Common Ground on the Border

The Welcoming Migrants Committee is organizing a delegation to attend the Common Ground on the Border conference, taking place January 12-14, at Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita, Arizona, near the U.S.-Mexico border.

About the Conference

The United States-Mexico borderlands has always been a beautiful mix of culture, language, cuisine, economies, and people. It has also been a place of struggle, high and low temperatures, a fragile environment, and the push and pull of immigration.

The Borderlands is the perfect place to explore the arts, touch the culture, and have deeper conversations about the complicated issues that collide there.

  • On Friday and Saturday afternoons, attendees will enjoy the wisdom and gifts of artist-in-residence, Brenda Grauer, and musicians-in-residence, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker. Session details here.
  • Saturday morning will feature three border information lectures with stimulating national and international scholars and activists sharing their perspectives on our current border and immigration crisis. Keynote speakers listed here.
  • In addition, there will be field trips to the border, into the desert, and other nearby locations on Thursday.
  • And, of course, dynamic concerts on Friday and Saturday nights.

Video from 2021

View photos from previous events here.

Conference registration: $100

If you are interested in being part of the delegation, please contact Neil Fagan ( The deadline to register is soon.