In their own words.

Below are some reflections from previous participants. If you would like to speak with someone who has participated in a UUBorders trip, please let us know and we can arrange that.

The Discovery Doctrine was not new to me but the connection to neo-liberal economic policy now feels evident in a way I had not realized before our ongoing discussions.

-Barbara Leighton, Ventura County

I’m pretty aware of the humanitarian crisis that our immigration policy in the U.S. is causing, primarily since S-Communities. I know the roots of immigrants’ misery are deep in our foreign policy. To tell you the truth, I didn’t think I needed to take this Border Trip, well, I’m glad I did because it was an uplifting, spiritual experience.

-Maria Ornelas, Ventura County

I came away with a deep sadness to know that in this day and age – with all of our technology and abilities to build rockets and missiles and super computers – we haven’t found a way to ease the human pain and poverty and suffering at our common border with Mexico – except perhaps in little pockets of human movements. We’ve moved away from being close to the earth and its beings and into a weird material and cyber world that has cut us off from our roots in our ‘tierras’ and spiritual connections ….   

-Theresa Fellmann, Livermore

Best things:

Singing, singing the songs we know and singing them in Spanish (which we don’t know so well); singing for ourselves and singing for our friends. Music is a great gift to share, and doesn’t have to be perfect– just enthusiastic — to work magic. 

Sharing. By sharing our thoughts about the experience we connected as UU’s and as humans on a deeper level. The times of ritual sharing made the weekend a spiritual retreat as well as an educational opportunity. As always I’m blown open by the responses, stories and ideas of my fellow humans.        

-Connie Spearing, Bay Area

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