In "Heeding the Call," a Tapestry of Faith program
Youth hear a story about empathetic volunteers trying to help immigrants cross the border into the United States from Mexico.
Start a discussion about current issues in immigration to find out how much participants already know. You might ask, "Why are some Americans upset about immigrants from Mexico who are living in the United States without official permission?" Mention some of the current plans to handle immigration across the Mexican border, including building a fence, strengthening border patrol, deporting immigrants, versus creating new paths to citizenship. Tell youth that you will share a story about some people taking action around this issue.
Introduce the story by telling the group that it is adapted from the website of an organization called No More Deaths. Volunteers with No More Deaths distribute jugs of water to people primarily from Mexico and Central America trying to cross the border into the desert of the southwestern United States. Thousands of people have died while making this attempt. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, Arizona is one of many groups working to end the deaths by advocating for a more humane immigration system while also trying to meet the basic needs of border crossers. The dignity of all of us as a human family is at stake when conditions are so desperate that people are willing to risk their lives walking through a desert to find a better life. This story is one day in the lives of volunteers with No More Deaths.
Place a gallon of water in the center of the circle and invite youth to reflect on how different their lives would be if they all had to share that single jug of water for everything from brushing their teeth to bathing to drinking. Then tell or read "On the Trail with No More Deaths."
Have enough copies of the story to share so that if a youth is a visual learner, they can follow along.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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