Lessons in Empathy from Father Greg Boyle

July 24, 2019

"A woman once told me that she was afraid of going to the margins because she wouldn't fit in there. I told her, ‘The minute it stops being about you, you won't be afraid.’” - Father Greg Boyle, Homeboy Industries

Getting to the bottom of deep-seated bias involves understanding and evaluating our fears. It requires actively questioning our own reasons, letting go of our egos, and opening our hearts to others and the burdens they carry. On Sunday, July 21st, we gathered at the Islamic Center of Southern California to discuss our subconscious biases and misperceptions about race, classism, and “the other.” Co-founder of Homeboy Industries, Father Greg Boyle, led the discussion, and was joined by our President and Co-Founder Salam Al-Marayati.

"Only the soul that ventilates the world with tenderness has any chance of changing it."

"Focusing on who is good and who is bad, who belongs and who doesn't, gets us nowhere. We belong to each other."

 

Thank you to all who joined us for this heart-felt conversation. For those who would like to hear Father Greg Boyle speak, you can watch the video below, via the Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC).




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