Episcopal Youth Explore Moral Questions of Immigration through Las Fronteras

BY LILY LUO, Lead Trainer, and JOCELIN THOMAS, Programs Coordinator

Las Fronteras is a high school youth program that ECM is launching in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of MA. The program explores issues of security and hospitality, stranger and neighbor, privilege and disadvantage through service learning opportunities in Massachusetts, facilitated conversations, and a trip to the Nogales borderlands.

ECM and the Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry held the second overnight retreat in January, which doubled as a site visit to Iglesia Nuevo Amanecer in East Boston who is an ECM grantee partner. During this time, they were able to visit with various local community organizations in East Boston which work on immigrant’s rights, workers’ rights, arts education, political organizing, and food access. Many of them operate out of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church where Nuevo Amanecer is also located. Their information can be found below:

While visiting the local arts center and radio station, Zumix, they were also interviewed by a community member of Nuevo Amanecer who hosts a program about East Boston as part of her work with Stand for Democracy. Their interview and photos can be found here on the “Stand for Democracy” facebook page.

In February, the Las Fronteras cohort attended the Diocesan High School Retreat at the Barbara C. Harris Campgrounds in New Hampshire. In addition to the spiritual and recreational activities offered by the retreat, the cohort met to discuss how fundraising is going so far (each youth is asked to raise $2,100 to support the cost of the trip to the borderlands), and hear from alumni who have gone on the trip in the past. In March, we’ll be gathering for next overnight retreat and site visit with  Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC) and Grace Chapel in Brockton, MA who are both ECM grantee partners.