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Feb
08

40K for 40 days: Day 23 - Who is Shaking the Jar and Why?

40K for 40 days: Day 23 - Who is Shaking the Jar and Why?

Day 20 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media.  Man, oh, man...! I loved today's entry. I think so many of these compassion training that are offered are so great, but are offered to the crowd that would make the least impac...

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Feb
07

40K for 40 days: Day 22 - All You Need is Love

40K for 40 days: Day 22 - All You Need is Love

Day 20 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media.  A beautiful discourse on Love, loving, and what the world would be if we had it as our main priority, from personal, to parental, and political. Great reminders that love moves...

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Feb
06

40K for 40 days: Day 21 - Peace Doesn't Take a Rest

40K for 40 days: Day 21 - Peace Doesn't Take a Rest

Day 20 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media.  Today Shane brings us back to the possibilities of Peace. The joy that we may share, the sole opportunity to have peace should be reason enough to celebrate. Since we gotta put...

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Feb
05

40K for 40 days: Day 20 - Halfway Point Check-in

40K for 40 days: Day 20 - Halfway Point Check-in

Day 20 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media.  CONGRATULATIONS, SHANEW! You are halfway there!! 800 km down, 800 more to go, and 20 more beautiful insights for us all. Todays sharing on you experiences made me realize that ...

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Feb
04

40K for 40 days: Day 19 - Fuelling the Fire for Peace

40K for 40 days: Day 19 - Fuelling the Fire for Peace

Day 19 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media.  Today's message goes along the lines of igniting. Fuel! How do we energize our desire to create peace in our communities? What is our fuel, what helps us light that compas...

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Feb
03

40K for 40 days: Day 18 - D-Day or Discernment Day

40K for 40 days: Day 18 - D-Day or Discernment Day

Day 18 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media.  Read Day 1 here to learn the story behind this series! You can reach us via all our social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn, or via ema...

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Feb
02

The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise. ~Maya Angelou

The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise. ~Maya Angelou

It comes around once a year, and as a holiday, Valentine's Day allows us to focus on people we care about and elevate them to a special place of recognition.  Here is the basic truth when it comes to the Charter for Compassion, each of you is the Charter.  Every one of the 170,000+ names we have in our database is unique and very spe...

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Feb
02

40K for 40 days: Day 17 - Forgiving not Forgetting

40K for 40 days: Day 17 - Forgiving not Forgetting

Day 17 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media.  Today Shane gives us beautiful words on forgiveness and letting go. Thank you, Shane! Read Day 1 here to learn the story behind this series! You can reach us via all ...

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Feb
01

40K for 40 days: Day 16 - What Peace is Not

40K for 40 days: Day 16 - What Peace is Not

Day 16 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media.  I shed a tear or two reading this one... Feel it with me... Peace is hard work, my friends... Peace is going against the grain. It's trying and trying and doing and doing....

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Jan
31

40K for 40 days: Day 15 - School Day of Non-violence and Peace (or DENIP)

40K for 40 days: Day 15 - School Day of Non-violence and Peace (or DENIP)

Day 15 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media. Shane shares about those quotes... those saying that really shake you. That leaves you thinking...! How many times have we experienced those? Experienced a change of opinion? A ...

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Jan
30

40K for 40 days: Day 14 - School Day of Non-violence and Peace (or DENIP)

40K for 40 days: Day 14 - School Day of Non-violence and Peace (or DENIP)

Day 14 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media. Shane talks about Shool Day of Non-Violence and Peace and how authenticity and staying true to one's beliefs precedes peace. Thanks, Shane! Read Day 1 here to learn the sto...

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Jan
29

40K for 40 days: Day 13 - Keep it simple silly, it's Sunday

40K for 40 days: Day 13 - Keep it simple silly, it's Sunday

Day 13 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media. Shane talks to us about how Companionship aids Peace and our Compassionate goals. Read Day 1 here to learn the story behind this series! You can reach us via all ...

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Jan
28

40K for 40 days: Day 12 - How Compassion relates to Peace

40K for 40 days: Day 12 - How Compassion relates to Peace

Day 12 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media. Today we got a great story coming from Ireland, Shane's motherland! Thanks for sharing, Shane! Read Day 1 here to learn the story behind this series! You can reach us via a...

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Jan
27

40K for 40 days: Day 11 - Peace is a Living, Breathing Thing

40K for 40 days: Day 11 - Peace is a Living, Breathing Thing

Day 11 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media. Breathing... Breathwork... Oh! the power of Oxygen...! Read up, my friends! Read Day 1 here to learn the story behind this series! You can reach us via all our social media...

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Jan
26

Celebrating Life 2023

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It is happening on April 1-16; a stream of events and a major conference rolled into one package. The Charter for Compassion, AgeNation, and a wonderful group of other organizations plus a cast of more than 50 well-known authors, experts, musicians and performers, film and documentary producers, and other luminaries are coming together to be part o...

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Jan
26

40K for 40 days: Day 10 - Turning up

40K for 40 days: Day 10 - Turning up

Day 10 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media. Happy 400 Km, Shane! Read Day 1 here to learn the story behind this series! You can reach us via all our social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Linke...

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Jan
26

Announcing Charter events for World Interfaith Harmony Week 2023

World Interfaith Harmony Week 2023

"Healing Ourselves, Healing the World; Delving Deeper through the Chakras" Delve: to examine carefully to discover more information What does "Healing the World" look like? Can I imagine a healed self? This is the Charter for Compassion's 2023 invitation and exploration. To ourselves, and to you, dear, blessed human. In the film, "Mission: Joy - Fi...

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Jan
25

40K for 40 days: Day 9 - Who said Peace was easy peasy?

40K for 40 days: Day 9 - Who said Peace was easy peasy?

Day 9 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media. Shane split his 40 k indoors and outdoors. Peace requires work.  Read Day 1 here to learn the story behind this series! You can reach us via all our social media platfo...

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Jan
24

40K for 40 days: Day 8 - Sometimes we just don't See it, Feel it, or Realize it because we are Somewhere Else

40K for 40 days: Day 8 - Sometimes we just don't See it, Feel it, or Realize it because we are Somewhere Else

Day 8 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media. A beautiful story on parenthood and the magic of children's curiosity. Read Day 1 here to learn the story behind this series! You can reach us via all our social media platforms ...

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Jan
23

40K for 40 days: Day 7 - If Peace was treated like an infant, Nature Vs Nurture?

40K for 40 days: Day 7 - If Peace was treated like an infant, Nature Vs Nurture?

Day 7 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media. This one goes to the environment and Mother Earth.  Read Day 1 here to learn the story behind this series! You can reach us via all our social media platforms like Facebook,...

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Jan
22

40K for 40 days: Day 6 - It's Really a Balancing Act.

40K for 40 days: Day 6 - It's Really a Balancing Act.

Here's Day 6 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media. This one is very Golden Rule-y, and I'm all for it. You can read Day 1 here to learn the story behind this series! And Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, and Day 5. We hope you fee...

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Jan
21

40K for 40 days: Day 5 - Is Peace Earned or Lived and Learned?

40K for 40 days: Day 5 - Is Peace Earned or Lived and Learned?

Here's Day 5 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media. You can read Day 1 here to learn the story behind this series! And Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4. We hope you feel inspired by what is shared during the upcoming days, and if en...

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Jan
20

40K for 40 days: Day 4 - PeaceAble & ResponsAble

40K for 40 days: Day 4 - PeaceAble & ResponsAble

Dear friends of the Charter, Here's Day 4 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media. You can read Day 1 here to learn the story behind this series! And Day 2, and Day 3. We hope you feel inspired by what is shared during the up...

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Jan
20

The Building of a Beloved Community

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For those of you who follow the Charter for Compassion and read our newsletters every week, you know that our topics vary greatly. As you may also know, we have just started our 40 Days of Peace program commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Each day, until February 28, we are adding events to our calendar to inform, reflect on an...

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Jan
19

40K for 40 days: Day 3 - Busyness

40K for 40 days: Day 3 - Busyness

Dear friends of the Charter, Here's Day 3 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media. You can read Day 1 here to learn the story behind this series! And Day 2, here. We hope you feel inspired by what is shared during the upcoming day...

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Jan
18

40K for 40 days: Day 2 - Questions

40K for 40 days: Day 2 - Questions

Dear friends of the Charter, Here's Day 2 of the "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media. You can read Day 1 here to learn the story behind this series! We hope you feel inspired by what is shared during the upcoming days, and if encouraged e...

