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Monday, 18 February 2019 22:53

REFUGEES

Written by

 Brian Bilston

They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
Welcome here
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
They cannot
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way

(now read from bottom to top)

 

Reprinted with permission.
Monday, 18 February 2019 22:51

Old Monastic Benediction

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Rev. Eugenia Gamble, pastor of Nipomo Community Presbyterrian Church, Nipomo, CA, adapted this prayer from an old monastic blessing. She closes the organizational meetings for a newly forming local interfaith coalition on immigration with it.

May God bless you with discomfort with easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you will live deeply and from the heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and the exploitation of people, so that you will work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those that mourn, so that you will reach out your hand to them and turn their mourning into joy.

And may God bless you with just enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world, so that you will do those things that others say cannot be done. 

Amen.

 

Monday, 18 February 2019 22:46

Potluck Recipe Exchange

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Recipe:  Bean & Tomato Stew—Square Edge

 Shared by: Paula Schaffner – California Central Coast Chapter

For eight months in 1986, the David Schaffner family experienced life in Palmerston North, New Zealand, through a sabbatical exchange. One treat was having lunch at the vegetarian restaurant in the Square Edge Building—so named because it sits on the edge of the city center square.

Living in New Zealand gave us a taste for crossing borders, and bringing home some Kiwi recipes has helped keep alive memories of our life there. Now I make this bean stew occasionally for our at-home dinners or as an easy make-ahead dish for potlucks.

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Bean & Tomato Stew – Square Edge

Contributed by Paula Schaffner

(Adapted from a recipe we enjoyed at the Square Edge Cafe, a great vegetarian café in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
The Square Edge Café shared its favorite recipes in a booklet.)

 Put the ingredients into a crockpot (or large casserole dish) in the following order:

            ¼ Cup      Oil

            ½ Cup      Onions, sliced

                    2      Carrots, chopped in large chunks      

                    3      Celery stalks, sliced

             1 Cup      Mushrooms

              2 tsp.      Salt

              2 tsp.      Garlic powder

              1 tsp.      Thyme (or dried basil)

              2 tsp.      Paprika

    1 16 oz. can      Garbanzo beans

    1 16 oz. can      Great White Northern beans

    1 16 oz. can      Pinto beans

             1 Cup      Tomato puree (or 1 16 oz. can diced tomatoes, blended)

            ½ Cup      Sugar

            ¼ Cup      Red wine

                    2      Bay leaves

Cover and simmer in crockpot (or low oven) for 4 hours.

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Your turn: Please send your favorite potluck recipe, particularly one that promotes global awareness, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Did you first eat this dish in a cross-cultural setting? Have you served it to foreign visitors? Tell us about it!

 

 

Friday, 28 December 2018 19:24

Notices – January/February 2019

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Affiliate Book Group

 

The Affiliate Book Group resumes April 2019!

Come join us. We suggest reading and discussing ~

Choosing Peace
edited by Marie Dennis

 

(https://www.orbisbooks.com/choosing-peace.html)

 

Email Bob at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your best day
and time for a weekly telephone conversation, and any
additional books or authors you’d like us to consider.



 

Take a Starring Role!

How do you participate in your chapter?

Some possibilities:

  • Prepare meeting sections, i.e., Spirituality.
  • Invite new members.
  • Lead a book/article discussion.
  • Take notes and write a meeting report.
  • Suggest possible new actions.
  • Organize a potluck meal.
  • Take your turn as Chapter Coordinator.

Your chapter appreciates your involvement!

 

Friday, 28 December 2018 19:13

KARIBU* – Come On In

Written by

Bill Murphy – Boston Chapter

 

Come - move your feet,

Take that step

subdue that fear of being

different   uncomfortable    vulnerable.

Being a stranger goes both ways –

through the threshold of this hut/home

new worlds open

for you

for them.

Karibu, calls -

what do you hear?

what do you do?

 

*a Swahili greeting of welcome in East Africa
Friday, 28 December 2018 19:04

Prayer of Pope Francis

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Lord, make us instruments of your peace.

Help us to recognize the evil latent in a communication that does not build communion.

Help us to remove the venom from our judgements.

Help us to speak about others as our brothers and sisters.

