- Important CVA
- Activist Feedback
- Essay: On Science and Religion,
- This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
1. Important CVA Survey
The CVA is partnering with the Humane
Research Council to learn more about what people think about when
making food choices. Our findings should be very helpful as we prepare
the next edition of our booklet. Please help by completing this
and then send it along to family and friends who might be willing to
do the survey. In addition to vegetarians and vegans, we really hope
to get a lot of feedback from non-vegetarians – the people we hope
will move toward plant-based diets. You might send along a message
like the following to family and friends:
I'm asking my family
and friends to participate in a short, important survey.
do you think about when making food choices? The Humane Research
Council is studying this question and asking people to complete this
2-minute survey .
Thank you very much.
News Flash: Over 300 people have done the
survey already! We’re aiming to top 1000 respondents, which would give
the survey considerable statistical power. The survey will likely
close this Sunday at midnight, so please act now.
Tak, who tabled at the recent Veggie Pride
Parade in New York City, writes:
I got there 11:30AM to set
up, and I tabled from noon to 4PM with the rest of the organizations.
Among the highlights, a handful of young adults who were vegan
(non-Christians) shared that their friends/parents were Christians and
asked for resources and support to reach out to them. I gave them
resources and encouraged them to be patient and continue to work at
it, and I acknowledged our shortcomings (as Christians) for failing to
live as better stewards and living in ways that contradict some of the
fundamental truths in our Bible. Organizations such as
nyfarmanimalsave.org came up
and asked us for resources because they have a community of Christians
that they want to interact with during their vigils. Many of the
organizations present on that day were aware of CVA and thanked us for
our presence and support.
Thanks a lot for giving me the
opportunity to serve.
3. Essay: On Science and Religion,
Is there a place for God in a materialist, scientific
world view? I think so, in part because science offers little insight
into the great existential questions: Where did I come from? What am I
supposed to do with my life? What happens to my sense of individual
identity when I die? These are metaphysical questions and, science,
which deals with material (physical) questions, is ill-equipped to
We are one small planet near one star in a vast
universe of millions of trillions of stars. How did life start here?
How did conscious experience arise? As we contemplate such questions,
it is natural to have a sense of awe and wonder. This is true whether
one has a materialist outlook or a metaphysical outlook or, as with
most people today, a combination of both.
contemplating our place on earth and in the universe encourages
humility, and this can be a good thing. Human arrogance seems to
facilitate the abuse of “inferior” nonhumans. Perhaps, however, human
arrogance is a psychological defense against feelings of unimportance
and fears related to vulnerability and mortality. Perhaps what we
really need is a sense of importance and value that does not require
our being superior to anyone else. Perhaps what we need is a faith
that provides this sense of importance. I’ll consider this next week.
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.
4. This Week’s Sermon from
Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
Peacemakers: Jesus, Ethical Vegans, Animal Advocates