Comparing Boyle's Eating With Outcasts

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In 1990, four years into Boyle’s tenure of head pastor at Dolores Mission Church, 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace felt compelled to display Boyle’s dedicated work with monsters. In later years, Laura Busch and Al Gore would both acknowledge Boyle for initiating change not fathomable. As Homeboy Industries size and reputation grew, many questioned how he was able to cure the gang member. As Boyle mentions frequently in his book, kinship is “not serving the other, but being with the other.” To Boyle, kinship is a vast understanding necessary to foster a peaceful and joyous society that would please god. By offering homies what they wanted most, a job, Boyle began to humanize the hopeless and established self-worth. In addition to Kinship,…show more content…
Precisely to those paralyzed in this toxic shame, Jesus says, “I will eat with you.” He goes where love has not yet arrived and he “gets his grub on.” Eating with outcasts rendered them acceptable.” Similarly, Boyle relates to the gang member, encouraging good grades, a job well done, or simply showing up to work. By acknowledging them, he rendered them acceptable. It is at such a juncture that gang members can not only see worth in themselves, but the general joy of the human spirit. Subsequently, Boyle is able to guide members into diminishing existing barriers and thus reduce mass conflict. “The challenge is getting them to abandon the territory of their gang,” remarked Boyle, adding, “and replace it with a turf more ample, inclusive, and as expansive as God’s own view of things.” To this end, rival gang members are able to stand side in a community of growth and acceptance. Simply put, kinship is togetherness. Boyle transformed members by standing with them, together enjoying the warm embrace of each other’s worth, just what god had in
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