Willard Lecture: The Power of Boundless Compassion

Mar, 15, 2020

Father Greg Boyle will offer the 2020 Willard Lecture on Sunday,  March 15, at 5 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The topic will be The Power of Boundless Compassion.

Early access to tickets is available to members now and sales to the public begin on January 10. Tickets are $10.

You’ll  have two opportunities to get to know Father Boyle better before he arrives in March—a combined Adult Formation class in January and a book read for all that culminates in a discussion in February.

A Jesuit priest, Father Greg began to work with parish and community members in one of the poorest areas of Los Angeles in 1988 to develop positive opportunities for youth who were involved in gangs, including a jobs program. The jobs program became an independent nonprofit organization, Homeboy Industries. This program now offers a way out for young people stuck in a cycle of violence and incarceration. The organization’s holistic approach, with free services and programs, supports 10,000 men and women a year as they work to overcome their pasts, re-imagine their futures, and break the inter-generational cycles of gang violence.

On Sunday, January 5, the combined Formation class Getting to Know Greg Boyle meets in Wood Fellowship Overflow at 10 a.m.

“There is a quote from his book, Tattoos on the Heart, that is a snapshot of what we can learn from Father Boyle,” said Adult Formation Director Garrell Keesler. The quote is, Kinship—not  serving the other, but being one with the other. Jesus was not a ‘ man for others’; he was one with them. There is a world of difference in that.’” 

Everyone in the congregation is invited to read this book as part of a congregational book study. The discussion at the conclusion of the reading will be offsite on Thursday, February 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact the Reverend Robert Galloway with questions about the book study.

Funded by an endowment, the annual Willard Lecture focuses on matters of social justice, human dignity and inclusion, and other relevant issues of our time. These conversations of faith are open to all. They also reflect the common goal of nurturing and deepening our relationship with God and one another.