Keynote Speakers

Rev. Nancy Fausto

The Rev. Nancy Frausto is the Director of the Latinx Director of the Latinx Studies Program and Lecturer in Latinx Ministry at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin Texas. A founding member of the Diocese of Los Angeles Sanctuary Task Force, and a Dreamer (DACA recipient). She is known to be a powerful preacher, teacher, and witness to the power of God’s liberating love.

Rev. Nancy is the Diocese of Los Angeles’ first Latina leader to have grown up in a Spanish speaking Episcopal Church and pursued ordination. She is the recipient of the Episcopal Church Foundation and Beatitudes Society Fellowship and was named one of the Future 50 Interfaith Leaders in Los Angeles to watch by the Interreligious Council of Southern California.

Karen González

Karen Gonzálezis seeking to see and love her neighbors as God does. She is a speaker, writer, 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 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). She is working on her second book which is also on faith and migration, which will be published by Brazos Press and released in the fall 2022.

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 or at her website karen-gonzalez.com. She is a sought after speaker, who has written about and presented on a variety of topics, including spiritual formation, Latinx identity, race and culture, women in the church, the Enneagram, and immigration. She also has bylines in Sojourners, The Christian Century, Christianity Today, and others.

Karen lives in the heart of Baltimore, Maryland, where she enjoys cooking Guatemalan food, traveling, watching baseball, playing with her nieces, and writing while her cat Scully naps beside her.