Monthly Archives: July 2015

Teaching Fundamentals of Restorative Justice to Brazilian Youth

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Kim Fischer

How do you summarize an entire 20 week course in one final activity? By messing around with toothpaste!

pic 3Lay Missioner Catherine Heinhold and I just finished up our Fundamentals of Restorative Justice course at the youth center Clube da Turma Cavanis in São Paulo, Brazil. During the months we spent with the youth aged eleven to fifteen, we covered themes of related to expressing anger in more effective ways, understanding the perspectives of others, forgiveness, and alternative ways of responding to conflict.

In closing, I gave each child a small tube of toothpaste, asking each to completely squeeze out the toothpaste onto the wax paper protecting their desks. Cautiously, they began by diligently writing their names, then, growing bolder, piling more and more toothpaste onto the paper until it was completely saturated and their hands were minty fresh.

pic 2Then, pausing for a moment, I asked them to put the toothpaste back into the tubes.

Everyone froze and stared at me. Their expressions of incredulity were hysterical. I insisted, “I’m serious! Put the toothpaste back!”

Still in disbelief, they hunkered down and attempted to fix the mess they made.

Valiantly, they strived, but to no avail. Clearly, that toothpaste was just not going back into the tube, and in the meanwhile, it had created a larger mess than what initially came out.

We used this as a metaphor for life. The things we say and do cannot simply be taken back. We cannot undo the hurt we cause. So, we must be conscientious of our words and actions before we speak or act, so that we don’t create a larger mess for ourselves and those we meet.

And, in this way we ended our course. All of the activities, all of the stories, art projects, and conversations centered on the question, “How can we, ourselves, contribute to a better world? ” There are no simple answers, but by putting others first, by being conscious of our words and actions, we have a start.

Our Missionary Pope

Families in Global Mission

Mission in Everyday Life

Maryknoll Lay Missioners’ Observations Captured in “Laudato Si” Reflection

Maryknoll Lay Missioners, alongside many other Maryknoll partners, contributed to this excellent reflection issued by The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns in response to Pope Francis’ “Laudato Si.” The reflection is also posted to MOGC’s website.

St. Mary. Coupeville, WA

Church Talk, July 26

 

Speaker: Sam Stanton, Executive Director MKLMExecutive Director of Maryknoll Lay Missioners MKLM Sam Stanton

Location: 207 North Main St,
Coupeville, WA

Pastor: Rev. Paul R. Pluth, JCL

Masses: Sunday 11:15am

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St. Mary. Pella, IA

Church Talk, July 25 and 26

 

DARR_001Speaker: Greg Darr, Returned MKLM

Location: 726 218th Pl,
Pella, IA

Pastor: Rev. Jeffry W. Belger

Masses: Saturday 5:00pm
Sunday 10:30am

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Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Chicago, IL

Church Talk, July 25 and 26

 

Speaker: Erik Cambier MKLMecambier

Location: 6812 S. Washtenaw Ave,
Chicago, IL

Pastor: Rev. Jaunius Kelpsas

Masses: Saturday 4:00pm
Sunday 9:30 and 11:00am

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St. Mary. Oskaloosa, IA

Church Talk, July 25 and 26

 

DARR_001Speaker: Greg Darr, Returned MKLM

Location: 301 High Ave.E.,
Oskaloosa, IA

Pastor: Rev. Jeffry W. Belger

Masses: Saturday 5:30pm
Sunday 8:00am

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St. Augustine. Oak Harbor, WA

Church Talk, July 25 – 26

 

Speaker: Sam Stanton, Executive Director MKLMExecutive Director of Maryknoll Lay Missioners MKLM Sam Stanton

Location: 185 North Oak Harbor St,
Oak Harbor, WA

Pastor: Rev. Paul R. Pluth, JCL

Masses: Saturday 5:00pm
Sunday 8:00 and 9:30am

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