Co-editor Paula here, filling in for co-editor Mary as she and her husband Manny are on the road. I like to refer to them as the Affiliate ambassadors-at-large.
This issue is filled with Action and Community. Chapters from South Korea to Petaluma to Houston have reflected on their Affiliate lives. Mary and Manny report on chapters they visited as they crossed the US to attend the Maryknoll Affiliates’ April board meeting at the Maryknoll Sisters’ in Ossining, NY. That included participating in the Northeast Region’s conference on Balance. To round out this issue, we have invitations to attend the Maryknoll Sisters’ Mission Institute, to take an online class, to get involved in Quo Vadis, or to read a good book.
On Mary and Manny’s return trek, they have visited several more chapters, which we’ll hear about in the next issue. As they travel, they are organizing a Northwest Regional mini-conference on active nonviolence for September 22 in Portland. Mary says, “Y’all come!”
Balance, the Earth, and Contemplative Dialog – Several groups thought that if their chapter had one project that they all worked on, it would help unify and animate their chapter.
Mission – Nonviolence in Portland, Oregon – Gather with Affiliates and with others to learn active nonviolent approaches to addressing the challenges before us.
Ministry to Detainees in Washington – "Volunteering at the NW Detention Center has given me a greater respect for the detainees..."—Pat Bader
Petaluma Affiliates in Mission – The McFarlands’ cautious “Yes” was echoed throughout the community.
South Korea Meeting Notes – "One person talked about the need to listen to the people we serve."—Russ Feldmeier
The Good Samaritan in Mission – "Had I not been the class facilitator, I fear I would have joined the passersby and gone on home without intervening."—Bertha Haas
Connecting in Anaheim – "As we learned at the 2017 MAC, we are all connected, and the impact of our actions can be widespread."—Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss
Houston Update – "Eight months later, many houses are still not livable, mostly "because the people don’t have the money to buy materials."—Bob Kleeman
Southern (Maryknoll) Hospitality – Vivien emphasized being compassionate whether we consider ourselves liberal, progressive, or conservative.
Bringing Immersion Home – "...maybe this is indeed what I am called to do with what I brought home from my mission experience."—Kim Nunez
Finding Our Way – "We looked at what was important to us of the four pillars and saw that they all work together."
A Call to Action – Can you help organize workshops in your area?
March for Our Lives – Pope Francis recently commended youth who are raising their voices and encouraged them to continue speaking up.
Learn How to Transform Capitalism – Now [the Presencing Institute is] offering the free “Transforming Capitalism Lab”...
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Connecting with Affiliates is one of the joys of being an editor of the NSFA. An Affiliate called me recently, emphatically saying, “We’ve got to keep that spirit of Buen Vivir in our Affiliate community. How can we do that?” We offer the NSFA as one way for Affiliates to connect and share living in harmony. We hope that articles in this issue will inspire your and your chapter’s growth in harmony. Several boxes in this issue offer specific ideas to nourish Buen Vivir.
We recognize that we are living in changing times. Octavia Butler, an award-winning Black, science-fiction author writes, “All that you touch You Change. All that you touch Changes you. The only lasting truth is Change.” We need to see and question the change that engulfs us. Bill Murphy (page 5) and the Easy Meeting (pp. 6-7) question, “Where are you going?” May we ask the questions to help guide the change.
Maryknoll Affiliates in Hawaii - "This Affiliate chapter began more than 10 years ago after Jack Sullivan recognized their Maryknoll connections, and that they were already meeting..." — Roseyn Devlin
Save the Date - "Hope to see you at the Maryknoll Sisters’ campus in April."— Santa Orlando
The Challenge of the Joyful Poor - "We come away feeling evangelized (or “re-evangelized”) through encounter with people whom we are socialized to dismiss or pity."—Kevin Foy
Living Buen Vivir in LA - "Over lunch we had rich conversation with Daniel [Caño], Teresa, and Ana about Mayan spiritual practice."—Hugh Menton
Earth Day - is Sunday, April 22.
