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In his first book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, Gregory Boyle introduced us to Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. The book went on to become a New York Times bestseller and The Los Angeles Times wrote that it was “destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality.”
Now, as Homeboy Industries approaches its 30th Anniversary, Boyle, a Jesuit priest, has written an equally compelling second collection of stories and parables in which he shares what three decades of working with gang members in Los Angeles has taught him—and what he hopes it can teach readers—about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of human connection. Set amidst a population plagued by poverty and violence, and against a nation deeply divided, Barking to The Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship reminds us that we all have goodness in us and that no life is less valuable than another.
Written with the gentle and humorous tone that he is known for among the thousands of “homies” he’s walked with and the countless people who hear him speak, Barking to The Choir serves as a testament to the power of unconditional love in difficult times. Boyle’s message is consistent and clear: kindness and kinship are the tools necessary to fight desperation and decrease marginalization. In doing so, we catch a glimpse of just how bright our world can be when it is defined by more compassion and fewer barriers.
Gregory Boyle is a Jesuit priest and the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and reentry program in the world. He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, the White House named Boyle a Champion of Change. He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics. He is the acclaimed author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion (2010). Barking to the Choir is his second book, and he will be donating all net proceeds to Homeboy Industries. You can learn more at HomeboyIndustries.org.
TIME & DATE
Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 6:00pm