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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!

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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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Jan
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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Nov
12

How About a Little Hope?

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We are strongest when we see the most vulnerable in our society, bear witness to their struggles, and then work to create systems to make it better. ~Stacey Abrams Here we go—we need to change! You've heard it before and the news from COP26 is filled with ideas that could conceivably stop Greta Thunberg from telling us "blah, blah, blah" about...

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Nov
04

A Buddhist's Perspective about the Charter for Compassion

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As we are preparing for our Global Gala on November 20th, and enthusiastic responses arrive from everywhere, I am drawn to share this letter with you by this week's guest author Michael Lisagor. Our Charter family blankets the world and therefore includes a great variety of people. Some are religious and some are not, but we all share the Charter's...

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Oct
28

Madre mía, en el sueño / Mother of mine, in my dream

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Madre mía, en el sueñoando por paisajes cardenosos:un monte negro que se contorneasiempre, para alcanzar el otro monte;y en el que siempre estás tú vagamente,pero siempre hay otro monte redondoque circundar, para pagar el pasoal monte de tu gozo y de mi gozo Mother, in my dreamI walk purplish landscapes:a black mountain that swaystrying to reach th...

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Oct
21

The Courage to be Imperfect

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Early in my career in education, I happened upon Adlerian psychology. It offered pragmatic methods for understanding behavior and provided reasonable ways to work with children, families and colleagues. In graduate school I explored Alfred Adler's work more and his belief that, as we moved to embrace democratic principles in a world coming out of t...

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Oct
08

How do Your Thoughts and Actions Reflect Your Values?

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Encuentro Mundial de Valores (Gathering of Human Values) Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny. ~Gandhi The Charter for Compassion's strategic partner, Encuentro Mundial de Valores in Mo...

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Oct
07

A PoWR(Parliament of World's Religions) invite from Charlie

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YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US AT THE PARLIAMENT OF THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS Journey with the Charter for Compassion at the virtual 8th Parliament of the World's Religions (PoWR) October 16 – 18. Beginning October 10, follow these simple virtual steps to join us for this exciting weekend: 1. Go to the Landing Page at https://parliamentofreligions.org/parl...

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Oct
01

Naïve Idealism vs a Wake-up Call to Reality

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A global event occurred in September 1893 in Chicago. By the way, in that same year the World's Fair, called the Columbian Exposition, was held in Chicago to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's discovery of the New World. It took us another hundred years before we were to acknowledge that it was the Native Americans who discov...

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Sep
29

10 Ways to Creatively and Monetarily Support the Charter!

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Hello dear friends, Felipe here, bringing you the 🔥hottest🔥newest ways to support the Charter for Compassion. The Charter is a non-profit organization that is funded by grants and donations from people all around the world. We are very grateful to our sustaining donors and all those who have made one-time donations to the Charter for Compassion. If...

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Sep
27

I live on a two-way road that has only one lane

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There is no path I'd rather roam,than these narrow lanes about my home,to leave my troubles far behind,as I follow its track to places kind. For along your path there is no wrongjust pretty flower, and bird of songNature's beauty all around,to fill my sight, to fill my sound. ~By Chris Plows A little over a year ago I moved. I live on a two-way roa...

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Sep
16

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." –Vincent Van Gogh

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Believe it or not, virtual events can be fun! During the last three years the Charter for Compassion has proven that when the right combination of people come together, the world rises to its feet, tears flow, hearts swell and smiles encircle the globe. On November 20th, be prepared to engage as the Charter for Compassion gathers worldwide to recog...

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Sep
10

The Names

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Yesterday, I lay awake in the palm of the night. A soft rain stole in, unhelped by any breeze, And when I saw the silver glaze on the windows, I started with A, with Ackerman, as it happened, Then Baxter and Calabro, Davis and Eberling, names falling into place As droplets fell through the dark. Names printed on the ceiling of the night. Names slip...

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Sep
02

Two Words That Can Change a Life

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Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes. ~Theodore DreiserToday's blog was written by Cheryl Rice, coach, and the author of Where Have I Been All My Life? Her company, Your Voice Your Vision partners with women striving to be leaders in thei...

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Aug
27

Only in The Darkness Can You See The Stars

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Only in the darkness can you see the stars. ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Whether you are up to date on global news, or just absorbing the energy of the people on this planet, you know that there is a lot of suffering happening right now. Don't we just wish that we could just stop the world and catch our breath? Too often we are prone to hearing abou...

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Aug
19

A Mathematical Concept to Expand our Perception

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You don't read Apeirogon so much as feel it—the particular tragedies are lived out in an ever-present moment of loss… Apeirogon is the kind of book that comes along only once in a generation. ~The Guardian When I read the opening chapters of Apeirogon, there are 1001 in the book, reminiscent of the "ruse for life in the face of death," I reali...

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Aug
13

Let’s Talk About Laughter

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Let's talk about laughter. How does it fit with compassion? I consider that laughter relates to self-compassion. It can certainly relax the body, it triggers the release of endorphin chemicals that relieve stress, boasts the immune system, and while it may take a lot of active laughing, it could help us burn off a few calories. Norman Cousins, in h...

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Aug
06

Co-creating Safety in a World of Uncertainty

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Today's guest author is Donna Mills, she co-coordinates, together with Sara Jamil, the Gender Partnerships sector of the Charter for Compassion. Donna has taken on a topic that is central to the wellbeing of each of us--personal safety, and security. I remember a study done decades ago asking individuals who were displaced by war what they wished f...

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Jul
29

​Love Paves Bridges to Compassion

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Our guest author today, Pattie Williams is co-coordinator of the Social Justice Sector for the Charter for Compassion. She is also one of the original members of Compassionate Fayetteville, AR, USA, and continues to be involved in racial and social justice issues and dialogues associated with the local compassionate initiative. Belay and Shinita Ki...

