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

One Comment

  1. I have been on three border trips, beginning with my first one in July of 2014, and though we went to many of the same places, each one was a unique experience. For those who have done Immigrant Rights and Justice work in their churches and communities in the US… a UU Border Trip gives you a view of that “next step” that we are trying to prevent. You see what happens to undocumented immigrants when they are deported.

    I live seven miles from the border in San Ysidro so I have been able to maintain contact with The Deported Veterans and Dreamers Moms and I go to many of their rallies and events.

    A UU Border Trip is not the same as a trip to do humanitarian aide, (such as building a house with Habitat for Humanity) On a border trip you learn about Immigration and Deportation Issues and you meet people from Social Justice organizations in Tijuana, many of whom are deportees, who have formed organizations to help other deportees survive, and to do social justice and political advocacy work to help change immigration and deportation laws in the US.

    Especially now, with increased numbers facing deportation , it is more important than ever that we understand these issues and there are few experiences that can help you do that as well as a UU Border Trip.

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