Not So Far Afield is a bimonthly publication of the Maryknoll Affiliates. The name is a play on the title of the original Maryknoll Magazine: The Field Afar.
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Recently we have heard or read of to incredible violence by organizations founded to protect the people: the killing of young black men by police in Ferguson and elsewhere, the militarization of police organizations, a published report on the use of torture by the CIA, and the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico. This disturbing pattern of violence has spawned widespread demonstrations and pledges of investigative action. We need to be in solidarity with those who protest against and attempt to remedy this violence.
This translation of Cecilia Quijano’s article in the December, 2014, issue of No Tan Lejos del Horizonte* discusses the disappearance of the 43 students.
Bertha Haas – Portland Chapter A Review of: Jesus Was a Migrant, by Deirdre Cornell, Orbis (40% off all books for Affiliates!)
Need a book that is at once personal and theological? Or both easy reading and extremely challenging? Both academic and intimate? This is the book for you.
For all those who see “home” and all it means Disappear behind them;
For all those who cannot see a home In the days ahead of them;
For all those who dwell in Daily insecurity;
The Maryknoll Affiliate mission statement says that we Affiliates cross borders. This issue emphasizes some of the many ways we do that. Executive Coordinator, Bob Short gives a deeper explanation of the message of MAC 2014 and the New Wave, as do the Affiliates in the Spanish No Tan Lejos del Horizontes. Crossing Borders means new ways of seeing the world, resisting the injustices, working constructively to live new ways, engaging the power structures, transforming ourselves and being the new wave of mission.
We can cross borders electronically, too. Almost 100 people have responded to the Affiliate Media Survey; We’ll report the results in the next NSFA issue.
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A Joyful New Wave – “The new paradigm aligns much more closely with Gospel values, with how Jesus preached and lived." – Bob Short
Unaccompanied Children Refugees – “I was a stranger, and you invited Me in.”
Responding to the Culture of Death – “How can I respond to the massive waste, environmental destruction, and disrespect for life that permeates these projects and indeed our whole society?" – Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss
Still Talking about MAC 2014 – “A key issue for me was being able to share our personal work stories among the Chapters; it also helped to ground our everyday theory."
– Kitty Madden, Nicaragua
Join BDS – “By calling for sanctions against Israel, campaigners educate society about the violations of international law and seek to end the complicity of other nations in these violations." – Manny Hotchkiss
An Urban Home-Raising and So Much More – “We raised a 180-square-foot cob cabin that weekend, but what we really built was a beloved community." – Kyle Chandler-Isacksen
Advocacy Is about Relationships with the Powerful – A personal visit is most effective, but we can also advocate through personal letters, telephone calls, email, and prayer." – Penny Robinson
Check out all the pages, especially The Board and EC Speak and Features.
The Maryknoll Affiliate Conference has been described as a gathering point for cultures, countries, and communities rooted in the Affiliate pillars—spirituality, community, global vision, and action—as well as by their affection for each other. We come together to encourage and strengthen ourselves in building a society of brothers and sisters that make present the the Good News of the Gospel here and now.
Maryknoller Ed Klecker (2nd from right) and ESTHER member Dave Robbins deliver immigration petitions to Rep. Ribble’s staff. [photo courtesy of Penny Robinson]
One of the best ways to mission is advocating for systemic change. Active members of Fox Cities-Wisconsin Chapter have all advocated through ESTHER, an Affiliate of the state organization WISDOM. We are an interfaith community-organizing group that works for social justice, and we are affiliated with the national organization, Gamaliel.
We raised a 180-square-foot cob cabin that weekend, but what we really built was a beloved community.
Be the Change Project and House Alive! conducted a joint three-day cordwood cob-house-raising workshop in early May, in Reno, Nevada. “Cob” is a slow and laborious building technique, and, as far as we know, this one-day effort was a first. Interest and registrations in the months leading up to the “One-Day Cob House” event were great, and we gathered on Friday morning with 60 people and high hopes.
The recent and repeated bombings in and around Gaza in the Holy Land expose the ineffectiveness and immorality of violence. I have heard folks say, “If only they would try to settle their differences using nonviolence.” BDS is a nonviolent way for those who are suffering in an unjust and untenable situation to join with those who are complicit. I first saw the injustices in Israel and Palestine in 2007, when I traveled there with Fr. Jack Sullivan, MM, and a group of Maryknoll Affiliates. We saw the suffering and the nonviolent response of the Palestinian people.
Translated from No Tan Lejos del Horizonte, August 2014
Fatima Carrera, Perú: Meaning of the Third Wave: I think it’s time for the Maryknoll Affiliates to appropriate the true meaning of its role as laity and take our special role in society. It’s time to discern the signs of the times and in our daily work to be signs pointing to a just and equitable society, to defend human rights, to form a body of opinion about the country in which we find ourselves, to enforce the rights of people who have no voice, to be the hands and ears of God among the people.
I was most impressed and very depressed, almost paralyzed, by the incomprehensible scale of the nuclear waste projects we saw this summer on our free tour* of the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State. How can I respond to the massive waste, environmental destruction, and disrespect for life that permeates these projects and indeed our whole society?
“I was a stranger, and you invited Me in.”
While Congress makes no progress on immigration reform, thousands of children from Central America are fleeing violence and poverty. Many of them make it to the U.S. and are detained by Immigration officers. So many children have come that a crisis has evolved in even housing them.
“Good meeting” was the feeling all around.
Our Fox Cities-Wisconsin Chapter is active in various local and global activities, but we meet as Maryknollers only three times a year. This February we had an exceptional meeting. Only four of our six members were present, but the simple Easy Meeting format carried us through all the information we needed to share and enter into a deeper experience.
We honored the memory of our dear co-founder, Fr. Jim Madden, MM, following the Irish Funeral Prayer format. After “Touchdown”—sharing in a few sentences our most current concern, interest, or joy, we highlighted recent Maryknoll developments: