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Thursday, 02 August 2018 23:47

Mission Nonviolence

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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

Thursday, 02 August 2018 23:16

Pre-Mini-Conference Gathering

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Maryknollers and Affiliates from three Northwest chapters were hosted by Roger and Kitty Schiltz, enjoying good food, music, and talk about the Mini-Regional Affiliate meeting, Mission Nonviolence, to be held in Portland on September 21-23. They look forward to seeing you in Portland, OR, and pursuing Active Nonviolence. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Attendees (L to R): Anna Clarke Johnson, from Seattle, Team Leader, Western Region & Young Adult Outreach for the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Judy Pinney, Walla Walla Chapter, and granddaughter Chelsea, Fr. Mike Bassano, MM, stationed in South Sudan, Chris Pinney, Walla Walla, Ralph Maughan, Affiliate Regional Coordinator, and Kate Maughan, Seattle Chapter, Manny Hotchkiss, Portland Chapter. 

Present but not pictured were Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss and Gabriella Maertens, Portland Chapter, and from the Seattle Chapter: Carolyn Creighton, Yvette Jorg, Roger and Kitty Schiltz.

 

Thursday, 02 August 2018 23:11

What Do You Think?

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What Do You Think?

* Does your Chapter want new members?

* If so, who is most likely to be interested in Maryknoll Affiliates?

* How would you find these people?

* What would you say to them?

* What activities would attract them?

* What image or photo would attract them?

We want to hear your ideas. Drop a note or email to a Board member, your regional coordinator, or our executive coordinator,
Bob Short. Or send them to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will forward them to the Board.

 

Rosa Beatriz Castañeda – Guatemala Chapter, Board Member

Three years ago, Pope Francis released Laudato Si (Praise Be to You), his encyclical on “Care for Our Common Home,” to “communicate above all a sense of deep urgency and profound concern for the precarious state of our common planetary home.” [P. Francis - 1]

Nine months ago—at MAC 2017 in Guatemala—the Buen Vivir cosmovision helped us realize that we are citizens of different countries, belonging to one world that urgently needs love and care!

“The cosmovision shared by indigenous communities tells us that we are interdependent with one another. Harming any natural resource is harming us”.—Quechua, Peru Native

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 02:49

Advocacy for Immigrants

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Kathy Ress – NE Ohio Chapter

“They tried to bury us, but they didn’t know we were seeds.”—Dinos Christianopoulos

From April 20-23, I was privileged to attend Ecumenical Advocacy Days, “A World Uprooted:  Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People,” in Washington, DC. At this event, over 700 persons from various faith communities across the US gathered to learn about and bear witness to the urgent
immigration crisis. 

For three days, faith leaders passionately called on us as believers to join an URGENT call for safety and prophetic witness to the migration of more than 65 million displaced persons around the globe, a number that is rising. They passionately reminded us of the age-old narrative and command of scripture to respond to those in exile, welcome the stranger, and meet the angel among us. On the last day, we met for a vigil and made visits to our legislators on the Hill. 

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 02:22

Maryknoll Spirit Lives in Cincinnati Chapter

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Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – NSFA Co-editor

Some Cincinnati Chapter Affiliates comment on their famous local pizza:
(l to r) Liz Maxwell, Mike and Kathy Gable, and visitor Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss.

Cincinnati Affiliates have wide and deep connections to Maryknoll. Many in the chapter had been a Maryknoll priest, sister, or lay missioner, or attended a Maryknoll seminary and maintain contacts with their Maryknoll associates. Members enjoy coming together for community and to share their activities but don’t usually work together on one project. Some are no longer comfortable with long distance travel, but several attended the 2015 regional meeting in Wisconsin. Mission and Global Vision are evident in their actions for peace and justice in their current professions or volunteer work.

