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How to Find Hope and Kinship with Father Greg Boyle and Fabian Devora

The One You Feed

Father Gregory Boyle is an American 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, Barking to the Choir, and his latest book,  Forgive Everyone Everything. Fabian Debora is the artist and illustrator of the book, Forgive Everyone Everything. His work has been showcased in solo and group exhibitions throughout the US and abroad.  Fabian served previously served as a counselor and the Director of Substance Abuse Services & Programming and a mentor at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles and is now the Executive Director of Homebody Art Academy. But wait, there’s more! The episode is not quite over!! We continue the conversation and you can access this exclusive content right in your podcast player feed. Head over to our Patreon page and pledge to donate just $10 a month. It’s that simple and we’ll give you good stuff as a thank you! Father Greg Boyle & Fabian Debora and I Discuss How to Find Hope and Kinship His book, Forgive Everyone Everything The organization he founded, Homeboy Industries, to rehabilitate gang members Hope and how our focus must not be on outcomes How life is about removing the blindfold to see the goodness within us Joy is the love of being loving Equanimity and learning to not grasp at our pain Defining kinship as deep connection with others How we need to acknowledge privelege Fabian’s journey of recovery and his work with Homeboy Industries How his art represents his journey and lived experiences How he tells a story through his art His responsibility of an artist to combat stereotypes How he maintains hope amidst tragedy The legacy that he hopes to create for his family and community How kinship is a circle where everyone belongs Links: Father Greg’s Website Instagram Twitter Fabian's Website Fabian's Instagram By purchasing products and/or services from our sponsors, you are helping to support The One You Feed and we greatly appreciate it. Thank you! If you enjoyed this conversation with Father Greg Boyle and Fabian Debora, please check out these other episodes: Human Nature and Hope with Rutger Bregman Donna Hylton on Healing and HopeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


30 Nov 2022

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The U. of Calif. T.A. Strike: Harold Meyerson; plus Father Greg Boyle on Homeboy Industries

Living in the USA

48,000 Grad student employees at the University of California are on strike in the largest strike in the history of higher education and the largest strike anywhere in the US this year. But how come the auto workers' union represents teaching assistants and research assistants? Harold Meyerson explains.Plus: For Thanksgiving we chat with Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries, a beacon of hope for young men in LA coming out of gangs and prison. (originally broadcast in January, 2018).


23 Nov 2022

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The Power of Unconditional Love with Greg Boyle and Justin Coleman

Igniting Imagination: Leadership Ministry

Gil Rendle says in the intro that this conversation with Father Greg Boyle is “one of the richest conversations I’ve ever been in.” How grateful we are to have recorded this beautiful and rich back and forth between Gil, Rev. Lisa Greenwood, Father Boyle and Rev. Justin Coleman! Father Boyle’s approach to gang intervention rehabilitation and re-entry at his organization Homeboy Industries is not really about providing services, although they do provide holistic services from education to tattoo removal. The real heart of the work is relationship and creating a culture of kinship, tenderness, and joy. Boyle returns again and again to the heart of God and the heart of Jesus, inviting us again and again to embrace our own belovedness and everyone else’s belovedness. In this conversation… Gil shares the difference between the work of improving and the work of creating (01:06) The short game of trying experiments and the long game of deep institutional work (04:39) Father Boyle’s vocational journey that led him to start Homeboy Industries (16:41) Providing services vs being in relationship (22:35) The theology that guides Father Boyle (31:58) When there is so much grief and pain, how do you not get caught up in a constant cycle of desolation? (36:54) Creating a culture of the Gospel (42:03) Why Father Boyle says “Gang members have taught me everything of value.” (50:41) QUOTES “We’re always getting ahead of ourselves, right? Just about tomorrow or lamenting what I did yesterday. Ouch. Why did I say that? And as opposed to staying anchored in the present moment. I think that’s where the joy is.” -Father Boyle [27:41] “Don’t just look at the services. Look at the language that’s being used. Look at the approach towards the other person.” -Rev. Coleman [48:54] Father Greg Boyle’s bio Gregory Boyle is an American Jesuit priest and the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry 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 and Barking to the Choir.  The Whole Language is his third book, and all net proceeds go to Homeboy Industries.  Rev. Justin Coleman’s bio Justin grew up in Texas, and attended Southern Methodist University, graduating in 2000 with a major in religious studies.  He, too, was highly active in SMU’s Wesley Foundation, and served as Associate Pastor at SMU’s Wesley Foundation from 2001 to 2003 as he began seminary studies at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology.  Justin transferred to Duke Divinity School in 2003 and graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2005. Justin’s first clergy appointment was to University UMC, as an intern in 2004 and then as Associate Pastor from 2005 to 2007.  In 2007, Justin was called back to the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, where he is an elder, and was appointed Associate Pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas.  For six years from 2008 to 2014, Justin served as the Executive and Lead Pastor of the Gethsemane Campus of St. Luke’s Church and led it through a remarkable period of growth in ministry and service to its community.  From 2014 to June 2017 Justin served as the Chief Ministry Officer of the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tennessee.  During this time, he has also continued to frequently offer lectures, sermons, and lead worship. RESOURCES & RELEVANT LINKS Read Gil Rendle’s paper “Jacob’s Bones” for free off our TMF website here. Find out more about Homeboy Industries here. Father Greg Boyle’s bestselling book is Tattoos on the Heart, his newest book is The Whole Language. All proceeds go to Homeboy Industries. This podcast is brought to you by the Leadership Ministry team at TMF and Wesleyan Investive. Leadership Ministry connects diverse, high-capacity leaders in conversations and environments that create a network of courage, learning, and innovation in order to help the church lean into its God-appointed mission. Subscribe to our Leadership Ministry emails here. We send emails about each episode and include additional related resources related to the episode’s topic. We know your inbox is inundated these days, we aim to send you content that is inspiring, innovative, and impactful for your life and ministry. If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts / iTunes?


