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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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Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

A Joyful New Wave

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The Maryknoll Affiliate Conference has been described as a gathering point for cultures, countries, and communities rooted in the Affiliate pillars—spirituality, community, global vision, and action—as well as by their affection for each other. We come together to encourage and strengthen ourselves in building a society of brothers and sisters that make present the the Good News of the Gospel here and now.

Saturday, 06 September 2014 00:00

Unaccompanied Children Refugees

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“I was a stranger, and you invited Me in.”

While Congress makes no progress on immigration reform, thousands of children from Central America are fleeing violence and poverty. Many of them make it to the U.S. and are detained by Immigration officers. So many children have come that a crisis has evolved in even housing them.

Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00

Responding to the Culture of Death

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I was most impressed and very depressed, almost paralyzed, by the incomprehensible scale of the nuclear waste projects we saw this summer on our free tour* of the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State. How can I respond to the massive waste, environmental destruction, and disrespect for life that permeates these projects and indeed our whole society?

Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00

Still Talking about MAC 2014

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Translated from No Tan Lejos del Horizonte, August 2014

Fatima Carrera, Perú: Meaning of the Third Wave: I think it’s time for the Maryknoll Affiliates to appropriate the true meaning of its role as laity and take our special role in society. It’s time to discern the signs of the times and in our daily work to be signs pointing to a just and equitable society, to defend human rights, to form a body of opinion about the country in which we find ourselves, to enforce the rights of people who have no voice, to be the hands and ears of God among the people.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 00:00

Join BDS

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The recent and repeated bombings in and around Gaza in the Holy Land expose the ineffectiveness and immorality of violence. I have heard folks say, “If only they would try to settle their differences using nonviolence.” BDS is a nonviolent way for those who are suffering in an unjust and untenable situation to join with those who are complicit. I first saw the injustices in Israel and Palestine in 2007, when I traveled there with Fr. Jack Sullivan, MM, and a group of Maryknoll Affiliates. We saw the suffering and the nonviolent response of the Palestinian people.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 00:00

An Urban Home-Raising—and So Much More

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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


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Written by Penny Robinson

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.  

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