Pope Francis on Climate Change - "Last November Pope Francis pointed out four perverse attitudes to avoid."—Marie Venner
Beyond the Jubilee - "And so it remains to be seen how well the various facets of the Maryknoll Movement will continue to be adaptive and attuned to the spirit."—Bill Murphy
Easy Meeting: The Power of Questions - This Easy Meeting will use questions to help your chapter explore and unpack two issues or concepts.
Nurturing Seeds Planted by Maryknoll Sisters - “We need to be bringing more young folks into our Maryknoll Affiliate Movement. They are our future.”—Patti Shannon
Who is the Stranger? - 'Whom do we consider and treat as outside our tribe?'—Met Ford
ICE Harasses a Permanent Resident - "William and his lawyers said the support of 40 letters and over 30 people at the hearing positively influenced the judge..."—Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss
The Roots of Our Movement - "The general consensus was that this film is a valuable piece of Maryknoll Affiliate history, especially in light of the passing of Fr. Jim in 2014."—Sharon Mitchell
News from the Board: Paying it Forward and Board Meeting Agenda
To view this issue in its print form, download the March/April 2018 Not So Far Afield PDF.
In this issue we have tried to transmit what transpired in Guatemala at the 2017 Maryknoll Affiliate Conference (MAC)—Harmony, Unity, Love—all that Maryknoll is to us. We hope that the Pillars of the Affiliate Movement: Spirituality, Community, Global Vision, and Action, will be reinvigorated in you as you travel through this issue with the Affiliates who visited various mission sites of the Sisters, Fathers and Brothers, Lay Missioners, and Affiliates in Guatemala and El Salvador after the Conference. Mission has planted many seeds. So much is coming to fruition. So much remains to be done. We hope to share in a later issue our visits to the sites of the Salvadoran martyrs, recognizing what mission can demand.
Articles in this issue:
Buen Vivir: Living in Harmony – "Singing, dancing, walking, eating together blossomed into a unity of purpose and engendered a new Maryknoll Affiliate essence."—Kitty Schiltz
Serving the “Other” in Coatepeque – As with all mission trips, I discovered the connections that exist between all of us, and that even though we are many, we are one!"—Patty Hinton
Salvadoran Affiliates and CONTRASIDA – "Sister Mary initially wanted to elevate the dignity of the AIDS patients, to prepare them to die, but now the center prepares the patients to live fully."—Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss
A Pilgrimage Immersion Experience in Guatemala – "The Maryknollers are reaching far beyond the limits of their numbers as they invite a newness of consciousness that reflects an ever-evolving world."—John Moritz
My MAC 2017 Experience – "Many times we were challenged to think how we felt about our mission as Maryknoll Affiliates and how we perceived the future."—Susan Porrovecchio
Affiliates Walking into the Future – “The doors of Caminando Por la Paz are open for everyone.”—Lennie Sazo
Salvadoran Affiliate Chapter Is Building – "Fr. Jack invited her to an Affiliate meeting three or four years ago. Now Cecibel is the contact person for the Affiliate group."
Circles-—“That’s What It’s All About” – "Yes, circles! 'That’s what it’s all about!' Let’s do the Hokey Pokey."—Roger Schiltz
Casa Materna Mary Ann Jackman: Ray of Hope and Legacy of Friendship – "Through the years, my letters sought to give you a sense of being right here with us in our sacred work of accompaniment..."—Kitty Madden
From the Board:
News from the Board: Telling Our Maryknoll Stories (Sr. Teruko Ito, MM)
And don't miss our Features:
We Are Corn and Beans – poem by Daniel Cano
To view this issue in its print form, download the January/February 2018 Not So Far Afield PDF.
This issue illustrates that as Maryknoll Affiliates, global vision informs and influences our response to problems. We salute the Affiliates and Maryknollers in the Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Our global vision teaches us that wars and nuclear weapons not only threaten the warring countries, but as President Eisenhower stated in the 1950s,”Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger…” This NSFA offers a Pax Christi prayer to aid reflection on the UN Nuclear Weapon Treaty and on the US role with nuclear weapons stealing from the hungry and the poor.
Kevin Foy’s global vision, developed overseas and in the southern US, leads him to recognize and address racism at home. Marie Venner stresses the urgency of doing something about climate change since the contribution from highly industrialized areas such as the US disproportionately impacts low-lying or poor countries.