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Jan
17

40K for 40 days: Intro and Day 1

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Dear friends of the Charter,  I'm excited to introduce you to our "40Ks for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media. Shane O'Connor, our newest staff member, has decided to bike 40 km a day during these 40 days.  While on his daily ride...

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Jan
12

It could start with a Sandwich

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Welcome to 2023! Here at the Charter for Compassion we are putting compassion into action, and we want to challenge you to do the same. Back in 2011, NPR's (National Public Radio in the USA) Neal Conan interviewed the Charter for Compassion's founder, Karen Armstrong. Six minutes into their chat, he had an epiphany. "This all seems a little harder ...

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Jan
06

Beloved Community

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"I remember the big white house on Steiner Street, and my little sister Dagmar, and my big brother Nels, and Papa. But most of all, I remember Mama." These were the opening lines from the play, later an early 1950s television series, I Remember Mama, the story of an immigrant Norwegian family living in San Francisco in 1910. The story is told throu...

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Dec
21

Your Children are not your Children

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Your children are not your children They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself They come through you but not from you And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you You may give them your love but not your thoughts For they have their own thoughts You may house their bodies but not their souls For their souls dwell in th...

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Dec
21

"Don't Curse the Darkness-- Send Light! ~The Charter will send a solar lantern on your behalf to a Ukrainian family living in the dark" by Barbara Kaufmann

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So many of us have had to watch the slaughter taking place in Ukraine, and we are angry! We ache for a cease-fire and a return to sanity! What human beings have apparently not caught on to is that war is obsolete! Many of us have learned from previous conflicts, and with the specter of Climate Change looming over all of us, that fighting with a des...

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Dec
21

Compassionate York Region is Happy About their Happy to Chat Bench

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It is just an ordinary bench that has on it a plaque that, along with graphics of 2 people talking on a bench, there is the text "Sit here if you don't mind someone stopping to say hello," located on the main street in downtown Richmond Hill, Ontario.  By sitting on a Happy to Chat bench, people will know that you're open to a friendly ta...

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Dec
16

Progress is Slow and Steady

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Like most of us, I imagine, when something needs maintenance, I like a quick fix or even better—a cheap quick fix. But when it sounds too good to be true... It usually is, and sometimes, especially in the case of work needed to save our planet and humanity, the necessary work is so fundamental that it is a long-term undertaking. Of course, our...

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Dec
08

One River Gives its Journey to the Next

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We give because someone gave to us.We give because nobody gave to us. We give because giving has changed us.We give because giving could have changed us. We have been better for it,We have been wounded by it— Giving has many faces: It is loud and quiet,Big, though small, diamond in wood-nails. Its story is old, the plot worn and the pages too,But w...

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Nov
24

Be kind. Practice good towards all living beings. Model inclusive behavior in hopes that others will do the same.

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That's at the core of the Charter for Compassion's work. Compassion is a tricky word.It so often is used incorrectly. Too many people dismiss it as "soft" or ineffective" in solving problems. It is not! Compassion is powerful! It means action. These actions are expressions of kindness; from the smallest gestures that take little effort on any ...

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Nov
18

Thank you so much! AND… We must continue!

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My dear siblings in compassion, Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you to all who 'virtually' attended the Global Gala 2022: Architects of Justice. We loved listening to powerful music by Yael Deckelbaum and the Mothers, Pato Banton, Nimo Patel and Shivani Ray, Holly Near, Elizaveta Izmalkova, Aliza Hava, Fabrice Nkurunziza, Camerata...

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Nov
08

Short & Sweet

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These last four weeks I've been writing about the Gala and each of the Humanitarian Awards we will present on November 12 at our Global Gala. The week before those blogs appeared, I wrote about the Global Gala Gallery. (I got high marks in school for my understanding of alliteration). Each week as I wrote these entries, I felt a little gu...

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Oct
27

Above All Compassion: United World Colleges

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I always want to tell these young idealists that the world is not as dangerous as many in the older generation want them to believe...The [people] for whom I feel the greatest sadness are the ones who choke on their beliefs, who never act on their ideals, who never know the state of struggle in a decent cause, and never know the thrill of even part...

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Oct
20

Riane Eisler was so far ahead. Now she is right on time.

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I've been thinking about grit as a character trait ever since we decided on the theme for this year's Gala; Architects of Justice. Say "grit" and my mind immediately goes to the Charles Porter classic novel, True Grit with its infamous lines, "There is nothing free except the Grace of God. You cannot earn that or deserve it." While Porter's pr...

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Oct
18

I Feel One with God by Stephenie Khan

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I feel with God His oneness He takes my breath away Exhaling and inhaling Rhythmically in and out Present in prayer and meditation He exists inside me And outside of me He is the life force that exists in all creatures He occupies the whole universe Yet he has found a home Within the inner corners of my heart He is the force that holds Molecules an...

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Oct
13

Pathologies of Power

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Deogratias Niyizonkiza: An Example of Self-Actualization "What a man (sic) can be, he must be," so said Abraham Maslow the proponent of the theory of self-actualization. I remember reading that Maslow thought that few people got to the full potential of their capabilities when it came to be self-actualized. Well, Maslow never met Deogratias Niyizon...

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Oct
06

Everyone Matters

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Mary Robinson: A Pillar of Justice and Human Rights I first learned of Mary Robinson when I was involved in a project on Women World Leaders. I was to write a curriculum to accompany the documentary film by Laura Liswood, consisting of a compilation of interviews with women who were leaders in political office around the world. The mid 1990s saw a ...

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Sep
29

Global Gala Humanitarian Awardees Announced

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Last year during our Gala 2021 we featured a song by Holly Near. The words are apropos for announcing the recipients of our 2022 Charter for Compassion Humanitarian Awards: I am open and I am willing. For to be hopeless would seem so strange. It dishonors those who go before us. So, lift me up to the light of change. There is a hurting in my family...

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Sep
23

Gala Trivia: Can you guess the Architects of Justice for our Global Gala 2022?

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Dictionaries define trivia as unimportant, inconsequential or non-essential facts. They are trifles, kernels of information that we can do without because they don't get to the heart of the matter. However, what might be a triviality to one person may not be a trifle to the person to whom that bit of information refers. Leaving the lingui...

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Sep
15

Each Art Piece is a Rendering of Compassion

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Art isn't captured only in shows and installations. Art is everywhere in raw form—and as a part of this year's Global Gala the Charter is introducing a Gallery filled with wonderful creations from an extraordinary group of people—each taking an idea, feeling or passion, adding the raw ingredients and creating a personal masterpiece. Some of these m...

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Sep
08

Art as Inspiration Gives Rise to Compassion!

Art as inspiration gives rise to compassion

InBodiedLight Being #9 from back, ZaHaVa Sherez, InBodiedLight Being #9 from the front.  Art is not often passive or silent. It can hold fantasy, depict reality, convey emotion, carry gravitas, transport one to other places, and trigger a physical reaction. The art of ZaHaVa Sherez is engaging and inspiring. First, I find myself glancing,...

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Aug
24

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! ~Maya Angelou

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I've got celebration on my mind. Perhaps it is because at the Charter for Compassion we are in the midst of planning our 2022 Global Gala, during which we honor three extraordinary individuals who have made more than significant contributions to the world and one organization that has done the same. We won't announce the names until the end of Sept...

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Aug
24

Review: Housing is a Human Right - Ep. 5 - Eden Village

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We are excited to announce a new addition to our webinar series: Adrian Dingle of Raising the Roof in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, presenting next Tuesday, August 30th at 8 am Pacific Time.  The fifth installment of "Housing is a Human Right," our newest webinar series, introduced us to Eden Village. Nate Schlueter, gave us a rundown on...

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Aug
18

Compassionate Cities & Countries: Community Chats

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We've been busy at the Charter designing ways to reach out to our members and partners, as we say, "It all begins with a conversation" and that's what we're looking for here: conversations with you - yes, you, and you too. We strongly believe that, now -more than ever- compassion needs to come upfront in most conversations and dialogues; there's a ...

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Aug
18

The Transformational Power of Women: XIV Encuentro Mundial de Valores

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Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. August 2022 The Encuentro Mundial de Valores (EMV) (Worldwide Meeting on Human Values) is an annual event that was launched with the visit of H.H. the Dalai Lama back in 2006, in the city of Monterrey, Mexico, founded and directed by María Cristina González Parás as a non-profit NGO. Every year, this event offers...

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Aug
16

Review: Housing is a Human Right - Ep. 4 - The Other Side Village, Utah, USA.

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The fourth installment of "Housing is a Human Right," our newest webinar series, introduced us to The Other Side Village in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Tim Stay, CEO, gave us a rundown on how their organization started their project, giving us details on how they function, the way they apply the Golden Rule (Treat others as you want to be treated) t...

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Aug
11

August is Make-A-Will Month

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As the development director of the Charter for Compassion, interesting tidbits of information float through my inbox. And this is one example: August is Make-A-Will month. This was news to me and it reminded me of Fred Henry. First, a few words about Fred. I met Fred early in 2022, when he reached out to say that he would like to volunteer with the...

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Aug
10

Review: Housing is a Human Right - Ep. 3 - SquareOne Villages in Oregon, USA.

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The third installment of "Housing is a Human Right," our newest webinar series, introduced us to SquareOne Villages in Eugene, Cottage Grove, and Springfield, Oregon, USA. Dan Bryant and Andrew Heben gave us a run down on how their organization started their project, giving us details on how they function, the models they have studied and use for l...

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Aug
04

Review: Housing is a Human Right – Episode 02 - Community First! Village in Austin, Texas, USA.

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The second installment of "Housing is a Human Right," our newest webinar series, introduced us to Community First! Village in Austin, Texas, USA. Amber Fogarty gave us a run down on how their organization started their project, giving us details on how they function, the many offerings they have for their residents, and lots of questions answered b...

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Aug
02

Tale of Tattered Edges by Vanessa Hurst

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Covid. The Floods in Eastern Kentucky. The War in Ukraine. Records Heat Waves in Europe. Monkeypox. Inflation Across the Globe. Do I need to go on? I didn't think so. Take a deep breath. Let quiet enter your being. Breathe out. Read on. As the Mayan Calendar heralded an end to an epoch on December 21, 2012, we welcomed in a brave new world. But, we...

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Jul
28

Freedom By Starita Boyce Ansari, Ph.D

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The Charter for Compassion has a new strategic partner, The New 3Rs. Today's guest author is Dr. M. Starita Boyce Ansari, founder The New 3Rs. Dr. Ansari is a scholar in the field of economics of discrimination and education inequity. Her work has been recognized by The Ford Foundation, The W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and numerous institutions. As th...

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Jul
28

Review: Housing is a Human Right – Episode 01 - Intro to All Organizations

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We hope that the first episode of "Housing is a Human Right," our newest webinar series, provided a clear introduction to the organizations that are taking action to address the homelessness and housing crises in their communities. We had a lively conversation with Amber Fogarty of Community First Village in Austin, Texas; Dan Bryant and Andrew Heb...

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Jul
21

Do you want to be Right, or Happy? by Olivia McIvor

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It was 10:30 in the evening. I sat rather exhausted outside the Atlanta airport on a bench, soaking up waves of the Georgian humidity. The only aspiration I had at this point was anticipating the hotel shuttle picking me up. Marty, another jet-lagged passenger, shuffled his way over to the vacant seat beside me and sat down. I was on my way to spea...

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Jul
14

Housing is a Human Right

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About 3 years after I graduated from university as an international student, I was working for an organization that decided to not sponsor my working visa anymore. For those that don't know about immigration law in the USA, once your visa ends, you have 6 months to find a new employer to sponsor a new visa, or you must go back to your country. You ...

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Jul
06

The Last of the Human Freedoms

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In Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankel wrote that "Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." On July 13th , we offer an unusual Global Read, You Can Choose Your Own Life. The subtitle is "Stories for Decision Making." There i...

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Jul
06

Helping Middle School Kids Make Better Decisions by Barbara Kerr

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"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. ----Victor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning  In the 1980s, in an agricultural county in central California, teen pregnancy rates were soaring off the charts. Parents and educators ...

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Jun
30

It May Not Be As Ludicrous As It Seems

It May Not Be As Ludicrous As It Seems

When Karen Armstrong had the idea that we needed a Charter for Compassion to help guide our way forward into the 21st century, the TED organization asked the world to contribute their ideas about what should be in such a Charter. When we were a little more grounded in our ideas about helping to create compassionate communities, we asked people who ...

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Jun
23

Let That Pride Flag Fly!

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What do you feel when you see flags? Is there a sense of pride or belonging? What about fear or anxiety? Certainly, they are symbols that are assimilated differently by different people, nevertheless, they represent something, like nations, countries, groups of people, organizations, etc. Wikipedia describes flags as distinctive pieces of fabric us...

