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Monday, 07 November 2016 18:51

Korean Affiliates Share News

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Francesca Yang – Korean  Chapter

This is a brief report, but I want to keep in touch and let other Affiliates know what we are doing.

We met on October 15, 2016, at the Maryknoll Sisters’ apartment in Seoul. Thirteen of us gathered, including two visiting guests who are Sisters of the Congregation of Jesus and Theresa Jung, who is asking to become an Affiliate. We all warmly welcomed her.

At the meeting, Maryknoll Sister Hyung-Jung Kim spoke to us about her mission in East Timor. Also, Maryknoll Sister Jean Maloney reported on her recent trip to the US. As usual, all the Affiliates shared the events of their lives during the past month, and a number spoke of gratitude for their families and for the Affiliate meeting itself, which is such a support. Also one member is preparing to make a trip to the Holy Land.

The Chapter requests prayers for the wife of one of the Affiliates who is receiving treatment for cancer. Her name is Theresa.

Monday, 07 November 2016 17:00

TISQUANTUM: A New Tale from the Old World

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David Stocker – NSFA Staff Editor 

Thanksgiving evokes harvest gratitude just before winter. Yet the myth of Thanksgiving that we tell is rife with inaccuracies and omissions that have endured for 400 years. The story of a Wompanoag, Tisquantum (Squanto), in 1614, gives us a more honest look at our American colonial roots.

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A Report on the Maryknoll Affiliates’ Southern Region Conference

New Orleans, LA, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2016

Rev. Gerald E. Kelly, MM – Director of Mission Education & Promotion, Southern Region 

Congratulations to Matt Rousso and the New Orleans Affiliates for a very successful Southern Region Conference. Held just outside New Orleans at a retreat center in Metairie, the conference opened with a moving prayer and procession highlighting the four Affiliate pillars of Spirituality, Community, Action and Global Vision. For the remaining time, the diverse modes of presentation that followed spoke to the theme: “Mission as Accompaniment: Walking Each Other Back Home.” 

Bob Short – Executive Coordinator

Somewhere in his writings, Saint Francis of Assisi wrote that the Lord “…wants me to be a new kind of fool in the world…” Just a few minutes into gathering together as Maryknollers—seeing how the New Orleans Chapter welcomed all of us, the global and local issues that consumed us (and the consumer issues that didn’t), the wholehearted laughter that filled us, and maybe even the simple dress that clothed us—gave some evidence that we too were aspiring towards the new fool in the world classification. The advanced levels of insight, education, creativity and life experience don’t disqualify in this regard. 

Monday, 07 November 2016 15:58

Mission Is About Walking Each Other Home

Written by

 Mary Moritz  – Northeast Florida Chapter 

Matt Rousso shared this reflection at the Southern Region Conference, and Mary used it in their Chapter meeting. She now offers it for all of us to use.

We should be able to see by what Pope Francis has been saying in his writings and in his speeches that he is strongly affirming that mission is much more about “being with rather than doing for.”  A couple of years ago, a friend of mine shared with me a Christmas card she had received.  There was a simple message in the card which read “we’re all just walking each other home.”  That message has stuck with me and often impinged on my meditation and prayer.  I have often been moved when I realize this is how God in Jesus has been with me all during my life —slowly and lovingly walking me home.  And I have often thought how true this is of our call to mission.  Are we not all called to walk each other home?  Is not this what Pope Francis is saying when he says “we must all learn the art of accompaniment”?  Or when he says, “we must practice the art of listening”?

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

Have you have been “accompanying someone?”  How did this experience begin?  What has it been like for you?

Is there someone(s) that you sense you are being called to accompany - to “walk home”?  How are you experiencing this call?

Monday, 07 November 2016 15:54

Long-Distance Accompaniment

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The Mwanza Affiliates sent colorful cloth bags from one of their women’s projects to the Portland Oregon Affiliates, some of whom have visited them in Tanzania. The Portland Chapter also has helped Affiliate (returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner) Bertha Haas raise funds to support the school for handicapped children that she started there.

 

 

 

Monday, 07 November 2016 15:35

Building Abrahamic Partnerships

Written by

Dan Heuer – Westchester Chapter

Recently I had a powerful interfaith experience at Hartford Seminary near Windsor, Connecticut. The intensive eight-day course entitled Building Abrahamic Partnerships was structured as an interfaith community of learning for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, all of whom trace their origin to the patriarch Abraham. Our class of 10 Jews, 8 Muslims, 9 Protestants of various denominations, and 3 Catholics heard lectures by Jewish rabbis, Muslim imams, Christian ministers, and seminary professors. 

The highlight for me was a small group experience led by a Jewish rabbi, a Muslim woman, and a United Church of Christ woman minister. We each shared a personal experience that we had of God/Allah, through which we were able to meet on a spiritual level above our differences.

Saturday, 27 August 2016 22:29

Oaxacan Community Speaks

Written by

Mary Gill and Pat Denevan 

Editor: After many years in mission in Oaxaca, Mexico, four former Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Mary Gill and Pat Denevan remain in Oaxaca, and Kathy and Phil Dahl-Bredine spend part of the year there. They all wrote in recent newsletters of the conflicts in Oaxaca. Mary and Pat provided this August 17th update.

Ninety-four days have passed since the teachers in Oaxaca began large-scale protests against the federal government’s “reform” of the educational system. The protesters in Nochixtlán (a city north of Oaxaca City) blocked a main highway to Oaxaca, which caused a huge traffic problem. The Federal Police came to forcibly remove the protesters, resulting in 11 persons being killed (in two locations). This action received international attention and strengthened the resolve of the protesters. The opposition to the Education Reform now includes not only the teachers but the parents of the school children. In Nochixtlán, the local town authorities, along with the rest of the Mixteca Region, have joined the protests and have led marches to the Zócalo in Mexico City. Protests are also happening in 22 other Mexican states.

Saturday, 27 August 2016 22:24

Will your Chapter Be Represented?

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Are you coming to MAC 2017 in Guatemala?

     

Regional Coordinators (RCs) in the US have been asked to survey the chapters in their region to find out how many members plan to attend and how many might attend. If you plan to attend, contact your RC to add your name to the list. 

Watch for details about travel grants if you’d like to attend but will need assistance. Perhaps chapters could share the cost for a member to represent them.

This preliminary information will help the Guatemala MAC 2017 Committee make MAC 2017 a great experience for all involved. 

Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

Palm oil, an important export for Central and South American countries, is produced by large corporations. To increase production, the corporations buy land that has been privatized from indigenous communities. Increased production also requires massive amounts of water, for which dams and reservoirs must be built. These water projects destroy rivers and rob subsistence farms of irrigation water. Palm oil production practices have also contaminated water sources. 

The conflicting interests of corporations, governments, indigenous people, and the very environment are being discussed in various forums, with Maryknollers at Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (MOGC) and in Guatemala providing valuable insight into this issue. 

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