Naïve Idealism vs a Wake-up Call to Reality

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' discovery of the New World. It took us another hundred years before we were to acknowledge that it was the Native Americans who discovered explorers on their land.

The global event referred to is the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions. It happened just a decade after Chicago’s Great Fire and right after New Zealand became the first country to grant women the right to vote. To give further perspective to the 1890s decade, it was dominated by war; Sino-Japanese, Italian-Ethiopian, Greco-Turkish, Philippine-American and the Boer War. Countries were marking their territories and colonies. Scientific discoveries boomed: radioactivity, X-rays and helium were discovered and Swedish scientist, Svante Arrhenius and US geologist, Thomas Chamberlin suggested that CO2 emissions might cause global warming.

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Mark November 20th on your calendar. We are so excited about our Global Gala, and we want everyone to be a part of it. Learn more about the event and register.

We will continue to offer a glimpse of individuals and organizations that we will honor at the Gala over the next eight weeks. Today, it is Krista Tippett.

Former President Obama bestowed on her the National Humanities Medal. She is a Peabody-award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author and is best known for her On-Being Project. Krista has stretched our minds about what it means to be human. She has raised questions that challenge how we want to live, how we can use our talents and ethics to respond to need.
Listen to Krista on compassion.



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Gender Equity and Reconciliation For Everyone

Can you imagine being part of a group who actually share their truth together - across the genders? A group of people who begin to re-invent our human future together—replacing our legacy of  gender dysfunction with a new civilization of beloved community?

This carefully facilitated 7-week course creates a safe forum where we can awaken a deeper empathy and understanding and begin to discover practical pathways towards healing and transforming our relationships. Together we can begin to re-form relations between women and men, and people of all genders, without blame or shame, and move through the often unspoken, unconscious attitudes, fears and reactions around gender and sexuality, to reclaim the mutual harmony and reverence that is our birthright.

Join us for this interactive and experiential online course and embark upon a new form of spiritual healing and reconciliation work that builds trust and compassionate communication through a skillful combination of interactive activities, spiritual practice, and transformative group process. In partnership with
Gender Equity and Reconciliation International (GERI).

Space is limited. We hope to see you in the course!

Starts October 25th
Special Charter Pricing

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From Emergency to Emergence

David Korten is not necessarily asking us to read any of his books for next month's Global Read though he considers his work, Change the Story, Change the Future to be appropriate. Instead, he is asking you to read his most recent essay, Ecological Civilization: From Emergency to Emergence. He is offering the essay free by clicking on the
PDF link here.

David introduces his essay in this way: "This is a personal white paper directed to those who seek a future that works for all of Earth’s people and other beings. It weaves together threads of ongoing conversations with global colleagues in which I am privileged to participate. These conversations build from a simple, self-evident insight that carries profound implications for all that we do and seek to be."

October 20, 9 am PDT Donation or Free
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picture The 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions

The 8th Parliament of the World’s Religions, hosted for the first time virtually, will bring together people of faith from around the world in an instant. The virtual Parliament is a safe way to gather the world’s global interfaith movement and celebrate the enduring spirit and work of religious and spiritual communities striving toward a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.

October 16-18
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XIII Encuentro Mundial de Valores

Co-hosted by the Charter for Compassion, join us at the XIII Encuentro Mundial de Valores. We will be exploring Expressions of Humanism with Values where more than 20 speakers will share their knowledge and inspiration from different perspectives such as education, social responsibility, science & wellbeing, economy, compassion and human rights.

October 22-23  Register here


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Do you wish you had a place where you could exhale and connect with people seeking to build a better society one mindful conversation at a time? Then the Conversation Collective is for you.

Citizen Discourse and Charter for Compassion are offering two weekly conversations that help us build our emotional intelligence skills, connect with new people, and become better listeners. 

Drop in and join us. Get centered, meet global citizens and practice civil discourse. If you're curious and wish to learn more, reach out by email to 

Mondays at 3:00 pm PT and Thursdays at 9:00 am PT
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The Charter for Compassion meets monthly with our Compassionate Community leads and members in the United Kingdom. We welcome you to join us, whether you are currently involved in an existing compassionate community initiative in the U.K. or if you are interested in starting such an initiative.

October 6, 8am PDT. Donation or Free
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 In September, the Australian Compassion Council honoured the remarkable acts of compassion occurring across the continent during its National Day of Compassion.

Find out what it takes to be a continent of Compassion! Join the Charter for Compassion in conversation with Compassionate Australia. We'll learn about the history of the compassionate movement, current focus areas and projects, successes and challenges along the way.

October 19, 3 pm PDT Donation or Free Register here

from our partners

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As the climate emergency, social crises, natural and everyday disasters continue to rock our communities, Transition US and the broader movement for regenerative, just and resilient communities offer inspiration and hope through practical local action.

From cultivating indigenous food sovereignty, co-ops and local food webs to inner resilience and deep adaptation, join communities across the globe who are forging innovative paths and embodying the courage to see the world with new eyes.

September 24 - October 10


picture2i day interfaith compassion challenge

Across all wisdom traditions, compassion is a foundational pillar. All too often, we conflate compassion with sympathy and empathy, but in practice, it is a distinct, regenerative and unifying force that transforms us and all those it touches.

We invite you to join us for a 21-day compassion challenge, to explore different ways to bring this timeless virtue into our lives -- and to do it in concert with kindred spirits from around the globe.

October 2-23 Free


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A Faithful Conversation on Anti-racism

The purpose of this extraordinary exhibit* painted by San Antonio artist, Lionel Sosa, is to shine a light on today’s reality, what it’s like to be a Black man or boy in San Antonio, and to help bring about a better understanding of each other as a community. Especially through community conversation...

Come. See the portraits. Hear from Lionel. Hear from some San Antonians in those portraits. Converse with others. Let's continue to heal Our City together...

October 5, 7:30am CDT Free


Creating Your Personal Path & Meditation Practice

A Universal 7-Step Process
, the 7-steps of ISM are drawn from the world’s great spiritual and secular traditions. This universal meditative process is designed to help you create your personal spiritual path, to develop your meditative practice and to companion others on their journey. ISM empowers health, happiness, gratitude, transformation, love, mindfulness, wisdom and service. It celebrates diversity and inclusivity by fostering life's meaning and purpose through active engagement in the challenges of our lives.

The course includes 8 weekly 90-minute ZOOM sessions and an extensive course website.

 Starts October 6th, Cost: $8/month



Consider a volunteer opportunity with the Charter for Compassion! We are looking to grow much of what we are already doing and exploring new opportunities that match our mission. Let's see if we're a good fit! Please take our survey.


Go to our TAKE ACTION page to find a variety of ways in which to interact with the Charter and some of our key strategic partners. The Charter for Compassion is essentially a movement with many different players; individuals, compassionate cities, partner organizations and coalitions of other organizations all coming together as one network. 

As a non-profit, the Charter relies on the generosity of its members and communities to continue to meet our mission of making compassion a clear, luminous, and dynamic force in our polarized world. Help us share our vision and work with your family, colleagues, neighbors, and organizations in which you are involved.  Host a Charter Salon with friends and family, at home, with your faith community, or colleagues from work. We have everything you need: invitations, links to films, brochures, PowerPoints if you prefer, and even talking points. Contact Us and we’ll get back to you, follow up with an e-mail, call or Zoom meeting. We rely on people who believe in our mission to help touch the lives of those in local communities and across the world.


The Charter for Compassion has a bold, audacious vision of co-creating a world that works for everyone. Please support the Charter with a monthly contribution that helps to build this global compassionate community - person by person, school by school, and city by city. Thank you!
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