Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” This issue makes it clear that Affiliates do not live unexamined lives. I see Affiliates consciously choosing to be positive, constructive, loving, and active, and having lives worth living. Our cover shows Affiliates standing up for families fleeing violence and separated from their children at the US border. On page 11, Rosa Beatriz reminds us to be more than just connected to each other, to be intercultural. We choose to take on new and challenging approaches, such as Active Nonviolence through the Mission Nonviolence conference or perhaps a Virtual Mission, as Paula Schaffner did. Bob Short meanwhile nudges us to practice contemplation and think about what we may need to let go of. What do we really need?
Examine your life as you read the articles in this issue about advocacy for immigrants by Kathy Ress, or about immersion trips by Margaret Mott. John Moritz suggests reading some great Orbis books. Affiliates and Maryknollers in Guatemala jumped into action and report on their relief efforts for those suffering from a recent volcanic eruption. Affiliates in Houston invite you to join them near Houston, November 11-17, to help reconstruct houses damaged by Hurricane Harvey (see A week in Mission in Texas).
Articles in this issue:
#Families Belong Together - "First, our faith impels us to welcome the stranger."
Mission Nonviolence - "Moving our Broader Community to Nonviolence and Peace"
Advocacy for Immigrants - "Overall, panelists at this conference urged us to dig deeper into the root causes of immigration..."—Kathy Ress
Maryknoll Spirit Lives in Cincinnati Chapter - "Mission and Global Vision are evident in their actions for peace and justice in their current professions or volunteer work."
DIY Mission Nonviolence - "Here’s how to explore Active Nonviolence on your own."
How a Maryknoll Immersion Trip Changed My Life - 'When we left, we knew that we wanted to do something to help the Kenyans.'—Margaret Mott
Thanks from Guatemala - "Your solidarity keeps alive our HOPE!"
Affiliate Mission in Texas - "No special skills are required—work is likely to be installing drywall, painting and clean-up."
My Virtual Mission - "Although I sat on my couch to do this volunteer work, I felt it was a worthwhile offering."—Paula Schaffner
Pre-Mini-Conference Gathering - "They look forward to seeing you in Portland, Oregon, and pursuing Active Nonviolence."
The Board and EC Speak: