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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 20:27

Connecting

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Coming from our regional conference on nonviolence and then the Affiliate Board and RC meeting, I am energized by the possibilities for connecting.

Rich Lessard, our newly elected Board Chair, seeks stronger connections among leadership, Affiliates, and chapters, with the other Maryknoll entities, and indeed among all of us as leaven in our communities.

In this issue, the Pinneys from Walla Walla, WA, who have worked quietly for years with their Guatemalan sister parish, now reach out to Affiliates. New Orleans Affiliates made friends with immigrants at the border. David Stocker asks us to join him at the November SOAWatch/Encuentro at the US-Mexico Border. Kevin Carroll, Maryknoll Office For Global Concerns, invites us to advocate for the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, substituting Just Peace for Just War.

The Affiliate Movement empowers us to connect and to prototype our ideas for mission. At the Board meeting, we were urged not to fear failure as we develop prototypes, rather to fail fast, to iterate, and to progress, perhaps not perfectly, but one step at a time. We are seeing the fruits of a prototype virtual chapter. Technology means geography need not limit our connections. Mission is wherever we are and wherever we can connect!

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Articles in this issue:

Our Long-Term Mission - "They found vibrant activity in Sololá but also great need."—Judy Pinney

The Art of Nonviolence - "The nonviolent direct action we have learned can be applied to many issues in our world, ... making our resistance creative and vibrant."—David Stocker

Just War or Just Peace? - "CNI calls on the Church to ... respond to the monumental crises of our time with the vision and strategies of nonviolence."—Kevin Carroll

NW Regional Mini-Conference on Peace and Nonviolence - "[Rivera Sun's] statistics that nonviolence  succeeds more often than violence for regime change, civil rights actions, and fair working conditions were heartening."—David Stocker

Mission in the Texas Rio Grande Valley - "Education, Engagement and Empowerment became a theme for me."—Janet Rousso

Texas-Mexico Border Accompaniment - "... I see faces of real people and their fortitude, belief in God, endurance."—Kim Nunez

Mass of Solidarity and Hope - "The palpable spirit of the gathering, rooted deep in our Catholic faith, was the desire to express concern for and solidarity with immigrants."—Joe Hastings

Peru Affiliates—Moving Spirituality - Carlos Apcho says he uses Google Translator to read the Not So Far Afield.

The Board and EC Speak:

On the Way from the Forum - "A movement must have connection, without which there can be no Movement."—Rich Lessard

Features:

Maryknoll Mission Institute – 2019

Spotlight on Mission

 If you'd like to read this issue in its printed format, please download the pdf version of November/December Not So Far Afield. 

 

Saturday, 04 August 2018 01:31

The Examined Life

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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).

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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:

Letting Go 

Diverse Cultures United—New Alternatives Emerge 

What Do You Think? 

Features:

Thoughts on God 

About Berrigan

A Reader’s Love Letter 

Read Up on Dialogue 

 If you'd like to read this issue in its printed format, please download the pdf version of September/October 2018 Not So Far Afield. 

 

Friday, 29 June 2018 16:42

Action and Active Nonviolence

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Action is a key pillar of the Affiliate Movement, as are Spirituality, Community, and Global Vision. We Affiliates are action-oriented, loving and concerned about the world—the whole world. But sometimes we struggle to know how best to pursue our concern, even outrage, at the issues of the world. This NSFA provides ideas on some of those issues: climate change, racism, massive incarceration, detention of immigrant children, and separation of children from their parents. Affiliate chapters provide a home where we can share our outrage, incubate our ideas, and develop an action plan. 

The Northwest Regional mini-conference, Mission Nonviolence, to be held Sept. 21-23 in Portland, Oregon, will provide tools to follow the nonviolent Jesus into Action. [See Mission Nonviolence for more information.] We hope you will join us for training in nonviolent methods and an opportunity to meet others who also practice active nonviolence. 

What is your chapter leading you to take action on? Share you ideas with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at the Maryknoll Affiliate Facebook page.

