Each year many of us hope for a new start. It seems to be a universal declaration of hope spoken on the eve of each new year. The events this year, and more especially those that have come on the heel of each other: hundreds of thousands of refugees walking the dusty roads of Europe in search of sanctuary, the bombings in Beirut, the downing of a Russian tourist plan, the multiple attacks on Paris and the bomb attacks in two Nigerian market places, one by an 11-year-old female bomber, seem to have extinguished our hope and stunned our emotions, leaving many of us, feeling emotionally and spiritually drained, and not certain of how we might recover our footing, knowing how to take the next step forward. We’ve asked, Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, president of the Charter for Compassion’s Board of Director to offer a few words to help us reclaim hope and reset our vision for a peaceful tomorrow. Her thoughts:
Given the tragedy of the attacks in Paris, it is tempting at this time to close our doors, responding to the violence in our world with fear. But this response only punishes the innocent refugees who seek sanctuary and freedom from fear.
Perhaps it is time for compassionate people to give birth to a “Lady Liberty Movement.” What do the familiar words engraved in bronze on the Statue of Liberty say to us in the challenges of these days?
The immortal words of the “Mother of Exiles” call us to action in the face of human suffering born of fear and prejudice.
'Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.'
Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Refugees, Compassion and the Golden Rule: Compassionate Atlanta Takes a Stand
Compassionate Atlanta understands that in times of great tragedy it is natural to react rather than respond to what we perceive as threatening us. We understand that in the minds of many Westerners, refugees from Syria pose too great a risk to the general public to be welcomed and provided with services. In fact, many governors across the country are refusing to receive Syrian refugees based on the fear of the “other”.
Compassionate Atlanta is rooted in the Charter for Compassion, a social blueprint for how we can create a social architecture that is rooted in the Golden Rule (Do unto others as you would have them do to you or do not to others as you would have them do not unto you).
A key phrase in the Charter for Compassion is “compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the center of our world and put another there.”
Georgia has a growing and thriving refugee population thanks to the work of local non-profit organizations and the State’s refugee support initiatives. Georgia has, in the past, welcomed thousands of refugees, with open and welcoming hearts. In 2013, Georgia was number 7 in the nation for resettled refugees. Read More.
Standing Up For Humanity: Two Challenges from Our Strategic Partner: The Parliament of the World's Religions
The Parliament of the World’s Religions expresses our utmost love and condolences for the peoples of France, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Russia, and so many other places plagued by violence and natural disasters. Our prayers are with you--brothers and sisters--who are reeling in response to war, terror, and hate. We cannot, as a global community, let our empathy with Parisians and others diminish once the media moves on. We must honor and mourn those who were killed and injured in Paris on Friday. But we must not allow these attacks to be used as a pretext for racism by denying due process for Syrian refugees to find shelter and refuge through the due process of screening. We must not suspend the golden rules all faiths embrace.
Our gratitude goes out to those who are utilizing their voices to promote healing, seeking to advance understanding across ethnic and religious boundaries. May we use all our energy and influence to reclaim the heart of humanity by striving to live without violence.
Let us commit our lives to love and compassion, and, in doing so, work together to prevent tomorrow’s tragedies.
At this urgent hour, we call upon the people of the global interfaith movement to connect with guiding institutions, especially the media and the government, to ensure that the voices of compassion are heard in a timely manner. Read and Sign the Parliament Declaration on War, Violence and Hate.
The Pathway to Paris for the UN COP21 Goes On
Make a commitment. Join the Parliament of the World's Religions 15-Day Climate Challenge by committing to make a difference through small, measurable actions. From now until the UN COP21 Conference opens November 30 in Paris, we challenge you to make at least one change in your daily routine and share it with our community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #PoWRClimateChallenge.
SAVE THE DATE: #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is the day that social media marks the beginning of the holiday season by giving back—this year it is Tuesday, Dec. 1. You are the key to making this event the success by raising awareness of the Charter.
Hundreds of Charter Partner volunteers around the globe offer countless hours to infuse communities with compassion. They seek—and see—change all around them. Among these volunteers doctors, academics and healthcare workers who have established, with 47 medical institutions, a Charter for Compassion Asian and Pacific Healthcare Hub. Quiet heroes create daily miracles: people like Laurette Folk, who created the Compassion Anthology to support ChildHelp Sierra Leone; Charles Barker and Jack Youngkin in Fort Worth, Texas, who have assembled a team to provide one million meals for kids this year; Emma Seppella from Stanford’s CCARE program whose education program for mothers and healthcare providers in Botswana is helping rescue children who were dying in large numbers because of ill-prepared infant formula. Australians have launched a country-wide campaign to foster compassionate action; students in Huntsville, Alabama support Special Olympics.
Please donate on Nov. 30 or Dec. 1 and then post about it on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr—any and all the social networks you are connected to. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/plan-to-givettp://bit.ly/plan-to-give.
“The Giving Games: Youth and Schools Play It Forward!” December 1st - 11th, 2015
Compassion Games International offers fun and creative ways to ignite compassionate action in communities around the world. The Compassion Games bring the Charter for Compassion to life through the power of coopetition, catalyzing tangible acts of compassion and organized service projects in our communities.
There is a deep connection between affirming the Charter for Compassion and playing in the Compassion Games. The Compassion Games started as a way to engage individuals and communities to actualize the vision of the Charter. The Games occur a number of times throughout the year and measure the progress of compassionate action over time, capturing the number of volunteers, hours of service, people served, and monies raised for local or global causes. Learn more.
Please become a member of the Charter for Compassion. Step forward to support the compassion movement materially -- with your money, your time, your connections, your special areas of expertise, and your high expectations. Why do we keep asking? We need your support at all levels or we could not keep going. We've grown in our outreach over 150% in the last year. Yet we have not grown in staff, still no office or equipment, put we do have plans in 2016 to hire a city coordinator to help meet the needs of our international campaigns. Would you please consider helping?
We believe a compassionate world is a peaceful world. We believe a compassionate world is possible when every man, woman and child treats others as they would wish to be treated - with dignity, equity and respect. We believe all human beings are born with the capacity for compassion, and it must be cultivated for human beings to survive and thrive. Thank you for considering this request. Donate here.