We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
-Nicene Creed, fourth century
UNDERGROUND MINISTRIES OPENS NEW RELATIONSHIPS
OF EMBRACE AND TRUST BETWEEN GANG-AFFECTED PRISONERS AND THE COMMUNITIES TO WHICH THEY RETURN
FOR OUR MUTUAL TRANSFORMATION
We serve those at the bottom of the American system: prisoners, gang members, those most feared, locked away in solitary confinement, and deemed dead to society.
We build relationships, incarnating the kind of love we see in Jesus, friend of sinners and outcasts, who wept over Lazarus in the tomb before he raised him from the dead.
We are inspired by how Jesus not only spoke life into the underground, but then called a larger community closer—to help roll away the massive stone barrier between the living and the dead. So the beloved could join the land of the living.
And so we build relationships with employers, churches, lawyers, families, correctional facilities and neighbors. Why? So we can, together, creatively move through prison walls, roll away prisoner debt, and open new opportunities.
As we open these new relationships of embrace and trust, the change is mutual. Formerly incarcerated men and women are learning a new way, for sure. But so are business owners, churches, parents, and landlords.
These new relationships turn us ("on the outs") into the kinds of people, and communities, God has called us to be. As we both risk shedding our defenses--mainstream and underground alike--we discover our purpose together, the life of the world to come.
"If we do not welcome our own wounds, we will be tempted to despise the wounded."
-Father Greg Boyle, Homeboy Industries