Articles in this issue:
ICAN Wins Nobel Peace Prize – "Although the nuclear states try to discount this accomplishment, I see it as a part of a new expression of empowerment by the nonnuclear and less powerful states..."—Beth Begley
Our Cup is Full – What will be my own special contribution in this MAC 2017 assembly to strengthen the four Pillars...?
Renewable Energy—A Simple 1-2-3 – "Why am I passionate about this? It’s about life and dignity for all."—Marie Venner
5 Things Christian Mission Teaches Me About Confronting Racism – "Being a missionary teaches you that the world can look very different depending on where you stand in it."—Kevin Foy
The Catholic Church Moves Towards Nonviolence? – "Before taking on and setting straight the violent world, he counseled, we should begin and continue by shaping up ourselves."—Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego
Caring for Refugees and Immigrants – They planned this event ... to impart information and to inspire involvement and action.—Marie Wren
I Was an Alien and You Welcomed Me – "Nationwide, an estimated 800 churches have declared themselves Sanctuary Churches, although only few are housing threatened immigrants."—Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss
A Report on Pace e Bene’s Campaign Nonviolence Event – "We need to say no to violence and respect our adversary as a loving person in God’s eyes."—Ken Butigan
From the Board and Executive Coordinator:Nov/Dec 2017 Not So Far Afield
And don't miss our Features:
Prayer for International Acceptance of the Nuclear Ban – Your chapter might use it at a chapter meeting or arrange an interfaith prayer service in your area.
To view this issue in its print form, download the November/December 2017 Not So Far Afield PDF.
Maryknoll introduced me to the use of the word “reality” to refer to the experience of a particular culture or social group. “Reality” shows on TV have been very popular, but I question their authenticity. Even if they are not purposefully scripted, the act of observing a phenomenon can influence its outcome. Now it seems we are all living in a “reality” show manipulated by our national and international politics. This show ignores the reality of our families and friends and leaves us to deal with the serious situations in our communities.
This issue of the NSFA touches on many of the situations that impact our reality as Affiliates: violence and weapons, scapegoating, consumerism, evolving gender identities, immigration, etc. We can take charge and evolve our own reality. What is real now? What do we want to become real?
Articles in this issue:
Buen Vivir Inspires Heartfelt Strategies - "We all share our humanity and we all need each other."—Dan Heuer
Nuclear Option Action Alert - "The Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns urges us to pray and contact our government representatives asking for diplomacy with North Korea."
Reflections on Our Annual “Home” Visit - "From being in mission these last 15 plus years, I know that entering another culture to accompany people is anything but easy."—Mary Gill
Meet Your MAC 2017 Liturgists & Musicians - The special talents of these Guatemalans will enrich your conference experience...
Easy Meeting: Visioning the Affiliates - “Where do you think we will be in 5 years?” —Dave Schaffner
Scapegoats and Nonviolence - "Being an immigrant without documents is not a matter of national security; it’s a matter of paperwork."—Joe Hastings
2017 Campaign Nonviolence - ...we encourage Affiliate Chapters and Affiliates to participate...
About Growth and Evolution - "I can see that my ideas of gender and roles have changed radically."—Kitty
From the Board and Executive Coordinator:
And don't miss our Features:
To view this issue in its print form, download the September/October 2017 Not So Far Afield PDF.
Global Vision is a special perspective of Maryknollers, including Affiliates. Our Mission Statement says Affiliates “go beyond borders, locally and globally.” We recognize that our local actions have an impact across the globe.
This issue of the Not So far Afield tells of Affiliates in the US, Korea, and Peru responding with urgency and generosity to the needs of the flood-stricken in Peru. As people of God, Affiliates also look to welcome the stranger in difficult times. Houston Affiliates Bob and Ruth Kleeman remember their local saint, Mark Zwick, of the Houston Catholic Worker House, Casa Juan Diego. The Casa welcomes immigrants from many Spanish-speaking countries who fled their own repressive regimes or who suffered from policies of the US. Gerry Mullaney tells of his experience seeing another Cuba. Read the profiles of the speakers for the November 2017 MAC in Guatemala to gain a broader view of the world, including the indigenous philosophy of Buen Vivir.
