Our BorderLinks trip, April 24-27, 2014, will be a learning/reflecting journey for UUCB members and friends (age 18 and over) to engage in the issues of human rights and immigration at the Arizona/Sonara, Mexico border. There will be time for worship, theological reflection and fellowship while we travel the borderlands of Arizona. Amy Rowland, our assistant minister will join our group and lead worship, reflection and provide chaplaincy.
During this trip, we will learn directly about the situations that push people to immigrate to the U.S, and the extreme difficulties and dangers of that journey. We will visit with activists, academics and community members that work to meet the needs of their communities and advocate for just policies.
In Mexico, we will visit the border city of Nogales, Sonora. There we will meet with community organizations, such as Home of Peace and Hope (HEPAC), that are engaged in meal programs, education and economic development; and groups that provide basic assistance to migrants who are traveling to the U.S. or have recently been deported. We will also meet with workers from the “maquiladoras” (assembly plants) and their families. We will have the opportunity to eat meals in the home of families living in Nogales.
In the U.S., activities may include visits with humanitarian organizations, day labor centers, ranchers, academics, U.S. governmental agencies such as the Border Patrol or Immigration & Customs Enforcement, detention centers, and federal public defenders. In addition on Sunday we will join with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson (UUCT) in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of No More Deaths. UUCT adopted No More Deaths as a ministry of their church in the summer of 2008. No More Deaths provides humanitarian aid to end the death and suffering of migrants crossing the US/Mexico border in southern Arizona.
Prior to the trip we will provide educational and spiritual reflection for 3-4 sessions in a small group ministry for personal transformation and to prepare for our journey. Once the trip has been concluded we will continue our small group ministry for integration of our experiences and to plan a Sunday Worship Service to share our experiences with our entire congregation.
When: UUCB members and friends will go on a BorderLinks trip April 24-27.
Where: The trip will begin in Tucson, AZ and include Nogales, Mexico
Cost: We estimate the cost to be approximately $600 person including airfare from Denver to Tucson (The sooner you book your airfare the easier it is to get a low price. Southwest and United fly direct Denver to Tucson). Financial aid is available.
Details: To participate in our trip you must have Medical Insurance and a passport.
For more information contact: Amy Rowland: firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-815-5181 or Mary Dineen