Karen Gonzalez
Karen Gonzalez
Writer, Speaker, Immigrant Advocate

Speaking Engagements

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Karen teaches, preaches, and speaks on a variety of topics including immigration, gender equality in the church, Latinx identity, missions, the Enneagram for spiritual growth, faith and pop culture, and other topics. 

Karen’s most popular presentation is The God Who Sees: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Conversation.

  • Presentation Description:

    Immigration has become a polarizing economic, political, and social issue in the United States. However, it is also an important biblical issue because it deals with human beings whom the Bible tells us are image bearers of God. As Christians, we have an obligation to be certain that our views on this issue are primarily informed by our faith. But what does the Bible say about immigration? How do we hold in tension the command to obey the law and the care of our immigrant neighbors?  Amid all the contradictory rhetoric, what are the facts about immigration? What is a Christian’s responsibility to immigrants?

    With gentleness and clarity, Karen González offers the stories of biblical immigrants, focusing on Ruth, a woman who left her land and was loved and received by the people of Bethlehem as one of their own. Using her own theological explorations of immigrants from her book The God Who Sees: Immigrants, The Bible, and the Journey to Belong, Karen guides diverse audiences to see their immigrant neighbors as God does. Throughout the presentation she defines important terms, discusses U.S. immigration laws, engages the facts using the most up-to-date research from leading think tanks, economists, and scholars, and provides practical steps for engaging with immigrants and advocating for them at a local and national level. Karen’s speaking style is warm and engaging, encouraging people to ask questions, reflect on biblical stories, and trust in the bountiful economy of our God.

For inquiries about speaking engagements, please get in touch. 

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Where Is Karen Speaking?


September 28, 10:00-11:30 AM

Mountainside Communion Church, Monrovia, California on Faith & Immigration: a Panel Discussion

October 9-13

CCDA National Conference, Dallas, TX workshop on A Biblical View of Immigration

October 20 @ 10:00 AM EST

Sanctuary North Church , Providence, RI, on Hagar and the God Who Sees Her (Sunday sermon)

October 23-25

The Refugee Highway Partnership North American Roundtable in Toronto, Canada, featured speaker

October 27 @ 10:00 AM EST

Kittamaqundi Community Church, Columbia, MD, Sunday sermon

November 6

Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, Week of Peace Hope & Justice