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Immigration Justice: A Four-Session Study Guide


Primary text: Undocumented, by Aviva Chomsky

Secondary source: BBC World Service radio documentary, “The Missing Migrants.”


This four-session course on immigration justice is designed primarily for congregational study groups, with the expectation that participants will gather for four successive weeks. Motivated by the growing numbers of migrants entering the United States via the Mexico border,  our intention is to help Unitarian Universalists reflect on historic patterns of migration, the role the United States has played (and still plays) in Latin America, and how we might engage meaningfully with immigration reform.

In addition to new insight and learning from the book and broadcast, we hope this guide assists participants in reflecting together on our own faith:

  • Within such core convictions as the inherent worth and dignity of each person, where are we called to take action on this issue, in our own local communities and beyond?
  • When we center ourselves in a sense of the sacred, how might our efforts for social change be strengthened and sustained?
  • When we consider the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part, how might we be led toward people at risk in our own towns and cities, to whom we might become allies?

To fully utilize this discussion guide, you will need access to the internet during your sessions in order to listen to the recommended selections of music, and to hear the BBC broadcast around which Session Three is built. In addition, we recommend that you begin and end your sessions as is commonly done with Small Groups Ministry (also known as Covenant Groups), with an opening time for centering and silence and a closing that serves as a blessing as your participants disperse. We have included short selections for these purposes, but feel free to substitute your own choices.

Finally, please contact us with feedback! We would be very grateful for any and all suggestions for ways we might improve this short course of study.

Kathleen McTigue, Director
Josh Leach, UUCSJ Ministerial Intern 2014
UU College of Social Justice
689 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice
Created by Josh Leach, Mdiv. student at Harvard Divinity School,
and Rev. Kathleen McTigue, Director, UU College of Social Justice

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Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at and 617-301-4303