"We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come."
Underground Ministries opens new relationships of embrace and trust between gang-affected prisoners and our communities to which they return, for our mutual transformation and resurrection.
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 community to roll away the massive stone so the beloved could join the land of the living. And so we build relationships with 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 for these returning, formerly-feared men to become the fathers, husbands, employees and voices God has called them to be.
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