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Read about a recent trip to Nicaragua
Rev. Paul Langston-Daley is the Senior Program Leader for Justice Building at UUSC. In November 2016, he travelled to Nicaragua on UUCSJ's Guardians of the River: Climate Justice for Theologians journey specifically for religious professionals (ministers, seminarians...read more
What is an immersion journey?
- Journeys are:
- a group of people traveling together to have a first-hand experience of both an injustice and the ways people affected are responding to the injustice.
- a powerful learning experience: UUCSJ’s Study Guide offers a spiritually grounded framework for participants to work through questions of power and privilege before traveling.
- designed to inspire and sustain action for social change. After this kind of boundary-crossing experience, we hope participants return home ready to take action!
Who can apply?
- Anyone interested in exploring the intersections of spirituality and social justice. You don’t have to be a Unitarian Universalist!
- Immersion journeys are for adults 18 and older. If you are under 18, please consider our youth service journeys or Activate programs.
What trips can I go on?
- Our Fair Trade program to Nicaragua is an open enrollment program, meaning that anyone can apply. Please check our calendar to see when these programs are running.
- We occasionally run other open enrollment programs to Haiti, BorderLinks and possibly other locations in the future. Please view our calendar or contact us to learn more.
- Individual participants are welcome to apply to join congregational journeys, but space is not guaranteed. Once we receive your application, we will ask the congregational leadership if they have space you.
How much does it cost?
- Prices for each individual participant will depend on the trip destination and duration, but usually ranges between $500-$1000.
Who leads the trips?
- All CSJ journeys are led by 1-2 Program Leaders. Program Leaders are trained in justice education, experiential education, and are certified in CPR and first aid.
- Our journeys also involve leadership from the places and organizations with which we partner. It is not uncommon to be joined by an on-the-ground consultant, a translator and a driver!
This trip reinforced how faith and community connection can sustain a person when faced with adversity and give one the strength to fight for justice.Laura Wagner
For a brief moment in the fall of 2014 I had the eye-opening experience that was UUCSJ’s Border Witness program, in Arizona and Mexico. It wasn’t that immigration injustice had escaped my awareness until then, but rather that the enormity of the injustice was difficult to comprehend until I was at close range. That experience has stayed with me these two years since, during which the world has seen the most significant human migration in history.Rev. Carolyn Patierno