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Portland Maryknoll Affiliates

Portland Maryknoll Affiliates pose for the camera at a gathering.

Portland Affiliate Mission Statement

  1. to support each other in our individual missions
  2. to promote peace and justice in the wider community
  3. to enjoy fellowship
  4. to maintain a global vision which Maryknoll helps us do

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Spirituality of Soilidarity

Portland Maryknoll Affiliates, Mary and Manny Hotchkiss, attended an African Sister Parish Conference in Seattle in Preparation for their trip this summer with a parish group to Tanzania.

Kevin Foy of the Seattle Maryknoll House presented:

Twinning and the Spirituality of Solidarity

By Kevin Foy, Maryknoll Mission Promoter

Opening question: Solidarityis a common buzzword in many church circles, but what

does genuine solidarity really look like, especially in a parish twinning relationship?

Background:

Vatican II gives us a new understanding of church and mission, which rejects paternalism

(be like us and you will be saved) and embraces the notion that we are pilgrims

traveling towards the Reign of God with our partners in the developing world.

What Does Solidarity Look Like?

In Called to Solidarity (1997), the USCCB states that solidarity:

· “…is action on behalf of the one human family…”

· “…binds the rich and the poor.

· “…makes the free zealous for the cause of the oppressed.

Each of these principals makes certain spiritual requirements of Catholics:

· One Human Family: We must strive to recognize that we are made in Gods

image, made to be suitable partners(Gen. 2:18) for one another, and need to

love our neighbors (all humanity) as ourselves.

· Bound Together: We must strive towards a genuine commitment to the

common good, not a vague compassion or shallow distress(Solicitudo Rei

Socialis, JPII).

· Cause of the Oppressed: We must strive to listen and learn from our partners

to work towards their goals, not our own.

Building a Spirituality of Solidarity: Requires Integration of Prayer and Action

Visits should occur regularly, with us visiting our partners in the developing world and

inviting them to visit us here (to the extent possible). Visits should focus on being with

instead of doing for. Reflect before each visit, Why are we going?Some of the

answers include: a) to continue to be converted, b) to see the world, ourselves and our

partners anew, and c) to strengthen our bonds with our partners.

Instead of judging our partners or rashly assessing what they need,we should step back

and learn from and about them. Here is a recommended reflection process:

· Observe and describe: Begin by simply putting words to what you see

· Emotional Inventory: Name and assess your own feelings about what you see

· Interpret Observations: Engage in a conversation with your partners about

why you see what you see

· Decide and Act: Discuss with your partners how you might address some of

what you see together

Outside of visits, we can work to build solidarity in the following ways:

· Share images and stories that assert the dignity of our partners

· Continue to learn about the structural causes of our partnerspoverty

· Continue friendly conversation with our partners (letters/email/etc.)

· Engage in reciprocal prayer (ask them to pray for your parishs confirmation

class, for example, and ask them what they would like you to pray for

 

Search for Peace Artwork and Posters

Art from 2012Congratulations! Some of the artworks and posters from the 2012 exhibit have now been shown across the country!

Exhibits were held this spring in Houston, Texas, and Washington DC, and to small groups in Phoenix Arizona, and San Luis Obispo, California. In Houston, a group of Hispanic women especially enjoyed the works with Spanish text by Adelante Mujeres, from Forest Grove, Oregon.

Over the Labor Day weekend another exhibit of the Search For Peace artworks will be held in Las Vegas.

You are also invited to show Peace and Justice related artworks at Montavilla UMC, 232 SE 80th Portland, this Sunday, June 10, 2012. Artists can turn in art work for the show from 1-5 PM Friday June 8.

Thank you for sharing your work and support.

Together we can help people believe and work for Peace and Non-Violence.

Please send your suggestions on more ways to spread the message.

Check out the Poster Contest "Turn From Violence - Make Peace" at www.SearchForPeaceArt.org.

Search For Peace website updated

Cross in fused glass by Dave Campbell

www.SearchForPeaceArt.org ha s finally been updated with all the art from the 2012 events, except for that from Adelante Mujeres, over 100 pieces! I invite you to explore the website. Please let us know if you discover any problems in it.

Since the exhibit, we have shown some of the actual art from the exhibit to folks in California and Arizona, and plan to show it in Washington DC and Las Vegas later in the year.

An article about the Search For Peace exhibit was in a paper in the Portland area:

http://www.catholicsentinel.org/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=17667&SectionID=5&SubSectionID=30&S=1

Please let us know your ideas for inspiring and educating about Peace and Nonviolence.

Peace,

Mary

Affiliates Gather

"Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, I am with them," (Matt. 18:20),

So as we travel we make a point to gather with Affiliates and know that Christ is with us. We gathered with Affiliates several times as we traveled this May to the Maryknoll on the Hill: A Centennial Event in Washington D.C.

Read more: Affiliates Gather

Maryknoll Affiliate Profile: Gabriella Maertens

I joined the Portland Chapter of Maryknoll Affiliates around 1994. I have participated in a two-month mission to Thailand teaching English to Buddhist monks and other refugees from Myanmar. I arranged my own Maryknoll mission awareness in Tanzania when I was there for two months in 2005 when I participated in a sister-parish program and volunteered for one month as an English teacher in Standard Five. I have also participated in two mission awareness programs with Christian Foundation for Children and Aging in Guatemala and the Yucatan, Mexico and visited the child I sponsor in the Dominican Republic. In 2005 and 2006 I supported the Patches of Hope Quilt Project and was able to sell these beautiful quilts and inform people about this project at the St. Therese Bazaar and the ACCW Convention.

Read more: Maryknoll Affiliate Profile: Gabriella Maertens

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