United Church of Christ

OGHS 2017 Travel

Travel with One Great Hour of Sharing October 12 - 17, 2017.

us_mexico_border.jpgEach year OGHS hosts an educational mission trip to help interested members of our local churches see first-hand how OGHS makes a difference in the world.

This trip will immerse participants in the continuum of involvement of the United Church of Christ in migration between Central America and USA, particularly as it involves children and families.   That continuum includes:

(a) work on root causes of violence and poverty that make immigration/migration necessary (Global Ministries partners and FRB/CWS Central America food sustainability projects) as well as care upon deportation (Borderlinks and CWS);

(b) direct service for people who cross the southern USA border (water in desert & monitoring treatment in detention centers & legal aid for access to U.S. justice system);

(c)  shaping Immigration policies in the USA toward hospitality, welcoming, including new Sanctuary movement and churches and through individual cases of sanctuary.

This immersion includes physical presence, personal friendship building, and strengthened systemic commitment for on-going involvement of the UCC in migration/immigration/refugee realities through sustainable development and ministries related to forcible displacement.


Come join the experience and the conversation.

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Costs $1,500 single occupancy, $1,250 double occupancy

Price includes accommodations, ground transportation and food.

Price does not include travel to and from Arizona.

Host Site: The Good Shepherd UCC, Sahuarita, AZ 85629


Tentative Schedule

One Great Hour of Sharing's 2017 Educational Travel
Border Immersion

Arizona and Sonora Borderlands

October 12th - 17th, 2017

Thursday, October 12th

Afternoon Arrivals
6 PM             Dinner, Gathering and Orientation
8:30 PM        Settle Into Hotel

Friday, October 13th

7:00 AM        Breakfast
8:00 AM        Drive to Nogales, Mexico                
9:00 AM        Visit to Comedor—Kino Border Initiative to Meet with
                     Migrants/Distribute Clothes
11:00 AM      Border Walk in Nogales, Sonora---Walk the US Border
                     wall inside Nogales, Sonora
12:00 AM      Lunch at HEPAC
1:30 PM        Time with Community
4:00 PM        Begin Journey Back to US
5:30 PM        Dinner Together in Green Valley
6:30 PM        Daily Reflection

Saturday October 14th

7:00 AM        Breakfast   
7:30AM         Leave for Tucson
8:30AM         Humane Borders Water Run
12:00 PM      Lunch in Tucson    
3:00 PM        Return to Green Valley
6:00 PM        Dinner and Daily Reflection

Sunday, October 15th

7:30 AM        Breakfast on Own
9:00 AM        Worship—Traditional Worship
11:15 AM      Worship---Bluesy/Jazzy Worship
12:30 PM      Lunch at the Good Shepherd
2:00 PM        Desert Walk to Migrant Memorials with Laurie Jurs
5:30 PM        Dinner

Monday, October 16th

8:00 AM        Breakfast
9:00 AM        Educational Forum
1:30 PM        Operation Stream Line
3:00 PM        Talk with Leader from End Streamline Coalition
5:30 PM        Dinner in Tucson

Tuesday, October 17th

Wrap up and Way Forward
Noon            Departure

To receive additional information, sign up today!

All questions should be directed to Phyllis Richards at One Great Hour of Sharing, 216-736-3215 or oghs@ucc.org

Participants will be selected on a first-come basis. Payment is required to hold a space.

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