The Death of a Migrant Child

By Jon Sievert

“Immigration” has become a flash word for some of the ugliest forces at work in US/Mexican society today. At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Meeting, the Reverend Timothy B. Tutt asks questions about immigration policies and about how we care for each other.

UU Service
By Rev. Timothy Tutt
“The Death of a Migrant Child”
Sun, Aug 2, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Each year thousands of migrant children cross borders into new lands, sometimes with family members, sometimes in search of family members. The political climate in the United States has not been welcoming to “unaccompanied minors.” This sermon will be a reversal of that narrative. In 1900, Rev. Timothy Tutt’s great-grandparents migrated to Mexico from Ireland. Their oldest child was born and died in Mexico. This sermon, centered on a powerful, personal family story, explores their wandering and their grief as migrants.

Reverend Tutt is the senior minister of Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda, Maryland. A native Texan and former Capitol Hill staffer, Tim has been active in interreligious work, serving on the board of Austin Area Interreligious Ministries (Texas) and on the clergy group of Action in Montgomery (Maryland). Tim is involved with Re-Brand Washington Football—an effort to change the racially demeaning name of Washington DC’s professional football team—and with Do Not Stand Idly By, a national effort of the Industrial Areas Foundation to curb gun violence in the United States. Westmoreland Congregational UCC has long been a center for faithful social justice—Eleanor Roosevelt, Richard Nixon (!), Andrew Young, and William Sloane Coffin have all been guest preachers in the pulpit. Tim has preached at UU churches in Austin and Bethesda. Tim and his wife, Amy, a college English teacher, have a daughter (aged 12) and son (aged 15). The entire family will be enjoying San Miguel de Allende during August.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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