UUCSJ-BorderLinks Arizona Border Lands Journey set for 2017

Over February 25 to March 2 2017 a group of UUs from Greater Pittsburgh and beyond will undertake a Border Justice & Solidarity through Sanctuary journey to Tucson Arizona that will offer a unique opportunity for witness, learning, and growth.

Human rights are at stake on the border between the United States and Mexico. In partnership with BorderLinks, the UU College of Social Justice has designed a journey that explores the entwined issues of economic justice and immigration along the border. The experience will be grounded in theological reflection and contemplative practice, helping you deepen your understanding of the intersections between spirituality and justice activism. Staff from both organizations will plan and lead all of the activities. We'll stay with BorderLinks and they'll prepare all meals.
The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice has a mission to inspire and sustain effective and spiritually grounded activism for justice.
BorderLinks is a binational, nonprofit educational organization that focuses on cross-border relationship-building opportunities, immigration issues, community formation and development, and social justice in the borderlands between Mexico and the United States.
Participants should check the CDC Travel Guidelines and confirm health insurance coverage. Our final itinerary may or may not include actually crossing the border; U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter Mexico so we do suggest obtaining one. The U.S. State Department also has important travel information.
Registration ends on January 8, 2017. Cost is $925 per person and does not include airfare. UUCSJ is committed to making programs accessible to all regardless of their financial situation. Financial aid is available for up to 50% of costs based on need and is awarded on a first come, first serve basis. We'll also provide one full scholarship for a Greater Pittsburgh UU youth. The minimum age is 16. A limited number of participant slots will be available. UUCSJ has more info and registration here:

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love,
for your dream,
for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
squaring your moon.
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.
I want to know
if you can sit with pain,
mine or your own.
without moving to hide it,
or fade it,
or fix it….