A statement by the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns after the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The work of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns on peace is focused on identifying and eliminating the root causes of violence and conflict with a focus on specific regions, expressions of violence and areas of conflict affecting Maryknollers, and U.S. aggression and national security policy (e.g. war on terrorism and war in Iraq and Afghanistan).The nexus of violence and poverty is clear. Unless we dedicate ourselves to building true human security for all, nations – especially poor ones – will continue to fall victim to an unending cycle of economic, political and social violence.
Pax Christi International released a statement on the terror bombings in Brussels. Special thanks to Marie Adele Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International and former director of Maryknoll Global Concerns.
On December 8, 2015, eleven faith groups who are members of the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy met with the U.S. Department of State.
March 2012 -- As the world prepares to mark the first anniversary of the tragic tsunami and nuclear accident in Japan, Maryknoll missioners convey their continued sympathy for all those directly impacted by the disaster, and present a new statement that expresses their deep reservations about the continued reliance on the use of nuclear power and the development of nuclear weapons.
Articles, alerts, events
Researchers from the University of Arkansas invite people working as peacemakers around the world to take part in a survey entitled “Successful peacemaking: Effective tactics, peacemaker motivations, and the influence of religion in conflict resolution.” The following is a summary of the key findings thus far.
Merwyn de Mello, returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner, wrote the following reflection about his work for peace in Afghanistan for the Nonviolence and Just Peace conference held in Rome in April.
Read about the goals of the BDS movement, the detention and indiscriminate killing of Palestinians, support for murdered Jo Cox, an British Labor Party politician and advocate for Palestinians, and an Icon of Mary as a symbol of Christian Resistance painted along the Separation wall.
Read about the the connection between hate crimes as in Orlando, Florida, electioneering exclusionary programs in the U.S, and the drift in Israel away from representative democracy towards fascism.
Read about new concerns that Israel is moving from occupation to annexation of the West Bank and much more.
Read about the on the Israel/Palestine conflict as both peoples remember the establishment of the state of Israel on the one hand and the Nakba (catastrophe) on the other.
Urge your Congressional representative to sign a letter asking President Obama to appoint a Special Envoy for Palestinian children.
The six featured articles and the many related links in this issue of the Middle East Notes focus on the suffering of the Palestinian people due to the Israeli occupation; two book recommendations; one stating that the U.S. has undermined peace in the Middle East, and the other describing the path of an Israeli Jew to belief in peace between two peoples in the same land; Israeli rejection of the French initiative to convene an international peace conference, ahead of a foreign ministers' summit France has initiated and planned for May 30 in Paris; conflicting reports about the killing of a pregnant Palestinian young woman and her brother as they walked the wrong route while heading to the Qalandia terminal, and links to other articles of interest.
Maryknoll Sister Teresa Hougnon attended the Nonviolence and Just Peace conference, representing the Maryknoll Sisters’ peace-building team in Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. The following is her reflection on the conference.
The following statement, entitled “An Appeal to the Catholic Church to Re-Commit to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence,” was affirmed by the participants of the Nonviolence and Just Peace conference held in Rome, April 11-13, 2016.
For many months Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns worked with other Catholic organizations and religious communities in planning a landmark Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference, hosted in Rome by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International April 11-13, 2016.
Thank the members of Congress who signed a letter calling for Leahy Law’s application to Israel and Egypt.
Father Mike Duggan, who was on mission in Korea for many years, writes this week's Scripture reflection.
Curt and Anita Klueg, along with their children, served as Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Kenya.
Dan Moriarty is a returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner who now coordinates the Maryknoll Bolivia Immersion Program.
This week's reflection was prepared by Marj Humphrey who spent many years as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in East Africa.
This week's reflection is written by Kathy McNeely, a returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner and former staff member of Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
In this reflection, Maryknoll Sister Theresa Baldini remembers women she encountered in South Sudan.
This week's reflection is written by Kathleen Bond, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner who lives with her family in São Paulo, Brazil.
This week's reflection is written by Maryknoll Sister Euphrasia Nyaki, who lives and works in João Pessoa, Brazil.
Fr. Mike Gilgannon, who served in Peru, wrote the following reflection which was published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B, available from Orbis Books.
Sr. Veronica Schweyen, MM, who served in Tanzania, wrote the following reflection which was published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B, available from Orbis Books.
Fr. John Sullivan, MM, who served many years as a missioner in Hong Kong, wrote the following reflection which was published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B, available from Orbis Books.
Dan Moriarty, a former lay Maryknoll missioner, lives and works in Bolivia; he wrote the following reflection which was published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B, available from Orbis Books.
Fr. David Schwinghamer, MM currently works with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns; he wrote the following reflection which was published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B, available from Orbis Books.
Fr. Bill Donnelly spent decades in Guatemala; he prepared this reflection on the readings for the Feast of Corpus Christi.
- Churches for Middle East Peace
- CIDSE, an international alliance of Catholic development agencies working together for global justice
- Gapminder.org: For a fact-based world view
- JustFaith Ministries
- Maryknoll Fr. Gerard Hammond speaks on Korea reconciliation
- Pax Christi International
- Pax Christi USA
- Two million friends for peace in Afghanistan