Articles in this issue:
Affiliates in Solidarity – "Without all the help from the Affiliates and the faith they placed in us, we would not have been able to help as we did."—Carlos Apcho
“If We Had Any Guts, We’d Start a Catholic Worker House” – "Mark would say there is no such thing as “illegal immigrants”—some may be undocumented, but being a person is not illegal."—Bob & Ruth Kleeman
Welcoming the Stranger – "Some Affiliates visit immigrants in detention. Others accompany immigrants to appointments or to court."
2017 Climate March – "A continual stream of people carrying funny, creative, and inspiring signs kept us entertained."—Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss
NOLA Marches Forward – "The earth, our common home, is beginning to look like an immense pile of filth.” —Pope Francis
¡Meet the MAC 2017 Speakers! – "I have learned about the value and beauty of land from a cosmic worldview; about culture and the legitimacy of indigenous peoples’ claim to full recognition as people; their right to organize their collective life according to their ancestral norms; and their aspiration to “Live Well”, opting for a life in harmony and balance with nature."—Laura Hurtado Paz y Paz
Another Cuba, Another Fidel – "It seems that the churches have succeeded at convincing the government that the church social programs are compatible with the aims of the government."—Gerry Mullaney
Maryknoll Mission Institute—What A Gem! – "Let me introduce you to the MMI and encourage you, if you are able, to seriously consider spending one of the best weeks one could experience."—Rich Lessard
From the Board and Executive Coordinator:
And don't miss our Features:
To view this issue in its print form, download the July/August NSFA PDF.
Spring weather and ongoing challenges have us anxious and on the move. Where are you going? The Albany Affiliates are helping college students process their immersion trips. The Los Angeles Affiliates march for peace and for the homeless. Many other Affiliates and Maryknollers have marched and are advocating for science, for the environment, and for action on climate change. John Moritz and the Northeast Florida Affiliates are helping many Catholics to become aware of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’.
Bob Short and the Guatemala Affiliates remind us that our Maryknoll charism leads us to Buen Vivir and a better connection with the environment. Bob says, ”The everyday faith commitment of Maryknoll Affiliates who continue to “show up” in the way they live and speak up to confront the voices of nationalistic empire that appear to be getting louder each day” are a sign of hope.
Articles in this issue:
Widening Visions: Sharing Laudato Si’ at a Diocesan Gathering – "I feel that using the theme was a more effective way of engaging people in a non-invasive and non-threatening manner."—John Moritz
BUEN VIVIR Through Maryknoll – "We are invited to move out of ourselves and be open to the diversity around us."—Lizbeth del Rosario Gramajo Bauer
Where Are You Going? – "Returnees from immersion trips need a forum in which to process their many experiences."—Santa Orlando
Palm Sunday Peace Parade Addresses Homelessness – 'When I was homeless, I felt that I was in a subculture and I always wanted to be a part of my community."—Dorothy Edwards
Mining Ban in El Salvador – "The government had denied mining permits to a new project; the company then sued for lost profits."
Protect Our Mother Earth – "Please post your actions and/or photos on the Maryknoll Affiliates’ Facebook page..."
Affiliates in Action – Houston – "Several members will be traveling to Guatemala in November to participate in MAC 2017."
Ralph Maughan—Persistent Affiliate – "The area they visit in Northeastern Myanmar has been one of the most problematic and dangerous parts of the country."—Janet Quillian
A place to learn: Maryknoll Mission Institute
Report on an author's speech: Contemplation, Asceticism, and Advocacy
To view this issue in its print form, download the May/June 2017 PDF.
We Affiliates have our work cut out for us! As the saying goes, if you’re not upset, you’re not paying attention. I hear that Affiliates are paying attention, they are upset, they have long been upset, and they are taking action.
In this issue, looking for long-term solutions, Marie Venner passionately insists we must end our addiction to fossil fuels for the good of her children, indeed all of our children’s children. Ron Covey, also looking to the future, focuses on the educating marginalized children in Guatemala City. Rosa Beatriz Castañeda de Larios, Guatemala Chapter, has devoted her life to education. Mef Ford tells us about the Boston Affiliate Chapter’s reflection on their careers, life choices, and service roles.
