Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - April 2, 2022
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Living in Peace – Biblical Guidance
  3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry

1. Activist Feedback

Rick Hershey writes:

I handed out 1750 CVA booklets at JQH Arena at Missouri State University for Winter Jam today. Denise was waiting in line to attend the event, and she volunteered to hand out 50 booklets, so we handed out a total of 1800. The windchill was 33 and there was light rain about half of the time. As usual, most of the booklets went to kids. Big thanks to Denise for her help!

Chip and I handed out 3000 CVA booklets at Paycom Center in Oklahoma City for Winter Jam. This was the last WJ event for this year, and we enjoyed nice weather and a high take rate.

2. Living in Peace - Biblical Guidance

The Bible is replete with stories of conniving, murder, and violence. It even describes, often with evident approval, the killing of innocent nonhumans to relieve one’s own guilt. Yet, the later Hebrew prophets and Jesus opposed sacrificial violence, which is rooting in the scapegoating process, and they offered guidance for harmonious living.

The later prophets repeatedly denounced sacrificial violence (for example Micah 6:6-8. Amos 5:22-24, Hosea 6:6, Isaiah 1:11-13, 16-17, Jeremiah 7:22-23), and the Bible twice quotes Jesus declaring, “I desire mercy and not sacrifices” (Matthew 9:13, 12:7). Further, it is likely that the action that led to Jesus’ death was his driving out the animals slated for sacrifice from the Temple (John 2:15). Humans have always found community through collective violence against scapegoats, who they blame for their own conflicts and failings. Obviously, this is unjust. It is also an unsatisfactory approach to the perennial problem of human violence, because scapegoats are repeatedly needed to unite communities that are constantly pulled apart by human greed, jealousy, and other shortcomings.

To my reading, the Bible offers two principal paths to build communities grounded in peace rather than violence. The first is forgiveness. Jesus repeatedly taught that we should forgive, and indeed the “Lord’s Prayer” includes a call to forgive those who have wronged us. The human tendency is to presume bad intentions when others harm us and to deny our own contributions to conflicts. Forgiveness looks past the various intentions involved and presumes that those who have harmed us are not fundamentally evil. Forgiveness opens the door to reconciliation. And, for those burdened by a sense of guilt for past misdeeds, forgiveness manifests the kindness and compassion which underlies peaceful communities.

Next, I will consider withholding judgment as a second path toward peaceful communities.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

3. From All-Creatures.Org Ministry

Here are our recent All-Creatures Newsletter, which we hope you like and share with others to help stop the exploitation and killing of animals.

You will find the extremely helpful and free guide entitled What to Eat When You Don't Eat Animals: menus and ideas to inspire people who want to eat as if life is precious by Veda Stram of All-Creatures in this week’s newsletter. The story behind this guide is as amazing as its contents! Be sure to check it out and share it with other vegans and pre-vegans.

And as always, thank you for your readership and we are delighted to provide you with this week's edition of the All-Creatures.org Newsletter covering up-to-the-moment 2022 topics including GOOD news for animals, thought-provoking AR articles, religious and spiritual vegan information, art and s stories, and so much more!

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In the Love of the Lord,
Frank L Hoffman


Tams Nicholson
Executive Directress

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