December 12, 2008
Faith groups from both sides of the border will gather to pray and celebrate the 15th annual La Posada Sin Fronteras from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at Border Field State Park. Participants will gather at the park entrance at 2 p.m. to walk the 1½ mile route from the park entrance to Friendship Park where Tijuana participants will be waiting on the Tijuana side of the fence.
The theme for this year’s posada is ‘Despite walls and laws, people without borders.’ The posada ritual recalls the story of Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem. “This year our posada has special meaning because we are concerned the construction of the new triple fence at the park will make it impossible for us to gather there again,” explained Rosemary Johnston, chair of the posada planning committee. “Traditionally, the fence at Friendship Park on Monument Mesa has been a place where family members from both sides of the fence can meet and visit.”
Rev. Art Cribbs, former president of the Ecumenical Council of San Diego County and an immigrant rights advocate, will be the keynote speaker at the event. Roman Catholic Bishop Gilbert Romo of Tijuana will be the keynote speaker on the Tijuana side. Participants will gather at the border fence at the southern end of the state park with participants from Tijuana on the Mexican side of the fence. They will sing Christmas carols and listen to speakers from both sides of the border. They will remember in prayer those who have died crossing the border into the United States in the past year. Luminarias, bearing the names of border victims, will be placed on the sea wall at the west end of the park and lit at sunset.
Other organizations co-sponsoring the event include the American Friends Service Committee, the Center for Justice and Reconciliation at Point Loma Nazarene University, Border Angels, the Ecumenical Council of San Diego County, the Romero Center for Faith in Action at the University of San Diego, San Diego Foundation for Change, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, the Roman Catholic diocese of San Diego, the Immigration Ministry of the Pacifica Lutheran Synod, and numerous faith-based and human rights groups in Tijuana. Border Field State Park is located at the end of Monument Road in Imperial Beach.