Recalling History

Recalling History
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from the director

It was April 15, 2008, and there I sat, row three in the University of Washington's Edmundson Pavilion 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 Archbishop Tutu and the Dalai Lama, often chuckling, reaching out for one another in gestures of true admiration of the other and each embracing the moment. Schwarz raised his baton and as music filled the steel beamed hall, we saw Archbishop Tutu’s feet start moving and then he was up, moving across the stage and taking the baton from Schwarz and momentarily becoming the conductor of the Seattle Symphony. READ MORE

With warmest regards,




We want to thank everyone who gave so generously to the Charter's Global Gala. We wish to extend a thank you to all​ who attended the event as well as to those who were unable to make it. We assembled a playlist of the songs from the Gala and additional music by Gala performers. Access it on Spotify.


How to become an Activist for our World: Introducing the Work that Reconnects

How do we live in our damaged world, without closing our eyes, or losing hope? How do we not only express our suffering to each other, but also our gratitude for the beauties of nature and our world? How can we open our eyes and heart, connect with others, human and non-human and see our world anew? And how can we move forward, and be active in protecting our planet, our home?

Don't miss this important course.

Starts January 31 Cost: $30

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Have you ever wondered how you could cultivate the compassion called for in the Charter or help others cultivate that compassion? Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) is a great place to start!

CIT is a resiliency-informed program that cultivates human values as skills, so we can thrive as individuals, and a society, within a healthy environment. This comprehensive course teaches us how we can build towards compassionate integrity: the ability to live one’s life in accordance with one’s values with a recognition of common humanity, our basic orientation to kindness and reciprocity.

Starts January 18

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peace in the age of chaos

This month's Global Read: Humanity is now facing challenges unparalleled in its history. Many of these problems are global in nature, such as climate change, ever-decreasing biodiversity, full use of the fresh water and overpopulation. Such global challenges call for global solutions and require  
cooperation on a scale unprecedented in human history.

Positive Peace provides a framework to understand and address the many complex challenges the world faces. Positive Peace is transformational in that it is a cross-cutting factor of progress, making it easier for businesses to sell, entrepreneurs and scientists to innovate, individuals to produce and governments to effectively regulate.

January 10, 12pm PT which is January 11, 7am AEST Donation or Free
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Martin Luther King (MLK) and Forty Days of Peace

During the past several years, the Charter for Compassion has participated in the program, 40 Days of Peace, celebrating the extraordinary grassroots, national and global challenges that MLK has charged us to follow. We are receiving partial funding from MLK Day of Service for this program.

Starting on January 11, and continuing through February 28, we are offering as a tribute to King's vision of a Beloved Community, a series of programs to commemorate his influence on the history and culture of our time. ​Visit the 40 Days of Peace Page and review the plays, podcasts, panels, individual presentations, meditative practices and playlists. Plan your own participation list and note presentation times. Upcoming events include:

January 11: Defending Democracy in Schools
January 12, 9 am PST: Gloria Burgess: Pass It On
January 12, 12 pm PST: Systemic Racism: The Fog Beyond the Mountains
January 12, 5 pm PST: Marcia Tate Arunga: Healing Circles
January 12, 7 pm PST: Reproductive Justice
January 14-17, starting at 6 pm PST: MLK Beloved Community Convergence--live streamed via Facebook


planet prescription

The COVID-19 crisis is brutally showing us how vulnerable we are to existential threats. There is an unconnected pandemic sweeping the planet – health impacts from air pollution and the climate crisis. But, we have the prescription – listening to science and stories, while making our voices heard can create a healthier planet for all of us. Planet Prescription listens to stories from health professionals as they witness how the air pollution and climate crisis are impacting human health, especially children’s health and the communities impacted most by racial injustice.

Join us for a screening of the film and a live discussion with local experts working in healthcare and environmental advocacy.

January 18
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The Charter for Compassion Social Justice Sector
invites you to the first film in the 2022 Film Series

Join Social Justice Sector Leaders Pattie Williams and Todd Porter on Thursday, January 20, 2022 to discuss Shakti Butler’s film, “Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity.” This film asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. In addition, designed for dialogue, the film works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes and pre-judgments within. Building on the viewing through group discussion provides the opportunity to build skills to address the structural drivers of social and economic inequities.

View the film at your convenience by visiting
The World Trust web site. Then join one of the discussion sessions to expand your understanding through dialogue. Pattie Williams will host Option 1 via zoom 7:30 – 9:00 am PST on January 20. Option 2 for dialogue will take place from 5:00 – 6:30 pm PST on January 20. Links to join the dialogue session will follow via email when you register below.

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Warm up with good conversation!
Are you interested in experiencing the Charter’s newest community offering, the Conversation Collective, but uncertain of making a commitment? During the month of December, we are extending an invitation to you to join this global conversation as our guest. Simply reach out by email to Karen with Citizen Discourse at
and let her know which session you wish to attend (Monday’s at 6pm EST or Thursday’s at 12pm EST) and she will provide you with a zoom link and all the information you need to prepare for the session. We hope to see you in December!

Mondays at 3:00 pm PT and Thursdays at 9:00 am PT




Live Online Six Week Course
with Yaffa Maritz, LMHC, and Foxy Davison

Mindful Self-Compassion or “MSC” is an empirically-supported program developed by Drs. Chris Germer and Kristin Neff. This 6-week version has been adapted as an intimate online offering.

Starts January 14




these books are inspirational, full of compassion and make great gifts!

Michael Lisagor, a long time Charter supporter, has generously offered to donate all the royalties from his three most popular books. They are inspirational, full of compassion and make great gifts!

Please support the Charter by ordering on via the links below or your local online bookseller.

Personal Growth in the Time of COVID
My 50 Years of Buddhist Practice
Romancing the Buddha (3rd edition)




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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