The Maryknoll Affiliate Book Group restarts in early January. Participants from last year’s group told us that it was a very positive experience for just about everyone. Not only was it substantive with a good deal of learning taking place, but in many ways it (all three groups) became a kind of virtual community with a sense of camaraderie and trust. Here’s what we propose for the next session:
· Meeting (call) times will be the same as before – see below. However, we will try to accommodate another time, if there are sufficient requests.
· Format – we will use the same format as last year: A weekly conference call using free UberConference with approximately 1 hour for each call. Participants will, if possible, take turns identifying 3-5 questions for each session that will be submitted 3 or 4 days before the upcoming session. Participants on the call are mindful to allow appropriate time for each person to speak. Participants will each obtain their own book. Also, we will limit the number of participants in any group to 12.
· Book Selection – after receiving over 25 suggestions from book group participants, we have listed two books to choose from – see below. Please choose your preferred book between these two. We will correlate the books chosen with the respective group, i.e., if, arbitrarily, there are 12 people in the Sunday group and 4 choose book A and 8 choose book B, we will go with book B for the Sunday group. We realize this could mean that you might want to change to a group that selected the book you prefer. This is not a perfect arrangement, but we will do our best to accommodate as many as possible. Note: ORBIS BOOKS provides a 40% discount to all Affiliate Book Group participants. Just mention "Maryknoll Affiliates".
· Expanding the participants – Please forward this notice to your Chapter, friends, parish community, etc. if you wish to invite them.
Paula Schaffner, Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss, Bob Short
Book Group Committee
Affiliate Book Club
1. Name_________________________________________(indicates that you plan to participate)
2. Preferred time/group:
______ Sunday – 8:00 pm ET (7:00 CT/6:00 MT/5:00 PT
______Tuesday – 11:00 am ET....etc.
______Friday – 1:00 pm ET
______ Other day/time (provide) ____________________
3. Book Preference (select only one)
___A. Living Cosmology, edited by Tucker and Grim - Exploring the Christian responses to the Universe Story and its implications for the contemporary environmental crisis. Beginning with excerpts from recent statements by Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the book draws on the contributions of leading theologians, ethicists, scientists, and activists, including John Haught, Ilia Delio, Catherine Keller, Larry Rasmussen, and more than twenty-five others. (http://www.orbisbooks.com/living-cosmology.html)
___B. Abounding in Kindness, Elizabeth Johnson - Elizabeth Johnson is widely regarded as among the most influential and creative Catholic theologians in the world. Among her books are path-breaking works on God, Jesus, the church, Mary, and the communion of saints. This volume is the first collection of these writings. It offers an overview of her essential work. You can find her book on (http://www.orbisbooks.com/abounding-in-kindness.html)
Orbis offers a 40% discount to Affiliate Book Club members.
4. If there are more than three Book Groups are you willing to be a group organizer? ______ yes or no?
5. Suggestions or comments____________________________________________________________
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It’s November—time to ask you to help support our 2017 Affiliate Operational Budget. Remember, the Affiliates are funded cooperatively by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Lay Missioners, and us. We Affiliates pay for Executive Coordinator travel, printing, website technical assistance, and other day-to-day expenses, such as paper clips and rubber bands. The other Maryknoll expressions fund the salary and benefits of our Executive Coordinator. Without their steadfast commitment to the Affiliate movement, we would not be.
For the fifth year in a row, our fund raising effort has met and surpassed our operational budget goal of around $22,000. We have been fortunate to receive several large gifts, including investment distributions and estate bequeaths. We are most appreciative of all contributions, but we hope to develop a diverse donor base. A generous donation came from the Seoul Korea Chapter. While we do not actively solicit donations from our international chapters, we appreciate their desire to fully participate in the Affiliate life. . 감사합니다 – Thank you!
Our gift to you is the enclosed bookmark for the MAC2017 Conference hosted by the Guatemala Chapter. We will be at the beautiful retreat house and grounds at Casa de Retiros Verbo Encarnado, in the mountains above Guatemala City, from Thursday through Sunday, November 9th the 12th. Post-conference, we will have the opportunity to visit Maryknoll missions in the area.
Two Guatemalan Affiliates came to our fall Board meeting with a preview of the planned program. The theme, “¡Buen Vivir!—To Live Fully,” will be joyously fulfilled at the conference. Many of you are already planning to attend, and ideally every chapter will have a representative at MAC2017. Has your Chapter looked at ways to help make that happen? To encourage broad attendance, the Affiliate Board approved a travel grant program made possible by your generosity. Details on MAC2017 and travel grants will be available after the first of the year.
I prefer a church that is bruised, hurting, and dirty because it has been out in the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. – Pope Francis
As I read the stories of Affiliates in Not So Far Afield and No Tan Lejos del Horizonte, I am moved by the actions of Affiliates “…out in the streets…” From Claudia Samayoa, tireless fighter for human rights in Guatemala, and Renate Schneider, working with the poorest of the poor in Haiti, to Affiliates championing a local food pantry, interfaith dialogue, or help for Alzheimer’s caregivers, all are witnesses to an outward facing church, not one clinging to its own security.
We need your financial contribution to the Affiliates to provide a communication network where you can connect. Through the website, newsletters, and the executive coordinator’s efforts, you can share your experiences, ideas, invitations, and concerns with the larger Affiliate community.
Ideally, all Affiliates will contribute, as they are able. The enclosed giving form offers alternatives: a one-time donation or periodic contributions, either from a checking account or by credit card. We urge you to contribute today. However, if you are unable to make a monetary contribution at this time, you can always help through prayer and volunteering your time and talent.
