The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California hosts experiential learning trips to the U.S.-Mexico Border. Register here for the July 14-17, 2017 trip!
[In 2013] 11 people packed a few personal belongings and met with new friends in the surrounding LA/San Diego area to cross the US-Mexico border and participate in the first UU Justice trip. Our destination: Tijuana! This active and enlightening 4 day trip, hosted by members of the UU congregation made us more aware of the conditions at this border town, and allowed us to see what we’d only read about in books, heard on the news or watched on films.
On a Friday, we, along with hundreds of others, strolled into Mexico from the US without so much as a passport check. Most of the people were Latinos going home to Mexico from work or shopping in the US as evidenced by their brief cases and shopping bags. It was perfectly peaceful…the sun was shining and there was a little music in the air.
From that point on we were on the move. Over the next three days we visited deportee shelters, a massive camp where many deportees live in tents, worked in the friendship garden and had mass at the wall separating the US and Mexico, spoke with several deportees who told us their stories, and participated in a mass and served about 500-600 homeless people breakfast at El Desayunador. We also drove by the huge factories in Tijuana where some people work and we learned about the conditions and requirements for working in some of them. We visited a place called Canon Carretas where we shared a little time with some community members and saw the conditions in which they live. Absolute poverty.
— Theresa Fellman
Are you ready to learn more about U.S. immigration policy from those directly affected?
Are you open to growing spiritually?
Here is a sample itinerary from the last trip to give you an idea of what a UU Borders trip is like:
The trip included:
- a visit to Mother Asunta shelter, the deportee drop center in Tijuana;
- serving breakfast to 1,100 people each day at Desayunador Saliseano
- meeting with inspirational neighborhood organizers working to build up their communities; and
- attending the Sunday communion ceremony at the border wall.
Each evening we come together to discuss
- how we can speak and act from our Unitarian Universalist faith in our communities and at the national level for compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform in the United States.
- the economic issues that push and pull immigrants and their families;
- Congressional issues
The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California sponsors these trips through our Immigrant Justice Action Team in conjunction with Garymar Academy.
The cost is $470 per person and includes room & board, programming, and transportation from San Diego to Tijuana and back.
Note: If you would like to consider organizing a trip for your congregation, please contact us.
The Living Tradition we share draws from many sources: the words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion and transforming love. — Singing the Living Tradition
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