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Co-editor Paula here, filling in for co-editor Mary as she and her husband Manny are on the road. I like to refer to them as the Affiliate ambassadors-at-large.

This issue is filled with Action and Community. Chapters from South Korea to Petaluma to Houston have reflected on their Affiliate lives. Mary and Manny report on chapters they visited as they crossed the US to attend the Maryknoll Affiliates’ April board meeting at the Maryknoll Sisters’ in Ossining, NY. That included participating in the Northeast Region’s conference on Balance. To round out this issue, we have invitations to attend the Maryknoll Sisters’ Mission Institute, to take an online class, to get involved in Quo Vadis, or to read a good book. 

On Mary and Manny’s return trek, they have visited several more chapters, which we’ll hear about in the next issue. As they travel, they are organizing a Northwest Regional mini-conference on active nonviolence for September 22 in Portland. Mary says, “Y’all come!”

In our next issue, we will also recognize Affiliates who passed away in the last year or so. Please share the names of any Affiliates you know of who are no longer with us. And, as always, we want to hear what your chapter is up to. Drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Articles in this issue:

Balance, the Earth, and Contemplative Dialog – Several groups thought that if their chapter had one project that they all worked on, it would help unify and animate their chapter.

Mission – Nonviolence  in Portland, Oregon –  Gather with Affiliates and with others to learn active nonviolent approaches to addressing the challenges before us. 

Ministry to Detainees in Washington  – "Volunteering at the NW Detention Center has given me a greater respect for the detainees..."—Pat Bader

Petaluma Affiliates in Mission  – The McFarlands’ cautious “Yes” was echoed throughout the community.

South Korea Meeting Notes  – "One person talked about the need to listen to the people we serve."—Russ Feldmeier

The Good Samaritan in Mission – "Had I not been the class facilitator, I fear I would have joined the passersby and gone on home without intervening."—Bertha Haas

Connecting in Anaheim – "As we learned at the 2017 MAC, we are all connected, and the impact of our actions can be widespread."—Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss

Houston Update – "Eight months later, many houses are still not livable, mostly "because the people don’t have the money to buy materials."—Bob Kleeman

Southern (Maryknoll) Hospitality – Vivien emphasized being compassionate whether we consider ourselves liberal, progressive, or conservative.

Bringing Immersion Home – "...maybe this is indeed what I am called to do with what I brought home from my mission experience."—Kim Nunez 

Finding Our Way – "We looked at what was important to us of the four pillars and saw that they all work together."

A Call to Action – Can you help organize workshops in your area?     

March for Our Lives – Pope Francis recently commended youth who are raising their voices and encouraged them to continue speaking up.

Learn How to Transform Capitalism   – Now [the Presencing Institute is] offering the free “Transforming Capitalism Lab”...

Learn the latest Board News:

Founding Board Member Returns   

At our April Board Meeting   

And don't miss our Features: 

A Review of The Book of Joy   

Maxwell Musings      

Maryknoll Mission Institute 2018    

If you would like to read this issue in its printed form, click Not So Far Afield 2018 05 06 for a downloadable pdf.

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