Love Knows No Borders

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Border Witness for Clergy and Seminarians
UU College of Social Justice and Standing on the Side of Love
November 2-7, 2015
March 20-26, 2016

We prayed at the border wall, a towering steel structure surrounded by stadium lights, mounted cameras, and armed guards. We saw first hand the degree to which an issue of civil law has been thoroughly militarized: our borders are like a war zone.

-Rev. Kathleen McTigue, UUCSJ

Program Information

Join fellow clergy and seminary students as we bear witness to the human rights abuses, activism and resistance on the US Mexico border. We will learn about the complex forces – both economic and violence-driven — that push men, women, and children into a perilous and uncertain migration. We’ll meet with volunteers working to stop the deaths along the border; bear witness to the challenges confronting migrants; and reflect together on how our faith calls us to respond.

Together, we will walk the migrant trails through the desert, along which hundreds of migrants perish each year. We will witness fast-track deportation hearings in Arizona, and cross into Mexico to meet with those who have been deported. We will learn from migrants and allies on both sides of the border who are mobilizing to change immigration policies and to affirm the dignity, worth and safety of all. Our days will be framed through worship and theological reflection.

We invite all UU clergy and seminarians wishing to advance immigration justice work in our denomination to join us.


For Questions about this journey, or to inquire about organizing a journey for your congregation, please email or call UUCSJ at or  617-301-4347.


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Pricing does not include airfare. Scholarships available for those with financial need; please fill out the scholarship section of the application form. 


UUCSJ’s Study Guide, a resource for cross-cultural engagement

Harvest of Empire (1:33 run time), directed by Peter Getzels and Eduardo Lopez

Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, by Aviva Chomsky (available through the UUA bookstore). Read the latest from our own Beacon Press. This is a very readable book that focuses on the entire notion of declaring human beings to be “illegal,” shining a new light on the history and current reality of migration.

Reframing Global Economic Policies, from the collection of essays, Justice in a Global Economy, ed. Brubaker, Stivers and Peters. The entire book is worth reading (link below), but this essay is of particular importance in understanding the U.S. role in the economic structures that contribute to current immigration.

Additional Resources

Justice in a Global Economy, Pamela K. Brubaker et al.

Trails of Hope and Terror, by Miguel de la Torre

Immigration on the Border, a television episode on World Channel about issues on immigration from both sides of the fence.

Our Partner

This delegation will be hosted by BorderLinks, a binational, nonprofit educational organization at the U.S.-Mexico border. The organization focuses on cross-border relationship-building opportunities, immigration issues, community formation and development, and social justice in the borderlands between Mexico, the United States, and beyond. BorderLinks has extensive experience designing programs, and nearly 1,000 individuals participate annually in BorderLinks learning opportunities.

Program Leader

For more information on our program leader, click on the name to get a full bio!

Rev. Kathleen McTigue served as a minister for over 20 years before starting her role as the director at UUCSJ.

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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