We know that not all of our efforts will be successful in the short term, but as St. Teresa of Calcutta reminds us, “God does not require us to be successful, only that we be faithful.”
I urge all Affiliates to examine your values and direction—with others in your chapter, if possible, to pray together, re-establish your priorities, and take action!
The Time is Now – "We are late in the game, so I must and will say very clearly: it is time for us to get off fossil fuels—now—all of us." – Marie Venner
Making Time for Kindness – The Affiliate Book Groups are enjoying reading the Orbis book, Abounding in Kindness, by Elizabeth Johnson.
On the Margins: Education and More – "We strive to be an important and accepted member of the community." – Ron Covey
What if 1.2 Billion Catholics Embraced Gospel Nonviolence? – "Which of the wars we have been in is a just war?" – Sister Matty, Mosul
"Light for the People" – "This year in April we mark the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Ben and his Nicaraguan co-workers." – Kitty Madden
Mission Journeys – "Many of our group came of age in the era of cinderblock bookcases, potted avocado plants, and Mateus wine bottle candleholders." – Mef Ford
Getting to Know the Guatemala Chapter – "Maryknoll Affiliates ... respond in community to the call of God to participate in the mission of Jesus." – Guatemala Chapter website
Rosa Beatriz—Educator for Life– She invited all of the attendees to make passion the key to their lives.
Update on MAC 2017 March/April 2017 – Forms for registration and post-conference mission visit options
The Challenge – "We all need to be wiling to be uncomfortable in the pursuit of justice, too." – Sr. Rose Marie Tresp, RSM
Communications Committee Update – Affiliates are asked to contact Bob if they would like their chapter highlighted (on the website).
Board to Meet in May – One area the Regional Coordinators (RCs) will review with the Board is how RCs are selected and how long they should serve.
Virtual Community? – "If you have thoughts or ideas, please let us know!"
Taste of Tanzania 2017 – "Don your African clothes and join us!"
Holy Week Discernment Retreat – "Are you called to Cross-Cultural Mission Service?"
A poem: Silent
A place to learn: Maryknoll Mission Institute 2017
A few announcements: March/April 2017
A Lenten reflection guide: Come Pray, Study, Act with Us
To view this issue in its print form, download the March/April 2017 PDF.
Change is good news, and possibly bad news. We rejoice with the native peoples who are standing up to protect the water. We are inspired by a Guatemalan Affiliate who received national recognition for her work for human rights. We are excited by Pope Francis’s recent message on nonviolence. But we are also concerned to see a backlash against reforms and programs that some may feel have threatened them and their needs. We regret the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and fear the current threats against refugees and immigrants. We agonize about the escalating conflicts that we seem to have no control over.
David vs. Goliath: Competing at Standing Rock – "It is a learning experience for me—a white middle class man used to organizing, to be in the minority; to be quiet, to follow, to listen." – Kyle Chandler-Isacksen
MAC 2017 Update – January/February 2017 – Forms for registration and many more conference details will be available soon.
Retreat at Watch Hill – " 'The Wine Never Runs Out' ... drawing on the Biblical promise of the fullness of life and the symbolism of nuptial radiance." – Bob Short
Claudia Samayoa Speaks – "I have faced the powers that do not want to change, not with aggression but with respect." – Claudia Samayoa
Nonviolence 2017 – "Nonviolence is sometimes taken to mean surrender, lack of involvement and passivity, but this is not the case." – Pope Francis
Days of Infamy: 75th Anniversary – The woman had said, ”Maryknoll gave me a home when I needed one, so now I will give them my house.”
Learning About Immigration and Refugees – ...they are planning an evening presentation on these topics with the hope that the parish may sponsor a refugee family.
Table Talk – "It is difficult, as one grows older, to make new relationships, and yet it is necessary ..." – Kris Neufeld
Virtual Coincidence – Since the first virtual chapter attempts will be considered pilot projects, there is still a great deal of flexibility.
Seattle Chapter: Working Together – For fun, the Seattle Affiliates helped decorate the Seattle Maryknoll House in preparation for the Maryknoll Christmas party.
