1/21 IA Des Moines Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular
1/21 OK Owasso Revive Tour Christian Rock
1/20-21 TX Dallas Revolve Tour Dream On! - Youth Conf
1/22 IL Dekalb Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular
1/23 IN Ft. Wayne Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular
1/24 IN Newburgh Abandon Christian Rock Concert
1/26 IN Newburgh Abandon Christian Rock Concert
1/28 KY Louisville Abandon Winter Blitz Youth Event
1/28 PA University Park Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular
1/28-29 GA Duluth Revolve Tour Dream On - Youth Conf
1/28-29 VA Richmond Acquire the Fire Youth Conference
1/29 OH Columbus Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular
1/30 TN Nashville Mikechair Christian Rock Concert
1/30 OH Cleveland Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular
2/3 MS Tupelo Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular
2/4-5 MN Minneapolis Acquire the Fire Youth Conference
2/4-5 MO Kansas City Revolve Tour Dream On - Youth Conf
2/5 NC Greensboro Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular
2/10 GA Augusta Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular
2/11 SC Greenville Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular
2/11-12 MO Kansas City Acquire the Fire Youth Conference
2/12 AL Birmingham Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular
2/14 KY Louisville Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular
2/18-19 CO Denver Revolve Tour Dream On - Youth Conf.
2/25-26 AZ Phoenix Revolve Tour Dream On - Youth Conf
3/4-5 OR Portland Revolve Tour Dream On -Youth Conf
4/11 FL Tampa TABLE Talking Animals Festival
7/5-8 OH Cincinnati TABLE Church Turning the World Upside
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2. Reflections on the Lectionary, January 16, 2011: John 1:29-34
This passage begins with John the Baptist declaring, upon seeing
Jesus, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
There has been much reflection among Christian theologians as to what is
the “sin of the world.” I suggest that the “sin of the world” is the
universal sin that has its origin in human nature. The human desire for
self-esteem inclines us transfer guilt from ourselves onto other
individuals (human and nonhuman). Those deemed “guilty” are typically
punished and abused. This transfer of guilt is the essence of
scapegoating, and scapegoating is a fundamental sin (arguably “the sin
of the world”) because it undermines justice, is the basis of
victimization, and is incompatible with a peaceful, harmonious world.
There cannot be God’s realm “on earth and in heaven” as long as there is
How can we eliminate scapegoating? Accusing people of scapegoating
doesn’t work. Communities involved in scapegoating don’t recognize their
scapegoating activities. If they did, then scapegoating would not raise
self-esteem. People generally respond to exposure of their scapegoating
with defensiveness, derision, and, often, violence. Therefore, the “lamb
of God” cannot refute accusers if the “lamb” is to take away the sin of
the world. Indeed, Jesus did not reply to Pilate’s accusations, because
anything he said in his defense would have been regarded as deceitful
and grounds for punishment. By remaining silent, Jesus removed a
possible excuse for executing him, making his innocence more obvious.
Scapegoating can’t be defeated by force, however justified the use of
force might seem to be. The reason is that the recipients of force will
consider themselves victims and thirst for revenge. Scapegoating must be
exposed for the scandal that it is, because it is grounded on lies.
Jesus, by allowing himself to be a victim, exposed the “sin of the
world,” and indeed Jesus’ innocence was acknowledged by Judas (Matthew
27:3-5), Pilate (Luke 23:4), the prisoner (Luke 23:40-43), and the
centurion (Luke 23:47). Those present at his crucifixion went home
beating their breasts (Luke 23:48), which would only have happened if
they recognized that an innocent person had been killed, i.e., that he
had been a victim of scapegoating. Finally, among other things, the
Resurrection account validated that God considered Jesus innocent.
It is not enough to stop scapegoating humans. As long as society at
large participates in scapegoating, everyone is at risk. The reason is
that, frequently, blaming animals for our shortcomings isn’t enough – in
order to regard themselves as “good,” people often find it necessary to
accuse other people. Accusation lies at the root of scapegoating, but if
we abstain from accusation, how can we hold people accountable for their
actions? We’ll consider this next week. The following week, we’ll
explore ways in which animals are victims of scapegoating.
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.
3. The January Issue of “The Peaceable Table” Is Now Online
* The Editorial, "The Inner Light and the Honor Code," presents some
basic ideas from Kwame Anthony Appiah's new book The Honor Code, about
the moral revolutions that ended such evils as Chinese footbinding and
Atlantic slavery. In what ways might awareness of honor issues help us
in our efforts to bring about a revolution on behalf of animals?
* Do animals have spiritual experiences? According to a NewsNote, a
neurological study suggests that they do.
* In one of the Letters, John Gilheany deals with the relevance to
non-British readers of his historical book Familiar Strangers, reviewed
in the December issue. He also offers another example of one of the
witty exchanges between adversaries Shaw and Chesterton.
* The Recipes for January are for a hearty lentil and pasta soup and
a mouth-watering breakfast coffee cake. Try them and enjoy!
* The January Pioneer is Bramwell Booth, son of the co-founders of
the Salvation Army and a compassionate vegetarian who saw a nonviolent
diet as crucial to his ministry to help realize the Kingdom of God on
May the year 2011 see more and more people turning away from systemic
violence against animals, and returning to their own innermost nature
where the Light/Love of God dwells.
Love to all,
Gracia Fay Ellwood, Editor
To read this issue, go to
4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
True Love and Compassion Will Always Lead to Justice
5. Elizabeth Farians on YouTube
CVA member Elizabeth Farians has a moving YouTube video done at World
Peace Yoga 2010 , in which she encourages people to visualize the
traumatic experiences of cows and calves.
6. Special Offer from Veggiebrothers
I’m often on the run, and I’ve found Veggiebrothers meals nutritious
and tasty, but they are a bit pricy. This month, they have a buy two,
get one free offer on select items.
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau‘s web site is http://www.compassionatecooks.com/.