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Mar
24

Restoring Our Ancient Bond with the Natural World

Restoring Our Ancient Bond with the Natural World Restoring Our Ancient Bond with the Natural World

[Religion is hard work.] Its rituals are designed to effect a profound change within us. A religious ritual should be a transformative event—it can never be a matter of simply going through the motions, however, piously. Holiness demands that we change our lives and, indeed, our very selves. The sacrificer spent months in an uncomfortable hut, unde...

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Mar
20

From Dawn to Dusk for our 23 Day Compassion Campaign

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I will start my reflections on my 184 St. Patrick's Day Challenge, purposely, with a long quote that resonated strongly with me, upon completion of the one Full Day on the saddle. -Fyodor Dostoevsky, "The grass glowed with bright and fragrant flowers, birds were flying fearlessly in the air, perched on my head and arms, they joyfully struck me with...

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Mar
17

Doing What's Right!

Doing whats's right! Doing whats's right!

Walking the dog, I listen to the birds and the wind in the trees. I love the quiet alone time and allowing my mind to wander. Often, I mull over things I've read or stories that friends have told me and I notice the compassion or its absence. The story I'm sharing with you below touched me and it kept resurfacing in my mind. Its author shared it, i...

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Mar
10

Healing Ourselves, Healing the World: Delving Deeper.

Healing Ourselves, Healing the World: Delving Deeper Healing Ourselves, Healing the World: Delving Deeper

Growing up as a gay kid in a conservative community, within the generally very conservative society of Chile during the 90s made me develop thoughts and feelings about myself that I don't really wish on anyone. I felt like I was a mistake, that I needed to be healed somehow from this curse because I was an abomination to the world. I developed...

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Mar
03

Please Call Me By My True Names

Please call me by my true names

The last Saturday of every month the Charter holds a Sangha (circle) with Orla O'Sullivan, education coordinator at Plum Village, the retreat center founded by the late master Thich Nhat Hanh. Spending ninety minutes in Sangha, which you are most welcome to join, is sacred. We often laugh, sit in silence and comfort, and sometimes find ourselv...

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Feb
25

40K for 40 days: Day 40 - Last Day!

40K for 40 days: Day 40 - Last Day!

Day 40 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.  Day 40! Whew! What a whirlwind! If you read one or more blog posts, watched our videos on social media, or felt something with anything we put out there to celebrate Marti...

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Feb
24

40K for 40 days: Day 39 - Homecoming Day

40K for 40 days: Day 39 - Homecoming Day

Day 39 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 entry is a good one on Home.  What is home, and the meaning behind it? Thanks for sharing, Shane. And we are one day away from finishing these ...

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Feb
23

Theology of Power

Theology of Power

The Charter for Compassion Team just spent the last few weeks pulling together our 2022 Impact Report. After putting the finishing touches on it yesterday, I wrote a letter that will be published along with the report. I decided I wanted to share that with you here before we release the report in the next week or so. It is a bit of history and a bi...

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Feb
23

40K for 40 days: Day 38 - Compassion for Others

40K for 40 days: Day 38 - Compassion for Others

Day 38 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.  Lovely thoughts today on compassion for others as it sprouts from self-compassion. Read Day 1 here to learn the story behind this series! You can reach us via all our soci...

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Feb
22

40K for 40 days: Day 37 - How Recognising, Understanding, and Feeling Empathy for others can connect to and affect Peace

40K for 40 days: Day 37 - How Recognising, Understanding, and Feeling Empathy for others can connect to and affect Peace

Day 37 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 digs into empathy today, and I'm digging it!  And he's biking lots and lots in just one day! Have this in mind as you read today's entry: What if empa...

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Feb
21

40K for 40 days: Day 36 - Forgiveness and Gratitude, Secret Ingredients for Inner and Outer Peace

40K for 40 days: Day 36 - Forgiveness and Gratitude, Secret Ingredients for Inner and Outer Peace

Day 36 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 loved today's entry from Shane. Forgiveness lets us live free of the emotional weigh that although most likely caused by others, it's only held and stays heavy due to ou...

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Feb
19

40K for 40 days: Day 35 - Impartiality and Common Humanity and Connections to Peace

40K for 40 days: Day 35 - Impartiality and Common Humanity and Connections to Peace

Day 35 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 takes us through a wonderful journey of seeing ourselves in the eyes of those we might sometimes have a hard time understanding, or getting along with, or even...

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Feb
19

40K for 40 days: Day 34 - What's the difference between self-compassion and inner peace?

