Christian Vegetarian Association UK

Working towards a violence-free World!

creation care

CVAUK WILL BE GUIDED IN ITS UNDERSTANDING OF ‘CREATION CARE’ BY BOTH SCRIPTURE AND OFFICIAL STATEMENTS AND DECLARATIONS OF THE MAINSTREAM CHRISTIAN CHURCHES.

CVAUK adopts the observation from world history that ‘For evil to prosper all that is necessary is for good men to do nothing.’ It exhorts the Church to be fully aware of the consequences of its teaching in the past that has tended to portray God as indifferent to human and animal suffering. Some Christians have used the Bible to support: 

wars 
slavery 
women and children working in coal-mines  sexism 
capital punishment for petty thieving 
public hangings 
witch burning 
cock fighting and bear baiting.

These practices were ultimately rejected by enlightened, radical Christian leaders who dared to question the traditional church teachings.
 

OBSERVATIONS

...and their theologians, for example the Lambeth Conference, 1998 (Anglican), The Call of Creation, 2002 (Catholic) and Care of Creation, 1994 (Evangelical). In particular, the Lambeth Declaration, 1998, Resolution 1.8, ‘Creation’ states that:

This conference:

(a) reaffirms the biblical vision of Creation according to which:

Creation is a web of inter dependent relationships bound together in the Covenant which God the Holy Trinity has established with the whole earth and every living being.

I. the divine Spirit is sacramentally present in Creation, which is therefore to be treated with reverence, respect and gratitude;

II. human beings are both co-partners with the rest of creation and living bridges between heaven and earth, with responsibility to make personal & corporate sacrifices for the common good of all creation; III. the redemptive purpose of God in Jesus Christ extends to the whole of Creation.

REASON

FOUNDED

The Veg4Lent team realised that the time has come to expand the aims and endeavours of Christian-vegetarian advocacy beyond the limits of the Lenten period.

ECUMENICAL

CVAUK will seek, throughout the Christian Calendar, to encourage, support and equip all Christians, irrespective of denomination.
RESPECT
encourage peaceful campaigns and obtain the consent of the priest in charge before distributing campaign literature in church property.