Consider This with Father Greg Boyle

March 13 in Portland

A photograph of Father Greg Boyle, a bald man with a white beard and round glasses, standing in front of the Homeboy Industries headquarters

Join us on March 13 for a conversation about community, belonging, and ending violence with Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, a gang intervention, rehab, and reentry program based in Los Angeles.

Father Boyle is a Jesuit priest who served as a pastor in Boyle Heights during the wave of gang-related violence that began in the 1980s and peaked in 1992, when more than one thousand people were killed in the city. While law enforcement and criminal justice authorities turned to suppression and mass incarceration to address gang violence, Boyle and members of his parish and community adopted a radical approach: treating gang members as human beings.

Today, Homeboy Industries employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises and provides critical services to thousands of people each year.

This event is part of our 2023–24 series, Fear and Belonging.



The event will take place in-person at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., in Portland. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m, and the event will begin at 7:00 p.m. The program will end at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets for this event are sold out, but you can still watch the live stream from home or add your name to a waitlist for no-cost tickets. To join the waitlist, please use this form. If tickets become available, we will contact you.


Other Ways to Participate

Can't make it to the Alberta Rose? The conversation will be broadcast live, for free, on YouTube.


About the venue

  • Mobility access: The Alberta Rose Theatre is a wheelchair-accessible venue. Anyone who uses a wheelchair or other mobility device can reserve an accessible seat at the venue by emailing in advance of the event. Accessible bathrooms are to the right of the theater entrance. 
  • Parking: Free parking is available in the neighborhood around the theater. Parking spaces often fill up quickly. There is one disabled person parking space less than one block away on NE 30th Ave., in front of Emmanuel Church of God in Christ United, but the space does not have a curb cut or ramp. The closest disabled person parking space with curb cuts is four blocks west, at the southwest corner of Northeast 26th Avenue and Northeast Alberta Street. A map of disabled person parking spaces is available from the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
  • Public transit: The TriMet Line 72 bus stops in front of the theater. Lines 70 and 17 have stops within four blocks of the venue.
  • Food and drink: Beverages and limited food are available for purchase and may be consumed anywhere in the theater during the event. Outside food and beverages are not permitted.
  • Lighting: The venue has appropriate overhead lighting before and after the conversation. During the conversation, lights are dimmed with staged lighting facing the stage. Lights in the lobby/bar remain on during the program. The auditorium does not have floor lighting in the aisles.
  • Sound: There will be music at a moderate volume before and after the event.
  • Read more about the Alberta Rose Theatre.

If you need accomodations to participate in this event, please contact Ben Waterhouse at by March 4


About Our Guest

Father Greg Boyle is the author of several books, including Tattoos on the Heart, Barking to the Choir, The Whole Language, and most recently Forgive Everyone Everything. He has received the California Peace Prize, has been inducted into the California Hall of Fame, and was named a Champion of Change by President Barack Obama in 2014. 


Thanks to Our Sponsors

This series is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the United We Stand: Connecting Through Culture initiative, as well as support from the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Susan Hammer Fund of Oregon Community Foundation, The Standard, Tonkon Torp LLP, and the City of Portland’s We Are Better Together program.

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