Lay Academy


  • The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ 17750 South La Cañada Drive Sahuarita, AZ, 85629 United States

Immigration is one of the key national issues that has enlivened the political debate over the past 10 years.  As residents of the borderlands it is critical that we have basic knowledge of the causes and effects so we can be a calm voice in the conversation.  This workshop will give people a glimpse of the wall, a walk in the desert, and real life stories of immigrants in our midst as we learn about life in the borderlands and the struggles for border communities to create a better border reality.  Participants should bring long pants and closed toe shoes for a Saturday walk in the desert to some migrant memorials.

Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Randy Mayer

Randy is an ordained United Church of Christ minister.   Deeply influenced by his time studying and living in Latin America, Randy and his family moved to the Borderlands 17 years ago so he could serve as Senior Minister of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita, Arizona—35 miles from the US/Mexico border.  As immigration and border issues have become more and more intense, Randy and his congregation have been key developers of many of the humanitarian groups (Humane Borders, No Mas Muertes, and Green Valley Samaritans) that give food water and medical care to migrants in the desert---for no one should be dying in our deserts.