Sunday, November 29
We are thrilled to welcome back to the Rector’s Forum our friend, the inspiring Father Greg Boyle. Internationally known for tackling the issue of urban gang violence in Los Angeles, Father Greg’s life’s work has been working to include the excluded and to break down barriers between rivals.
Father Greg is a Jesuit priest and the founder and director of Homeboy Industries. Homeboy began when a concerned group of Angelenos, led by Father Gregory Boyle, asked a simple question: “Can we improve the health and safety of our community through jobs and education rather than through suppression and incarceration?” Today, Homeboy Industries is recognized as the largest and most successful gang intervention and re-entry program in the world, and has become a national model. Father Greg is the author of the New York Times bestselling book “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion” and a long time friend of All Saints Church.
His September 2015 presentation at the Geneva Peace Talks is available online here — a presentation that included these words:
“How do we imagine a circle of compassion and then imagine nobody standing outside of it?”
Please mark your calendars now and join us on Sunday, November 29 at 10:15 a.m. in the Forum. You will not want to miss the last public conversation between Father Greg and retiring Rector Ed Bacon as they share with each other — and with us — what the essence of life is for each of them.