For more than ten years, Dean Don Pittman and other PTS faculty have led student delegations on annual immersion trips to BorderLinks, where they meet people and study issues directly related to immigration. The Fall 2012 delegation presented reflections on their experience in Midday Chapel on April 2 and 4, 2013.
To view Loren Richmond's homily on Tamar's story, found in Genesis 38,
go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwyJQFEooyQ.
To hear Lonnie Snyder's homily on the Good Samaritan in Luke 10,
go to: http://ptstulsa.edu/Chapel04042013.
To see images compiled by Eric Meyer,
go to: Borderlinks 2012 Slide Show .
For collective written reflections on the BorderLinks experience,
go to: http://ptstulsa.edu/BorderlinksFall2012.
To Those Who Have Died in the Desert
In memory of those who went to look for a better life,
yet only encountered death…
In memory of those who risked everything and lost everything…
Of those who went with hope in their eyes and challenge in their souls…
The sun burned them and the desert devoured them
And the dust erased their names and faces.
In memory of those who never returned…
We offer these flowers and say with the deepest respect…
Your thirst is our thirst,
Your hunger is our hunger,
Your pain is our pain,
Your anguish, bitterness, and agony
Are also ours.
We are a cry for justice that no one would ever have to leave their land,
From out of the silence comes a voice that speaks…
So that no one will ever have to look for their dream in other lands,
So that no one would ever have to go to the desert
and be consumed by loneliness.
A voice in the desert cries out…
Education for all!
Opportunity for all!
Jobs for all!
Bread for all!
Freedom for all!
Justice for all!
We are a voice that will not be lost on the desert…
That insists that the nation give equal opportunity
to a dignified and fruitful life to all its children.
--Orthón Perez: Summer of 2004
"For the right to live in peace…"