The Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns (MOGC) is a tremendous resource on countless levels. So many of us in Maryknoll have benefited from the breadth and depth of information available to us through MOGC. Though probably most known for its global outreach in areas of justice and peace, it also offers other resources as well like. “Encounters” and Scripture reflections. The latter are reflections written by Maryknoll missioners, Affiliates and staff that cover the readings for each Sunday and holy day from the first Sunday in Advent until the Feast of Christ the King for the three cycles of the liturgical year. Missioners share their reflections based on their experiences in Nepal, Guatemala, Tanzania, Oaxaca, to name only a few of the places where Maryknollers have served. Here is a direct link to that site: https://www.maryknollogc.org/scripture-reflections
At about five years old, the Northeast Ohio Chapter (Akron area) is among the most recent to become part of the Maryknoll Affiliate movement. It is also among the most unique.
All Chapter members have a strong sense of global justice (global vision pillar). Even before they were officially recognized as an Affiliate chapter, members would regularly travel as a group to a developing region of the world to be with the people there and, through the people of the given country, become enlightened (and impassioned) by what they had heard and seen and shared. Very often, though not exclusively, these were Maryknoll Lay Missioner Friends Across Borders (FAB) trips.
Chapter member Gerry Mullaney joined the Affiliate Board about two years ago and is a very positive, wise and gentle force within that body. Last week, Kathryn Ress was honored as Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. In her straightforward and unpretentious manner, upon receiving the award, Kathie simply said, “Well, this was an honor. The National Association of Social Workers cares about immigration!” As is her way, she put the cause and people she serves in the forefront.
CONGRATULATIONS KATHRYN & THANK YOU NORTHEAST OHIO!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your best day and time for a weekly telephone conversation, and any additional books or authors you’d like us to consider.
Thought for this day:
As you read Scripture, if you sense any negative or punitive emotions like morose delight, feelings of superiority, self-satisfaction, arrogant dualistic certitude, desire for revenge, need for victory, or a spirit of dismissal or exclusion, you must trust that this is not Jesus’ hermeneutic (science of interpreting any sacred text) at work, but your own ego still steering the ship.
As mentioned in a previous Monday Morning Update, thanks to Ginny McEvoy's efforts, a new section [THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED] has been added to the website. It is found in the blue side box under the Who Are We tab and is, in a small way, meant to remember and honor those Affiliates who have passed on to new life in recent years. It is neither intended to be a comprehensive overview nor an obituary but a statement expressed in a few sentences that speaks to the person’s commitment as a Maryknoll Affiliate. For a quick look, go to this link: https://maryknollaffiliates.org/those-who-have-passed.html
When someone does pass on from your chapter, please give that information to Bob Short so that he can include it in this section.
MAC 2020 – First Notice
A small, initial team – Celine Woznica (Chicago Central), Ginny McEvoy (Long Island) and Bob Short (Greater Boston) – has begun work on our next Maryknoll Affiliate Conference (MAC 2020). Soon more will join together to continue the work of creating a momentous experience in the tradition of past MACs. At this early stage, we can announce that:
For a very interesting reading just posted on the Developing Global Consciousness section on the website, click on this line: http://maryknollaffiliates.org/developing-global-consciousness.html
Ken Eppes, of the Dallas/Forth Worth Chapter and Regional Coordinator for the South Central Region sent out an email inviting all interested to the Texas Mission Council annual event in beautiful San Antonio. Note that acclaimed author, Ronald Rolheiser will be the featured speaker.
If it weren’t for the last minute, no one would register for the Texas Mission Conference. Well, friends, the last minute is here. Registration closes absolutely at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 28.
The time to register is now!
The conference is February 1-3, at the Oblate Renewal Center in San Antonio. So, don’t miss Ron Rolheiser and a roster of dynamic speakers on front-burner issues, such as Immigration and Reconciliation.
For further information and to register, see http://www.txmissioncouncil.
If you have questions, give me a call at 214.686.4454. I look forward to seeing y’all.
Ken Eppes, Chair
Kitty Madden, Affiliate in Nicaragua, sent the message below taken from The Revolutionary Love Project. Kitty saw it as a very indicated message for this Christmas season.
The government shuts down upon threats of a wall. A child dies in the custody of U.S. officials at the border. The President orders sudden troop withdrawals that provoke global instability. All this took place in the last week alone.
Some may see the holidays as a time to retreat from the cascade of crises facing our nation and world.
We choose to see the holidays not as a time to try to escape but as an opportunity to ground ourselves in joy. Joy returns us to everything that is good and beautiful and worth fighting for. Joy gives us the energy to continue our labors to make a viable life and more just world. Joy comes when we draw our attention to the present moment -- a child's laughter, a neighbor's cookies, a lit candle. In a time such as this, joy is an act of moral resistance.