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Sunday, 24 June 2018 23:19

Bringing Immersion Home

Written by

Kim Nunez – New Orleans Chapter

When I was first invited to go on a Maryknoll Affiliate mission immersion trip, I thought, “What gifts do I have to bring to this experience?” As I began to understand that it was an accompaniment journey to Guatemala, I felt better about my lack of skills and the fact that I did not speak Spanish. We had an amazing experience of ‘being with’ the people we met and spent time with. A part of my heart is still in Guatemala, and even before leaving, I knew that my world view had forever changed. I would never again look at anything global in the same way.

I carried the experience of the immersion mission around with me in my heart and soul. Talking with people who I knew would ‘get it’ helped, but I also knew that I was called to do something else—but I wasn’t sure what that was yet. It would take another two trips to Guatemala before it became apparent. 

Sunday, 24 June 2018 23:15

Finding Our Way

Written by

Kitty Schiltz – Seattle Chapter

For our March meeting, Seattle Affiliates attended the Second Annual Immigration Summit, held at Seattle University on March 10, as a way to find a project we could do together. We provided a table where we exhibited Maryknoll information and talked with attendees.

The Immigration Summit

Fr. Steve Sundborg, SJ, President of Seattle University, gave us a warm welcome, followed by keynote speaker Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, PhD, from Seattle University. She referred to Exodus 22:21, when Yahweh told the Jews to treat the foreigner well, remembering that they were once foreigners in Egypt. She then talked about memory and making the past present. How we treat others is how we are judged. What does God see? A quarter of a billion people are on the move and marginalized today. Dr. Catherine said that we sometimes use legality, merit, and fairness to hide our fear and defensiveness in dealing with strangers, even in the church.

Sunday, 24 June 2018 23:12

A Call to Action

Written by

Bill Murphy – Boston Chapter

For the last couple years, a small team has been working with me to develop “Quo Vadis—the Next Step,” a program that helps returnees from cross-cultural experiences process and carry forward their new connection to others.  Now we need your help.

 

 

Can you:

  • ¬ Identify groups that send people on immersion experiences but have no follow-up for returnees—for example, colleges, high schools, or parishes?
  • ¬ Help organize workshops in your area?
  • ¬ Facilitate workshops after attending a training session?
  • ¬ Help in other ways?

Please contact Bill Murphy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Bob Short (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

Sunday, 24 June 2018 23:07

March for Our Lives

Written by

Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

“Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword.”
—Matthew 26:52

Students at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School experienced the truth of this biblical statement. Survivors of the mass shooting that killed their classmates see the American culture swimming in the use of modern swords—guns, weapons of war, and violent entertainment—and are saying, “Enough!”

What did we do after Columbine happened, or after the little children died at Sandy Hook? Now the high school students from Parkland are saying, “Enough!” This time, more of us are joining our voices to theirs.

In Tucson, we joined an estimated 10,000 people carrying homemade signs and saying, “Enough!” in the March for Our Lives. Tucson and Arizona are not typically considered liberal areas, but the March demanded tightening of gun controls.  We were there on March 24, voting with our bodies and energy and homemade signs.  We were saying there is enough evidence that the American obsession with guns and violence is killing us and must finally be addressed.

Sunday, 24 June 2018 22:59

Learn How to Transform Capitalism

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The Presencing Institute has just begun a new series that may interest Affiliates: “Transforming Capitalism.”

Several years ago, a group of Affiliates, along with 25,000 people around the world, participated in the Institute’s on-line course, “U Theory,” discussing the process of developing emerging ideas. Now they are offering the free “Transforming Capitalism Lab”:

For the next 18 months, we’ll host monthly live sessions, share some of the most inspiring stories from around the world, and equip you with methods and tools that will help you turn your own emerging ideas into action.

The first live session aired on April 12th from 10am -11am EDT, but materials from this session are still available.

For details, go to https://www.presencing.org/#/transforming-capitalism-lab/stories.

Sunday, 24 June 2018 22:55

A Review of The Book of Joy

Written by

David Schaffner – Affiliate Board Chair

The Book of Joy—Lasting Happiness in a Changing World,
by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with Douglas Abrams,
Avery, 2017.

On a recent “Landmark Birthday,” perhaps better characterized as a “Pre-Tombstone Birthday,” a good friend gifted me a copy of The Book of Joy. This book is the result of a week of conversations between the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu at his Holiness’s home in Dharamsala, India, where he has lived since his escape from Tibet in March of 1959. Author Douglas Abrams has worked with Archbishop Tutu on other projects and does a masterful job of providing a framework of directed conversations over a five-day period.

Along with an introduction that highlights the great friendship and compatibility of these two major figures from different religious traditions, the book is divided into two major sections: “The Obstacles to Joy” and “The Eight Pillars of Joy.” As a sampling of the book’s content, the “Obstacle” section has chapters titled “Sadness and Grief: The Hard Times Knit Us More Closely Together,” and “Envy: That Guy Goes Past Us Yet Again in His Mercedes-Benz.”

I won’t give away all of the Eight Pillars, but one chapter is on Humor. Listen to the mischievous banter of these two ultimate jokesters.

