Don't Be So Arrogant

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 sensitive dog, Lucky, and her wild, weird (and sometimes gentle & sweet) cat, Watson (who just happens to be Lucky's bff). 

This is a very special poem, to be inhaled, cherished, and lived. As instructed; don't be so arrogant to ignore its message. With warm regards, Marilyn

... think about the next thing. Walk
with the quiet trees, can you believe
how brave they are‚ÄĒhow kind? Model your life
after theirs. Blow kisses
at yourself in the mirror
especially when ...

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Charter for Compassion releases classifieds seeking volunteers! Click here to view all the positions.




How to realize the power of vulnerability and open your heart to joy

Rather than a weakness, vulnerability is a source of strength and courage but all too often we hesitate to embrace it. We turn away from uncomfortable feelings and armour ourselves against disappointment, joy and trust. In fact, it is this armour that causes us harm, that blocks our creativity and ability to show love. However, when we explore our vulnerability and come to understand its potential, we can learn to stand firm in the face of whatever life brings.

These winter pansies are buffeted by the wind and rain and yet they stand beautiful and courageous against the backdrop of the city street. They are a perfect symbol of the power of vulnerability‚ÄĒstrong yet tender, exposed yet invincible.

Starts February 22,  Cost: $50

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The future is dark. But is this the darkness of the tomb ‚Äď or the darkness of the womb?

How do we labor for the world we want when the labor feels endless? Valarie Kaur ‚Äď renowned Sikh activist, filmmaker, and civil rights lawyer ‚Äď declares that revolutionary love is the call of our time, a radical, joyful practice that extends in three directions: to others, to our opponents, and to ourselves. It enjoins us to see no stranger but instead look at others and say: You are a part of me I do not yet know. Starting from that place of wonder, the world begins to change: It is a practice that can transform a relationship, a community, a culture, even a nation.

February 9, Donation or Free
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Martin Luther King - 40 Days of Peace Campaign

Please visit the Charter for Compassion website to see the variety of programs and events we are sponsoring until the end of February in honor of Martin Luther King. There are links to three Spotify playlists designed to commemorate "The Black Experience," "Songs of the Civil Rights Movement," and "Still We Sing," an international compilation of songs of struggle. Of special note are two events in which you will want to participate:


why Martin?     

Why Martin? will be a two-part interactive series led by Matt Hayes. He will help attendees learn why Martin Luther King Jr. stood apart, and how he set the standard for compassionate leadership. During these conversations, Matt will pull practices from the life of Martin Luther King Jr. that will teach us how to create long-lasting change, the importance of our own personal beliefs, and how to live a life with meaning and integrity. Please join these informative and transformative conversations with Matt and others who are passionate about compassionate leadership.

February 19 and 26, 9 am PST Register here


"lessons from my 7 and half years, often 24/7, work with dr. martin luther king, jr"

Keynote: Clarence Jones
Moderator: Jonathan Granoff
Respondents: Rt. Rev. Bill Swing and Audrey Kitagawa

Clarence Jones was Dr. Martin Luther King's advisor, lawyer, close friend, and speech writer. His keynote presentation will be unique, insightful and substantive. There are few people who were as much engaged in the thinking and advocacy of one of the most influential moral and political leaders of modern times. His engagement in the historic events led by Dr. King is inspiring. 

The United Religions Initiative, Voices for a Nuclear Free World and the Global Security Institute are co-sponsors of this event.

February 22, 9-10:30 am PST
Register here Limited space available


In the month of February many in the world will focus on our common humanity‚ÄĒexplore grave issues that we share and for which we need to find solutions. Special dialogues will occur between groups of different faiths, and those opposed to organized religion, to search for paths of understanding. Religious and spiritual practices will be shared and experienced, and each participating individual in these practices can expect to be enriched, changed, and come closer to realizing that our similarities are stronger and more prevalent than our differences.

This year to celebrate WIHW we decided to extend our offering beyond a day, week, month or even a year. We have assembled a compilation of music from many of the world’s religious traditions and have added into the mix some reflective songs that challenge our current thinking, spur emotions, and provide avenues for contemplation.

Learn about each selection and gain access to learning to the entire playlist.


Partner Offering--A Co-sponsored Charter for Compassion Event

Invitation to the Islands of Calm Meditation for Compassionate Cities
Around the world, media publish stories about turbulence, despair, anger, and fear centered in our cities. What if we could create conditions where anyone could experience in themselves an Island of Calm? What if that Island of Calm could impact up to 1000 other people to experience calm in their life conditions at home, at work or at play?‚Äč

Integral City Meshworks is offering a Zoom Islands of Calm Meditation for Compassionate Cities once a month on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Marilyn Hamilton, Founder of Integral City Meshworks, has been leading a Zoom Islands of Calm meditation on Saturday mornings at Findhorn EcoCommunity in Scotland since 2020. The Charter for Compassion is honored to co-sponsor this event. 
Learn how you can become one of the 1000 people to experience calm and change the conditions in which we live. Islands of Calm.



Conversation Collective is now offering an ongoing series focused on examining grief. Through mindfulness and breath practices, journaling, one-on-one conversation, and group check-in, we will gently explore the dimensions of grief. Sessions will incorporate very subtle movement and breathing. Please join us for these weekly gatherings if you desire meaningful conversation about grief, loss, and life.

Disclaimer: This series is not therapy. The facilitators have no special degrees in grief counseling. Our hope is to hold space for community to bring some wonder to the topic of grief and death ‚Äď an experience that unites us as humans and from which there is so much wisdom and learning to gain. For questions contact

Mondays at 3:00 pm PT






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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