Articles in this issue: 

A Journey – "Our world is bigger and more complicated than was our experience before the journey."—Kathy Ress, Pam Cibik, and Gerry Mullaney

The State of My Heart – "Did I have enough experience as a Maryknoll Affiliate to be an asset and an effective board member?"—Roxanne Hughes-Wheatland

Continuing Buen Vivir – "We can each share what we are doing personally..."—Kitty & Roger Schiltz 

Amazing Affiliates – "Rudy often spoke of Maryknoll values, especially compassion for others."—Dan Heuer

This Land Is Your Land – "Are we Americans who value all other Americans or are we not?"—Tom Hastings

Active NE Ohio Chapter – "They were quick to advocate for immigrants and refugees, gun control and concern about shootings, and the poor and hungry."—Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss

North Carolina Chapter – "Blessings from all of our Chapter."—Gloria Tan

Doing Mission in the 21st Century – "Thus, we must continue to go where we are needed—at home or abroad; perhaps wanted, perhaps not."—Ron Covey

News from the Board and Executive Coordinator:

Race, Genetics, and Spirituality 

A History of Service 

Events you should know about:

#FamiliesBelongTogether

Poor People’s Campaign 

Mission Nonviolence 

Maryknoll Mission Institute 2018   

Features:

Current Orbis Offerings 

If you prefer to see the NSFA in its printed form, you may download a pdf of the July/August 2018 Not So Far Afield.

Monday, 25 June 2018 04:11

Active Communities

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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 (see page 1). 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. (See this page!) 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..

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Board News:

Features:

To read this issue in print form, you may download a pdf of the May/June 2018 Not So Far Afield.

 

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.

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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.

 

 

Saturday, 23 June 2018 22:43

MAC and Beyond

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In this issue we have tried to transmit what transpired in Guatemala at the 2017 Maryknoll Affiliate Conference (MAC)—Harmony, Unity, Love—all that Maryknoll is to us. We hope that the Pillars of the Affiliate Movement: Spirituality, Community, Global Vision, and Action, will be reinvigorated in you as you travel through this issue with the Affiliates who visited various mission sites of the Sisters, Fathers and Brothers, Lay Missioners, and Affiliates in Guatemala and El Salvador after the Conference. Mission has planted many seeds. So much is coming to fruition. So much remains to be done. We hope to share in a later issue our visits to the sites of the Salvadoran martyrs, recognizing what mission can demand.

Beyond the MAC, the Affiliates are building the future. Please read Patty Hinton’s Lenten article on page 11, which provides some concrete examples for Affiliate Action. We also urge you to review your experience of Maryknoll, plan the year in your chapters, and as David and Manny remind us, support the Maryknoll Affiliates financially. One of our newer Board members, Sr. Teruko Ito, MM, suggests, “…. tell our new Maryknoll story—how our lives were transformed through interconnectedness in the web of Maryknoll.” Share your story at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Articles in this issue:

From the Board:

Features:

To read the print version of this issue, download the January/February 2018 Not So far Afield here.

Saturday, 23 June 2018 17:57

Global Vision informs local Action

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This issue illustrates that as Maryknoll Affiliates, global vision informs and influences our response to problems. We salute the Affiliates and Maryknollers in the Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Our global vision teaches us that wars and nuclear weapons not only threaten the warring countries, but as President Eisenhower stated in the 1950s,”Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger…” This NSFA offers a Pax Christi prayer to aid reflection on the UN Nuclear Weapon Treaty and on the US role with nuclear weapons stealing from the hungry and the poor.

Kevin Foy’s global vision, developed overseas and in the southern US, leads him to recognize and address racism at home. Marie Venner stresses the urgency of doing something about climate change since the contribution from highly industrialized areas such as the US disproportionately impacts low-lying or poor countries.

Informed by global vision, Affiliates in San Rafael, California, reach out  to refugees and immigrants knowing that US trade and immigration policies contribute to the migration. Tell us how your Affiliate global vision shapes your response to the problems in our midst at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Articles in this issue:

From the Board and Executive Coordinator:

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 00:25

Evolving Reality

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

  

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 02:15

The Broader View

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Global Vision is a special perspective of Maryknollers, including Affiliates. Our Mission Statement says Affiliates “go beyond borders, locally and globally.” We recognize that our local actions have an impact across the globe.

This issue of the Not So far Afield tells of Affiliates in the US, Korea, and Peru responding with urgency and generosity to the needs of the flood-stricken in Peru. As people of God, Affiliates also look to welcome the stranger in difficult times. Houston Affiliates Bob and Ruth Kleeman remember their local saint, Mark Zwick, of the Houston Catholic Worker House, Casa Juan Diego. The Casa welcomes immigrants from many Spanish-speaking countries who fled their own repressive regimes or who suffered from policies of the US. Gerry Mullaney tells of his experience seeing another Cuba. Read the profiles of the speakers for the November 2017 MAC in Guatemala to gain a broader view of the world, including the indigenous philosophy of Buen Vivir.

