Karen Gonzalez

Karen Gonzalez is a teacher, baseball lover, and an amateur theologian in Baltimore, M.D. She works in church engagement for immigrant advocacy for a non-profit. You can find her on the Dovetail podcast and on Twitter at @_karenjgonzalez.

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Beyond the Triumphant Immigrant Experience

by Karen Gonzalez 09-18-2017
The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life, by Lauren Markham. Crown.

WITHIN THE FIRST pages of The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life , it becomes clear that Lauren Markham understands the complexities of immigration to the United States and has personally worked with immigrants stuck in its tangled web. In a journalistic style, she reports the story of teenage twin brothers Raúl and Ernesto, fleeing gang violence in El Salvador, hoping to find safety and new opportunities in El Norte.

Markham has worked in refugee resettlement and immigrant education for the past decade. In this book she covers all aspects of immigration in well-researched detail. But she also seems to understand that while any reader could argue immigration policy, no one can argue with the Flores brothers’ story, from the crippling poverty in rural El Salvador, where life is cheap and disposable, to the stark loneliness of their lives in the U.S., far from the comforts of family and home.

What My Abuelita Taught Me About the Dignity of Work

by Karen Gonzalez 10-07-2016

Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. Image via /Shutterstock.com

I don’t mind being associated with the meaningful work that people like my abuelita do every day, whether it be housekeeping, landscaping, or childcare. What I do mind is being dehumanized by a racist, stereotypical assumption that robs me and other Latinxs of our dignity as image bearers of God.

This National Hispanic Heritage Month, Let's Celebrate the Story of Ruth

by Karen Gonzalez 09-22-2016

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As an immigrant woman and a Christian, I’ve loved the book of Ruth ever since I realized Ruth was an immigrant, welcomed into the family of God. And I’ve often been surprised by the interpretations of the Biblical story, in which Boaz is the hero and no one else has any agency. I find this odd because, as I read Ruth, what I see is that Boaz did nothing more heroic than exactly what was required by God’s law: He welcomed an immigrant from a neighboring community.