40K for 40 days: Day 34 - What's the difference between self-compassion and inner peace?

Day 34 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
18

40K for 40 days: Day 33 - What's emotional awareness to me and how does it relate to peace?

40K for 40 days: Day 33 - What's emotional awareness to me and how does it relate to peace?

Day 33 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 a real-life application to emotional awareness and using what he practiced while biking, in a real-life situation the same day! Serendipitous, or did he ...

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Feb
17

40K for 40 days: Day 32 - Bringing Ethical Mindfulness to Motion

40K for 40 days: Day 32 - Bringing Ethical Mindfulness to Motion

Day 32 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.  Another self-regulation sesh, I'm all about it. Thanks, Shane. Read Day 1 here to learn the story behind this series! You can reach us via all our social media platforms l...

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Feb
16

It's Hard to Look at Desolation

It's hard to look at desolation

From Marilyn: Barbara Kaufmann is the lead for the Charter for Compassion's Art Sector. She is also a skilled writer and has a background as a medical professional. The response that follows is a reflection on last week's blog on the natural disaster that occurred in Syria and Turkey earlier this month. This entry was written on February ...

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Feb
16

40K for 40 days: Day 31 - Learning to self-regulate my inner and outer peace when I need it most!

40K for 40 days: Day 31 - Learning to self-regulate my inner and outer peace when I need it most!

Day 31 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 LOVE HAVING METHODS OF RELAXATION and SELF-REGULATION TAUGHT TO ME! IT'S MY LOVE LANGUAGE. Shane gives us lots of lovin' by sharing a couple of different metho...

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Feb
15

40K for 40 days: Day 30 - Just 10 days to go and lots of learning and reflection still to come.

40K for 40 days: Day 30 - Just 10 days to go and lots of learning and reflection still to come.

Day 30 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.  Although I agree for the most part with Shane's message today, I'd say I can replace parenthood, with mentoring, or even with friends, helping via example, and leading the...

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Feb
14

40K for 40 days: Day 29 - How solving a tangled-up slinky can give clues and provide answers for resolving Peace!

40K for 40 days: Day 29 - How solving a tangled-up slinky can give clues and provide answers for resolving Peace!

Day 29 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 love the slinky metaphor used in today's entry by Shane. I also love the way he shares his personal worries and what's causing him stress and a creative 5-item list to h...

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Feb
13

40K for 40 days: Day 28 - Paying it forward, working it forward, moving it forward for Peace & for dry or rainy days ahead.

40K for 40 days: Day 28 - Paying it forward, working it forward, moving it forward for Peace & for dry or rainy days ahead.

Day 28 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
12

40K for 40 days: Day 27 - How vital is space and place for Dialogue in creating or resolving Peace?

40K for 40 days: Day 27 - How vital is space and place for Dialogue in creating or resolving Peace?

Day 27 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
11

40K for 40 days: Day 26 - How far away are you from the bones of your ancestors? & How might that relate to Peace?

40K for 40 days: Day 26 - How far away are you from the bones of your ancestors? & How might that relate to Peace?

Day 26 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.  Appreciation post for the ones before us and who we are because, somehow, of them. As an immigrant myself, I felt this blog. Thanks, Shane! Read Day 1 here to learn the st...

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Feb
10

40K for 40 days: Day 25 - Continuing from MLK being a Yogi without knowing it...

40K for 40 days: Day 25 - Continuing from MLK being a Yogi without knowing it...

Day 25 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.  Wooooof...! Get ready to be fired up...! Remembering compassion behind all that Shane shares today, how do we get there? How do we change all these systems we've grown up ...

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Feb
09

Gaziantep, City of Mercy

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On March 9th, 2012, at the Omer Ersoy Cultural Center in Gaziantep, Turkey, Dr. Helen McConnell and Mufti Dr. Ali Bakkal led a presentation on Compassion in Islam. McConnell represented the newly formed Charter for Compassion and one of its programs, Compassionate Cities. At the end of the conference, a protocol was signed by then-Mayor Dr. Asim Gü...

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Feb
09

40K for 40 days: Day 24 - Did you know that MLK was a practitioner and huge proponent of Yoga?

40K for 40 days: Day 24 - Did you know that MLK was a practitioner and huge proponent of Yoga?

Day 24 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 shares a great eye-opener with lots of knowledge behind it. This might be a bit controversial to some, but I truly believe that a compassionate society is...

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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

Short & Sweet

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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