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Fr. Greg Boyle at the First Friday Club

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Union League Club

65 West Jackson Boulevard

Chicago, IL 60604

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On Friday, January 5, 2018

The First Friday Club of Chicago in Cooperation with the Authors Group (Union League Club)


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Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J.

Founder, Homeboy Industries

Author, Barking to the Choir


Fr. Boyle will discuss his new book, Barking to the Choir. A moving example of unconditional love in difficult times. The bestselling author of Tattoos on the Heart, Fr. Boyle, shares what three decades of working with gangs in Los Angeles has taught him about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of radical kinship.

In a nation deeply divided and a neighborhood plagued by poverty and violence, Barking to the Choir offers a snapshot into the challenges and joys of life in “the barrio.” Jose, arrested at nine, in a gang by twelve, and serving time shortly thereafter, now works with the substance-abuse team at Homeboy to help young boys find sobriety. Andre, abandoned by his family when he tried to attend school at age seven, gradually finds forgiveness for his schizophrenic mother. New father Hector, who never knew his own father, thinks of a daily adventure story to tell his four-year-old son. These former gang members uplift the soul and reveal how bright life can be when filled with unconditional love and kindness.

In his first book, Tattoos on the Heart, Father Gregory Boyle introduced us to Homeboy Industries, the largest and most successful gang-intervention program in the world. Critics hailed that book as an “astounding literary and spiritual feat” (Publishers Weekly) that is “destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality” (Los Angeles Times). Now, after the successful expansion of Homeboy Industries, Boyle returns with Barking to the Choir to reveal how compassion is transforming the neighborhood that boasts the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles.

This collection is guaranteed to shake up our ideas about God and about people with a glimpse at a world defined by more compassion and fewer barriers. Gently and humorously, Barking to the Choir invites us to find kinship with one another and re-convinces us all of our own goodness.

The event begins with an 11:30 a.m. reception followed by lunch and the program at noon to 1:15pm. Books for signing will be available for purchase at the event.


For more information and to make your reservation please visit our website: www.firstfridayclubchicago.org by Tuesday, January 2, before 5pm. In the COMMENTS section, please provide us all the details including: the church group or person to sit you with, and dietary requirements. This year the lunch fee is $45 for members and $55 for guests.


IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE UNION LEAGUE CLUB, KINDLY MAKE YOUR RESERVATION VIA THE UNION LEAGUE.

RSVP online at ulcauthorsgroupgregboyle.eventbrite.com


THE UNION LEAGUE CLUB HAS A DRESS CODE: Business attire for women and a shirt with collar for men. NO TENNIS SHOES OR DENIM CLOTHING ALLOWED.

Parking and Transportation at the Union League Club:

Valet Parking available at the Federal Street Entrance. Self Parking available at the garage on the northwest corner of Federal and Van Buren. This is immediately behind the building on Federal Street (just south of Jackson).

Special rates available for guests with tickets that are validated at the front Desk.

THANK YOU! We hope to see you on January 5th.


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