Items filtered by date: November 2014

By John Sivalon

 

I am delighted to be here today and to take part in this conference. I want to thank the Affiliate chapter of Albany for their invitation and for their patience in working with me to prepare for this conference. With them, I am grateful to Ann Carr and the Affiliate Board for their support and to Bob Short who in his own writings has stimulated us all to think of doing mission in terms of a new paradigm. I also want to thank Ellen McDonald, Jack Sullivan and Gerry Kelly for their commitment and dedication to the vision of the Affiliates. As the first conference of affiliates after the death of Jim Madden, this conference is even more significant and profound for me, as I believe it is for you. Jim left us with words of encouragement about his own vision, and advising us to search out new ways of being a movement into the future. Not only his words, but his lived example, encourage us to appreciate the abiding presence of God in cultures.

 

With his words and vision in mind, we come together to wrestle with the mysterious call we have all received: “to participate in the mission of God.” Most important, I come here today, not to offer answers, but to raise questions for all of us that we might work together for some glimpse into how the Maryknoll movement will be carried into the future. Part of that process, for which I am deeply appreciative, is the responses of Sam Stanton, Mary Ellen Kempken and Robert Ellsberg to my own presentation. I am sure their additions will be very helpful in clarifying the weaknesses of my presentation and more importantly they will add their own wisdom, perspective and experience to help all of us in opening our hearts and minds to God’s wisdom.

 

The theme of this conference is "Maryknoll Affiliates: The Third Wave Emerging into the Future.” Contemplating that theme, I imagined myself sitting on the beach looking out at the beautiful ocean and counting the waves. I asked myself what is a wave, and how do you count them. When was the first wave and what wave is this really? It became clear to me that, while I am not sure what wave this is, I am confident that the world in which we live today is dramatically different than the world in which I was raised and I am confident that it is a “New Wave.”

 

The language of “Third Wave” entered most prominently into the vocabulary of the Maryknoll world with a talk given a few years ago by Robert Shreiter on “Mission ad Gentes.” In that talk he associated the “Third Wave” with some changes in contemporary society related to globalization. But I believe that besides these socio-political-economic changes, a much deeper change has taken place. Our whole understanding of the universe has been turned upside-down since the 1970s especially in the West, but spreading throughout the world. And, paraphrasing St Thomas, if our view of creation is distorted, our view of God will be distorted, and by implication our view of mission and church.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

State of the Heart Letter - November 2014

Affiliate Board State of the Heart Letter: Mission and Wholemaking in a Time of Uncertainty Ann Carr Board Chair "I believe that the Maryknoll Affiliates are uniquely positioned to be carried into the future by this new wave of mission." John Sivalon, MM. "A New Wave: The Maryknoll Affiliates and Our Sacred Pilgrimage" MAC 2014. Stony Point, NY Many challenging and grace filled moments are shaping the life of the Affiliate movement in this current time: our June MAC 2014 conference, the recent Maryknoll Society Chapter, Congregation General Assembly and the complexities of a world ranging from tragic wars in Syria to the inspiring leadership of Pope Francis. Aware of this unique moment, the Affiliate Board gathered October 17-19 to engage in a process of visioning, direction and needs assessment for the Affiliate movement. Our hope was that we might listen deeply and create a process inviting all Affiliates in Chapters to discern with us. Where and how do we see the Affiliate movement in this current time? What recent experiences within and beyond Maryknoll are shaping our future direction?

Affiliate Board Members L-R (Top) Fr. Fr. Tom O'brien, John Meyer, Dave Schaffner, Patty Symkowick, Mary Massaro, Rich Lessard, Joe Symkowick (Bottom) Patty Barneond de Garcia Tres, Ann Carr, Margo Cambier.

We began with two very inspirational reports by Board member John Meyer and RC John Moritz, respective representatives to the Society Chapter and Sisters' GA. Each shared of their gratitude for the inspirational stories and courageous visioning of Maryknoll missioners who welcomed them to participate in their processes. From both the reports and preliminary documents, it is clear that a strong desire for collaboration with the Affiliates is emerging. We know this is already happening in some ways, but believe there will now be more opportunity and invitation.

El Papa Francisco en varias ocasiones y con mucho entusiasmo nos ha invitado a unirnos en una “Revolución de la Ternura”. Pero, ¿En qué consiste esta Revolución de la Ternura? En este artículo se presentan algunos recursos que pueden permitirnos acercarnos a esta propuesta del Papa Francisco desde sus propias palabras. Los compartimos con la intención que pueda ser una fuente para reflexionar y responder, de forma individual y en comunidad, a esta propuesta del Papa Francisco.

