The inspirational theme for MAC 2017, Buen Vivir, literally “good living,” invites us to enter into harmony with the indigenous peoples, so that we also may begin a search for new paths for humanity. Buen Vivir has much to teach us: learning how to listen to one another, thinking and walking together, searching for harmony and equity for the well-being of all people, the community, Mother Earth, and the Cosmos through a sharing and a celebration filled with warmth and affection.
Our general objectives for this conference are to:
- Bring together Maryknoll Affiliates from Chapters around the world to discuss the past, present, and future direction of the Maryknoll Affiliates.
- Contribute to the making of the Maryknoll Affiliates Board’s future decisions.
Specific objectives include:
- Promote a sense of unity in diversity that will enable us to find effective ways to unite the four entities of Maryknoll in our mission.
- Share Maryknoll spirituality.
- Share as community our accomplishments in mission.
- Break with routine and plan how we may struggle against the paralyzing loss of hope, have faith in human beings, and create a communal joy that will help us achieve brotherhood and sisterhood.
- Help change our hearts, mind, souls, and power structures, and create a path of light and hope with the disenfranchised.
- In 2017, we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Maryknoll Affiliates. In gratitude to our founders, we will reflect on the four pillars that define us and give us our identity: spirituality, community, global vision, and action. Thus we will reaffirm the presence of God who invites us to live a full life that prioritizes being in solidarity with the poor, the oppressed, and the excluded.
Watch for more details in:
- Not So far Afield (NSFA)
- No Tan Lejos del Horizonte (NTLH)
- MAC 2017 Blog – www.mac2017guatemala.blogspot.com (Spanish and English)
- Facebook/Capítulo Guatemala Afiliados Maryknoll (Guatemala Chapter).
We hopefully anticipate that this gathering will be an opportunity for respectful dialogue, that we will seek spaces that will help us create solid bonds as a single Maryknoll family that seeks to strengthen mission through the love of God. We hope to dream and to act on the basis of new alternatives that at the moment seem impossible to achieve.
With best wishes from
Rosa Beatriz Castañeda de Larios,
for the Maryknoll Affiliates Guatemala Chapter MAC 2017 Planning Committee