Borderlands Unitarian Universalist

Amado, Arizona

Social Justice Work

Their Wild and Precious Lives on the Border

Hello my name is Barb Lemon and I am the chair of the BUU Social Justice Committee. I was invited to speak on May 19, 2024, at the UU Santa Fe New Mexico Church. The invitation came from Rev. Michael Brown and Diane Brown after their visit to BUU. I took them on a drive to see the border east of Sasabe. They are very concerned about the border situation in both Arizona and New Mexico.

The video below is my presentation at the UU in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Those who have seen it, even locals, say that they have learned things. I would be happy to craft a new presentation for other places – even as a zoom presentation, if desired.

Barb Lemmon

 Each Sunday BUU collects items for the Food Bank, Casa Alitas and the El Comedor.

The Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritans

Many members of BUU belong to The Green Valley-Sahuarita SamaritansAs one of the local Humanitarian Aid groups, the Samaritans provides aid to migrants in the desert. The Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritans also provides clothing and other resources to aid the immigrants that cross the international border.

Green Valley/Amado Food Bank

From emergency food assistance and community gardens to a culinary training program and a farmers’ market: The Community Food Bank of Green Valley/Amado programs and services are feeding the hungry today and building a healthy, hunger-free tomorrow.

El Comedor – Nogelas, Mexico

Every year, thousands of migrant men, women and children are deported to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico or arrive in the city fleeing from Central America. They often arrive with only the clothes on their backs and a small plastic bag that contains their belongings. They do not know where to turn to receive a meal, find shelter or to make a phone call.


Casa Alitas – Tucson

The Casa Alitas Program serves migrant families who have left their home countries to escape violence and poverty.

We provide hospitality and humanitarian aid, medical services, short-term shelter and help to reunite with family members in the U.S.

Sharing The Sunday Service Offering

The BUU congregation has contributed, on a weekly basis and for many years, one half of each week’s offerings to local social justice causes that meet our values.