Beloved Community

Beloved Community


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"Beloved Community"
by Marilyn Turkovich



"I remember the big white house on Steiner Street, and my little sister Dagmar, and my big brother Nels, and Papa. But most of all, I remember Mama."

These were the opening lines from the play, later an early 1950s television series, I Remember Mama, the story of an immigrant Norwegian family living in San Francisco in 1910.

The story is told through the eyes of daughter Katrin. The show opened by having viewers looking through the pages of the family album and remembering. Life happened in the Hansen kitchen‚ÄĒevery aspect of life that is experienced by every family‚ÄĒlove, misunderstandings, quarrels, agreements, and disagreements. It was the Hansen kitchen that was the "heart-hearth" of the family‚ÄĒit was their beloved community.

However, the idea of a Beloved Community has a global and historical girth. It can be as simple as the common space like that found in the Hansen kitchen, a place of solitude such as a house of worship, or a space where people come together to celebrate and honor one another. Continue reading here.


Charter for Compassion News, Programs, and Webinars

 Charter Education Institute

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How to become an Activist for our World and How to Maintain it! with Ellen Serfaty
This 6-week Course begins January 16

This is our second year of offering this course, and we welcome new participants to learn about the Work That Reconnects and other amazing resources and organizations that support our activism.  We look forward to new participants joining our community of previous participants to build an even stronger support network. Music, meditations, song, poetry, and more will feature often to enhance our work together.

Our February 8 Global Read: "Active Hope" with Chris Johnstone (written by Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone) will be part of this course.  Scholarships Available!


Global Read

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Making Great Relationships by Rick Hanson, PhD
Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at 9 am PDT / 6.00 pm CET Check other timezones here
Learn more and register here. (You may register to get recording after event)

New York Times bestselling author of Buddha’s Brain and Hardwiring Happiness, Rick Hanson, PhD, brings his trademark warmth and clarity to Making Great Relationships, a comprehensive guide to fostering healthy, effective, and fulfilling relationships of all kinds: at home and at work, with family and friends, and with people who are challenging. As a psychologist, couples and family counselor, husband, and father, Dr. Hanson has learned what makes relationships go badly and what you can do to make them go better.

This book will teach you how to relate better than ever with everyone in your life.



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Project Fuel with Aakansha Kedia and Ayushi Jaiswal
Thursday, January 14, 2023, at 7.30 am PDT / 4.30 pm CET Check other timezones here
Learn more and register here. (You may register to get recording after event)

Project FUEL, founded in 2009 by Deepak Ramola, collects life lessons from people all over the world and turns them into interactive and performance activities, to pass on the learnings. The passing on happens by way of workshops, seminars, and sometimes even over coffee. A life lesson that comes to us from another human being can shine light on the understanding of our own life. Hence the name FUEL, which stands for Forward the Understanding of Every Life Lesson. 

 On the Blog

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Compassionate York Region is Happy About their Happy to Chat Bench - Click/Tap here to read more

It is just an ordinary bench that has on it a plaque that, along with graphics of 2 people talking on a bench, there is the text "Sit here if you don't mind someone stopping to say hello.", located on the main street in downtown Richmond Hill, Ontario. By sitting on a Happy to Chat bench, people will know that you're open to a friendly talk.

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 "Don't Curse the Darkness-- Send Light! by Barbara Kauffman - Click/Tap here to read more
The Charter will send a solar lantern on your behalf to a Ukrainian family living in the dark. So many of us have had to watch the slaughter taking place in Ukraine, and we are angry!

We ache for a cease-fire and a return to sanity!
What human beings have apparently not caught on to is that war is obsolete!


February Course with the Charter Education Institute:
Dealing with Anxiety with Rick Hanson - Course begins Feb. 13

February Global Read:
Active Hope by Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone - Wednesday, Feb. 8, 9 am PST / 6 pm CET / 10.30 pm IST

From our Partners
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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.

Parent CARE Class Live & Online: Caring for ourselves as we care for our loved ones and each other.
Monday, Jan. 23, 9 am Pacific Time / 6 pm CET Check other timezones here

Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed as a parent, grandparent, or caregiver? Are you struggling to know how to help yourself and your loved ones flourish in these anxiety-filled times? Do you wish you had more tools to navigate your own emotions and connect with your loved ones in a healthier, more mindful way? Our 9-week well-being course called Parent CARE is here to help! (Live/Online) Click/Tap here to learn more

Short Course on Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
Course begins Friday, Jan. 13, 11.30am - 1.30pm Pacific Time / 8.30pm CET Check other timezones here

In this 6-week program, participants will meet once a week for 1.5 hours and learn MSC skills through activities such as meditation, experiential exercises, short presentations, group discussion, and home practices. No experience with mindfulness or meditation is required. This course helps participants cultivate the mental and emotional habit of mindful self-compassion by learning the process of infusing our moment-to-moment experience with self-awareness and kindness. (Live/Online) Click/Tap here to learn more

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Start the New Year with InterSpiritual Meditation with Spiritual Paths Institute
The 7-Step Mindfulness Practice
8-Week Course via Zoom
January 18 to March 8, 4 pm Pacific / 11 am AEDT (March 9)
(20 CE Credits Offered through Antioch University)

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