In peace and thanksgiving for the many ways you give,
David Schaffner Virginia McEvoy
Chair, Affiliate Board Finance Committee
Please complete the appropriate section and return the form to:
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, PO Box 302, Maryknoll NY 10545-0302
Please make check payable to the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and write Maryknoll Affiliates Annual Appeal in the memo line of your check.
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* If you are a new enrollee to Maryknoll Mission Direct, please enclose a check for your next donation. After that, your donations will be transferred to Maryknoll electronically.
Through prayer Help edit Not So Far Afield
Write articles for Not So Far Afield Any other volunteer work as needed
Help translate from and to Spanish for our newsletter, web or other documents
Help update the Maryknoll Affiliate website (articles, news, links, other items of interest)
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This year's Maryknoll Lay Missioner Sending Ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 10 at 2:30 pm in Annunciation Chapel, Maryknoll Sisters, 10 Pinesbridge Road, Ossining, NY
The eight new Maryknoll Lay Missioners of the Class of 2016 will be called and welcomed to their mission countries. The Lay Missioner Staff has extended a warm invitation to Affiliates.
Light reception to follow.
State of The Heart Message
Fall 2017 Board Meeting
David Schaffner – Board Chair
Driving into the Hudson Valley for our October board meeting, I saw the magnificent and glorious fall colors; seasons are something that elude us here on the California Central Coast. Though basking in the colors, my thoughts were muted by the news out of Haiti and particularly from Chicago Affiliate Renate Schneider. She works with various development projects in Jérèmie, one of the areas hardest hit by hurricane Matthew.
My wife and I have been to Jérèmie twice, in 2011 and just last spring, where I taught Introduction to Agribusiness, and Paula taught ESL. The classroom where I taught lost its roof and was flooded, and the guesthouse where we lived was completely leveled. While not there to experience the terror of such a destructive force, I still feel a great loss after so many contributed to making UNOGA (University of Nouville Grande’Anse) happen. [To learn more about Renate’s charitable organization, go to Haitian Connection (http://www.haitianconnection.org)]
MAC2017—At our meeting, I was heartened by the presence of Rosa Beatriz Castañeda and Claudia Samayoa who came from Guatemala to report on MAC2017. This is the first truly international MAC conference—twww.verboencanado.com.gt/homehat is, taking place outside the US. The program presented to us by Rosa and Claudia wowed us. It is based on the Affiliate four pillars: Action: an opportunity to visit mission projects in conjunction with the conference; Global Vision: applying indigenous people’s ethos to our mission perspective; Community: sharing activities and socials to get to know our fellow Affiliates from around the world; and Spirituality: a particular emphasis on seeing God in all creation and in all peoples.
The board has approved a travel grant program to encourage the broadest possible representation of the Affiliate Movement. Conference registration and information on the travel grant application process will be available after the first of the year. This MAC is going to be very special and I hope you will give serious and prayerful consideration to attending. MAC2017 happens Thursday, November 9th through Sunday, the 12th, at the beautiful Casa de Retiros Verbo Encarnado (http:// www.verboencarnado.com.gt/home) in the mountains not far from Guatemala City. Post-conference opportunities to visit mission projects will be offered.
Other board actions were reported in the Monday email sent on November 7th. They include a continued focus on the three committees that were established to act on your responses to the Affiliate Survey of 2015: Communication, Sustainability and Growth, and Connection. These committees will be reporting to you in the NSFA, beginning in January, 2017.
We attended to other organizational tasks that may seem pedestrian to an outsider but are vital to an organization: providing for replacement of members rotating off the board, updating our Roles & Responsibilities statements, revision of the Board Member Manual, reviewing our finances, and approval of budgets and expenditures. Did I mention that we’ll be 25 years old next year?
In my short time as board chair, it is clear to me that it takes a small village to keep the Affiliate Movement moving. I thank my fellow Affiliates on the Board and our Regional Coordinators; and in particular our board members from the other three Maryknoll expressions: Sisters Norie Mojado and Teruko Ito – the Congregration, Marj Humphrey – the Maryknoll Lay Missioners, and Russ Feldmeier – the Society. Executive Coordinator Bob Short provides not only coordination, but wisdom and leadership. Eleanor Swanson serves as our recording secretary. And our major communication efforts, Not So Far Afield and No Tan Lejos del Horizonte, would not happen without Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss, Paula Schaffner, Rosa Beatriz Castañeda, and their editorial staffs. Of course the Affiliates would not be the Affiliates without the energy and spirit that all of you bring to all your missions.
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.
September 18, 2016—I know it’s a cliché title, but that is exactly what I have been doing since Jet and I returned to the Philippines four years ago in October.
Soon after we arrived, I began working with MAGI (Managing Alternatives Group, Incorporated—managingalternatives.org). This NGO provides services to other NGOs around organizational management, assessments, evaluations, etc. I worked with partners in the Philippines of the German donor organization MISEREOR to help them determine what difference their projects were making in the lives of the people with whom they worked. What changes did they observe?
Come to MAC2017 in Guatemala in November 2017 to experience ¡Buen Vivir!—to live fully.
Information on how to register for MAC2017, travel grant opportunities, optional mission visits, etc., will be in upcoming NSFA issues.
In a recent No Tan Lejos del Horizonte, Latin-American Maryknollers say*:
Driving into the Hudson Valley for our October board meeting, I saw the magnificent and glorious fall colors; seasons are something that elude us here on the California Central Coast. Though basking in the colors, my thoughts were muted by the news from Chicago Affiliate Renate Schneider. She works with various development projects in Jeremie, Haiti, one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew.