Eyes Beyond the Canvas

Eyes Beyond the Canvas

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"Eyes Beyond the Canvas"by Marilyn Turkovich



Growing up, I fondly remember in my home that we had at least one piece of art in each of our rooms, two reproductions of Renoir in the living room, a Byzantine icon in the hallway, and some appropriate still life in the kitchen and bedrooms. Then off I went to college, and the professor in Art Appreciation class implored us never to buy a reproduction of art and always try our best to support artists by purchasing an original.  I looked at this advice as both a challenge and a commitment. It has stayed with me through the years, and I believe it influences one of the ways I view the world. Back at home, I would look at those pictures day after day and often see a figure, notice a color, or experience an odd brush stroke; each viewing brought a new adventure to mind. Art is a gateway to bringing down complex issues, crossing and melding the divides between cultures, and an invitation to view history through a different prism. In short, all forms of art are good for us. Why this reminiscence of my early influence and Art 101?

Over the next weeks, you’ll be reading a good deal about our upcoming Gala, the Charter for Compassion’s celebration of three driven individuals and one special organization that have all made a tremendous difference on the world stage. Our Gala is infused with color, texture, and music and we hope brings to the surface some magical emotion that entices more of us to put compassion into action. Along with this, we wanted to explore an idea we have been tossing around for some time. How can we move to increase our sustainability in a productive way? Why not support and showcase global artists who speak to compassion in their work and open a Gala Gallery? We hope this isn’t a one-time offering, but an experiment that will take on a life of its own. The Gallery is handled just like any other gallery, with shared revenue going to the artist and the Charter. The Gallery doors are not yet open, but you are invited to take a peek.

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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 crises in their own communities. This upcoming Tuesday, September 6 we host Maria Fernanda Hernandez of TECHO Mexico in Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

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. 

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Holding Space: A practice of presence and love
Course facilitated by Rachael Starr Bruck, MA, LMHC
4-week online course begins Sept 26, 2022

An Introduction to the Art and Practices is an exploration into the essential value of holding space and its capacity to support people to connect more deeply to their own inner resourcefulness and wisdom.

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Global Read

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To My Beloveds by Rev. Jennifer Bailey
September 14, 2022 at 9 am PDT / 6 pm CEST Check other timezones here
Learn more and register here. (You may register to get recording after event)

How do we heal our grief and loss to become the leaders the world needs today?

In this unique collection love letters to her fellow activists and faith leaders, Jennifer Bailey offers comfort, wisdom, encouragement, support, and hope for young activists and emerging faith leaders aspiring to build a better world amidst its violence, trauma, and loss‚ÄĒand who may wonder if they‚Äôre up to the task or unsure if they‚Äôll ever see the change they seek.

Considering three central questions - what is dying, what wants to emerge, and what is already blooming beautifully - Bailey’s poignant letters inspire us to imagine how our grief and despair can be composted into new life filled with courage, hope, and purpose for our shared future.

Upcoming Community Chats

Canada Chat September 13th 3pm PDT

Georgia Chat (AM), September 14th, 11am EST (8:00 am PDT)

New Zealand Chat, September 14th, 3:30 pm, PDT

U.S. Chat, September 15th, 3:00 pm, PDT

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. 

Global Read: Nurturing our Humanity by Riane Eisler

Environment Sector Webinar: Writing on the Landscape by Jennifer J. Wilhoit, PhD

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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. 

For Charter for Compassion Partners

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...

EdNet Forum Series: Youth Collaborating for Compassion

Thursday, September 15th, 2022 at 7:30AM PDT (Check other timezones here)

Please register for this event here!

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Forgiveness Webinar
September 20th, 8:00-9:00AM PDT

Please join us on Tuesday, September 20th from 8 to 9:30 am Pacific Time to add your voice to the issue of Forgiveness.



"Growing up in Afghanistan, I have had plenty of opportunities to experience hurt and loss. What's motivated me to explore forgiveness has been realizing the collateral damage that unforgiveness can cause, including losing my trust and confidence in others. These others were often just bystanders or guilty by association. Therefore I was victimizing many innocent folk without realizing it. Forgiveness may not be as sweet as revenge, but it seems to have fewer damaging side-effects."  ~Dr. Masi Noor

"Over the years, I've witnessed people put their friends or family into exile because of something they've said or done (or haven't said or done!). It's always seemed such a brutal response to being hurt. While I'm dead against prescribing forgiveness, I've come to believe forgiveness is the oil of personal relationships. People will let us down and forgiving is about letting go of the expectation that they won't."  ~Maria Cantacuzino



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