Contact Paris at [email protected] if you can to help.
To find out about all upcoming leafleting and tabling opportunities in
your area, join the CVA Calendar Group at
2. Their Lives Our Voices conference
Minneapolis, June 12-14
Join activists from all around the country this summer at the
second annual Midwestern animal advocacy conference, "Their
Lives, Our Voices” http://www.tlov.org/.
Hosted by Compassionate Action for Animals, this conference will
take place in Minneapolis at the beautiful Hubert Humphrey
Conference Center, located in a charming, veg-friendly, walking
Their Lives, Our Voices is an inclusive, high-quality,
affordable, and hands-on conference focused on empowering advocates
in their efforts to help farmed animals. This event is accessible to
all animal advocates, showcasing diverse topics and perspectives
within our movement. Networking and attendee participation are vital
to TLOV's success, so please come and help make this an exceptional
Our all-star line-up of featured speakers includes Tom Regan (The
Case for Animal Rights), Lorri Bauston (founder of Animal Acres),
pattrice jones (Aftershock), Kenneth Williams (vegan bodybuilder and
host of Undercover TV), Victoria Moran (Love-Powered Diet), Hillary
Rettig (The Lifelong Activist), Norm Phelps (The Longest Struggle),
Mark Hawthorne (Striking at the Roots), Erin E. Williams (Why
Animals Matter), Stephen Kaufman (Christian Vegetarian Association),
Erica Meier (Compassion Over Killing), Jack Norris (Vegan Outreach),
Jack Norris (Vegan Outreach), Nathan Runkle (Mercy for Animals), Rae
Sikora (Plant Peace Daily), and Freeman Wicklund (Mercy for Animals)
and many more!
The early-bird price is $15 for students and low-income
individuals, $30 for everyone else. Both rates will increase by $15
on Friday, May 22. This includes four full vegan meals plus snacks!
We also have low-cost housing options. No one will be turned away
due to lack of funds. Please visit our website for information on
travel scholarships and discounts for volunteering.
Visit our website at http://www.tlov.org/
to learn more about the event and to register at this special price!
3. Reflection on the Lectionary
John 15:9-17 (May 17, 2009)
This passage includes Jesus’ commandment to his disciples:
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved
you” (9:12). I think that, perhaps as a consequence of
Romanticism, many people equate “love” with great affection.
However, affection is a feeling that we either have or don’t have;
it can’t be “commanded” into us. I think the love to which Jesus
referred is a deep concern and respect for other individuals that
derives not from feelings of affection but from reverence to God.
All things properly belong to God the Creator, and when we show love
for Creation we show love for God.
This helps explain Jesus’ remarkable teaching that we should love
our enemies (Mt 5:44, Lk 6:27). We can fear and want to have no
social intercourse with our enemies while simultaneously recognizing
our enemies as creations of God who, like ourselves, are flawed,
perhaps seriously so.
Many people deride animal advocates as “animal lovers,” as if
deep affection for animals was unhealthy or morally wrong. Given
that many animals show great affection for us, it’s hardly
surprising, and not at all improper, to have genuine affection for
animals. However, one can be indifferent to individual animals while
simultaneously loving them analogous to the way that Jesus
encouraged his disciples to love each other. We can recognize that
animals belong to God and, to the degree that they also suffer and
feel pleasure, what we do with them and to them matters to God.
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.
4. This week’s sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary
Christian Endurance and Love Can Change the Impossible
5. The May issue of The Peaceable Table is
* The Editorial, "The Practice of Peace," presents some basic
principles from a number of spiritual disciplines, helping advocates
respond with compassion to hostile opposition.
* The Unset Gem, by Howard Lyman, is a variant on the old saying
"You can't take it with you."
* One of the NewsNotes cites two experts on influenza, both of
whom link the current epidemic to the ghastly conditions on factory
* One of the Glimpses of the Peaceable Kingdom features Dante, a
highly evolved cat who refuses to eat flesh.
* The Book Review features pioneering biologist Marc Bekoff's
book Animals Matter, which does not hesitate to deal with some
* The BBC documentary EARTH, with its stunning vistas and many
wildlife scenes, is discussed in the Film Review.
* One of the Recipes is for a Raspberry Muffin Cake, tangy-sweet
To read this issue please visit
Gracia Fay Ellwood, Editor