Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - February 28, 2018
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Original Sinm Part 28
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback

Ana, who leafleted at Winter Jam in Tampa, writes:

My leafleting experience was positive. For the most part, the people attending the event were respectful and receptive to the flyers. Of course there are always a few that doesn't fit that, but that was the minimum. We were able to distribute all the booklets. As a matter of fact, I wish I had more.

I would like to donate my hours to you guys to cover for the expenses.

Thank you!

2. Original Sin, Part 28

The story about the adulteress (John 8:3-11) illustrates Jesus undermining the scapegoating process. The scribes and Pharisees tried to trap Jesus by asking whether they, acting according to the Law of Moses, should stone a woman guilty of adultery. Initially, Jesus did not reply; instead, he wrote something in the sand. This broke the mob’s momentum toward stoning her. If they had not been forced to pause and think, they would have stoned her regardless of Jesus’ response. Then, after saying, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7), Jesus again wrote in the sand. If Jesus had met the mob’s gaze, the angry accusers likely would have projected their anger onto him. They would have regarded Jesus’ gaze, however loving and compassionate it was, as an accusation and an affront; and they might have killed Jesus, as well as the adulteress.

Jesus challenged the crowd to produce someone without sin to cast the first stone. This required that someone step away from the crowd and take responsibility for the violence. The scapegoating process involves group violence, with growing accusations and threats from the crowd reinforcing each other. Indeed, nobody came forward to commence the stoning.

Next week, I will continue to explore examples of Jesus working against the scapegoating process.

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

Spiritual Circumcision

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