The Archbishop pretended to scold him: “Are you listening?”

The Dalai Lama, who had missed the Archbishop’s comment, launched in with, “So that shows, really…”

The Archbishop continued to pretend that he was offended. “You see? He’s not listening.”

“Unless you use the stick, I will not listen,” the Dalai Lama said laughing.

“But I thought you were nonviolent!”

A strength of this book is how Abrams weaves writings of philosophers, theologians, and scientific researchers into the dialogue between his Holiness and the Archbishop. For example, from a psychologist, “Grief is the reminder of the depth of our love.” In one of the eight pillar chapters, one on Gratitude, research by UC Davis professors found that “…grateful people do not seem to ignore or deny the negative aspects of life; they simply choose to appreciate what is positive as well.”  “People with a strong disposition toward gratitude have the capacity to be empathic and take the perspective of others. They are rated as more generous and more helpful by people in their social networks.”

The last chapter is titled “Joy Practices” and is bookended with practices that Tibetan Buddhist monks typically do at the beginning and end of each day. Other approaches to meditation and mindfulness are provided in this rather extensive chapter of over 40 pages. As I reviewed the book for this article, it became obvious that I need to re-read it a little at a time so that the fullness of the wisdom of these two remarkable individuals can soak in.

 

Sunday, 24 June 2018 22:51

Maxwell Musings

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Before his illness, [Affiliate] Bob would often go sit in the Motherhouse Chapel in the afternoon. Sometimes he’d write on small slips of paper he carried in his pocket. Here are some of his jottings.—Liz Maxwell

I am no more, no less in the presence of God in chapel, but senses and emotions are involved in feeling myself to be in the presence, and yet God does not hear me any better in chapel.

It is good to sit in Mystery.
The mist stops our brains.

God help me to fully be, the doing will follow.

Sunday, 24 June 2018 22:46

Maryknoll Mission Institute 2018

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Once again, the Maryknoll Sisters are offering a full slate of pertinent workshops. Register soon to obtain a space. (A limited number of tuition scholarships are available.) Coming in May and June:

*   May 6-10 (four-day program) - Mariette Danilo, PhD

Navigating Life’s Transitions: Resilience and the Pilgrims’ Journey

*   May 13-18 - Alice L. Camille, M.Div and Rev. Paul Boudreau

 Future Dreaming: 21st Century Possibilities for Christian Living

*   June 3-8 - Yehezkel Landau, D. Min

Spiritual Resources for Interfaith Peacemaking

*   June 10-15 - Janice McLaughlin, MM, PhD

Under the Baobab Tree: Spirituality Nourished by Nature

*   June 17-22 - Nancy Sylvester, IHM, MA

Facing into Chaos: Deepening Communal Contemplation, Transforming Consciousness

*   June 24-29 Anthony Gittins, CSSp, PhD

Mission, Margins and Intercultural Living

See the July-August topics at https://maryknollsisters.org/maryknoll-mission-institute-2/.

Application forms, on-line registration, and program descriptions are also available there. Or you may  obtain information by telephone: (914) 941-0783 ext.5671, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Russ Feldmeier, MM - Affiliate Board Member

I first got to know the Affiliates when I was doing formation work in Chicago (1990-94) and was asked to join the founding Affiliate Board to help with the beginnings of the Affiliate Movement. It was a time of great excitement as this new Expression of Maryknoll came into being.

To share a bit about my background, I was born in Boston, raised in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and spent many of my early years in St. Paul, Minnesota. I joined the Peace Corps after college and graduate school, and as a volunteer and staff member in Korea, I got to know Maryknoll Missioners there. I joined Maryknoll in 1975 and after ordination in 1980, I was sent back to Korea on mission.

I am now a member of several Affiliate Chapters.  Presently I live in Chicago and attend the Chicago Affiliate meetings. I also attend the meetings of the Contemplative Affiliate Group and the Kenya Affiliate Chapter, both of which meet virtually using Skype. And I have been connected with the Korea Affiliate Chapter for years, so that when I visit Korea, I attend their chapter meetings. In addition, I am the Society General Council member who relates to the Affiliates, and therefore I am again on the Affiliate Board.

Sunday, 24 June 2018 21:01

Growing into Buen Vivir

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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.

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 and the Easy Meeting question, “Where are you going?” May we ask the questions to help guide the change.

Share your stories of growth and change in the NSFA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Articles in this issue:

Maryknoll Affiliates in Hawaii 

Save the Date

The Challenge of the Joyful Poor 

Living Buen Vivir in LA

Earth Day 

Pope Francis on Climate Change 

Beyond the Jubilee 

Easy Meeting: The Power of Questions 

Nurturing Seeds Planted by Maryknoll Sisters 

Who is the Stranger? 

ICE Harasses a Permanent Resident 

The Roots of Our Movement 

News from the Board:

Paying it Forward 

Features:

Maryknoll Mission Institute 

Looking for a Book Group 

Coming Soon!

Refugees and immigrants, racism, ecology, different ways of doing mission, and nonviolence are themes for future issues of NSFA. Please send us your actions or reflections in these areas—or tell us about your passions for Community, Spirituality, Global Vision, and Action.

 

 

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