Weekly Newsletter - August 6, 2015
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. The August Issue of “The Peaceable Table” Is Now Online
  2. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

To see past Reflections on the Lectionary, got to www.all-creatures.org/articles/an-tpr-reflections-on-lectionary.html. I want to thank All-Creatures.org for hosting the CVA web site (www.christianveg.org) and putting these essays on the Internet.

1. The August Issue of “The Peaceable Table” Is Now Online

Contents include:

If like me you relate to stories involving thrilling chases and hair-raising brushes with death, especially when the good guys are acting to protect animals from dastardly animal-killers, you'll want to open the link to "High Adventure across Three Oceans," an account of Sea Shepherd actions from earlier this year. About the only thing lacking is a sabre-duel on the deck of sinking poacher ship Thunder between the Bob Barker's Captain Peter Pan--er, Peter Hammarstedt (who looks all of nineteen), and a mustachio-twirling Captain Cataldo of the Thunder. (No, the Sea Shepherd people didn't sink the Thunder.)

The Editor's Corner Guest Essay by Will Tuttle offers "The Golden Key" to approaching those who are still numb to the animal concern: remember that, from infancy on, we have all been deceived by misguided, harmful stories entitling us to see animals as property--and no one wants to be duped.  We can present our own story of being liberated from these destructive narratives, and our resulting joy, freedom, and wellbeing.  People can't argue with our experience; a seed is planted.  As early Quakers liked to say, "This I know experimentally [experientially]."

The Gadhimai Temple authorities in Nepal announced that they have ended the thousands of animal sacrifices at their traditional festival! Check out the link in this NewsNote.

The August My Pilgrimage hero is Florida veterinarian Randall Cannon, who tells how he faced up to the egregious contradiction between his actions in saving companion dogs and cats--even crying when he failed--and going home to eat other animals. Now he has something to say to other vets, and to the public.

Historian Barbara Booth, in a Letter responding to last issue's review of the pope's encyclical on the state of the earth, gives her judgement that Francis is the best occupant the papal chair has ever had.

The Penderwicks in Spring, a children's book Reviewed by Benjamin Urrutia, is a good read for all ages and is particularly helpful for children grieving the loss of a companion animal.

Read any or all of these items at http://www.vegetarianfriends.net/issue117.html.

Send in a response or a suggestion for the September issue, and maybe a donation?

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

God Forgives True Repentance

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