Pub Church: Migration from Mexico–Gavin Rogers and Tish Hinojosa

We’ll be on Scholz Garten’s outdoor stage to talk and sing about what we need to learn about the mass migrations happening along our southern border with Mexico. There is much to talk about and lots to feel–our guides for this conversation will be Gavin Rogers, Tish Hinojosa, and Bekah McNeel.

Gavin Rogers is the founder of the interfaith community group, Pub Theology San Antonio, and he helps pastor folks at Travis Park United Methodist Church. His work with the underserved in our community led to his joining one of the “migrant caravans” that journeyed from Honduras to the U.S. border.

Tish Hinojosa

One of 13 children born to Mexican immigrant parents in San Antonio, Tish Hinojosa has dedicated her career to playing music from the southwest, starting out in Tejano before moving on to singer/songwriter folk, border music and country. Tish is a legendary singer-songwriter, whose blend of folk, country, Latino, and pop has an undeniable far reaching appeal, garnering her accolades such as a White House concert at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton and teaming up with artists such as Joan Baez, Booker T. Jones, Flaco Jimenez, Pete Seeger, and Dwight Yoakam. With seventeen CDs to her name, Tish’s distinct sound has gained her much critical acclaim. She is winding up the tour for her latest release, “West.” She will soon be inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters–formed in 1936 to recognize Texans’ literary achievements. Previous recipients include Larry McMurtry, Sarah Bird, Naomi Shihab-Nye, and Americo Paredes. Last year they opened up nominations to include singer-songwriters and Willie Nelson was the 2018 recipient. Congratulations Tish!

Bekah McNeel is a freelance journalist living in San Antonio, Texas and also the Immigration Editor for Christianity Today. She reports on education, immigration, and inequity. In addition to local beat reporting, her work has been published with The Christian Science Monitor, The Texas Tribune, The Rivard Report, The Hechinger Report, and the 74 Million. She can be found on Twitter at @BekahMcneel and on her blog at

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