August is Make-A-Will Month

August is Make-A-Will Month

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August is Make-a-Will Month by Susan Soleil

As the development director of the Charter for Compassion, interesting tidbits of information float through my inbox. And this is one example: August is make-a-will month. This was news to me and it reminded me of Fred Henry.  

First, a few words about Fred. I met Fred early in 2022, when he reached out to say that he would like to volunteer with the Charter for Compassion. We met via Zoom to discuss his talents, his time availability, and some possible projects that he could help move forward. That conversation then led to a couple of other meetings, involving Fred in some editing tasks, and inviting him to participate in the Charter’s Gala Gallery with a few pieces of his hand-crafted art.[...] Read more.


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Statement on Zaporizhzhia

Three of the world’s largest international, interfaith organizations – Charter for Compassion, Parliament of the World’s Religions, and United Religions Initiative – fully endorse the August 11, 2022 statement of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres. In the statement, Guterres calls for all military action in the vicinity of Zaporizhzhia to cease immediately, and he urged the withdrawal of all military personnel. Further, he – and we – support the critical work of the IAEA to safeguard the operations in Zaporizhzhia.

Our Prayer

O Source of all light and life, open the eyes of the military commanders in Zaporizhzhia that they may see beyond the immediate conflict and recognize the regional and global damage that a failed nuclear plant would bring. Turn their hearts and strategies. You outlive all warriors and war. You intend peace for all people. You endure. Help all people on Earth to discover what You created in the beginning, a world without nuclear weapons. In hope for the holiness of life, we pray. Amen.

Charter for Compassion News, Programs, and Webinars 

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Click on the banner to register for our new webinar series and learn what some organizations are doing to address the housing and homeslessness crisis in their own communities. This upcoming Tuesday Aug 16 we host The Other Side Village in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Check out our review for the third episode of our Webinar Series with Dan Bryant and Andrew Heben at SquareOne Village in Oregon, USA. on the blog here

Charter Education Institute


Compassionate Spiritual Ecology with Jennifer J. Wilhoilt, Ph.D.
Course begins Sept 5, 2022

This course offers students an overview of the body of work comprising the discipline of spiritual ecology. The field is interdisciplinary, encompassing thinkers and practitioners from conservation, ecology, and religion; students will be introduced to these founders and become familiar with their work. Students will also learn about the variety of writers, thinkers, and practitioners beyond the formal discipline and how their work contributes to a broader understanding of Spiritual Ecology. The instructor’s longtime work and writing in the field of Spiritual Ecology will also be explored.


EdNet Forum Series: Awakened Schools: Spirituality in Education with Lisa Miller, PhD. Author of The Awakened Brain. 
Thursday, August 18th, 7.30-9.00 am PDT. Check other timezones here

The Awakened Schools Institute is a spiritually activating year-long course that combines groundbreaking scientific research and inclusive educational frameworks into useful tools for educators. Frameworks include culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogy, healing-centered learning, literacies across content areas, social emotional learning, social justice education, and trauma-informed teaching.


Film Series: A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity
View at your convenience from Wednesday Aug 24th through Friday Aug 26th. Learn more here

A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity” is a feature-length documentary that follows a community in Australia who came together to explore and demonstrate how to live in response to global crises. Throughout the year the group built tiny houses, planted veggie gardens, practiced simple living, and learned to live in community. This film is the product of hours of footage that Jordan Osmond shot during a year-long experiment in simple living.

Communities Chats for Compassionate Cities 

These chat opportunities are for anyone who's part of a Compassionate City, a Partner Organization, or simply signed the Charter. They are organized geographicaly so that more people in the same communities can meet and organize. 

Aug. 16 - USA Chat - 1 pm PDT / 4 pm EDT 

Aug. 17 - Arkansas & Fayetteville, USA Chat - 3 pm PDT / 5 pm CDT / 6 pm EDT

Aug. 24 - UK Chat - 7 am PDT / 3 pm BST 

Blast from the Past: Do you remember when we had the following happen at the Charter? Visit the following links to re-experience some of our favorite offerings from the Charter for Compassion.


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The Charter for Compassion (CfC) is expanding its approach to fundraising in a collaborative effort which supports and showcases artists' work globally. Read more here. 


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Youth Collaborating for Compassion:
An Online -Open Space Technology- Global Meet
Sep 11th & 12th 2022

How would you like to play and work with other young people (and those Young at Heart) like yourself from all over the world to make real change happen? To unleash the power of creativity and love in a world that desperately needs these today?

We are creating a special space! It is a place where you as a young person (aged 15 - 35), or one who is Young at Heart (YAHs) can meet and share about things you care deeply about, and are ready to take responsibility for. It is a space to express your calling, to create compassionate ways of living in harmony with oneself, with other people, and with nature.  Read more here...  


The Community of Mindful Parenting aspires to empower families to become more mindful and compassionate. They are a multigenerational, multicultural and fully inclusive community that strives to nurture powerful relationships between parents/caregivers and their children. Their Listening Mothers and Finding Calm classes explore the relationship between caregiver and child through a lens of self compassion. Their weekly Communi-Teas are a centering tool for meditation. Learn more here.

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