Connecting in Claremont – The Sierra Club has revived its midwinter, midnight walk among the homeless of Skid Row ...
A celebration of Maryknoll Affiliates' 25 years: 25 Years Ago
A book review: Living in Bubbles
A place to learn: Maryknoll Mission Institute 2017
A few announcements: January/February 2017
To view this issue in its print form, download the January/February 2017 PDF.
There are times when all we can do is walk with someone in need. There may be nothing we can do, nothing we can change, but we can be there.
Especially after the rancorous US political campaign, we Affiliates must be there. We can reemphasize our mission, our counter-cultural, intercultural eagerness to walk with our brothers and sisters, and with the earth.
In this issue we see many facets of accompaniment:
Working for Change – "The idea is for organizations to be accountable for their work by assuring that their projects create real change in the lives of people..." – Fred Goddard
¡Buen Vivir! – "LIFE is a gift from God that we must care for and defend every day of our existence; we respect and enjoy being happy and making others happy. " – Claudia Samayoa
State of the Heart—Fall 2016 Board Meeting – "In my short time as Board chair, it is clear to me that it takes a small village to keep the Affiliate Committee
Korean Affiliates Share News – "I want to keep in touch and let other Affiliates know what we are doing."
Read, Discuss, Grow! – "We’re looking forward to the second Maryknoll Affiliate Book Group, which begins in January."
Tisquantum: A New Tale from the Old World – "Our remembrance of Thanksgiving is upside down." – David Stocker
"Walking Each Other Back Home: Mission As Accompaniment" – "...a day center for the homeless in New Orleans can be a mission when folks get to know the homeless while they provide them service." – Matt Rousso
What Happened at the Southern Region Conference—A Deeper Look – "... it was clear from the start that we were connected by and committed to the Maryknoll charism of accompanying those who have little or no voice in our clamorous, disjointed world." – Bob Short
Mission Is about Walking Each Other Home – "I have often been moved when I realize this is how God in Jesus has been with me all during my life —slowly and lovingly walking me home."
Long-Distance Accompaniment – "...Mwanza Affiliates sent colorful cloth bags from one of their women’s projects..."
Building Abrahamic Partnerships – "The highlight for me was a small group experience led by a Jewish rabbi, a Muslim woman, and a United Church of Christ woman minister." – Dan Heuer
Call for Nominations – "Are you dedicated to serving the Affiliate movement and committed to building a strong and sustainable organization? " – Mary Massaro
Coming Soon to Your Mailbox! – "Working together we can do it!"
A blessing: The Gift of Enough
A book review: Just Water - A Right to Life Issue
To view this issue in its print form, download the November/December 2016 PDF.
We are a brave and loving community! This issue of the NSFA provides reflections and news from several active Affiliate communities. We also feature an EZ Meeting that asks chapters, or individuals, to reflect on our Affiliate community and ponder its relationship to the Kin-dom of God.
Bob Short provides insights on the Affiliate mission of seeking/creating/forming global community, which can lead us to wholeness. The article on “Family,“ from No Tan Lejos del Horizonte, the Spanish-speaking Affiliates’ newsletter, reminds us that the family provides us the grounding and formation that we need to be able to evolve into wholeness.
But there are impediments to wholeness. Demagogues, cults, and fearsome (and fearful) individuals may seek to maximize their benefits and protect themselves, disregarding the common good. The Affiliate community does not exclude the other but rather is supportive of the quest for knowledge and of care for our earth and its peoples, especially those less able to protect themselves.
Oaxacan Community Speaks – "The opposition to the Education Reform now includes not only the teachers but the parents of the school children."—Mary Gill and Pat Denevan
Will Your Chapter be Represented? – "Perhaps chapters could share the cost for a member to represent them."
