Try @Tiffin4Peace

We have such a wonderful DREAM for Tiffin.  We truly want Tiffin to be a town in which the residents–all residents–feel visible, important to the operation of a town.

I’m reading NEW POWER by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms.  Here is a review quote from Amazon. “For most of human history, the rules of power were clear: power was something to be seized and then jealously guarded. This “old power” was out of reach for the vast majority of people. But our ubiquitous connectivity makes possible a different kind of power. “New power” is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It works like a current, not a currency–and it is most forceful when it surges. The battle between old and new power is determining who governs us, how we work, and even how we think and feel.”

I find the book fascinating and a model of how we want Tiffin4Peace to work….Please try our site:  @Tiffin4Peace and follow us and be one who is helping to make Tiffin be the “dream” city we want it to be for ALL its people.

Thanks. sr. PauletteNV-Cities-Header-for-cities-page-3

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

 

Do YOU SEE ME?

On Thursday evening April 26 at 7:00 Gundlach Theater at Heidelberg University will present a most unusual playlet and poetry and music, all in an effort to help build caring, honest, loving relationships here in Nonviolent Tiffin.  The playlet is the story of one woman in Crossweah who became very aware of her drug reliance and finally went for treatment.  The drama department at Heidelberg took the material and made it into a drama, trying on their part to deal with the opioid crisis here in Tiffin. There will also be a fairly large display of art from both Heidelberg and Crossweah and young people across Tiffin who want to lift their voices on behalf of a nonviolent town also.  The pieces held by  representatives of Deckers show the work of a couple area students.IMG_1426

Please come and be a part of this event, honoring the people who both created and are performing the play.

My great hope that people will come who need a splurt of home in their lives.

much peace,                                                                                                                                            sr. Paulette

Easter: From Darkness to Light

This whole past Holy Week was an unusual experience for me personally.  If I may, light  I’d like to share bits of it with you.

Wednesday is what we call Tenebrae here at St. Francis.  We have a service beginning with Light–7 candles which one by one- as different readings are shared- are snuffed out and just a bit more darkness suffuses the church space.  The readings concentrate on the horrid  sufferings of our world today.

Finally the last candle is blown out, the huge bang clangs out, and it makes everyone jump who isn’t expecting it.  This is the rending of the temple–a climatic point which officially starts the journey of the Triduum–Thursday, Friday, Saturday and then gloriously… Easter breaks forth.

Holy Thursday we washed each other’s feet in a sign of humility.  It is a moment to express service, gift of self to the other person and to the community.

On Good Friday, the Passion was read with breaks as symbols of the passion found room under and around the cross.  The whole service spoke LOVE and HOPE beyond death.

Easter services exploded with LIGHT.  Jesus the Light of the World broke boundaries, reached into the hearts of people on the margins, shored each of us up with HOPE and JOY.

Perhaps the death of my brother Den brought such added sentiment to all these journey marks of Jesus and of each of our lives…I don’t know for sure, but I’m happy and grateful.

Even Tiffin OH joined “March for Lives”

IMG_1531Yesterday in solidarity with the 500-1,000,000 young people marching for “their lives” in D.C. we here in Tiffin tried to rally a group together almost at the last moment. There were, at the most, 20 of us at one time. Thanks to the 3 young women Kirsten and Lauren and Kate wanted to be there, we had a fine remembrance of the 17 students killed in Parkland, Florida. The Sisters of St. Francis “gun statement” was also read to the group and a person who had been an aide in a school spoke as to how horrible it is for parents who send their kids to school not sure anymore if their kids are safe. We stood for an hour getting lots and lots of toots from area people who also want safety for their children in school without the use of guns.

sr. Paulette