Mike Gable travels extensively as part of his role as the diocesan Director of Missions. He enthusiastically mentioned many programs in the Cincinnati area that facilitate connections and sharing between parishes, teachers, communities, and faiths around the world. He strongly endorsed JustFaith as an excellent peace and justice formation and community-building program. His connections as a returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner with his wife Kathy, and as an Affiliate, also keep him well involved.

Ahn Vu, another returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner, and Bob Bonnici also appreciate their on-going international connections in their work with youth. Over the years, members have worked as volunteers with Cesar Chavez, taught English in China, math in Africa, and worked locally with immigrants and GED programs, and in many other service roles. Jane Friels, who celebrated her 80th birthday at this gathering, reflected that Maryknoll was the first place that made her aware and appreciative of other cultures. Liz Maxwell added, “We never stop learning.” The chapter recently met with local Muslims.

Liz graciously hosted this midweek gathering of six Affiliates and told us a little about her husband Bob Maxwell, who passed away last year. We saw a poster for the Bob Maxwell Peace Builder Award inaugurated in 2017 after his death. The spirit of Maryknoll lives on in Bob Maxwell’s award, and in the global vision, relationships, and actions of this chapter.

 

 

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 02:13

DIY Mission Nonviolence 

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Can’t attend the regional conference in Portland, Oregon, this September?
Here’s how to explore Active Nonviolence on your own: 

* Attend the Nonviolence Convergence in Washington DC, September 22
   (http://www.paceebene.org/2018/07/12/covenant-of-nonviolence-for-convergence/
)

* Join one of the over 1,000 2018 Campaign Nonviolence events being held across the US in the week of September 15-23.

* Create a Campaign Nonviolence event in your area. Get your DIY instructions here:
   http://www.paceebene.org/programs/campaign-nonviolence/

 

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 00:31

Letting Go

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Bob Short – Executive Coordinator

I’m not at all sure what prompted it, but on a phone call yesterday afternoon, a close friend asked me if, simply by association, “Maryknoll” had become for me a vicarial way of convincing myself that I was living out a committed life of service in a global world. Now, this friend is a smart person (who else uses vicarial these days?) who knows and loves Maryknoll. Still, his question initially disturbed me. What prompted him to ask? What did he mean by it?

We talked for some time. Unfortunately, the glass of wine poured earlier was out of reach from the chair next to the phone. While the question could have rather complex psychological and theological implications, I simply understood it to mean that I shouldn’t allow my connection to Maryknoll, most especially in those days of past glories, to become a vicarious substitute for all the commitments in and around me (some global and some domestic and rather unexciting) that I needed to attend to.

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 00:19

How a Maryknoll Immersion Trip Changed My Life

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Margaret Mott – California Central Coast Chapter

In 2004, My husband and I went on a FAB (Friends Across Borders) trip to Kenya. We knew in advance that this would be a special trip but went with no idea about how this would affect our lives.

When we arrived in Nairobi, it was early morning and the city was awakening. The ride from the airport was a wake-up to life in a developing country; the smell of burning garbage filled the air, and street children were wandering through the outskirts of the city to begin their day, alone and in search of their daily bread. People were everywhere, walking or waiting for the small crowded buses—matatus—to take them into town for their business of the day.

Shown are about half of the tour group with which Margaret Mott and her husband Hank traveled. It was possibly the first Friends Across Borders (FAB) trip to Kenya.

I knew nothing about this country and her people but was anxious to learn about everything we were going to experience as we were immersed in the work of Maryknoll in the bustling city of Nairobi. I truly was in awe as the day progressed. We settled into the Maryknoll House and began our friendships with our drivers—Paul, Rashid and Simon, and with the Maryknoll priests and lay missioners.

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 00:15

Thoughts on God

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Everyday life and all it takes are holy.

Every single breath is & gift of God. Every exhale is an act of trust.

How close am I to God?
“As the Father is in me, so also am I in you.”

—From the jottings of Bob Maxwell,
Maryknoll Affiliate

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