To “check off all boxes on the Four Pillars scorecard,” including Global Vision, Rich Lessard encourages us to make use of the treasure of the Maryknoll Mission Institute. Tell us how your chapter meetings nurture our Four Pillars—Spirituality, Community, Global Vision, and Action—at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Articles in this issue: 

Affiliates in Solidarity – "Without all the help from the Affiliates and the faith they placed in us, we would not have been able to help as we did."—Carlos Apcho

“If We Had Any Guts, We’d Start a Catholic Worker House” – "Mark would say there is no such thing as “illegal immigrants”—some may be undocumented, but being a person is not illegal."—Bob & Ruth Kleeman

Welcoming the Stranger – "Some Affiliates visit immigrants in detention. Others accompany immigrants to appointments or to court."

2017 Climate March – "A continual stream of people carrying funny, creative, and inspiring signs kept us entertained."—Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss

NOLA Marches Forward – "The earth, our common home, is beginning to look like an immense pile of filth.” —Pope Francis

¡Meet the MAC 2017 Speakers! – "I have learned about the value and beauty of land from a cosmic worldview; about culture and the legitimacy of indigenous peoples’ claim to full recognition as people; their right to organize their collective life according to their ancestral norms; and their aspiration to “Live Well”, opting for a life in harmony and balance with nature."—Laura Hurtado Paz y Paz

Another Cuba, Another Fidel – "It seems that the churches have succeeded at convincing the government that the church social programs are compatible with the aims of the government."—Gerry Mullaney

Maryknoll Mission Institute—What A Gem! – "Let me introduce you to the MMI and encourage you, if you are able, to seriously consider spending one of the best weeks one could experience."—Rich Lessard

From the Board and Executive Coordinator:

An Opportunity of a Lifetime

News from the Board: Introducing our New Member

Are You on the Affiliate Email List? 

And don't miss our Features:

Book Groups to Reconvene

Maryknoll Mission Institute 

 To view this issue in its print form, download the July/August NSFA PDF.

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 15:10

Marches Are in the Air

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Spring weather and ongoing challenges have us anxious and on the move. Where are you going? The Albany Affiliates are helping college students process their immersion trips. The Los Angeles Affiliates march for peace and for the homeless. Many other Affiliates and Maryknollers have marched and are advocating for science, for the environment, and for action on climate change. John Moritz and the Northeast Florida Affiliates are helping many Catholics to become aware of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’.

Bob Short and the Guatemala Affiliates remind us that our Maryknoll charism leads us to Buen Vivir and a better connection with the environment. Bob says, ”The everyday faith commitment of Maryknoll Affiliates who continue to “show up” in the way they live and speak up to confront the voices of nationalistic empire that appear to be getting louder each day” are a sign of hope.

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Articles in this issue: 

Widening Visions: Sharing Laudato Si’ at a Diocesan Gathering – "I feel that using the theme was a more effective way of engaging people in a non-invasive and non-threatening manner."—John Moritz 

BUEN VIVIR Through Maryknoll – "We are invited to move out of ourselves and be open to the diversity around us."—Lizbeth del Rosario Gramajo Bauer

Where Are You Going? – "Returnees from immersion trips need a forum in which to process their many experiences."—Santa Orlando

Palm Sunday Peace Parade Addresses Homelessness – 'When I was homeless, I felt that I was in a subculture and I always wanted to be a part of my community."—Dorothy Edwards

Laudato Si and Water – "As more cities around the word authorize the privatization of water, access to clean drinking water is becoming more difficult and more expensive."—Flavio Rocha

Mining Ban in El Salvador – "The government had denied mining permits to a new project; the company then sued for lost profits."

Protect Our Mother Earth – "Please post your actions and/or photos on the Maryknoll Affiliates’ Facebook page..."

Affiliates in Action – Houston – "Several members will be traveling to Guatemala in November to participate in MAC 2017."

Ralph Maughan—Persistent Affiliate – "The area they visit in Northeastern Myanmar has been one of the most problematic and dangerous parts of the country."—Janet Quillian 

From the Board and Executive Coordinator:

Abundant Generosity

From the Desk Of… 

And don't miss our Features:

A place to learn: Maryknoll Mission Institute 

Report on an author's speech: Contemplation, Asceticism, and Advocacy 

To view this issue in its print form, download the May/June 2017 PDF.

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