Genuine Community – "In a small but important way, here is where the Affiliate vision, Seeking Global Community, can make a meaningful contribution, offering a heartfelt core to the emerging conscious unity."—Bob Short
The Problems with Palm Oil: Human Rights Abuses in Guatemala and Honduras – "The Guatemalans talked about palm oil plantations’ connection to water projects in their communities, and the Hondurans told of state repression and assassinations of indigenous leaders who protest large dam projects that threaten indigenous territories."—Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss
Maryknoll Affiliates in Tanzania – "One of the charter members of the Mwanza Affiliates, Agnes Medard, generously shared with Bertha the importance of Affiliate membership in her life."—Bertha Haas
Korean Affiliates Meet – "The sharing was an opportunity to look at how we as believers can respond to the issues we are faced with."—Lydia Kim
Emphasis on Action – "Several members who are not able to travel overseas are involved in local efforts."
Easy Meeting: Family-The Affiliate Community-The Kin-dom of God – "Nothing can separate us from the love of God and nothing can separate us from each other. We are made in the image and likeness of God."
Family in Guatemala – "For me, family is... The people who love, care for and hug you a lot."
LA Chapter Reflects on Survey – "Being an Affiliate member... Is thinking outside of ourselves—out of our comfort zone."
Talking Points – "Being a Maryknoll Affiliate... Gives you the opportunity to rub elbows with veteran, lifelong missioners and draw on their wisdom."—Ken Eppes
FOSNA/Maryknoll Links – "Stand for truth and justice without violence. Resist evil without doing evil."—Naim Ateek
Book Group Suggestions – "I look forward to ‘seeing’ everyone each week.”—Gabriella Maertens
Welcome Home Party for Bertha – "Now, in her retirement, she spends about a month each year at the school..."
Option for the Poor in County Jails – "An estimated 30 percent of the debit cards holding released prisoners’ own money are never used and are completely consumed by the fees."
And don't miss our Features:
A poem: The Homeless
A book review: A Theology of Peace
It seems many people are accepting a negative political and international atmosphere that leads to fear, prejudice, and withdrawal. In contrast, several Affiliates have provided articles for this issue which highlight their efforts to move towards wholeness. Their positive ideas, advocating for peace and nonviolence, having environmental discussions, participating in interfaith groups, and performing service work are all in the direction of wholeness.
The Maryknoll Affiliate Book Group is reading Ilia Delio’s book which discusses wholemaking. In an article in this issue Lenore Smith-Aman asks, “Since we are connected to each other as Affiliates, how can we consciously and creatively work to transform the present political climate from extreme divisiveness to wholeness?”
Affiliates Work for Wholeness – "As people of faith and hope, imbued with the values of Maryknoll, what can we offer?"—Lenore Smith-Aman
Book Group Divides – "It’s exciting to have this opportunity to build community among far-flung Affiliates and other Maryknollers as well."—Paula Schaffner
Calls to Mission – "As a member of the Maryknoll Affiliate Leadership Board, I invite you to consider accepting our call to serve on the Board."—Mary Massaro
You’re All Invited – "For the first time ever, our global vision takes us outside the US for our international Maryknoll Affiliate Conference (MAC). "—Rosa Beatriz Castañeda de Larios
On the Sultan and the Saint – "There are no barriers except those we put up ourselves."—Penny Robinson
Spotlight on the Sacramento Chapter – "We do not have any one project that all of our members are involved in, but individuals participate in many ministries throughout Sacramento and the world."—Patty Symkowick
Albany Chapter Event – "On a pleasant May weekend, Affiliates from the Albany Chapter visited the Maryknoll Sisters in Ossining."
Laudato Si: Care for our Common Home—A Day of Reflection – "As an older person and a grandmother, a compelling question for me was, “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us?”—Mary Moritz
A Mission of Accompaniment – "The theology of accompaniment doesn’t require any grandiosity."—Kris Neufeld
Are You a Teacher? – Southern Poverty Law Center surveyed approximately 2,000 teachers, asking them how the presidential campaign was affecting their students and their teaching.
Remembering Kerrigan: Priest, Poet, and Prophet – The Washington County, Oregon, Peace Vigil noted his passing and honors him by continuing his work for peace and nonviolence.
Calling All United States Christians – We hope that you will read the statement carefully and join those who have already signed their names.
Nonviolence Conference – Nonviolence and Just Peace, a new global initiative launched at the conference, reaffirms the centrality of active nonviolence to the vision and message of Jesus...
Notices – Conference, Guatemala Immersion Trip, and more!