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Jun
23

Grassroots Wisdom, Linking, and Chatting

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We are excited to share two incredible new projects at the Charter for Compassion:  The Co-Creators Map and Grassroots Wisdom and Action book. They are entirely in and of the hands of our members, partners, and community initiatives. Their success will come about because all of us are interested in sharing our stories, good work...

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Jun
17

Juneteenth: Other or Brother? ~Deconstructing the myth of America by Barbara Kaufmann

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The shadow side of human nature springs from defense mechanisms deeply embedded in biology and psychology. Not an abstract at all, the shadow is the expression of the dark side of the human ego. Very few people meet circumstances in their lives that cause them to conquer the wildness of their own ego. However, the dissolution of the human ego is ta...

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Jun
17

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Hello Charter Family!  For those who don't know much about me, my name is Felipe, I'm the marketing director at the Charter. I'm a Millennial, queer, and really happy to identify as one. During this pride month, I've been thinking about what to share with all of you, our readers, to bring more awareness of issues that pertain to the LGBTQ+ com...

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Jun
09

让我们使世界更加和平, 从一个 朋友开始

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No, you aren't opening the wrong mail. This is the Charter for Compassion's weekly newsletter. Let me expound some here: Hagamos un mundo más pacífico, un amigo a la vez. בואו להפוך את העולם יותר שלווה, חבר אחד בכל פעם Portiamo la pace nel mondo, un amico alla volta. Давайте сделаем мир более мирным, по одному другу за раз Spravme svet mierumilovne...

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Jun
09

Welcome to the Charter's new Global Art Gallery

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The Charter for Compassion (CfC) is expanding its approach to fundraising in a collaborative effort which supports and showcases artists' work globally. CfC is inviting artists to submit pieces to sell online at a 50/50 split, to help support our mission and it allows us to share their work with our audience around the world. We would, of course, b...

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Jun
02

The Best of Life is Conversation

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The best of life is conversation. –Ralph Waldo Emerson I agree with Mr. Emerson that some of the best moments in life happen while in conversation – with friends and family, neighbors and coworkers, strangers and new acquaintances. I also value the conversations I have with pets and wild animals, flowers, plants and trees, and the many birds who [i...

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May
26

Breathe

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Gun Violence in the U.S. has become so prevalent that the FBI maintains an Active Shooter Resource website. The shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX on May 25th came just 10 days after a shooting at Tops supermarket in Buffalo, NY. There have been 27 shootings with injuries and deaths in schools alone in 2022. Newscasters have been hold...

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May
19

Introducing The Co-Creators Map

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Hello Charter Family! I'm excited to let you know of one of the Charter for Compassion's newest initiatives: The Map of Co-Creators. As you might already know, the Charter is an extended network of organizations, institutions, communities, people, and partners worldwide. Our purpose as an organization is to connect like-minded and like-hearted peop...

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May
11

Introducing our new Program Coordinator: Mérida McCarthy

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Hi Everyone! I'm Mérida McCarthy - you may pronounce it as resonates in your heart - and I'm honored and excited to join the Charter for Compassion Team as Program Coordinator! Let me you a bit more about myself and my background, this might help you understand more why I'm here: I was born to British parents in Leeds (UK) and we moved to Zaria (Ni...

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May
11

Why Would You Read This? If Only to Remember

One of my first meetings today involved hearing about the murder of Palestinian journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, in Jenin. Shireen was wearing a press vest, but that didn't matter; she was shot in the head by Israeli forces. The person telling us of this tragedy knew Shireen, and it is evident that she was an extraordinarily loving and caring pe...

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May
06

Nous Tous - All of Us - Nosotros Todos

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I love the Golden Rule. "Treat Others as You want to be treated", or even more so, the Platinum Rule: Treat Others as They want to be treated. There is also the action-packed wording from GoldenRuleism: "Do for all others, both directly and indirectly, what you would want done for you. Don't do to any others, either directly or indirectly, what you...

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Apr
08

Your Community Can Become Another Nelsonville, Ohio

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There is plenty to do, for each one of us, working on our own hearts, changing our own attitudes, in our own neighborhoods. ~Dorothy Day Nelsonville, Ohio is a small town nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Ohio, USA. There are less than 6,000 residents, which in some global cities might constitute a city block. Th...

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Mar
29

Let’s Celebrate Golden Rule Day Together!