Dime cómo tratas a la niñez y juventud y te diré qué clase de sociedad, país ¡y continente! eres. América Latina es la región más desigual del planeta y esta estructura injusta golpea de manera particular a la niñez y a la juventud, que constituye casi la mitad de la población total y que vive sumida en condiciones de pobreza y pobreza extrema así como situaciones alarmantes relacionadas con pandillas, narcotráfico, violencia sexual y trata, migraciones y desplazamientos, matrimonios infantiles, desnutrición, trabajo forzado y un largo étcetera. El abandono histórico de esta población por parte del Estado muestra la constante violación a sus derechos humanos.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Buena Nueva

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Sept 21 Events

People’s Climate March – New York

Jo Albright – Subway Chapter

Two days before the People’s Climate March, I learned that groups were to meet at specific locations, such as religious groups at Columbus Circle. Riding there in a half-filled subway car, I was relieved to immediately see a Maryknoller! I didn’t see many more until the march started, when Beth Begley and I were trying to maintain a curbside seat.

The “biggest climate march in history” left Central Park and headed toward lower Manhattan and the NYC waterfront on 6th Avenue. Crowds watched and cheered us as we went by. It was hard to keep up with the banner-carrying Maryknollers, mostly priests. I saw Affiliates Margaret and Adel, with a group from their parish.

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 “ESTAMOS LLAMADOS A CONSTRUIR LA PAZ DESDE LOS MAS PEQUEÑOS”
Monseñor Juan Gerardi Conedera

Parte del compromiso y misión de la Oficina de Derechos Humanos del Arzobispado de Guatemala -ODHAG- es acompañar, promover y defender el cumplimiento de la vigencia de los Derechos Humanos.  En ese sentido desde 1996 ha monitoreado y dado seguimiento a la situación de la niñez y adolescencia en Guatemala.

Es así como con mucha preocupación e indignación se ve cómo la problemática de la niñez y la adolescencia se agrava como resultado de la violencia estructural, dejando al descubierto las causas de problemáticas históricas no resueltas del país.

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 00:00

LA EPIDEMIA DE LA TERNURA CIUDADANA

Guatemala, al igual que otros países de la región latinoamericana, es objeto de interés para inversión extranjera sobre todo dedicada a procesos industriales: maquilería, minería de metales e hidroeléctricas entre otras. Al igual que los otros países de la región, se encuentra abierta al desarrollo, a mantener buenas relaciones internacionales y mejorar los índices económicos. Al igual que los otros países de la región se caracteriza por diversidad cultural, étnica, religiosa entre su población. Al igual que los otros países de la región es rica, riquísima en recursos naturales y en la fuerza de trabajo juvenil.

A diferencias de los otros países de la región, presenta las peores estadísticas de pobreza, más del 50% de su juventud está fuera del sistema educativo formal y uno de cada cinco niños y niñas lucha contra la desnutrición crónica. A diferencia de los otros países de la región, la niñez y juventud vive en carne propia las historias que contaron sus padres, madres, abuelos y abuelas sobre el conflicto armado interno mientras el gobierno actual retoma las acciones represivas y de espionaje militar.

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 00:00

HAY MILES DE ESTRELLAS EN BOLIVIA

Estrella es una niña del Programa de Apoyo Escolar de la  Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de La Salette en Cochabamba, Bolivia.  Probablemente no sea una de las mejores alumnas de  su colegio.  A veces es difícil motivarla cuando tiene tareas.  Un día en particular, tenía que trabajar en un proyecto para el Día de la Madre.  Como no avanzaba, traté de ayudarla a pensar con una pregunta.  “¿Cómo son las mamás?” le pregunté.  “Malas,” me dijo ella.  Yo pensé que estaba bromeando con su respuesta.  Por eso, le dije que continuara trabajando y que volvería más tarde. 

Monday, 03 November 2014 00:00

LA Affiliates and Campaign Non-violence

Kathee Hennigan Bautista – Los Angeles Chapter

Greater Los Angeles and San Diego Chapter Affiliates became familiar with peace activist Fr. John Dear’s work while preparing to co-sponsor the 2010 Western Regional Affiliate Conference. Since Fr. John was our keynote speaker, both chapters began studying his latest book. He spoke passionately about following the non-violent Jesus and offered us the opportunity to take the vow of non-violence. Many of us continued studying his work and listened to his speeches when he spoke in our area.

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