Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Sponsored by Illinois Maya Ministry of the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ

Friday, October 16 - Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday, October 16: Arrive at the Romero Center. Settle at hotel and meet at the center for evening dinner. Leave for home after lunch on Friday, October 23. (Book return flights for 2:30pm or later).

Centro Romero Center for Border Ministries

173 W. Hall Ave

San Ysidro, California 92173

This week long event will center on issues concerning the USA/Mexico border region. The group of 10-15 members and friends of UCC churches in the Illinois Conference will be organized by the Rev. John Buttrick and the Rev. Faye D. B. Buttrick, members of Illinois Maya Ministries.

The purpose of this immersion experience is to be introduced to the complexity of life on the border and to develop a better understanding of the impact of the global economic trends and economic policies on social conditions, health, gender, culture, immigration and labor rights as well as on the environment. There will be opportunities to experience firsthand life in communities like Chilpancingo, Dolores and Colonia Postal, among others in Tijuana. Participants will also meet farm and maquiladora workers, newly arrived migrants from Mexico and Central America and government immigration enforcement officials on both sides of the border.

Faye is an Intentional Interim Minister in the Illinois Conference of the UCC and is on the national boards of the UCC Wider Church Ministries and Common Global Ministries, a partnership of the UCC and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). John recently retired as the Western Association Minister of the Illinois Conference, UCC. Faye has traveled to Chiapas, Mexico and Guatemala. She has volunteered at Humane Borders in Tucson, AZ. John has made several trips to Chiapas, walked the 78 mile desert Migrant Trail from Sasabe, Mexico to Tucson, Arizona, and spent time at one of the Arizona desert camps set up to rescue migrants in distress. Both John and Faye have participated in Borderlinks educational programs out of Tucson, Arizona.


A fee of $450.00 covers pre-immersion reading materials, shuttle from the airport, food, programming and international health insurance.

Lodging will be $27.50+ tax double occupancy (total for seven nights, $192.50+ tax).

$55.00+ tax single occupancy, (total for seven nights, $385+ tax).

Register at the Economy Inn, San Ysidro: 619 / 428 – 6191

Approximate roundtrip airfare to San Diego: (Feb 28): from Peoria, $407, From Chicago, $369 - $413. These rates will probably fluctuate between now and September. You may have your own source for a good fare. We researched Travelosity, Orbitz, and Expedia. Plan to arrive in San Diego between 2 & 4 PM, if possible, on Friday October 16. Book return on Friday October 23, 2:30 or later.

Mail Registration by September 15, 2009 to: Border Experience, Revs Faye and John Buttrick, 1006 N. Maplewood Ave, Peoria, IL 61606



Phone & e-mail:

Church affiliation:

Any mobility or dietary issues:

Enclose $450.00 registration fee. Make checks out to Illinois Conference of the UCC.


+ You must have a valid passport, to be used for our trips to Mexico.

+ As we receive your reservations we shall send e-mails to all registrants so that you may connect with one another if you need a roommate.

+There will be a block of rooms reserved at the Economy Inn, San Ysidro in the name of Centro Romero. To book your lodging phone : 619 / 428 – 6191

+After you have made your flight reservations, e-mail your itinerary to John and Faye so we can coordinate transportation from airport to Centro Romero. It would be helpful if we can all plan to arrive in San Diego between 2 and 4 PM to be picked up by the shuttle. (Return flights on Oct. 23 should be no earlier than 2:30pm)

+There will be an orientation meeting for all participants: Saturday, October 3, 2009

+Questions, more information: John and Faye Buttrick, 309 / 637 – 5749 or buttrickfj1@att.net

Centro Romero is a ministry of Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ and the California-Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ.

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