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The Building of a Beloved Community


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"The Building of a Beloved Community"
by Marilyn Turkovich




For those of you who follow the Charter for Compassion and read our newsletters every week, you know that our topics vary greatly. As you may also know, we have just started our 40 Days of Peace program commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Each day, until February 28, we are adding events to our calendar to inform, reflect on and challenge each other to take steps to work for peace. Needless to say, we are underpinning the 40 Days with Feast of the Soul, a worldwide spiritual practice intensive, one that aims to co-create more love and peace within.

Every week, as I think about what I want to write in this space, I'm overwhelmed both by the possibilities of issues that the Charter for Compassion should address and then a little concerned because by selecting one topic, I've neglected dozens of others. In Dr. Martin Luther King's last book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community,¬†which wasn't published until 10 years after his death, King spoke to his dreams of an America which would explore remedies that would lead to better jobs, just wages, more than adequate health care, homes for all and equal access to quality education. King did not intend for his message to be just for the United States, but it was steeped in hope for a global direction‚ÄĒdemanding an end to international suffering and holding the expectation that common humanity would enable us to obtain and live the rights expressed in the 1948 United Nations Declaration for Human Rights. Continue reading here



40 Days MLK

Click on the banner to register and join the many offerings from our Partners during these 40+ days honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Charter for Compassion News, Programs, and Webinars

 Charter Education Institute 

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Dealing with Anxiety with Rick Hanson, PhD
This 5-week Course begins February 13

Anxiety, fear, and worry are normal reactions, but they don’t have to be your constant companions. 

Through this course, Dr Rick Hanson, New York Times’ bestselling author and psychologist, will take you through powerful practices for managing stress and worries.  You will let go of anxiety and grow a greater sense of calm, strength, and being protected and supported by other people and more able to deal with threatening situations around you.


Global Read

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Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in with Unexpected Resilience and Creative Power (Revised Edition) with Chris Johnstone (Joanna Macy won't be joining us for this Global Read, we send our best wishes for her full return to good health!)
Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at 9 am PST / 6.00 pm CET Check other timezones here
Learn more and register here. (You may register to get recording after event)
The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, war, political polarization, economic upheaval, and the dying back of nature together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions.
This revised, tenth-anniversary edition of Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our capacity to face these crises so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power.
Drawing on decades of teaching an empowerment approach known as the Work That Reconnects, (WTR) the authors guide us through a transformational process informed by mythic journeys, modern psychology, spirituality, and holistic science. This process equips us with tools to face the mess we’re in and play our role in the collective transition, or Great Turning, to a life-sustaining society. 

Charter Webinars

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Last Saturday of the month.
Saturday, Jan. 28 at 9 am PST
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Learn more and register here

Charter for Compassion and Orlaith O'Sullivan from Plum Village have partnered to have a monthly Sangha practice following the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

This is a space to establish your presence in peace, connect with others, and refresh your own heart. 
The format is: guided practices to nourish your mind and spirit, circle sharing together, and deep relaxation.

All are most welcome and no experience is needed!


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This is for anyone who's part of a Compassionate City, Organization, or signed the Charter from the communities below! Take a moment to check in with us, see what's happening at the Charter, share your activities, and ask questions.

UK Community Chat - Tue., January 24, 10 am PST / 6 pm UTC 

New Zealand Chat - Wed., January 25, 11 am NZDT / Tue., Jan. 24, 2 pm PST

USA Chat - Wed., January 25, 2 pm PST / 5 pm EST


 On the Blog

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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!

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40K for 40 Days: Intro and Day 1 - Click/Tap here to read more

We are excited to introduce you to our "40K for 40 Days" blog series during our Martin Luther King 40 days of Peace Campaign on the Charter's blog and through social media.

Shane O'Connor, our newest staff member, has decided to bike 40 km a day during these 40 days. 

While on his daily ride, he'll be directing his thoughts toward Martin Luther King...Continue reading here.

Read Day 2 / Read Day 3 / Read Day 4

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 PST / 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

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Feast for the Soul 2023

The backbone of the Charter's 40-Days of Peace commemoration will be the Feast of the Soul, a worldwide spiritual practice intensive, one that aims to co-create more love and peace within. A Charter for Compassion partner, the Feast for the Soul promotes self-discovery, mindfulness, meditation, and creative practices. You can think of it as a virtual retreat whereby you commit to 40 days of spiritual practice. Learn more and Register here!

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Upcoming Special Guests:

Thursday, January 26 - Shane O'Connor, Charter for Compassion on GoldenRuleism, 40K for MLK 40 days of peace, and working with Youth.

Thursday, February 2 - TBA

Thursday, February 9 - TBA




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