Make Those Voices Heard
Meeting the world with a loving heart will determine what we find there.
–Father Gregory Boyle.
Father Gregory Boyle is wise and eloquent. He is a brilliant storyteller with a wicked sense of humor, and his spiritual drive is so powerful that it virtually radiates off of him.
But those and his other qualities pale in comparison to his compassion. In all that he does – even as he tells a hilarious story or offers details about the successful anti-poverty program he started in one of L.A.’s most gang-ridden neighborhoods – you can tell that this is a man whose heart breaks over the pain of those who too often are left behind by society.
By meeting the world with a loving heart, Boyle sees hope in relationships. He sees opportunity in collaboration. He sees power in imagination. In those ways, we at the Faith & Action Project see in Father Greg Boyle a kindred spirit.
“Stand with the poor and the powerless and the voiceless and make those voices heard,” Boyle says in this moving video from a speech he gave at Pepperdine University. We know that many of you reading this make that your mission every day. We thank you for that, and for letting us stand with you.
So now we invite you to join us at our Spring Conference (learn more below). Join us in learning from and being inspired by Father Boyle. And join us in making voices heard, in meeting the world with a loving heart, and in helping to make compassion overwhelm poverty in our community.
Lindsey Nell Rabinowitch
Project Director, Faith & Action Project
A Morning of Inspiration on May 2
On May 2, from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Eastern Star Church, 5750 30th Street, you’re invited to a morning of inspiration, motivation and networking anchored by keynote speaker Father Greg Boyle. A dynamic storyteller, Boyle is a Jesuit priest and founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. Author of Tattoos on the Heart, a New York Times bestseller, Father Boyle will share the platform with two young men who have participated in Homeboy programs. Invite friends from your faith community, coworkers, peers in service organizations and boards to what promises to be an inspiring morning. Register for free tickets here.
See the ROCK Initiative
On May 2, Nancy Rogers, executive director of ministries at Eastern Star Church, will give attendees an overview of the ROCK (Renewing Our Community for the Kingdom) Initiative, a recipient of two Faith & Action grants. Developed after years of conversations with neighborhood residents and community partners, the ROCK Initiative strives to improve the quality of life in the 46218 zip code, where 38.2 percent of residents live at or below the poverty line. Attendees will be able to see the new homes and mixed-use facility near the church on their own.
In the News
In a recent New York Times column, David Brooks shares what Canada did to reduce poverty by 20% in two years. Roughly 825,000 Canadians were lifted out of poverty between 2015 to 2017, giving our neighbor to the north its lowest poverty rate in history. According to Brooks, Canada achieved this by hyper-focusing on a small number of locations and working alongside people in poverty, nonprofits, business and government. Paul Born, leader of the Tamarack Institute, which pioneered the work, said the communitywide collective impact structures change attitudes. Brooks paraphrases Born, saying, “In the beginning it’s as if everybody is swimming in polluted water. People are sluggish, fearful, isolated, looking out only for themselves. But when people start working together across sectors around a common agenda, it’s like cleaning the water.”
Required Session for Grant Applicants
Don’t forget that all grant applicants are required to send at least one representative to the grant information session at the Spring Conference. Letters of intent are due May 8. Finalists will be notified by May 15, and full grant applications are due June 4.
Tattoos on the Heart and Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship, by Gregory Boyle. With Father Boyle coming to the Faith & Action Project Spring Event, now is a great time to catch up on his books if you’ve not read them, or to re-read them in preparation for his visit. Both books focus on his relationships with men, women and youth in one of LA’s most gang-ridden and poverty-stricken neighborhoods.
Mark your calendar for these important dates.
May 2, 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM: Faith & Action Project Spring Conference, featuring Father Gregory Boyle, at Eastern Star Church, 5750 30th Street, Indianapolis
May 8: Faith & Action Grant letters of intent due and must be submitted via the online application. Click here.
May 15: Grant applicants invited to submit full proposals will be notified
June 4: Final grant applications due
Oct 1, 7PM: Fall event at Clowes Memorial Hall
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