You are the God who sees, Hagar said, and the same God who saw Hagar sees us.
I sat down with Karen Gonzalez to talk about The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong. We talk about the process of writing the book and what its like to include so much of one’s own story, We discuss how basing her story on the sacraments deepened her thinking on the practices, the complicated stories of migrants in the Bible, speaking to churches about immigration, taking action, and which Biblical story of migration needs its own Hamilton inspired rap musical!
Karen Gonzalez is a speaker, writer, immigrant advocate, and taco enthusiast. She is an immigrant from Guatemala, now living in Baltimore, Maryland, where she enjoys writing, cooking Latin food, traveling, and watching baseball (in that order). Karen is a former public school teacher and attended Fuller Theological Seminary, where she studied theology and missiology. For the last 10 years, she has been a non-profit professional, currently working for an organization that serves immigrants and refugees.
You can find her on Twitter and Instagram musing about theology: @_karenjgonzalez. Her writing can be found on the communal blogs: The Mudroom and The Salt Collective, where she has written about spiritual formation, Latinx identity, race, gender, the Enneagram and immigration. She also has bylines in Sojourners, Faithfully Magazine, Mutuality Magazine, Christ and Pop Culture, and others.
Find out more about Karen: https://www.karen-gonzalez.com/
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