Pilgrimage to Encuentro at the Border

We invite you to join us our pilgrimage from California to Nogales, AZ – Sonora, Mexico, to witness a region divided by a highly militarized U.S. Border Patrol and to attend the School of the America’s Watch Encuentro at the Border.

It will be a journey that will move us to re-envision the US/Mexico Border as a Bridge of Encounter.

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Goals for the Pilgrimage

Join a national faith-rooted mobilization to enhance your current ministry with greater awareness and advocacy about the U.S.- Mexico border and migrant issues.
Deepening understanding of how we are co-responsible to address the root causes, border policy, and become welcoming sanctuaries that advocate for an all-encompassing migrant justice.
Foster collective hope, compassion, and resiliency during this year of anti-immigrant political challenges.


Wednesday, November 8th: Travel day and community bonding
IM4 Human Integrity Members from the Inland Valleys (San Bernardino and Riverside Counties) and the Bay Area will meet*. During the road trip from Ontario, CA to Nogales, AZ we will share about the distinctive IM 4 Human Integrity faith-rooted work on immigrant justice in these two regions. *Note: those from NorCal will have the option to carpool or fly to Ontario.

Thursday, November 9th: Immersion in Tuscon, AZ
At Tuscon, we will be hosted by Good Shepherd at the United Church of Christ, that has been involved in border justice efforts for many years. They will show us how they respond to the needs of migrants that cross the desert in Arizona.

Friday, November 10th: SOAW Border Encuentro
We will begin with a community lunch and participate in various forums and workshops. Then we will attend a vigil at Eloy Detention Center. Finally, we will enjoy a welcome concert in Tucson.

Saturday, November 11th: SOAW Border Encuentro
We will attend a rally at the U.S./Mexico border, participate in more forums and workshops, and then go to a concert at the border.

Sunday, November 12th: SOAW Border Encuentro
We will see a puppetistas show and then listen to featured speakers and artists on building bridges of justice to root causes of migration, demilitarization of the border, and ending the criminalization of immigration in the U.S. Next, we will attend a reading of No Más, No more. Finally we will attend the Encuentro Closing.

Registration Logistics

Cost for the trip will be approximately 250$
(limited scholarships available for grassroots faith leaders).

Space is limited on our Pilgrimage….but others can definitely meet us and attend the SOA Encuentro on their own.
If you would like to register for the pilgrimage please e-mail to receive online registration form by October 6th.

God loves beyond borders!


September 21: Strength From the Roots Project

Strength from the Roots Participants:

Thank you for an exciting and engaging evening this past Tuesday as we launched our Strength from the Roots project. We hope you found the course of value. Next week, Mr. Francisco Herrera will continue the process of storytelling, listening, singing, and sharing. You will begin to write your own stories in poetry or narrative.

In the coming weeks, the course will be led by Mr. E.W. Wainwright who will present innovative techniques to use your voice and create rhythmic expressions. You will explore the power of self awareness and social conscience. Mr. Tamaka Bailey will share his Native American tradition of storytelling mixed with the surprise of magic. The course will conclude with a series of rehearsals led by Mr. Vince Gomez, maestro, who will combine your voices to form a choral group along with individual soloists in preparation for an end of the term concert. Ms. Ellen Hoffman also is working with us to transform your poetry and writings into songs. Some of your original work will become music that will be included in the concert.

We hope you will complete the course and participate in the concerts in December. Every week the project will advance to new levels of engagement and discovery of your story. Strength from the Roots is a fun way to learn about yourself and other people. Our goal is to create a network of individuals who will take this experience and apply it to their lives. We want to help build confidence, courage, and power to advance a more humane society.

Strength from the Roots is a very simple process that has proven effective in building community. The course continues next Tuesday at 6:00 pm in Room 451 (fourth floor) of Berkeley City College. Please return and invite others to come with you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us.

We are very happy you joined the program.


Tuesday (September 26), will feature E.W. Wainwright, master ethnomusicologist and creator of the landmark album The African Roots of Jazz.

To register for the event, please visit here.


Is Gun Violence a Public Health Issue?

We invite you to a community discussion on the impact of Gun Violence and its relationship to Public Health.

Join us on

November 15, 2016


Southside Bethel BC “Family of Purpose”

10400 S. San Pedro St.,

Los Angeles, CA


In partnership with Connie Kizzie-Gillett of Lillie’s Care Circle and Pastor Fedrick Howard of Southside Bethel BC