Students of Columbian Joined the National Walkout Day also in Tiffin

I am slow to report, but we had our own excitement here in Tiffin  on April 21 as Columbian students joined in solidarity with students in D.C. from all over the United States to get changes to protect schools more through gun legislation .

These students were courageous because they had unexcused absences.  Fired up with an ideal to really make it happen this time after the Parkland Massacre, they  were determined not to stop no matter what legislators did.  If they dragged their heels in adopting reasonable legislation, nevertheless the students were determined to havestudent walkout day the energy to continue on…Other members of the larger Tiffin Community also joined the students on the corner downtown Tiffin.

BridgesAcademy had the internally recognized Peace Pole installed close to its sign on St. Francis Campus this past Thursday May 17.  Most of the student body was present as sr. Paulette spoke of the history of the this international peace symbol adopted after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Japan insisted this must never happen to another people again!  Sister then sang Let There Be Peace on Earth.

Bridges’ peace pole has the 4 languages of Arabic, English, Hebrew, and Italian.  These 4 nations will henceforth represent all the nations of the world to the student body.peace pole


Let’s Talk

This article of mine appeared in the paper today in response to a letter to the editor written a few days ago.  sr. Paulette


People who insist that it’s reality to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or who cite ancient history when “proving” the city’s former status or who try to go with literal passages from the Hebrew Scriptures must also recognize the fact that we too then must give this land we live on back to the First Nations. Furthermore in terms of the Scriptures, do we not believe that Jesus came to help all people be in unity with each other? “Love one another.” The Hebrew writers did recognize the Jewish people as specially called for that time, but then Jesus came along and said: “there is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” In plain language: We are all equal in our human rights. There are no preferences with God! There is no discrimination with God! After all, if we are Christians, we do follow the New Testament, do we not?

I have often thought while critiquing our President and Israel’s Prime Minister Mr. Netanyahu’s words that they are motivated either by fear or control or power and greed. If both of them say a certain line often enough—even though their statements totally disagree with what’s happening on the ground–, they have a lot of us believing it if we are not people who carefully analyze what they say.

Likewise, how is it possible that our President and our Congress people including Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, Representatives JimJordan and Bob Latta are saying nothing about the thousands of non-armed Gazans who are being injured in the weekly or daily protests along the tight Gazan border? Why is it so right—if we insist we are a people of morals and faith– to defend Israel’s “security” while at the same time calling Palestinian deaths “collateral” or “unfortunate?” Is it not the REALITY that a people with no defenses except stones and homemade weapons also have official international approval to defend their lands, their people from invading powers that continue to oppress them with total control of their lives?

Frankly, I’d like to have some honest face to face conversation—dialogue– with people who stand exclusively for Israel. Is that possible? Will you step forward? I know there are ways forward toward peace for both peoples without denying either one their basic rights. Sr. Paulette Schroeder 419.447.0435 ext. 136