Tuesday, 29 August 2017 00:25

Evolving Reality

Written by Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss
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Maryknoll introduced me to the use of the word “reality” to refer to the experience of a particular culture or social group. “Reality” shows on TV have been very popular, but I question their authenticity. Even if they are not purposefully scripted, the act of observing a phenomenon can influence its outcome. Now it seems we are all living in a “reality” show manipulated by our national and international politics. This show ignores the reality of our families and friends and leaves us to deal with the serious situations in our communities.

This issue of the NSFA touches on many of the situations that impact our reality as Affiliates: violence and weapons, scapegoating, consumerism, evolving gender identities, immigration, etc. We can take charge and evolve our own reality. What is real now? What do we want to become real?

To answer these questions I encourage Affiliates to go back to our roots, our Pillars by which we define ourselves as Maryknoll Affiliates: Spirituality, Community, Global Vision, and Action. See pages 6 and 7 of this issue of the NSFA for an Easy Meeting that could help you define and evolve your reality, to evolve your vision for yourself, for your chapter and for the Affiliates. Please share your insights with the Affiliate community at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Articles in this issue: 

Buen Vivir Inspires Heartfelt Strategies - "We all share our humanity and we all need each other."—Dan Heuer

Nuclear Option Action Alert - "The Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns urges us to pray and contact our government representatives asking for diplomacy with North Korea."

Reflections on Our Annual “Home” Visit - "From being in mission these last 15 plus years, I know that entering another culture to accompany people is anything but easy."—Mary Gill

Meet Your MAC 2017 Liturgists & Musicians - The special talents of these Guatemalans will enrich your conference experience...

Easy Meeting: Visioning the Affiliates“Where do you think we will be in 5 years?” —Dave Schaffner

Scapegoats and Nonviolence - "Being an immigrant without documents is not a matter of national security; it’s a matter of paperwork."—Joe Hastings

2017 Campaign Nonviolence - ...we encourage Affiliate Chapters and Affiliates to participate...

About Growth and Evolution - "I can see that my ideas of gender and roles have changed radically."—Kitty

 

From the Board and Executive Coordinator:

Affiliates Help Send Two New Maryknoll Priests

News from the Board: Rich Lessard's Mission

 

And don't miss our Features:

Last Call for Readers! 

Berrigan’s Letter speaks to Affiliates 

Accept, But Work 

 

 To view this issue in its print form, download the  September/October 2017 Not So Far Afield PDF.

 

 

 

 

 

  

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