Art as Inspiration Gives Rise to Compassion!

Art as Inspiration Gives Rise to Compassion!

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"Art as Inspiration Gives Rise to Compassion!"
by Marilyn Turkovich



Art is not often passive or silent. It can hold fantasy, depict reality, convey emotion, carry gravitas, transport one to other places, and trigger a physical reaction. The art of ZaHaVa Sherez is engaging and inspiring. First, I find myself glancing, then staring, and before I know it I've become transfixed by the image, light, and reflection. Without any warning you are transported, but to where? Only you can make that journey.

There are many reasons for ZaHaVa having been selected as the Global Art Gallery's featured artist. She and her work align beautifully with our 2022 Gala theme, Architects of Justice. As our recipients, to be announced at the end of the month, she is a global citizen. She was born in Argentina, grew up in Israel, and arrived in the USA in 1985. Since 2018, she has been living and working both in California and Jalisco, MX. Being multi-cultural and multi-lingual has enriched her life in indescribable ways. Experiences such as immigration, wars, and oppression have been implausible teachers who deepened and shaped her worldview. Continue reading here.



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Charter for Compassion News, Programs, and Webinars

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.

Charter Education Institute

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Holding Space: A Practice of Presence and Love" with 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.

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

Film Series

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Available for viewing Wednesday, September 21. Learn more here

At a time when each day brings more grim news, we humans urgently need to cultivate our individual strength and health. And we need to reconnect with and heal each other and the natural world. Gratitude can help! 

From the director of the acclaimed documentary Fantastic Fungi comes Gratitude Revealed. Forty years in the making, Louie Schwartzberg’s new film is a rich visual tapestry, interweaving breathtaking images of the natural world with extraordinary stories of "ordinary" people. Featuring luminaries Norman Lear, Jack Kornfield, Dr. Christine Carter, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Michael Beckwith, Lynne Twist, In-Q, Jason Silva and Br. David Steindl-Rast. Join the Charter for Compassion at one of two screenings on September 21. Tickets are $12. In addition to these special screenings, there will be a live Q&A with the director, Louie Schwartzberg, and other guests. 


Forgiveness webinar charter for compassionForgiveness
Tuesday, September 20th, 8 am PDT Check other timezones here
Learn more and register here

 "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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Tuesday, Sept 20th at 3 pm PDT / Wednesday, Sept 21st at 8 am AEST. Check other timezones here

Each year on 21 September the Australian Compassion Council (ACC) organises a national day that offers the opportunity to join them in Deep Dreaming Australia A Continent for Compassion.

The theme for this year is Deep Listening ‚Äď because if we are to survive in these turbulent times then we must become better at speaking and listening compassionately across our national and global diversity.¬†Learn more about Compassionate Australia here:¬†

EdNet Forum Series

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Youth Collaborating for Compassion
Thursday, September 15th, 7.30-9.00 am PDT. Check other timezones here

This co-initiative supports the self-directed development of young leaders through global intercultural/inter-school conversations and action-learning projects. These projects are initiated at the Middle and High School level by the students themselves (with the support of their teachers)and aimed at developing in them the skills for empathy, collaboration, problem solving and action at the local and global levels.

The YCC vision is to create a global base of connected young leaders who hold space and work from Peace and Compassion, on socially purposeful projects that they are passionate about.   


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. 

Karen Armstrong's Prize TED Talk on the Golden Rule

Women & Girls: Urgent Call from the Spirit of the Femenine with Grandmother Flordemayo 

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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. 

From Charter for Compassion Partners

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Global Interfaith Compassion Challenge

Join us for a global 21-day Interfaith Compassion Challenge! We invite you to join us in exploring different ways to bring the timeless virtue of compassion into our lives -- and to do it in concert with kindred spirits from around the globe! For each of the 21 days of the challenge, you'll be emailed a thoughtfully-crafted prompt from a unique faith or tradition -- with "heart" music, "head" reading, and "hands" compassion-in-action practice. 21 days, 21 faith traditions, 21 practices.  



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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‚ĄĘ¬†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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