You are faithful and trustworthy; may our words be seeds of goodness for the world:

where there is shouting, let us practice listening;

where there is confusion, let us inspire harmony;

where there is ambiguity, let us bring clarity;

where there is exclusion, let us offer solidarity;

where there is sensationalism, let us use sobriety;

where there is superficiality, let us raise real questions;

where there is prejudice, let us awaken trust;

where there is hostility, let us bring respect;

where there is falsehood, let us bring truth.

Amen.

 

Thursday, 27 December 2018 05:39

Maryknoll Mission Institute – 2019

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Several Affiliates have found Mission Institute programs
to be rich sources of strength and inspiration.
Which Mission Institute 2019 offering speaks to you?

May 12-17 All the Light We Need – Sr. Nancy Schreck, OSF, D.Min

May 19-24 Oasis in the Overwhelmed  – Millie Grenough, MAT

June 7-9 Mission  Empowered by Love – Marie Dennis, MA
     50th Jubilee Celebration of Mission Institute – Carolyn Woo, PhD

June 16-21 Traveling the Road to Joy with Thomas Merton and Friends – Christine Bochen, PhD

June 23-28 Mission Inter Gentes: Egalitarian Missiology for the 21st Century - Diarmuid O’Murchu, MSC

July 7-12 Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality – Rev. John Philip Newell, PhD, and Cami Twilling

July 14-19 Teilhard and Struggle: Drawn to the Road of Fire  – Sr. Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, PhD

July 21-26 Sacred Heart of the Cosmos: Mission Spirit in Modern Time – Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS, MFA

September: Programs in California 

Find the complete schedule through September and application forms at:

    https://www.maryknollsisters.org/missioninstitute


Register online or request an application form by:

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone:  914-941-7575 @ 5671
Mail:     Maryknoll Mission Institute
            Maryknoll Sisters
            PO Box 311
            Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311

 

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 20:02

Spotlight on Mission

Written by
Karen Bortvedt, left, during her service in Cambodia.

Karen Bortvedt – Returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner

Have you had an inspiring experience on a FAB trip?  Do you know someone who may make a great lay missioner?  We invite you to join one of our upcoming webinars—with me!  I will share some of my experiences in Cambodia, as well as all the nuts and bolts of becoming a lay missioner. 

The upcoming webinars are:

November 15, 5pm EST – login to zoom.us/j/995940923

December 2, 11am EST – login to zoom.us/j/326958422

If you can post a notice about these webinars in your church bulletin, or if you have other questions, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To learn more about Maryknoll Lay Missioners, check out our website: mklm.org, or call 914-467-8857.

 

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 00:15

Thoughts on God

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Everyday life and all it takes are holy.

Every single breath is & gift of God. Every exhale is an act of trust.

How close am I to God?
“As the Father is in me, so also am I in you.”

—From the jottings of Bob Maxwell,
Maryknoll Affiliate

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 21:17

About Berrigan

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A review of

AT PLAY IN THE LIONS’ DEN, by Jim Forest, Orbis Books, 2017

Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

This biography and memoir of Daniel Berrigan, recently released by Orbis Books, has justly received much good press. It was reviewed by both America (https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2017/11/01/daniel-lions-den-berrigan-biography) and NCR (https://www.ncronline.org/news/people/my-friend-dan-berrigan-another-daniel-lions-den). 

As I began reading, I was impressed that there are pictures on almost every page, and that the book has an extensive index, notes, and a bibliography. Pertinent quotes fill frequent sidebars, and readers are treated to snippets of his poetry. 

In just the first few pages, I learned that three former Maryknollers were included in the Catonsville Nine, who were tried with Berrigan for their 1968 burning of draft records that earned him and several others a prison term.  Some stories added insights into Berigan’s close relationship with Phil Berrigan, his activist priest/brother.

My uncle’s vim and vision and vitality crackle out of the pages of Jim Forest’s book.
Dan Berrigan, Presente!
—Frida Berrigan

I kept reading, enjoying the personal stories, his connection with prominent authors such as Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day, and his evolving consciousness about the Viet Nam War, war in general, and nuclear weapons. Since I have lived through some of the same evolutions and times, his memoir allowed me to see with a new perspective and to better acknowledge the troubling positions of the Catholic Church and our country with respect to war.  Orbis and Jim Forest have done it again—bringing us great stories and insights. I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend this book!

Note: Affiliates, don’t forget to ask for your special 40% discount! 

 

 

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