Tuesday, 20 August 2019 16:54

Cultivating Nonviolence


As we struggle to make appropriate responses to the situations in our families, in our neighborhoods, and in the world, Cultivating Nonviolence offers alternatives. Affiliates  are invited to learn more online and in person about nonviolence. The Cultivating Nonviolence program was developed for JustFaith in conjunction with Maryknoll and Pax Christi. It will help us to:

  • Develop personal peace,
  • Learn more about nonviolence,
  • Use nonviolence in all our relationships,
  • Envision a better world.

The eight-week October/November session consists of:

  • On-line readings and videos,
  • Personal and virtual discussions, and
  • Nonviolent practices to stretch our capabilities.

Each week we will share our thoughts and learnings through conference calls, emails, and Facebook.

We will read key sections of the engaging book, Personal Nonviolence, A Practical Spirituality for Peacemakers, by Gerhard A. Vandehaar. Copies can be ordered through Amazon, or we will email copies of short sections.

Contact Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for information or to register.

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Saturday, 29 June 2019 16:47

Week of Actions

Sept. 14 to 22 is 2019’s Week of Actions, and Campaign Nonviolence plans to have 3,000 actions around the world! Several Affiliate groups have participated in this annual effort, “working for a new culture of nonviolence free from war, racism, poverty, and environmental destruction.”

Define your own action and join the campaign! Be sure to take photos and tell the NSFA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. all about it. For more information and to register your event, go to paceebene.org.

 

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Saturday, 29 June 2019 16:42

Cultivating Nonviolence

Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

Learning, growing, transforming, and deepening ourselves and our society are signs of life.

Walla Walla Affiliate Chris Pinney (left) and David Stocker, presenter at a 2018 Affiliate regional meeting, use their drums at a Campaign Nonviolence demonstration.

Through my involvement with the Affiliates, I have embraced and continue deepening my identification with nonviolence. The JustFaith module, Cultivating Nonviolence, offers to us Maryknoll Affiliates a way to keep growing, cultivating.

I am inviting Affiliates to participate in Cultivating Nonviolence with me, on-line: Eight sessions during October and November 2019 with readings and videos on-line. We will share our reflections during weekly conference calls. Only one book is needed: Active Nonviolence: A Way of Personal Peace, by Gerald A. Vanderhaar. To sign up or for more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Saturday, 27 April 2019 16:50

One Woman’s Missions

Ellie Hays – Reno Affiliate

With my highlighter in hand, I read the NSFA, marking things that especially interest me. I loved seeing the suggestion to use the Maryknoll Affiliate pillars of Spirituality, Community, Global Vision, and Action at meetings. Sr. Norie’s January article, “Norie—A Presence with Past Connections,” reminded me of an article I wrote for the February 1995 Not So Far Afield. At that time, I had given away 5,700 Presence cards by Sister Joan Metzner, MM. I was a casino floor supervisor (pit boss) at Harrah’s Casino and I gave them to any and all I thought to be receptive. I retired in 2002, but it is still my mission. I just had 2,000 more Presence cards laminated, bringing my total to around 17,000.

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Monday, 18 February 2019 23:02

News from Encuentro and the Border

David Stocker making drums at Portland Mission Nonviolence.

We received a holiday update from David Stocker who participated in the Affiliates Mission Nonviolence Conference in Oregon this fall and shared “The Art of Nonviolence” in the Nov/Dec NSFA. He tells us:

I visited Rivera Sun (another speaker at Mission Nonviolence) in Taos after the Encuentro. We shared stories, and she is a great voice for the Insurrection.

On December 11th, one of our organizers in Tucson—Alejandra, a powerful advocate for immigrants’ rights and a woman who led part of the protest at Eloy Detention Center—was ordered to be deported. We are sure her activism has made her a target of ICE. What to do if all vulnerable people are silenced?

David also thanks readers of the NSFA for their donations to the SOA Watch Puppetistas:

With your support, Puppetistas were able to present the drum making workshop in two community centers in Mexico and at three locations in the US. Our music, arts, and drums were present at the Eloy protest and at the trial in Tucson of the border guard who killed a Mexican teen six years ago.  Many of the children and their parents from the Mexican schools attended our Sunday gathering where the kids were featured in song and dance.

This is groundbreaking for SOAW and I’m proud that we were a part…. Through it all kids are still kids. In this world there can be no ‘others’ because all of the children belong to all of us. It really does take a village…. Thanks.

 

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 14:59

Just War or Just Peace?

 

Kevin Carroll – Nonviolence and Peace Fellow,
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

A project of Pax Christi International, The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, or CNI, is a global effort affirming the vision and practice of active nonviolence at the heart of the Catholic Church. It grew out of the landmark Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference held in Rome in April 2016, which was co-sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pax Christi International, and other organizations, including Maryknoll. Leaders include Ken Butigan of Pace e Bene and DePaul University, and Marie Dennis of Pax Christi International.

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Monday, 28 August 2017 20:47

Scapegoats and Nonviolence

Joe Hastings  – Returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner

Creating scapegoats is something societies do over and over again to keep from addressing real fears and injustices. It never really solves any problem, but just continues the cycle of violence, covering it up with a thin disguise, a lie of legitimacy.

Jesus calls us to expose the lie by witnessing to the truth. What truth, you might ask. Pilate asked the same question, even though Jesus has just given him the answer:

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Saturday, 31 December 2016 17:58

David vs. Goliath: Competing at Standing Rock

The Chandler–Isacksens run the Be the Change Project in Reno, Nevada. They live in voluntary poverty, grow lots of food, serve in their community, are war-tax resistors, and attempt to live their lives in alignment with their values. They attend the Reno Friends Meeting and have frequent contact with the Reno Affiliates. (See two previous articles in the NSFA: July/Aug 2015, p. 5, and Sept/Oct 2014, p. 6.)

We reached the Dakota Access Pipe Line construction site at about noon on September 27th. This was an hour after prayers and reminders from native leaders at the frontline camp and after driving 30 dusty miles over empty North Dakota back roads. The front line camp is just a mile up from the large Oceti Sakowin camp, home to a couple thousand people while we were there. “We have many warriors with us today who will protect the elders, the women, the children. Remember, this is a nonviolent action.” 

One hundred packed vehicles made it to the action that day: overflowing pickup trucks with masked youth from the Red Warrior camp (those willing to get arrested and in it for the long-haul) sitting alongside gray-haired elders holding signs that say “Protect the Water,” horse trailers with horses, license plates from across the country, our family in a rental car getting dustier by the mile. 

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Saturday, 31 December 2016 15:17

Nonviolence 2017

Nonviolence is the theme of Pope Francis’s Peace Message.

Pope Francis recognized the 50th annual World Peace Day, January 1, by sending us the first Catholic document on nonviolence, entitled: Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace.  

Francis’s concise and readable seven-page message has sections on:

  • A broken world: Violence is not the cure for our broken world.
  • More powerful than violence: Nonviolence is sometimes taken to mean surrender, lack of involvement and passivity, but this is not the case.
  • The domestic roots of a politics of nonviolence: ...it is fundamental that nonviolence be practised before all else within families.
  • My invitation: Peacebuilding through active nonviolence is the natural and necessary complement to the Church’s continuing efforts to limit the use of force…

Find Pope Francis’s document on nonviolence at Vatican.va or with additional resources at usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/war-and-peace/world-day-of-peace.cfm .

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