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Jul
25

Big Ideas Have Small Beginnings

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Today I'd like to share with you what can happen when one person zeroes in on a need. In this story, the person is Anjali Sharma, a member of our Compassionate India team. A year ago, Anjali contacted me about a project to help young girls continue their education during, and hopefully beyond, the pandemic. She thought we should join forces with Sa...

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Jul
16

Go With The Groove

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Whether we are in the company of other people or not makes a great difference to the quality of experience. We are biologically programmed to find other human beings the most important objects in the world. Because they can make life either very interesting and fulfilling or utterly miserable, how we manage relationships with them makes an enormous...

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Jul
09

Every Dream Begins with a Dreamer

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"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." ~Harriet Tubman The Charter for Compassion has lost some incredible team members this year. Each one of them dreamers, committed to doing something to make this world a more welcomin...

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Jul
08

Remembering Joan Marie, Compassionate Capitol Region (California, USA)

The Charter for Compassion and Compassionate California lost a caring soul of compassion. Joan Marie passed June 22, 2021. She was beloved by countless groups, individuals, and organizations around the world. She leaves a legacy of peacebuilding, beloved community, and compassionate activism. Joan was dedicated to alleviating the suffering of other...

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Jul
02

Crazy Beautiful World

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Today's message is written by Inez Aponte from Crazy Beautiful World (CBW), reminding us that intergenerational collaboration is crucial to our work. We believe CBW is the perfect companion to the Youth Compassion Collaborative (YCC), the Charter's newest youth and youth led initiative fomenting self-compassion and growth opport...

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Jun
26

Compassion in Virtual Spaces

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If you lived on planet Earth this past year, your life probably was affected by COVID-19. Am I right? We, at the Charter for Compassion were not exempt from this of course and thus, had to adapt. How could we share the Charter's mission and its many programs while not going to conferences, meetings with cities, governments and partners, as physical...

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Jun
19

What You Allow Will Continue

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What you allow will continue.~Katherine Fugate Today, I appeared on a podcast sponsored by Voices for a Nuclear Free World, and was asked about the issue of nuclear weapons, their proliferation and what we--as global citizens, can do to end this madness and eliminate the 3720 deployed warheads, and 9680 stored and reserved warheads, housed by 9 cou...

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Jun
13

What Changes

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What Changes My father's hopes travel with meyears after he died. Somedaywe will learn how to live. All of ussurviving without violencenever stop dreaming how to cure it.What changes? Crossing a small streetin Doha Souk, nut shops shuttered,a handkerchief lies crumpled in the street,maroon and white, like one my father had,from Jordan. Perfectly pl...

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Jun
06

Compassion in PRIDE

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June is PRIDE month, and it is a reminder that it as a compassionate people we give our voices to stop the global violence and expressions of inequality, torture and even executions towards people because of who they love, how they look, or who they are. Today's message is written by Felipe Zurita reminding us that stories are the best lessons for ...

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Jun
01

Gracias a La Vida / Thanks to Life

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Gracias a la vida, que me ha dado tantoMe dio dos luceros que cuando los abroPerfecto distingo, lo negro del blancoY en el alto cielo su fondo estrelladoY en las multitudes el hombre que yo amo Thanks to life, which has given me so much.It gave me two stars, which when I open them,Perfectly distinguish black from whiteAnd in the tall sky its starry...

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May
25

Hope Lies in the Power of Love

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We must not only control the weapons that can kill us, but we must also bridge the great disparities of wealth and opportunity among the peoples of the world, the vast majority of whom live in poverty without hope, opportunity, or choices in life. These conditions are a breeding ground for division that can cause a desperate people to resort to nuc...

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May
17

When Will it Ever Stop?

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I come from there and I have memories  Born as mortals are, I have a mother  And a house with many windows,  I have brothers, friends,  And a prison cell with a cold window.  Mine is the wave, snatched by seagulls,  I have my own view,  And an extra blade of grass.  Min...

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May
09

A Letter from India

A Letter from India

Given the subject line of this newsletter, I could have easily put up a picture of what is happening in India with the exhausting figures of Covid deaths each day. I couldn't bear to do that. Instead, I selected this sublime picture by British artist, Phil Greenwood. It offers a sense of calmness, some relief, a hint of lightness, and through the a...

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May
06

The Reimagine Your Family Podcast Launches May 15th by Trace Hobson

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Why do some families have conversations with each other that really matter, while other families have trouble talking without fighting, arguing, or experiencing distance?  Why do some families meet together and feel close, supported, and accepted unconditionally, while other families struggle to find the time, or they feel like they have to fa...

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May
02

Disarm! Disarm! A Mother's Peace Day

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The Director's Note is written today by Donna Mills, co-coordinator of the Charter for Compassion's Women and Girls Sector. She and her co-lead, Sara Jamil, have been involved in extensive conversations to expand their work to embrace Gender Partnerships. You'll be learning more about this newly titled sector soon. Below Donna addressed the origins...

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Apr
28

Volunteers Welcome

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No one has ever become poor by giving. ~Anne Frank Cristina Gonzalez, Chair of the Charter for Compassion's Board of Trustees, and I were on a webinar last week with one of our Charter partners, Peaceful Tomorrows. Some of you may recall this group as the September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. It was formed when a small group of family mem...

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Apr
22

Earth Day 2021

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It's official, Earth Day is April 22. Having one day to symbolize cleaning up the rubbish in our parks, roadways, and beaches, and planting trees and pulling out evasive plants to help native plants flourish is a bit silly. Don't get me wrong, it is wonderful to see all this concern and activity for one day, but isn't this something we should be do...

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