Not So Far Afield is a bimonthly publication of the Maryknoll Affiliates. The name is a play on the title of the original Maryknoll Magazine: The Field Afar.

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Tuesday, 02 September 2014 00:00

An Urban Home-Raising—and So Much More

Written by

Kyle Chandler-Isacksen – Reno Chapter

We raised a 180-square-foot cob cabin that weekend, but what we really built was a beloved community.

Be the Change Project and House Alive! conducted a joint three-day cordwood cob-house-raising workshop in early May, in Reno, Nevada. “Cob” is a slow and laborious building technique, and, as far as we know, this one-day effort was a first. Interest and registrations in the months leading up to the “One-Day Cob House” event were great, and we gathered on Friday morning with 60 people and high hopes.

The Maryknoll Affiliate mission statement says that we Affiliates cross borders. This issue emphasizes some of the many ways we do that. Executive Coordinator, Bob Short gives a deeper explanation of the message of MAC 2014 and the New Wave, as do the Affiliates in the Spanish No Tan Lejos del Horizontes. Crossing Borders means new ways of seeing the world, resisting the injustices, working constructively to live new ways, engaging the power structures, transforming ourselves and being the new wave of mission.

We can cross borders electronically, too.  Almost 100 people have responded to the Affiliate Media Survey; We’ll report the results in the next NSFA issue.

Send us your comments and experiences crossing borders, or anything you see of interest to Affiliates at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Articles:

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A Joyful New Wave – “The new paradigm aligns much more closely with Gospel values, with how Jesus preached and lived." – Bob Short

Unaccompanied Children Refugees – “I was a stranger, and you invited Me in.”

Responding to the Culture of Death – “How can I respond to the massive waste, environmental destruction, and disrespect for life that permeates these projects and indeed our whole society?" – Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss

Still Talking about MAC 2014 – “A key issue for me was being able to share our personal work stories among the Chapters; it also helped to ground our everyday theory."
– Kitty Madden, Nicaragua

Join BDS – “By calling for sanctions against Israel, campaigners educate society about the violations of international law and seek to end the complicity of other nations in these violations." – Manny Hotchkiss

An Urban Home-Raising and So Much More – “We raised a 180-square-foot cob cabin that weekend, but what we really built was a beloved community." – Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Advocacy Is about Relationships with the Powerful – A personal visit is most effective, but we can also advocate through personal letters, telephone calls, email, and prayer." – Penny Robinson

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Check out all the pages, especially The Board and EC Speak and Features.

 

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Monday, 01 September 2014 00:00

Advocacy Is about Relationships with the Powerful

Written by

Maryknoller Ed Klecker (2nd from right) and ESTHER member Dave Robbins deliver immigration petitions to Rep. Ribble’s staff. [photo courtesy of Penny Robinson]

One of the best ways to mission is advocating for systemic change. Active members of Fox Cities-Wisconsin Chapter have all advocated through ESTHER, an Affiliate of the state organization WISDOM. We are an interfaith community-organizing group that works for social justice, and we are affiliated with the national organization, Gamaliel.

Maryknoller Ed Klecker (2nd from right) and ESTHER member Dave Robbins deliver immigration petitions to Rep. Ribble’s staff. [photo courtesy of Penny Robinson]

YES, THIS IS OLD NEWS. THE 2014 ISSUES OF NOT SO FAR AFIELD ARE BEING TRANSFERRED TO OUR NEW WEBSITE FROM OUR TEMPORARY SITE, notsofarafield.org. THE NEXT ISSUE, MARCH/APRIL 2015, WILL BE POSTED DIRECTLY TO maryknollaffiliates.org. 

 

With this issue, we send you the spirit of the Maryknoll Affiliate Conference (MAC 2014) at Stony Point and Maryknoll, NY. MAC 2014 set records: Affiliates from 35 chapters and 9 countries, about a quarter of them from Latin American chapters, attended. The enthusiastic Latin American Affiliates kept reminding us that mission looks different depending on where you’re standing. They said one of the blessings of Maryknoll was the recognition of the indigenous peoples as partners in mission.

The Albany NY chapter did a wonderful job organizing the Conference around the four pillars of the Affiliate Movement—Spirituality, Community, Global Vision, and Action—applying the theme of Fr. John Sivalon’s keynote talk, “The New Wave of Mission.” (Affiliates are part of that new wave of mission!) Key sound bites from Sivalon that spoke to me were, “I came that all may be One, as We are One,” and “The Big Lie of capitalism is that the human person is autonomous.” 

Bill Hall gathered photos and information from many chpaters and incorporated them into an engaging DVD. Attendees viewed the DVD presentation of chapters’ various activities, and each person received a copy. We encourage local chapters to share the DVD at their meetings.

