Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Peanut Butter Sandwiches
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from susan soleil

Susan Soleil, the Charter for Compassion's director of development is a champion of volunteering. You'll see what I mean when you read her message below. Interestingly, she coupled her own acts of volunteering with Martin Luther King's quote reminding us of our duty towards others. Duty points to a certain principle we hold toward ourselves and to others. Duty implies acting in a principled and compassionate way. It is the marrow in our bones that shows our strength and our purpose. This dutiful compassion is an honor we hold for others.
Warmest regards,

"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?"

‚ÄďMartin Luther King, Jr.¬†

What am I doing for others? That is a question I ask myself often. More than just my immediate family: What am I doing to help my extended family? My neighbors? My community?  

These questions help determine how I spend some of my spare time. Whether I am helping a sister tile her shower, assisting a neighbor with her yard work, or serving on the board of a sweet charter school that is a safe space for LGBTQI+ high school students in my area, I am getting back as much or even more than I give.  

To illustrate this generous flow back to me when I am serving others, I want to quote my grandfather, Clay Allred. He often said, ‚ÄúI cast my bread upon the waters and it comes back peanut butter sandwiches!‚Ä̬†

I hope I will always find ways to help others and volunteer my time. It helps make my corner of the world a better place and the peanut butter sandwiches are delicious.  

 If you have some spare time, please consider joining the robust volunteer family of the Charter for Compassion. Volunteers carry out the bulk of the Charter’s mission.
If you want to learn more read here.  

I want to end with a quote from Sherry Anderson:¬†‚ÄúVolunteers don‚Äôt get paid, not because they‚Äôre worthless, but because they‚Äôre priceless.‚Ä̬†¬†

Many thanks to all the priceless volunteers of the Charter for Compassion! 

Warm regards,



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



Healing the Divide: MeToo to WeTogether

"I have been deeply touched by my experiences with GERI courses. While I have long been aware of gender injustice and violence, true solutions are rare. This kind of truth telling and witnessing opened my heart and mind to the possibility of true gender equality."~ Alex Eppel, Male Participant, USA

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‚ÄĒreplacing our legacy of¬† gender dysfunction with a new civilization of beloved community?

Starts March 12

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Charter for Compassion invites you to an interactive workshop using International Future Forum’s Kitbag to grow a culture of compassion. Designed by psychologists and therapists with input from artists and musicians, Kitbag is used widely in schools and families in Scotland. It opens a safe space to explore feelings, to be present and to grow understanding and empathy for each other. 

During this workshop, you will have an experience of using the different elements and hear from children in Scotland about its value in their lives.The workshop will be held on Wednesday 2nd March at 7am Pacific Time and again at 3pm Pacific Time. We look forward to seeing you there.

 March 2, 7 am PT and 3 pm PT 
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with Save Childhood Movement

National Children's Day UK (NCDUK) is all about the importance of a healthy childhood, and how we need to protect the rights and freedoms of children and young people. It's a day of celebration, but it's also a great opportunity for councils, local services, community groups, hospitals, sports clubs, schools, charities, families, carers - anyone involved with children - to raise awareness about projects they are running or things they care about.

March 3, 7:30 am PT 
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The Charter for Compassion 2022 Film Series, in partnership with Films for the Planet, is delighted to introduce you to relevant feature-length films we are sure you will enjoy. This month's selection is "Free Trip to Egypt." Read more about the film and register to see it starting February 16-23. Please make certain to see the film during those dates. Upon registration you will receive a link to access the film through Films for the Planet. 

February 16-23



Next month's Global Read! Through seventeen books, the Maisie Dobbs series has had a resounding impact on fans. Readers have shared with author Jacqueline Winspear how Maisie‚Äôs stories have resonated with them or helped them through difficult times. Fans have been inspired by the heroine‚Äôs resilience and endurance, repurposing her strength in their own lives in a way perhaps best embodied by the phrase ‚ÄúWhat Would Maisie Do?‚ÄĚ

Anchored by thirty of Maisie's most timeless quotes, coupled with Jacqueline Winspear’s inspiration for each nugget of wisdom, these reflections offer readers additional insight into the world of Maisie Dobbs and invite them to reflect on favorite moments and memories.

March 16, 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:


"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


Paul K. Chappell is an international peace educator and founder of Peace Literacy. He graduated from West Point, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty as a Captain. Realizing that humanity is facing new challenges that require us to become as well-trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war, Chappell created Peace Literacy to help students and adults from all backgrounds work toward their full potential and a more peaceful world. ...These experiences were part of what compelled him to forge a new understanding of war, peace, rage, trauma, and our shared humanity

February 23, 2 pm PST
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A Contribution to the Healing of Collective Trauma of Colonialism, Racism and Enslavement: Exploring White Privilege & Shades of Whiteness

with Thomas H√ľbl

In this session, Thomas H√ľbl will invite us all, but especially white-bodied participants, on a journey to explore white privilege and acknowledge the experience of black-bodied and indigenous participants and Peoples of Colour.
Expanding our awareness of white privilege and how the concept of race has been and is used to shape our world is crucial for our path towards preventing racism, healing racism and creating a more just world. Learn more and register for this event by renowned teacher, author, and international facilitator whose lifelong work integrates the core insights of the great wisdom traditions and mysticism with the discoveries of science.


February 24, 11:30 am  PST Register here



This is a pre-recorded program compiled by the Charter for Compassion staff that presents a sampling of voices of African American women through the ages.  We start with a recitation of "The Hill We Climb," written by Amanda Gorman and presented at the inauguration of President Joseph Biden in 2020.  Reading from the podium on the U.S. Capitol steps she caught the heart of the mood of America, but alerted the world to her message. 

February 28, 9 am PT  Learn more and register here


TERRA Discussion: Symbiotic Earth

How Lynn Margulis Rocked the Boat and Started a Scientific Revolution

The Environment Sector cordially invites our partners and all interested others to join in our bi-monthly film and book discussion series. During these one-hour, international conversations, we will focus on the themes in the featured media with special emphasis on compassionate action. Participants are welcome to read or view the chosen film or publication in advance but this is not required for attendance.

February 23, 8 am PT, Donation or Free


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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