Preaching from Sanctuary


  • Tito Madrazo
  • Alma Ruiz



In the midst of the tense immigration debates taking place in the United States, the authors share insights from a number of sermons preached by first-generation Hispanic immigrants as part of a preaching peer-group. The preachers delivered these messages in a church that was providing protective sanctuary for an undocumented immigrant who was a member of the peer-group. The sermons were developed and delivered for an imaginary audience of either Hispanic immigrants or native-born Anglo-Americans and offer prophetic words of both comfort and judgment.

Author Biography

Tito Madrazo

Tito Madrazo, born 1979, Assistant (Teaching) Professor, and Alma Ruiz, born 1980, ThD
Candidate, have both served as Directors of Duke Divinity School’s Hispanic-Latino/a Preaching Initiative, Durham, North Carolina.