Apr. 2, 2014
Students in David Jenkins' and Marie Marquardt's course, "The Church on the Border," gained firsthand experience with the people and places at the center of the U.S. immigration debate during a recent travel seminar led by the two professors to southern Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico.
The group spent time talking with founders of the Sanctuary Movement, local residents working with the Samaritans, a judge who presides over Operation Streamline trials, Mexican artists designing public art for the wall, migrants recently deported or in detention, college students developing resources for DREAMERS, as well as lawyers and local activists on both sides of the border. One of the highlights of the trip was home stays in Nogales, Mexico.
The experience gave the students new perspective on the issues surrounding immigration, and the people affected by them.
"Most people know this, but they forget that immigrants are humans first. They are mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. They have hopes and dreams," says first-year MDiv Jessica Turner.
Upon their return, the students presented Candler Dean Jan Love a mock-up of a proposed art installation at Candler to commemorate their trip. The mural will be painted on a temporary wall in place during the construction of Candler's new building, on the third floor of the Rita Anne Rollins building.