Is Compassion a Feeling?

Is Compassion a Feeling? Special Parliament of World Religions Issue

karen armstrong

A Special Charter for Compassion Fundraising Presentation during the Parliament of World Religions

Is Compassion a Feeling?
Karen Armstrong, a provocative, original thinker on the role of religion in the modern world, will appear at Wasatch Presbyterian Church in a special fundraising event for the Charter for Compassion International. Armstrong has written more than 20 books on faith and the major religions, studying what Islam, Judaism and Christianity have in common, and how faith has shaped world history and continues to influence current events. Her talk will center on the core tenants of compassion, and the money raised through this event will support the work of the Charter of Compassion, the organization of which she help found following her TED prize talk on compassion.

Wasatch Presbyterian Church 1626 S 1700 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84108; $25 per ticket;  A special reception with Karen Armstrong, including talk, will take place at the church starting at 3:00 pm, minimum donation of $100. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets: General $25; and Reception, minimum $100;

Charter Joins with Wisdom Circle at the Parliament of World Religions

Help build the Interfaith Exhibit space at the Parliament of World Religions! Support the exciting work of four organizations working together: CCI, Wisdom Circle, United Religions Initiative and North American Interfaith Network. Join our team as we come into the home stretch of completing our fund-raising efforts. Our goal is to raise funds that will cover the cost associated with producing the incredible exhibition space for the Parliament. This includes a professionally designed 900 sq. ft. space, that features audio/visual presentations, lighting, tables for conversations, and a gathering space for interactive presentations. Please donate now! Click to Donate Today!


Listing of Charter Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Parliament Events

A full description of the Charter Sponsored events is available on our website.  Click here.

Thursday, October 15th

9-10:00 pm, Welcome Reception, Ballroom G, Invitational reception for plenary speakers, the Welcoming Committee, other dignitaries and the Charter Board of Directors, URI Board and the Parliament Board.

Friday, October 16th

12:00 pm, Room 355A, Pass The Compassion Torch: The Compassion Games Parliament-Wide Engagement Relationship Building Activity (Sande Hart and Jon Ramer)

12:15-1:45 pm, Ballroom A, 3D Compassion! Let's Make It Real! (Dr. Lesa Walker-shared session)

12:15-1:45 pm, Ballroom F, Using “Grassroots” Organizing and Prevention Science to Build Compassionate Cities and Community (William Berkowitz, Kevin Haggerty, Craig Po Vey, Heidi Peterson, Marilyn Turkovich)

12:15-1:45 pm, Ballroom E, Tips for Interfaith Leaders and Citizens: How To Have an Impact on City Hall(Mayors Becker, Fischer, Formosa, Karen Freeman-Wilson and Tom Williams)

12:15-1:45 pm; Room 251 D, Transforming Lives through the Power of Personal Narrative: The F Word: Stories of Forgiveness (Louisa Hext)

2:00 – 3:30 pm, Exhibit Hall 3, The Future of Interfaith: Growing Numbers, Growing Impact

2-3:30 pm, Room 250 E, The Compassion Games, Survival of the Kindest (Sande Hart and Jon Ramer)

2-3:30 pm, UMOCA Studio, The Ideology of Wealth, Inequality and Compassion (Dan Martin)

3:45-5:15, Exhibit H 2, What Makes A City Compassionate? A Conversation With Mayors (Mayors Becker, Fischer, Formosa, Karen Freeman-Wilson and Tom Williams)

5:15 pm-6:30, Utah Museum of Modern Art (next door to the Salt Palace), Compassion Cities Reception (Invitational for mayors and civic officials and compassionate city organizers)


10-11:30 pm, Exhibit Hall 3, Kill them (Qu’ran), Do Not Spare Them (Torah), and Cast Them Into Everlasting Fire (New Testament): Context of Difficult Religious Texts (Karen Armstrong and panel)

10-11:30 pm , Ballroom F, Capturing the Stories of a Compassionate City and Community (Alisa del Tufo, Teresa Cowan Jones and Chris Bratseth)

3:00 pm, Wasatch Presbyterian Church, private fundraising reception with Karen Armstrong (see above article for more information)

5:00 pm. Is Compassion a Feeling? talk by Karen Armstrong (see above article for more information)

3:30-5:00 pm, Ballroom A, Compassion and Law Enforcement

3:30-5:00 pm, Exhibit Hall 3, Mobilizing a Movement: An Intergenerational, Interreligious Approach (Allen Boesak, Eboo Patel and Joan Brown Campbell workshop)

7-8:30 pm, Plenary Hall, Focus on War, Violence, and Hate Speech (Karen Armstrong and Panel)

Sunday, October 18th

11:30 am, The Golden Luncheon (Karen Armstrong)

1:45-3:15 pm, Ballroom F, Implementing a Civil and Compassionate Cities Initiative In your Community

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An Opportunity to Share

Ninety-six individuals responded to our call last week to become a supporting member of the Charter for Compassion. Thank you so much. We can't tell you how much we appreciate this kindness. The total of donations for the month of September amounted to $7064. That means that about 45% of our budget was met last week through the generosity of our membership. That is incredible. We hope you continue to consider giving to the Charter.  Donate here

We had a Charter retreat a week ago with our lead volunteers.  There were 18 of us coming together from Canada, the Netherlands and the USA.  As with all Charter events people paid their own way. We dealt with the theme of "Reflection, Reconciliation and Renewal."  It was a powerful three days where we laid the groundwork for some serious decisions about the Charter's next three years.  We are continuing the discussion on-line for the next few weeks as we begin a process of inviting others into the conversation. In weeks ahead, we will continue to widen the circle.  What do you think the Charter should be concentrating on in the near future?  Where do you think we will be in the next three years?  If you are interested in sharing your opinions we would love to know your thoughts.  You may recall the Charter was a compilation of the ideas of over 165,000 who responded to what should be in the Charter.  This was an on-line process designed by the TED organization.  The Charter ToolBox was similarly crafted by over 150 grass roots organizers and members.  Your voice is needed and we will keep you informed about our conversation and invite you to participate.

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