Wednesday, 31 October 2018 05:14

Moving our Community to Peace and Nonviolence

Northwest Regional Mini-Conference
September 21-23, at Beaverton, OR

David Stocker - NSFA Contributing Editor

With about 60 people in attendance, keynote presenter Rivera Sun, well known for her popular fictions, Billionaire Buddha and The Dandelion Insurrection, was right on. The Dandelion Insurrection follows a colorful cast of activist characters in a society that is crumbling from the weight of capitalism and empire. Drawing from her other career as a nonviolence trainer for Pace e Bene, she told real his-stories and her-stories of people who changed the world without violence. Her statistics that nonviolence  succeeds more often than violence for regime change, civil rights actions, and fair working conditions were heartening.

Rivera gave us tools to mount our own campaign. She walked us through Goals, Strategy, Targets, Participants, Duration and timing, and Resources and risks; then we considered how to apply these tools in our area of interest during breakout sessions.

In the breakout sessions, the afternoon presenters included Benneth Husted on the subject of nonviolent resistance in Palestine, Ethan Livermore of the Poor People’s Campaign, Maxine Fookson of the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (Imirj), and Peter Bergel offered strategic guidance for non-violent campaigns and great music! Each presenter modeled ways to move deeper into that list of nonviolent strategies.

Kevin Carroll, Nonviolence and Peace Fellow with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (MOGC), brought us up to date on the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative (CNI), a global effort affirming the vision and practice of active nonviolence. It calls on the Church to promote nonviolent practices and strategies and no longer use or teach the “just war theory.” See Kevin’s article, "Just War or Just Peace?"

David Stocker. I count myself privileged to have also been a presenter, telling about Border Encuentro, which takes place November 15-18 in Nogales, AZ. See my article, "The Art of Nonviolence." 

March and pray. Before our Saturday afternoon Mass, we took to the streets to demonstrate our newfound active nonviolence skills, using our voices, signs, and drums.

Friday dinner. Affiliates and presenters broke bread together at the Hotchkiss home, celebrating International Peace Day. After a delicious meatless meal, we discussed, “How can Maryknoll Affiliates help build a nonviolent community?” Tom Hastings, from Portland State University, said peace is on the path to being a separate educational discipline.

Sunday lunch. Our final gathering focused on Global Vision. Over a Mediterranean themed meal, we shared some of the places in the world with which we feel a special connection. Watch for an Easy Meeting about this in our next issue!

Principal presenter Rivera Sun, author and Pace-e-Bene Active Nonviolence trainer, writes fiction books where heroes 
succeed through nonviolence.

 

This break-out group focused on organizing an Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice. 
Kevin Carroll, speaker from Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, and his sister, Megan Carroll, beat their drums.

 

Affiliates (L to R) Bertha Haas, Teresa Kuntz, Kitty Schiltz, and Paula Schaffner march with signs.

 

 


Ethan Livermore (left), with Poor People’s Campaign, Portland, learned how to make drums at David Stocker’s breakout session.
Seattle Affiliates Bill O’Dwyer and Ralph Maugham chat at the Friday night dinner hosted by the Hotchkisses. 
Affiliate Gabriella Maertens and Kevin Carroll, MOGC, show map with our global connections.

 

 

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 23:47

Mission Nonviolence

Moving our Broader Community to Nonviolence and Peace

Mini-Regional Conference

Portland, Oregon

Sept. 21-23, 2018

All Maryknoll Affiliates are invited!

Friday, 6PM – Affiliate Social and casual dinner

Saturday, 9-4 – Active Nonviolence Workshop and evening Mass, pizza, and open mike

Sunday, 12:30PM – Affiliate gathering and lunch


For details, contact Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To  RSVP, use the downloadable form at: http://maryknollaffiliates.org/news/downloads/not-so-far-afield/supplemental-materials.html

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Friday, 29 June 2018 03:28

Mission Nonviolence

 

 

Moving our Broader Community to Nonviolence and Peace

Mini-Regional Conference

Portland, Oregon

Sept. 21-23, 2018

All Maryknoll Affiliates are invited!

Friday, 6PM – Affiliate Social and casual dinner

Saturday, 9-4 – Active Nonviolence Workshop

Sunday, 12:30PM – Affiliate gathering and lunch

For details, contact Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To  RSVP, use the downloadable form

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 01:34

Update on MAC 2017 - March/April 2017

Maryknoll Affiliate Conference

November 9-12, 2017
Guatemala, Central America

 

Registration is now available. For the forms, go to http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate/nossos-professores

After the conference, consider a Mission Visit…

You can visit missions of Maryknoll Sisters, a Priest, Lay Missioners, and Affiliates who serve in different areas of Guatemala or in El Salvador. Visiting a mission, you will be salt and light in exchanging the joy of the Gospel, living the beatitudes, and letting yourself be evangelized more than wanting to evangelize others. 

Four post-conference options are offered (each needs a minimum of 5 participants)

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 17:26

See You in New Orleans?

Enjoying the last Southeast Regional Conference, Gerry Kelly, MM, Maureen
Thiebaud (decd.), and Manny Hotchkiss, Portland Chapter, demonstrated the
fun to be had at a gathering in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Chapter of Maryknoll Affiliates invites all Affiliates to their Regional Conference! Spend a weekend on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain with fellow Affiliates and other Maryknollers. Hear and discuss the messages of the keynote speakers:

  • Matt Rousso will talk about “Mission as Accompaniment” and the role of dialogue in mission.
  • Felicia and Jason Gehrig, returned Maryknoll Lay Missioners living in Ft. Worth, TX, will be “Telling Our Mission Stories.” 
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