Unit 5 Destination Reflection - Arizona/Mexico

Please read Blas Manuel de la Luna’s poem, “Bent to the Earth.”


  • What emotions did this poem bring up for you?
  • Are there lines in the poem that especially strike you?
  • Why do you think the poet emphasizes that “There were no great truths / revealed to me then”?
  • What does this poem tell us about suffering, and about the act of bearing witness to suffering? How else might you relate it to the themes of this unit?


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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.

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