The editors were privileged to attend and energized by the Affiliate Board/RC meetings at Maryknoll in April. Our devotion to all things Maryknoll helps us to survive this election year’s depressing rhetoric.
If you prefer to read the NSFA in its printed form, please go to May/June 2016 Not So Far Afield to read and/or download this issue.
To read articles online, see Articles in this Issue, below.
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State of the Heart, April 2016 – "Of many decisions taken by the Board/RCs that are promising and exciting, I will highlight two. " – Dave Schaffner
Join the New Affiliate Book Group – ...several Affiliates suggest discussing Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness, by Ilia Delio, OSF.
See you in New Orleans? – Matt Rousso will talk about “Mission as Accompaniment” and the role of dialogue in mission.
MAC 2017 – ¡Guatemala! – The Maryknoll Affiliate Board encourages each chapter to send a member and will again offer travel grants to promote broad attendance.
Lynn Houston—The First Affiliate – ...Lynn had a great heart for Maryknoll and was always looking for ways to deepen and widen the circles of the Maryknoll Affiliate family.
Visiting the Contra Costa Affiliates – "Their South American connections help provide the group with a Global Vision." – Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss
Finding Connections in Southeast Asia – "I was struck by unexpected long-distance links between Maryknoll folks." – Charlie Reilly
Solar Sister – "Sr. Rose Marie now proposes using New Mexico’s plentiful sunshine as an alternative to mined uranium-dependent nuclear power." – Mary Ryan=Hotchkiss
Heartstrings Tied to Tanzania – "Our relationships have grown with the years, sharing spirituality in the progress of children to adulthood..." Roger Schiltz
LA Chapter—See How They Partner – For them, collaboration is the key to powerful action.
Our Jamaican Immersion Trip—2015 – "Fellowship and presence was such a blessing to all who participated." – Deacon Herb Casey
New Mission Education Workshop – The Maryknoll Lay Missioners offers a Mission Education Workshop ... to explore every Christian’s baptismal call to mission.
Maryknoll Mission Items – Institutes, Connections, Ideas for ways to connect with missioners
Mary's Call – Ginny McEvoy shared Mary Murphy’s poem, from the December 1993 Not So Far Afield.
Maryknoll Affiliates persist in planting seeds knowing that we might not see the harvest. We grieve when we lose someone—but we can rejoice when we find new ways of mission, such as the Coadys endowing a chair to continue their mission work. We admire and want to work with all those who follow their own diverse paths, searching for the transcendent, such as those at the Parliament of World Religions, or those who join other religious orders.
Seeds planted by Affiliates last summer in a survey are now springing forth in plans and action from the Board and Executive Coordinator. At our 25th anniversary, we are in young adulthood, poised for continued evolution and development. Executive Coordinator Bob Short reminds us that, “Only love can transform us.”
We Affiliates persist in planting seeds with love even as the media abounds with shouts of walls, fear, exclusion, and hate, warping the truth and heralding the short-comings of others. Our love will lead to a win/win. Spring is coming!
The Endowed Chair – "It was time for me to get out of the way."—Jim Coady
25 Years and Growing – "The Affiliate model is said to have enough structure to hold it accountable and provide solidity and form but not so much as to make it burdensome."—Bob Short
Parliament of the World's Religions—Awesome – "So much peace and goodwill showed in everyone’s faces, and we shared the same mood of cheerful greeting."—John Martin, MM
Survey Report Posted – "To connect with Affiliates more directly, the survey asked what being an Affiliate means to them, how they relate to other Maryknollers, and their deeper heart wishes, passions, and abiding commitments."—David Schaffner
New England Retreat – "[It] reinforced the need to keep the three A’s of Maryknoll Spirituality front and center in our daily lives."—James Comes
Affiliates Need Your Help – "If you could serve, or know someone who needs a special invitation, please contact Bob Short."
Regional Conference in New Orleans – "Spend a weekend on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain with fellow Affiliates and other Maryknollers."—Matt Rouso
Hello, Affiliates – "Thank you, all who welcomed me so kindly to the Affiliate meetings and who gave me insights into your mission trips overseas."—Paul Wilkins
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