Our March Newsletter

shamrockHere are the opening words from our Project Peace Newsletter for March.  Please click on the link at the end to see the full newsletter.

Many Moments of Learning
It’s not quite here, but perhaps March has never been anticipated so keenly during my lifetime. This frigid February has brought about new feelings for me. I know I’m not the only person in this corner. The work of Project Peace has gone on—no “frozen” muscles here! January had emphasis on Guantanamo, and February felt like a training month for me. The children’s nonviolence skills classes went on whenever there were classes at Tiffin Middle School and Calvert, and I continued to teach about 6 classes of yoga each week as a great way to promote health and inner peace. Hopefully these classes have helped.

In addition, however, I experienced a great conversation with Ken Butigan from the national office of Campaign Nonviolence whose optimism and creative mind excited me to keep dreaming up new ways to promote nonviolence skills through the students. The work of Project Peace is never completed. I know this in a more profound way these days.

Then there was the transformation training for 35 of us Sisters here at St. Francis. This training centered on working through conflicts without judgment. All of us are urged to speak to each person as though for the first time and to always go to that person wanting to be influenced .
Exercising these two skills alone will wipe away biases and prejudgments before the actual encounter and will give great honor to the other person in conversation—even to the “enemy.”
I left these days of training so very GRATEFUL.  –Sr. Paulette

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Delegation to the West Bank and Israel, 2015

Travel photo 1 We invite you to join us this fall! From Sept. 14-24 Project Peace of the Sisters of St. Francis, Tiffin, Ohio will lead their annual delegation to the West Bank and Israel to promote understanding, community, and friendship. Delegation Highlights

  • Meet with leaders of the nonviolent resistance at Bi’lin
  • Learn about the Israeli Occupation from both sides of the Wall
  • Meet with the Rabbis for Peace and a representative from the Knesset
  • Stay at the Tent of Nations, Bethlehem, to witness settlements
  • Meet with leaders from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faiths
  • Work with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron
  • Possibility of visit to Gaza
  • Visit the Baka Valley to understand the importance of water to the region

Travel photo 2Price of the delegation is $2500-$2800 and includes flight from Ohio, accommodations and meals, and transportation on the ground. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Sister Paulette Schroeder at 419-447-0435 ext. 136 or pauletteosf@hotmail.com Download flyer: West Bank Flyer 2015 2

Learn the “other” side of the Israeli, Palestinian Conflict

From May 5-16 I shall be leading a delegation to the West Bank, and hopefully to the outskirts at least of Gaza.  I am open to taking 7 people with me.  Please write me immediately pauletteosf@hotmail.com

 or call 419.447.0435 ext. 136  Thank you so much.  You will be startled with what you learn, happy to have met so many beautiful people “on the ground” and definitely you will have a piece of the greater truth you will want to share with us.  sr. Paulette Schroeder