Christian community development work requires our own transformation–not just that of the communities we live in or serve. Yet many of us have not been trained to read or apply Biblical principles or teaching from the perspective of those on the margins of society, the very people we feel called to love and care for. Theologian and CCD practitioner Karen Gonzalez, leads this workshop whose goal it is to help us understand why the way we read the Bible is critical to our formation and our engagement with immigrant communities. The workshop will include teaching, reflection exercises, and biblical study together.
Karen Gonzalez is a speaker, writer, public theologian, and immigrant advocate, who herself immigrated from Guatemala as a child. Karen is a former public school teacher and attended Fuller Theological Seminary, where she studied theology and missiology. For the last 12 years, she has been a non-profit professional, currently working for World Relief, an organization in Baltimore, MD that serves immigrants and refugees. She wrote a book about her own immigration story and the many immigrants found in the Bible: The God Who Sees: Immigrants, The Bible, and the Journey to Belong (Herald Press, May 2019).