TABLING - http://www.stlouisearthday.org/events/festival/
04/19-26/13 OH, Columbus Earth Day Festival – TABLING - http://earthdaycolumbus.org/
04/19/2014 CA, San Francisco Earth Day Festival – TABLING - http://www.earthdaysf.org/earth-day.html
04/13/2014 MI, Novi Michigan VegFest – TABLING - http://vegmichigan.org/activities/vegfest/
04/27/2014 CA, San Diego San Diego EarthWorks - TABLING
04/24/2014 OH, Cleveland Joyce Meyer Conference
05/03/2014 MD, Baltimore VegFest http://www.thehumaneleague.com/BaltimoreVegFest/index.htm
05/10-11/14 TX, Houston VegFest
05/15/2014 TX, Fort Worth Joyce Meyer Conference
05/31/2014 IL, Chicago Veggie Pride Parade
06/07/2014 WI, Madison Mad City Vegan Fest
06/08/2014 CA, Vancouver Canada VEG Expo 2014 – TABLING - http://www.vegexpo.ca/
06/27-30/14 DC, Washington Taking Action for Animals
07/2-6/2014 PA, Johnstown Vegetarian Summerfest 2014
07/5-6/2014 CO, Golden VegFest Colorado
07/10-13/14 CA, Los Angeles Animal Rights National Conference http://arconference.org/mission-structure.htm
08/9-10/2014 IL, Naperville VeggieFest Chicago
09/5-7/2014 Canada-Toronto Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair
09/27-28/14 OR, Portland Portland VegFest

2. Comments on Last Week’s Essay

Thank you for your good words on MLK (part 1). I think he was touching something important in the nonviolence community: We must also practice nonviolence toward ourselves. The King quote you cited reminded me of St. Therese of Lisieux (and the Little Way of Nonviolence). She refused to hate herself or fall into despair because of her own weaknesses. "If you are willing to bear serenely the trial of being displeasing to yourself," she wrote to her sister, "then you will be for Jesus a pleasant place of shelter." That is a hard saying for me, but I believe it.

Bob Muth

It's all about individual humility, in my opinion. If one is not bothered about one's shortcomings and accepts them, one is easily more accepting of others. I have a hopeless working memory and am partly physically disabled, so I am accepting of everyone.


3. Essays in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., part 2

Last week, I started to reflect on the following quotation from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: “We will continue to despise people, until we have recognized, loved, and accepted what is despicable in ourselves.” I talked about recognizing what we find despicable in ourselves; today I’ll explore what it means to love those characteristics.

We all have attributes of which we are ashamed, which might include such things as a quick temper, irrational jealousies, or sexual attraction to someone other than one’s life partner. We are all imperfect creations, and Paul observed that we all fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). However, as Christians we are called to honor and respect everything God has created, and that includes ourselves, warts and all.

I think we should love our shameful attributes in a similar way as we are called to love our neighbor. We might not feel affection for our neighbor – we might even dislike our neighbor – but we should still love our neighbor because our neighbor is a reflection of God, our neighbor’s creator. Therefore, we should treat our neighbor with respect and, to the degree that is safely possible, kindness. Similarly, even as we strive to eradicate those attributes of which we are ashamed, we should look respectfully and kindly upon them, acknowledging that they are manifestations of our brokenness and opportunities for growth.

Next week, I will consider how we might accept what is despicable in ourselves.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

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

Walking Humbly with God

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