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Dear Charter Family, It's my pleasure to announce that we are ready to celebrate Golden Rule Day 2022 on April 5. We have a pre-recorded celebration to be showcased via Zoom at 12AM, 8AM, 12PM, and 4PM PDT, in between the broadcasts we offer live panels and conversations hosted on our social media channels with focuses on Youth, Environment, L...

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Mar
29

Women Can Change The World

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Today we offer 2 messages from members of the Women and Girls Sub-Sector on this special day of the 22 days of Compassion Campaign: Women Can Change The World. Crowds of Sheroesand the songs that they sing One of Charter's 22 Days of Compassion is focused on the concept that "Women Can Change the World". In an earlier blog, I mention...

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Mar
17

We can all Help Ukrainians

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Last Week:"Mama! They don't have enough volunteers." Maha's daughter called her after finishing a shift at the train station in Berlin, helping the people responsible for receiving the daily arrival of thousands of refugees from Ukraine.Her desperate call reminded Maha of a conversation with a friend, Husham, who wanted Maha to join him at the trai...

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Mar
17

Seasons

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Dear Charter family, I write with bittersweet news. After nearly seven years of serving (and more importantly, being served by) the Charter for Compassion's vast and visionary network, I am moving on from my role with the organization at the end of this month. The last seven years have held many seasons, and it has been my absolute honor to share t...

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Mar
15

Change is Coming for You in 2022

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"Changing Our Story, Changing Our Lives" is an online course that Charter for Compassion Women and Girls is incorporating into their sector. In 2021, we focused on "PSSN: A Partnership for a Safe and Sacred Now" and dived into practical skills for cultivating and facilitating safety and sacredness in our bodies, minds, and communities. As we enter ...

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Mar
14

Questions & Communication

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Have ever gotten upset at a family member or a friend that knows you well for not doing something you expected? Had you previously communicated with that person about your feelings or thoughts, or even what you would expect out of your relationship? I think most of us have experienced sadness, disappointment, or feelings of loneliness when people h...

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Mar
09

The World Cries Out For Women ~A reflection on International Women’s Day by Barbara Kaufmann

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Mammals are viviparous animals, meaning they are capable of live births. Oviparous animals lay and hatch eggs to procreate and have their young. Scientists find that 99% of animals hatch out of eggs; that number includes insects. One percent of animals, then, are part of the viviparous family and humans are among these. Half of that one percent are...

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Mar
07

Break the Bias: International Women's Day 2022 Message

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The Charter for Compassion wants to recognize the innumerable contributions of women to our world. Please join us in celebrating International Women's Day on March 8, 2022: Break the Bias. We have created a short list of things we can all do to lift up women and break the bias that still impacts all of our lives. Start today by finding ways to brea...

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Mar
04

Turning to One Another

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There is no greater power than a community discovering what it cares about. Ask "What is possible not "What's wrong?" Keep asking. Notice what you care about. Assume that many others share your dreams. ~Meg Wheatley  I feel like I am locked in another stupor of history. My states of subconsciousness are becoming more frequent: Syria, Sudan, pe...

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Feb
27

Looking Through Broken Glass: 10 Ways to be more Compassionate and Help the peoples of Ukraine and Russia

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If everybody looks through broken glass, then together, we are looking at a world that looks broken. When I notice my crack…you notice yours, and we start healing our cracks, then we begin to look at the world through clear glass. And that's what trauma healing does. It starts unifying the world. ~Thomas Hübl How many cracks have appeared in our wi...

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Feb
16

Peanut Butter Sandwiches

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Susan Soleil, the Charter for Compassion's director of development is a champion of volunteering. You'll see what I mean when you read her message below. Interestingly, she coupled her own acts of volunteering with Martin Luther King's quote reminding us of our duty towards others. Duty points to a certain principle we hold toward ourselves and to ...

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Feb
08

The Sweetness of Surprise and Snow

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Isn't it wonderful when we are surprised in a good way. Our office manager, editor, translator, and jack-of-many trades, Lynn de Vree, shares with us the joys of two gifts, one of nature and one of kindness. A native of the Netherlands, Lynn is used to cold weather, snow, and ice, but not with the mountainous topography of the Pacific Northwest. Sh...

