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CVA Weekly Newsletter
May 28, 2014


  1. Meditation: "Be kind"
  2. Booklet Project
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
  4. People Are Not Mice: The Failing Animal Research Paradigm for Human Disease

1. Meditation: “Be kind”
 
The following quote has been attributed to the Greek philosopher Philo: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is carrying a heavy burden.” All of us have been wounded by life. To varying degrees – sometimes markedly varying degrees – we have all experienced losses and disappointments. These wounds often make it hard to show love and compassion. Similarly, we all have fears and frustrations that can impair our judgments and can harden our hearts.
 
Consequently, when we interact with unpleasant people who strike us as obnoxious or mean, I think we should give them the benefit of the doubt and regard them with love and compassion and treat them kindly and respectfully. Such kindness and respect is not the same as trust, since some people can be dangerous. Similarly, we should not countenance their hurting other individuals, however much compassion we have for the wounds that instigated hurtful behavior. If our actions come from a place of love and compassion rather than anger and retribution, they are much more likely to reflect Christ’s love and, I think, to make the world a better place.
 
Stephen R. Kaufman, MD


2. Booklet Project
 
As many of you know, we’re revising our booklet. We would like to thank Four Feet Forward, which connected us to a volunteer expert in advocacy communications who provided many helpful suggestions for our booklet. Four Feet Forward welcomes requests for their free services.


3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
 
Faith Acts Upon Belief, It’s Not Passive


4. People Are Not Mice: The Failing Animal Research Paradigm for Human Disease

Dr. John Pippin, a cardiologist, former animal researcher, and director of academic affairs for the nonprofit organization Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, has written an excellent essay on how mice models of human disease have consistently failed to provide useful information. Read People Are Not Mice: The Failing Animal Research Paradigm for Human Disease.


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