Today was an extraordinary learning day at Mercy. In response to student requests for a walkout, and as part of our mission as a Mercy school committed to the Sisters of Mercy's Critical Concern of Nonviolence, students and faculty developed a program to incorporate all perspectives on topics such as the 2nd Amendment, rights of hunters, gun control, causes of violence, and more. These activities are as important as anything the students can learn from classroom instruction or textbooks, and honor the Sisters of Mercy's continued legacy of social and political activism.
Today our opening prayer included the names of the 17 people - students, teachers and coaches - taken too soon at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. We heard speeches about gun violence from two freshmen and two sophomore students, and then we walked. As we walked to the main road and stood for 17 minutes, we were all amazed by the show of support from people driving by. The rain held off throughout our walk - Catherine McAuley was looking out for us.
Learning takes many forms. Today we learned by listening to young women talk about gun violence and sharing their opinions. We learned from the show of solidarity from the Sisters at Marian Oaks who came out to cheer us on. We learned from the hundreds of people who drove by and honked their support. We learned by acting on our beliefs.