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Feb
05

Don't Be so Arrogant

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Julia Fehrenbacher is a poet, author, life coach, a teacher, and a sometimes-painter. She is most at home by the ocean and in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, with pen and paintbrush in hand. She is also a wife to a great guy, a mom to two beautiful, hard-to-figure-out teenage girls. Her family would not be complete without her very smart and ...

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Jan
27

Time Continuum

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Today's featured article is by Nnaumrata Arora, who has been a part of our Charter for Compassion family for the last four years. Living in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, Nnaumrata is a Community Weaver, Founder and Lead Consultant at Enactive Systems. She has been an integral part of the work in the Charter's Women and Girls sector. With warm reagrd...

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Jan
20

Kindness is a Simple Concept

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Kindness is a simple concept...too simple some might think to provide a solution to the complex challenges of today's world. But it is precisely this simplicity that gives Kindness such power to effect positive change. ~Olivia McIvor The Charter for Compassion is immensely grateful and proud that Olivia McIvor oversees the Charter Education Institu...

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Jan
19

Lessons for Martin Luther King (MLK) 40 Days of Peace

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Every man lives in two realms, the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live. Our problem today is that we have allowed the internal to become lost in the ...

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Jan
14

CFC goes NFT

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Hello friends and future friends of the Charter! The Charter for Compassion works continually to increase compassion globally. To make that work more sustainable we are considering innovative ways to do just that. 2022 is starting with the Charter dipping its big toe into NFT waters. NFT (Non-Fungible-Tokens) are a unique digital ass...

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Jan
12

A Man of the Cloth and Man of Music: Archbishop Desmond Tutu Spontaneously Conducts the Music of Freedom.

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This blog entry by Barbara Kaufmann, Lead of the Arts Sector at the Charter for Compassion, is a reply to Marilyn Turkovich's "Recalling History" post about Archbishop Desmond Tutu featured in our 01/09/22 (Last week's) newsletter. You can read it here.  Marilyn Turkovich, Executive Director for the Charter for Compassion tells the s...

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12

Tribute to Desmond Tutu from Bishop Bill Swing of United Religions Initiative

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All of the bishops of the Anglican Communion gather every ten years at the University of Canterbury, England. At the 1988 meeting, the officials of the event wanted to make sure that all bishops were accounted for. So in a large group, we were supposed to shout out our last name and the number of the place we were residing. When it came to Desmond,...

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Jan
05

Recalling History

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It was April 15, 2008, and there I sat, row three in the University of Washington field stadium surrounded by people wall-to-wall. On stage, the Seattle Symphony under the baton of conductor Gerard Schwarz. The Symphony was joined by youth artists who sat next to their mentors. The ensemble was immense and there to the side of the stage sat Archbis...

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Dec
22

Connections

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I see the Charter as the superhighway of compassion. We are a virtual infrastructure of sorts that builds bridges between communities working on compassionate initiatives. The Charter connects people to other people, programs, and partners around the globe. The Charter offers regular surges of power (programs) that transmit sparks of kindness, empa...

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Dec
15

The Seesaw

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This year, in my annual catch-up-with-friends-letter, I'm sharing my excitement about working with the Charter for Compassion. No more Sunday Night Blues about the week about to begin. It was new to me--work with a purpose, and while for a few years now, the Charter has been my positive parallel reality when the news was too hard for me to watch, n...

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Dec
14

28 Ways to Be Environmentally Conscious During the Holidays

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We hope this short list of ideas inspires you to think of the many other ways you can "green" your holidays… No matter how or where you celebrate during this time, we can always make little changes to our behavior in order to become more compassionate to the Environment and our Earth, which translates to Compassion for all living beings, including ...

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Dec
09

Great Stories Happen to Those Who Can Tell Them

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Great stories happen to those who can tell them. ~Ira Glass The world loves a good story. What could be better than the stories coming from children and youth from all parts of the world. Two members of Compassionate India, Anjali Sharma and Deepika Ahuja, sought to prove that stories can inspire and teach. Soon a new book, My Act of Heart, will pr...

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Dec
01

Hanukkah Sameach, Merry Christmas and Joyous Kwanzaa!

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I was reminded this morning of gratitude, while facilitating a webinar with Leila Alsheikh and Robi Damelin from the Parents Circle—Families Forum (PCFF); Leila, a Palestinian, who lost a young child, and Robi, an Israeli, who lost a son in the long-lasting conflict in their lands. PCFF was awarded one of the Charter's Humanitarian Awards during ou...

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