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Saturday, 27 August 2016 21:59

Genuine Community

Written by

Bob Short – Executive Coordinator

Seeking Global Community is our Affiliate vision statement. “Seeking” might not be the perfect verb (up until a few years ago, it was “Creating,” but that seemed a touch grandiose). Nevertheless, global community was and is at the heart of our intention.

So, we ask if the world today is more unified or less unified than it was yesterday? Is there a sense, if still faint, that we are a part of a wondrous whole, an integral, connected global community? The evidence for and against this supposition is abundant.

Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

Palm oil, an important export for Central and South American countries, is produced by large corporations. To increase production, the corporations buy land that has been privatized from indigenous communities. Increased production also requires massive amounts of water, for which dams and reservoirs must be built. These water projects destroy rivers and rob subsistence farms of irrigation water. Palm oil production practices have also contaminated water sources. 

The conflicting interests of corporations, governments, indigenous people, and the very environment are being discussed in various forums, with Maryknollers at Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (MOGC) and in Guatemala providing valuable insight into this issue. 

Saturday, 27 August 2016 21:46

Maryknoll Affiliates in Tanzania

Written by

Bertha Haas – Returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Portland Chapter 

Costansia Mbgoma hosted a gathering of the Maryknoll Affiliates of Mwanza, Tanzania at her home this July. US Affiliates may remember Costansia from the conferences she has attended and her time in San Francisco. 

Six Mwanza Affiliates shared scripture reflections,  food, and fellowship with guests Maryknoll Sister Celeste, Portland Affiliate Bertha Haas, and a Maryknoll Sisters candidate. Many of the Mwanza Affiliates are former students of the Maryknoll Sisters at Rosary College. They stay connected to the Sisters and their fellow students as a means of retaining their Maryknoll ideals and values in a society that often doesn’t share them. They attract many younger members, including men, who are attracted by Maryknoll spirituality and are called to see social needs and respond.

Saturday, 27 August 2016 21:36

Korean Affiliates Meet

Written by

Lydia Kim – Korean Chapter Secretary

Translated by Russ Feldmeier, MM – MA Board Member

Visitor Russ Feldmeier is surrounded by the Korea Chapter he fostered while serving there.

Ten members of the Korean Chapter gathered at the Maryknoll Sisters’ house in Seoul on June 11, 2016.

We began with a sharing on the Sunday readings for that week, as well as on our activities for the past month. There are many tragic issues in society these days, which demonstrate a lack of concern for others and a marginalization of many people. In particular, we spoke about criticism and indifference towards others, the inability in daily life to overcome prejudices, and the frustration that in such circumstances we are often unable to find the true way to respond. In addition, we reflected upon the reality of many women who suffer from social structures that continue to discriminate against women. The sharing was an opportunity to look at how we as believers can respond to the issues we are faced with.

We usually meet monthly, but due to summer vacations, our next meeting was on August 27, 2016 when we gathered for a day-long retreat. 

Saturday, 27 August 2016 21:28

Emphasis on Action

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A Chapter Profile

While California Central Coast (CCC) Affiliates share a potluck meal, they talk of their passions and missions. Affiliate Joan Bogle worked with the Alzheimer Association and helped lobby for successful legislation that secured funding for related programs. By facilitating a small Alzheimer support group, she repaid the support she received when her husband was suffering with Alzheimers and she was his sole caregiver. Now she looks for ways to involve the Senior Adult Ministry of her parish in mission.

Joyce Miller’s passion is the Montessori preschool she and her husband founded 35 years ago. She was happy to hear that the Maryknoll Sisters in Tanzania were involved in a Montessori school. Over the years she and her husband have also helped raise thousands of dollars for Alpha, a right-to-life organization that counsels pregnant women and supports mothers.

Easy Meeting:  Family – The Affiliate Community – The Kin-dom of God

(To reprint this Easy Meeting on two pages, go to the Download: Not So Far Afield – Supplemental Material – 2016 09 10 Easy Meeting.)

 

Begin by reading “Family of God” (Maryknoll Book of Prayer, page 18):

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”—John 13:34-35

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts. … If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is part of it.-—1 Corinthinians 12:12, 26-27

     Nothing can separate us from the love of God and nothing can separate us from each other. We are made in the image and likeness of God.

     Prayer begins with the awesome recognition of our oneness with God. It continues with the realization of our unity with each other. We are all members of one family—the family of God. Let us Pray.

Read the articles mentioned below from the September/October 2016 NSFA, and consider these questions:

1. Compare your experience of family with that in the article from NTLH, “Family in Guatemala.”  

2. How do the statements from the Greater Los Angeles and North Texas chapters relate to your Affiliate community? (See LA Chapter Reflects on Survey Topics and Talking Points.)

3. How does your Affiliate community prefigure the Kin-dom of God?

Close with the prayer,  “God made us a family” (Maryknoll Book of Prayer, page 19):

God made us a family

We need one another

We love one another

We forgive one another

We work together

We play together

We worship together

Together we use God’s word

Together we grow in Christ

Together we love all people

Together we serve our God 

Together we hope for Heaven

These are our hopes and ideals.

Help us to attain them, O God,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

—Florence Sossong, Pittsburgh, PA

Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:59

Family in Guatemala

Written by

Two simple questions were answered by family members from age three through adult of both genders, some members of Affiliates families: What is family for you? What do you most enjoy doing with your family? Their responses confirmed that love and care are essential elements for families of hope in a society.

Just as a plant needs love and care to develop in all its splendor, in families, love and care are the seeds necessary to the growth of a person capable of critical thinking, integrated, always seeking freedom for self and others, and in the future able to project the love and care they receive.

        

Here is a sampling of the responses*:

Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:51

LA Chapter Reflects on Survey Topics

Written by

14 Members of Greater Los Angeles Chapter

Hearing other Affiliate Chapters share...

  • Leads us to think outside the box. 
  • Shows that each Chapter is a unique personality.
  • Highlights that each Chapter has liberty to focus more strongly on any one of the 4 Pillars; i.e., some are mission-sending (short term), others are local service groups, others stress prayer, support, or social groups. 

What is a Maryknoll Affiliate? 

Being an Affiliate member...

Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:44

Talking Points

Written by

Ken Eppes – South Central Regional Coordinator

I got to thinking about talking points for the questions,

•  Why I should be a Maryknoll Affiliate?

•   Why I should form an Affiliate Chapter?”  

I asked my Chapter in North Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth area), and they came up with the following talking points. 

Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:36

FOSNA/Maryknoll Links

Written by

Manny Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

At a Friends of Sabeel (FOSNA.org) Leadership Conference this July in Portland, Oregon, we were happy to see that Sabeel, the voice of the Palestinian Christians, intersects with Maryknoll. Naim Ateek, an Episcopal priest from Nazareth, founded the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem over 25 years ago. Orbis has published several of his books: Faith and the Intifada: Palestinian Christian Voices was published in 1992; Justice and Only Justice, and A Palestinian Christian Cry For Reconciliation discuss liberation theology as it pertains to Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

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