Christian Vegetarian Association
The Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA) is an international, non-denominational Christian vegetarian organization that promotes responsible stewardship of God's creation through plant-based eating. The CVA advocates vegetarianism from a biblically-based, Christian perspective and sees dietary choice as a valid way to bear witness to Christ's ministry of love, peace, mercy and compassion, and prepare for the Peaceable Kingdom as foretold in the Bible.
The CVA encourages Christians to reduce or eliminate animal products as part of their Christian calling to be good stewards of God's Creation. According to their website, the CVA is "an international, non-denominational ministry of believers dedicated to respectfully promoting healthy, Christ-centered and God-honoring living among Christians."
The CVA promotes the ethical, environmental and health benefits of plant-based diets. They assert that there is a connection between animal-based diets and world hunger, ecological damage, animal mistreatment and human disease.
The CVA’s stated mission is:
- To support and encourage Christian vegetarians around the world.
- To share with non-vegetarian Christians how a vegetarian diet can be a powerful and faith-strengthening witness to Christ's love, compassion, and peace.
- To show the world that plant-based diets represent good, responsible Christian stewardship for all God's Creation.
According to Samantha Jane Calvert, organizations such as the CVA serve to address animal welfare and vegetarian concerns among Christians who find that "mainstream Christian Churches have little to say on the subject of vegetarianism." As of 2012, the CVA had approximately 6,000 members. The CVA's growth is a manifestation of increasing concern for animal well-being among Christians.
The Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA) was founded in 1999 by Nathan Braun and Stephen H. Webb, Professor of Religion at Wabash College.
Braun organized a board of respected professors, theologians, and activists representing a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives. Evidently resonating with many Christians who see their vegetarian diets as reflections of their faith, the organization quickly grew.
In 2000, the CVA produced its first edition of What Would Jesus Eat…Today? which has an annual distribution rate of approximately 250,000 and been translated into several languages.
In 2002, CVA founder Nathan Braun and co-chairman Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D. published the first edition of Good News for All Creation: Vegetarianism as Christian Stewardship (2002: Vegetarian Advocates Press) and a revised, second version two years later (2004: Vegetarian Advocates Press).
In 2006, the CVA produced a short documentary film with an accompanying study guide called Honoring God’s Creation.
- Kris Hiuser (2010). "To Kill A Mockingbird? : A Theology of Animals and a Christian Response". Open Access Dissertations and Theses (Paper 5345). pp. 13–14.
- "Food and Faith: Vegetarianism in religion". Spezzatino. 2 6: 106–108. "Christian Vegetarian Association"
- Samantha Jane Calvert. "A Taste of Eden: Modern Christianity and Vegetarianism". The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 58 (3): 461–481. doi:10.1017/s0022046906008906. "Christian Vegetarian Association"
- Aren Roukema. Toward a vegetarian Christendom.
- "¿Qué comería Jesús… hoy?". Retrieved 17 October 2010.
- Honoring God's Creation
- Official website
- Honoring God's Creation – 2006 film from the CVA
- Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (sister organization)
- Christian Religion and Vegetarian Resources