I urge you to read—and reread—Sr. Connie Posipsil’s Sending Homily, page 11, to sense the depth and breadth of the joy and energy of the Conference. As always, please share your hopes, joys, and mission work with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other exciting news: The Board has approved an update of the Maryknoll Affiliate web site. Our current website and communications will continue undisturbed until the new version is ready later this year. Affiliates will be notified both by email and in the NSFA when the change occurs.

Photos in this issue courtesy of Kathie Gribble, Meredith Jean Heuer, Ron Covey, and the editors.

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Articles:

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MAC 2014 Planning Team Sends Thanks – "[to] … so many who gave so generously of their time, their talents, and even their treasure to make MAC 2014 a rewarding, pleasurable, worthwhile experience for all… – The MAC 2014 Planning Team

A Mission Community Rises to the Occasion "The spirit was surely present as we met monthly, leaving our egos at the door." – Santa Orlando

MAC 2014—Truly International – "I find in the Affiliates family an honest wish to get closer to each other and to go on in the mission of the Maryknoll family." – Ceci Quijano

Synergy with Maryknoll Lay Missioners – "Affiliates love it when missioners can attend a chapter meeting—but Skype with those overseas would work, too." – Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss

Reflections on the Third Wave Conference – "Thinking of mission as essentially the encounter—the relationship—with the poor and marginalized is truly inspiring." –" Gerry Mullaney, Pam Cibik, and Kathy Ress

The Fly on the Wall"What were the members telling the Board and Regional Coordinators at MAC 2014?" – Paula Schaffner

Sending Homily for MAC 2014 – "At the end of the Liturgy, when we hear 'Go in peace,' let us go and make that Amen true." – Sr. Connie Posipsil

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Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00

The New Wave at MAC 2014

Written by

Bob Short – Executive Coordinator

Over 130 Affiliates and other Maryknollers attended the Maryknoll Affiliates Conference—Maryknoll Affiliates: The Third Wave Emerging into the Future.  Attendees came from Tanzania, Philippines, Haiti, France, Nicaragua, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia and the US.  From all the feedback received, the Conference appears to have been a very positive experience.  Several even spoke of it as opening up new directions for them—a fundamentally new, more expansive way of seeing things.  

Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00

Hope, the energy of seeking!


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Written by Ann Hayden

 Board Member Ann Hayden, MM, made this bookmark for the Maryknoll Affiliates gathered at MAC 2014.

The Lure of Hope

The land of expectation lies neglected, worn and used... leaving only starlit dust sparkling against the surrounding backdrop of dense unknowing, just beyond.

Hope, the energy of seeking, lures us to set off on a sacred search along uneven roads in unfamiliar places to encounter that space of creative eagerness, which rises in the depth of all that members the earth and awaits the seed of tomorrow’s fruit.

Each day, each now, whether in the fresh anticipation of dawn or in the weary silence of the midnight hour, we are stilled to hear life murmuring in each new place where, in the familiar rich earth of every place we’ve ever known, we recognize life’s connections and hope blooms lovely in our midst.

 

The MAC 2014 Planning Team of the Albany Region Chapter 

Sends Our Thanks, Gratitude, and Sincere Appreciation to:

—all of our fellow Affiliates from across the United States and around the world who attended the Conference—for adding your uniqueness, your perspectives, your insights, your enthusiasm to each aspect of the activities;

Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00

A Mission Community Rises to the Occasion

Written by

Santa Orlando – Albany Chapter

MAC 2014 is now an event of the past—what are its lasting effects? At times the planning committee all wondered how we ever said yes to this monumental task. The Board praised us for starting early and being organized, and it’s good we were, as most of us were working up until the last week and, at times, to the last minutes. Of the committee of eight, three of us had attended the last MAC, so we had a loose idea of how things went and a wonderful sense of who the Affiliates really were. That was ultimately why we said yes and dragged others along. Our fellow committee members trusted us, trusted that this involvement would be special.  We in turn trusted all the Affiliates, Sisters, Fathers, Brothers, and Lay Missioners to appreciate our efforts and forgive any shortcomings. We would do the best we could as people committed to the spirit of Maryknoll.

Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:00

MAC 2014—Truly International

Written by

Ceci Quijano — Merida, Mexico Chapter

This conference was a beautiful experience for me because it was surprising to find many people from all over the States and also from Peru, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Philippines, Tanzania, besides we two from Mexico.

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 00:00

Synergy with Maryknoll Lay Missioners

Written by

Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

The Pillar of Global Vision

We learn about the richness of cultural and religious diversity and promote respect for our sisters and brothers around the world.

At MAC 2014, Sam Stanton, Executive Director of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM), thanked Affiliates for their involvement in mission and gave a quick visual tour of the Lay Missioners’ history and missions. He pointed out the synergy between Lay Missioners and Maryknoll Affiliates and invited Affiliates to participate in Lay Missioner-led immersion trips to Asia, Central and South America, and Africa. (Learn more at http://www.mklm.org/take-a-trip/.)

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