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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..

Articles in this issue:

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.

Share your stories of growth and change in the NSFA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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.

Tell us about your challenges, your hopes, and what you’re doing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 03:44

Pray – Study – Act

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We Affiliates have our work cut out for us! As the saying goes, if you’re not upset, you’re not paying attention. I hear that Affiliates are paying attention, they are upset, they have long been upset, and they are taking action.

In this issue, looking for long-term solutions, Marie Venner passionately insists we must end our addiction to fossil fuels for the good of her children, indeed all of our children’s children. Ron Covey, also looking to the future, focuses on the educating marginalized children in Guatemala City. Rosa Beatriz Castañeda de Larios, Guatemala Chapter, has devoted her life to education. Mef Ford tells us about the Boston Affiliate Chapter’s reflection on their careers, life choices, and service roles.

We know that not all of our efforts will be successful in the short term, but as St. Teresa of Calcutta reminds us, “God does not require us to be successful, only that we be faithful.”

I urge all Affiliates to examine your values and direction—with others in your chapter, if possible, to pray together, re-establish your priorities, and take action!

What is your passion? Let us at the NSFA know your priorities, your actions, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Articles in this issue: 

The Time is Now – "We are late in the game, so I must and will say very clearly: it is time for us to get off fossil fuels—now—all of us." – Marie Venner 

Making Time for Kindness – The Affiliate Book Groups are enjoying reading the Orbis book, Abounding in Kindness, by Elizabeth Johnson.

On the Margins: Education and More – "We strive to be an important and accepted member of the community." – Ron Covey

What if 1.2 Billion Catholics Embraced Gospel Nonviolence? – "Which of the wars we have been in is a just war?" – Sister Matty, Mosul

"Light for the People" – "This year in April we mark the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Ben and his Nicaraguan co-workers." – Kitty Madden

Mission Journeys – "Many of our group came of age in the era of cinderblock bookcases, potted avocado plants, and Mateus wine bottle candleholders." – Mef Ford

Getting to Know the Guatemala Chapter – "Maryknoll Affiliates ... respond in community to the call of God to participate in the mission of Jesus." – Guatemala Chapter website

Rosa Beatriz—Educator for Life– She invited all of the attendees to make passion the key to their lives.

Update on MAC 2017 March/April 2017 – Forms for registration and post-conference mission visit options

The Challenge – "We all need to be wiling to be uncomfortable in the pursuit of justice, too." – Sr. Rose Marie Tresp, RSM

Communications Committee Update – Affiliates are asked to contact Bob if they would like their chapter highlighted (on the website).

Board to Meet in May – One area the Regional Coordinators (RCs) will review with the Board is how RCs are selected and how long they should serve.

Virtual Community? – "If you have thoughts or ideas, please let us know!"

Taste of Tanzania 2017 – "Don your African clothes and join us!"

Holy Week Discernment Retreat – "Are you called to Cross-Cultural Mission Service?"

And don't miss our Features:

A poem: Silent

Comments on reviews:    Silence and A Radical Faith 

A place to learn: Maryknoll Mission Institute 2017

A few announcements: March/April 2017

A Lenten reflection guide: Come Pray, Study, Act with Us

To view this issue in its print form, download the March/April 2017 PDF.

Saturday, 31 December 2016 18:17

The Times They Are A-Changin’

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Change is good news, and possibly bad news. We rejoice with the native peoples who are standing up to protect the water. We are inspired by a Guatemalan Affiliate who received national recognition for her work for human rights. We are excited by Pope Francis’s recent message on nonviolence. But we are also concerned to see a backlash against reforms and programs that some may feel have threatened them and their needs. We regret the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and fear the current threats against refugees and immigrants. We agonize about the escalating conflicts that we seem to have no control over.

But Affiliates are all about change, crossing borders, showing love! In 2017 may you continue to join in community and visualize together the change that is needed for us and for the world. Tell us about your vision and action at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Articles in this issue: 

David vs. Goliath: Competing at Standing Rock – "It is a learning experience for me—a white middle class man used to organizing, to be in the minority; to be quiet, to follow, to listen." – Kyle Chandler-Isacksen 

MAC 2017 Update – January/February 2017 – Forms for registration and many more conference details will be available soon.

Retreat at Watch Hill – " 'The Wine Never Runs Out' ... drawing on the Biblical promise of the fullness of life and the symbolism of nuptial radiance." – Bob Short

Claudia Samayoa Speaks – "I have faced the powers that do not want to change, not with aggression but with respect." – Claudia Samayoa

Nonviolence 2017 – "Nonviolence is sometimes taken to mean surrender, lack of involvement and passivity, but this is not the case." – Pope Francis

Days of Infamy: 75th Anniversary –  The woman had said, ”Maryknoll gave me a home when I needed one, so now I will give them my house.” 

Learning About Immigration and Refugees – ...they are planning an evening presentation on these topics with the hope that the parish may sponsor a refugee family. 

Table Talk – "It is difficult, as one grows older, to make new relationships, and yet it is necessary ..." – Kris Neufeld

Virtual Coincidence – Since the first virtual chapter attempts will be considered pilot projects, there is still a great deal of flexibility. 

Seattle Chapter: Working Together – For fun, the Seattle Affiliates helped decorate the Seattle Maryknoll House in preparation for the Maryknoll Christmas party. 

Connecting in Claremont – The Sierra Club has revived its midwinter, midnight walk among the homeless of Skid Row ...

And don't miss our Features:

A celebration of Maryknoll Affiliates' 25 years: 25 Years Ago

A book review:     Living in Bubbles  

A place to learn: Maryknoll Mission Institute 2017

A few announcements: January/February 2017

To view this issue in its print form, download the January/February 2017 PDF.

 

 

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