14 Sep 2022

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Father Greg Boyle

You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes

Father Greg Boyle (Homeboy Industries! Author: Tattoos on the Heart!) makes it weird!Watch the video of the podcast here!

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24 Aug 2022

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Re-Release! Dosing Love & Tenderness with Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries

What Moves You with Jessie

In the spirit of the recent Global Homeboy Network Gathering that Jessie was involved in and the forthcoming Homeboy 5k Fundraiser this is a re-release of the extremely moving interview with Father Greg Boyle, of Homeboy Industries.  We'd love to hear how this conversation resonated with you so please rate and review on Apple podcasts or give us a call on the hotline! At 818-646-JESS. For more ideas and strategies on being human, find Jessie on Instagram @whatmovesyouwithjessie and for more information on how to work with Jessie or sign up for her newsletter, visit whatmovesyouwithjessie.com.


10 Aug 2022

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On Grief, Loss, and Tenderness: Greg Boyle

Call & Character

Our guest today, Fr. Gregory Boyle, is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. A native of Los Angeles and a Jesuit priest, Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles, which also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city. Father Boyle witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during the so-called “decade of death” that began in the late 1980s and peaked at 1000 gang-related killings in 1992. In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, he and parish- and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treat gang members as human beings. Fr. Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. And his new book, The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness, was published by Avid Reader Press in 2021.


17 May 2022

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Eternity Now (with Fr Greg Boyle)

Almost Good Catholics

Father Grey Boyle S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries in East LA, the world’s largest and most successful gang intervention and rehabilitation program, talks about mysticism and its way of seeing God and God's people.Website: https://homeboyindustries.org/


12 May 2022

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487: Fr. Greg Boyle : Sharing the Wisdom of Time


Fr. Greg Boyle joins the show to discuss Homebody Industries, geezers, the Pope, and Sharing the Wisdom of Time.  For more on this week's sponsor, Harbor the Pepperdine Bible Lectures, click here. 


7 Feb 2022

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Of Gangs & God with Fr. Greg Boyle


"It's not about reaching folks at the margins. It's about allowing yourself to be reached." - Fr. Greg Boyle Fr. Greg Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention program in the country. We’re honored to talk to him about his 30+ years of serving the gang-involved and previously incarcerated. Join T.J. and Greg for a conversation about wisdom and love born out of the cracked concrete of real life -- about seeing the thorns beneath each other’s pain and how if you don’t welcome you’re own wound, you’ll be tempted to despise the wounded. The culture of Homeboy Industries is a vision for repairing severed belonging for us all. Fr. Greg is the author of the New York Times Bestselling book Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. His third and most recent book The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness is currently available. Homeboy Industries is located in downtown Los Angeles and provides hope and job training for formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated people so they can redirect their lives and become contributing members of society. Hosted by T.J. Berden. Produced by Sam Buti.


27 Jan 2022

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​​Father Greg Boyle is becoming a mystic with the help of former gang members


If you attended a Jesuit university or high school in the last decade, you were most likely at some point assigned Father Greg Boyle’s first book (and a New York Times best-seller—so, you didn’t need to have attended a Jesuit school to encounter it) Tattoos on the Heart. Father Boyle is a Jesuit priest, the founder of Homeboy Industries and the author of the a new book, The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness, which is scheduled to be released this fall.Ashley and Zac talk to Father Boyle about how Covid and the pandemic restrictions affected his sense of identity and Homeboy Industries’ work, what he’s learned looking back on his years in ministry, and why he is becoming more mystical as he gets older.To support Jesuitical and access all of America's content, get a digital subscription today! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


10 Sep 2021