DR. JAY MCDANIEL AT CALVIN COLLEGE
APRIL 28, 2009 7:08 PM


Eminent Theologian to Offer 2009 Animals and the Kingdom of God Lecture
The second annual address of the Animals and the Kingdom of God Lecture Series at Calvin College is this Friday, May 1, at 7:30 pm in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall at the Hekman Library. This year's speaker is Dr. Jay McDaniel, the Willis T. Holmes Distinguished Professor of Religion at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. An eminent figure in the timely and rapidly expanding field of creation care theology, Dr. McDaniel is the author of numerous books including Of God and Pelicans: A Theology of Reverence for Life (John Knox) and Living from the Center: Spirituality in an Age of Consumerism (Chalice).

Why Christians Need Animals...And God Does, Too!
Dr. McDaniel's address is titled "Why Christians Need Animals...And God Does, Too!", and he describes the project as follows: "I will suggest four ways that Christians are enriched by the presence of animals: as vessels of grace, subjects of respect, objects of amazement, and sites for the holy. I will then introduce a way of thinking about God -- the panentheistic perspective of process theology -- in which animals are understood as adding to the beauty of God's own life and subjects of God's care. The lecture concludes with a consideration of the idea that, given the extent of animal suffering, there is tragedy, even in God, and also with the suggestion that, if there is a continuing journey for humans after death, there must also be one for animals." Light refreshments and a book signing follow the address. The lecture is free and open to the public and a selection of Dr. McDaniel's books will be available for sale at 20% off the retail price.

Got Dinner Plans Beforehand?
If not, you should consider joining the Students for Compassionate Living for one of their legendary vegan potlucks at 5:00 pm in the DeVos Communications Center Forum just across the beltline from the main campus. The potluck theme is "Southern Soul", so fry up some garlic and greens, boil down the black-eyed peas, BBQ some seitan, and break out the biscuits and gravy. As always, please bring a dish to share and your own table service. Hope to see you there!

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MAD FARMER FOOD FEST
APRIL 22, 2009 5:00 PM


Another Amazing Event Brought to You By Calvin College Student Activists
Mark your calendars for this Saturday, April 25, and join Calvin College Residence Life in celebrating the Mad Farmer Food Fest from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm in the outdoor ampitheater of the Knollcrest East Apartments (see SE corner of this map) for great food, an on-campus farmers' market, and a series of fantastic workshops on eating right.

Tickets are $5.00 for adults and just $2.00 for children, and the price of admission includes lunch catered by Brick Road Pizza and Marie Catrib's, a keynote lecture on "Practicing Resurrection through Food Choice" by Karen Lubbers of Lubbers Family Farm, and breakout sessions on a variety of topics of interest to vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Calvin College Box Office or onsite at the event. Peruse the full schedule of activities here and plan to make a day of it! Where else in Grand Rapids can you eat vegan pizza, support local farmers, have your face painted, participate in a vegan bread-making workshop, and learn about the ethics of eating from the good folks at places like Mixed Greens and Mud Lake Farm, all for just $5.00?

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MEAT IS *STILL* MURDER
APRIL 20, 2009 10:44 PM


Morrissey Leaves Stage in Protest of Meat Fumes from Backstage BBQ
Ah, Moz. You're still a hero after all this time. It seems like just yesterday, but it's been 24 years since...


THE FACE ON YOUR PLATE
APRIL 16, 2009 10:24 PM


Jeffrey Masson's Take on the Truth About Food
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, award-winning author of numerous books on the inner lives of animals, has just published a new monograph on the use of animals for food. Read all about it in New York Times columnist Eric Konigsberg's piece titled "A Man with Opinions on Food with a Face". Many thanks to John Scherer for the tip on this article.

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NEW ENGLAND EGG FARM INVESTIGATION
APRIL 2, 2009 10:42 AM


Mercy For Animals Strikes Again
This gut-wrenching video exposes the deplorable conditions inside the largest industrial egg farm in New England. How many "worst case scenarios" in how many states will we have to witness until we start believing that these problems are not just troublesome "one-offs" but standard industry conditions? Consider doing your part to keep the heat on this industry by supporting Mercy For Animals.



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