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The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness

Broadcast on August 15, 2022
With Father Greg Boyle
Hosted by Carmen Acevedo Butcher, PhD

Father Greg Boyle will share what he has learned in three decades working with marginalized populations at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California—that love is the answer, community is the context, and tenderness is the connective tissue. Tenderness reflects the foundational notion that there are no us and them, only us. Homeboy seeks to be what the world is invited to become. Kinship cannot happen without tenderness.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • How Father Greg Boyle and Homeboy Industries since 1988 have served formerly gang-involved men and women 
  • Some of the stories from the community Father Greg Boyle serves and how Homeboy Industries changes perceptions
  • How to practice acceptance and tenderness towards yourself and others
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The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness
Father Greg Boyle
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Father Greg Boyle

Founder of Homeboy Industries

Father Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries (HBI) in Los Angeles (1988), the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. HBI employs and trains former gang members via social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of men and women every year seeking a better life. 

Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. His second book, Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship, was published in 2017.

Father Greg Boyle