Las Posadas

December 7, 2012

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Posada Without Borders

Religious, human rights, and civil society groups celebrate the 19th annual celebration of this traditional bi-national event

The 19th annual La Posada Sin Fronteras will be presented from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 on both sides of the international divide. In the United States, participants will gather at Friendship Park, located within Border Field State Park in Imperial Beach. In Tijuana, those attending will meet at the lighthouse in Playas de Tijuana. The annual event, which commemorates Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter on Christmas Eve, is conducted with people of faith from Tijuana who meet the U.S. participants at the border fence at Friendship Park.

Participants will 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. Crosses bearing migrant names will be placed along the coastline at the west end of the Friendship Park.

This year’s theme is Compassion: Standing with those who suffer. The keynote speaker on the US side is Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño of Los Angeles. 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 USD Campus Ministry, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, the Roman Catholic diocese of San Diego, 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.

La Posada Sin Fronteras

Grupos religiosos, de protección a los derechos humanos, y de la sociedad civil celebran el 19 aniversario de este evento binacional

La 19ava edición de La Posada Sin Fronteras se presentará el sábado, 8 de diciembre entre 14:00-16:00 de la tarde, en ambos lados de la frontera. En Tijuana, participantes se reunirán en Playas de Tijuana junto al faro, y en los EEUU el punto de reunión será “Friendship Park” que queda al sur de la ciudad de Imperial Beach. El evento anual, que conmemora la búsqueda de José y María por refugio en Nochebuena, se lleva a cabo con personas de fe junto al muro fronterizo de ambos lados de la línea divisora.

Los participantes cantarán villancicos y escucharán a los oradores de ambos lados de la frontera. Recordarán en la oración a quienes han fallecido cruzando la frontera hacia los Estados Unidos en el último año. Cruces con los nombres de migrantes serán colocados a lo largo de la costa en el extremo oeste del parque “Friendship Park”.

El tema de este año es “Compasión: Al lado de los que sufren”. El orador principal en Tijuana es el Arzobispo Romo Muñoz. Otras organizaciones que patrocinan el evento incluyen la Casa del Migrante, la Casa Madre Asunta, la Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, la Arquidiócesis de Tijuana, la Casa YMCA, la Coalición Pro Defensa del Migrante, Pacto por la Paz, y numerosas organizaciones religiosas y grupos de derechos humanos en los EEUU.

Kensington Church Youth Group Reenacts ‘Las Posadas’ Christmas Story

Third Annual Outdoor Community Production Features a Candlelit Procession with Mary, Joseph and the Donkey and a Live Nativity Scene

Kensington Community Church (KCC), United Church of Christ, will celebrate the season with its third annual Las Posadas in Kensington production on Saturday, Dec. 8th at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; donations benefit Heifer International. Put on by the church’s Middle and High School Youth Group, the outdoor reenactment of the Christmas story will start at Kensington Library, featuring a candlelit community procession with the angel, Mary, Joseph and the donkey as they are turned away by innkeepers at Kensington Café and Starbucks.

Throngs will follow Mary and Joseph as they walk down a luminaria-lined street to a Live Nativity and Carol Sing in front of Kensington Community Church. After the event, church members, neighbors and friends will enjoy tamales, piñatas and a petting zoo.

Las Posadas is Spanish for “The Inns.” Kensington Church Youth Group Reenacts Page 2 ‘Las Posadas’ Christmas Story “Our Las Posadas production has become a community tradition in Kensington, celebrating the room we make in our hearts for the peace of Christmas,” said Marg Stark, Youth Group Co- Leader and Religious Education Director at Kensington Community Church.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Service Honors Hispanic Tradition

In December in the year 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared miraculously on a cloak on the hill of Tepeyac near Mexico City. It is as the holiday season approaches that we remember this story and pay tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe. The public is invited for a traditional service in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9th at Greenwood Memorial Park, 4300 Imperial Avenue, San Diego. Entertainment and light refreshments will be provided.

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