Celebrating Life 2023

Celebrating Life 2023


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 newsletter Celebrating Life 2023



"Celebrating Life 2023"
by Marilyn Turkovich




It is happening on April 1-16; a stream of events and a major conference rolled into one package. The Charter for Compassion, AgeNation, and a wonderful group of other organizations plus a cast of more than 50 well-known authors, experts, musicians and performers, film and documentary producers, and other luminaries are coming together to be part of a 16-day non-profit, global, virtual celebration, conference, and product services exposition that will reach audiences in more than 500 cities in 50 countries.

The Celebrating Life 2023 event is designed to celebrate the Human Spirit, New Hope, Promise, and Possibility after several years of very significant challenges. Continue reading here



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Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning is an innovative K-12 education program developed by Emory University.

SEE Learning‚ĄĘ provides educators with the tools they need to foster the development of emotional, social, and ethical intelligence for students and themselves.

This introductory program is free and will be followed by a Train-the-trainer program which will start in November 2023 and continue through May 2024.  Participating in this program will lead to a certificate. Learn more and register for all 5 sessions 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.

This upcoming week:

Tuesday, January 31 - Developing Kindness

Tuesday, January 31 - 45th Annual MLK Jr. Lecture & Celebration

February 1-7 - World Interfaith Harmony Week

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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Click/Tap the banner to learn more and register for an exciting 7-day journey through the Chakras as we celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week 2023, Feb 1-7, 9 am PST daily! 


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The Charter's LGBTQIA+ Initiative is launching its first global virtual festival!
This Festival goes from March 11-18

OUR PRIDE Video & Arts Fest is a virtual film festival with its own unique festival village, complete with original programming, panels, director Q&A’s, workshops, and live networking, sponsored and hosted by FILMOCRACY.

  • We are currently open for Submissions until March 1, 2023
  • Video Genres: Short Documentary, Narrative, Music Video, Animation, PSA & News Story
  • Video submissions must be 15 minutes or shorter
  • Accepting submissions from people ages 13-35
  • English subtitles are required for non-English submissions
  • There are no costs involved with submitting your video. Use FilmFreeway Promo Code: PRIDE2023

2023 THEME is "LOVE WINS! Compassion, Resilience & Solidarity," with entries highlighting compassion, resilience, and solidarity in the global LGBTQIA+ community, featuring such topics as Social Justice, Human Rights, Current Issues, Mental Health, Personal Stories, Local Pride, LGBTQIA+ Community & History, and more.

Submissions are judged by youth peers, educators, and LGBTQ+ professionals.  Winning entries will be announced in March 2023 with screenings throughout the year, including the International Children’s Film Festival at Comic-Con in San Diego. The top video entries will receive a variety of awards, prizes, and commendations.

 On the Blog

forgiveness is.very strange book cover40K for 40 Days: Day 10 -  Turning up 
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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 1 / Read Day 2 / Read Day 3 / Read Day 4 / Read Day 5 / Read Day 6 / Read Day 7 / Read Day 8 / Read Day 9


forgiveness is.very strange book coverAnnouncing Charter Events for World Interfaith Harmony Week 2023: Universal Healing
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Read a brief message from Donna Mills and Morgana Sythove on our 7-day journey through the chakras in commemoration of World Interfaith Harmony Week.


forgiveness is.very strange book coverDonate to help Uvalde, Texas, USA

Our Compassionate Cities in the state of Texas are issuing a call for donations to support the Uvalde Love Project.  All donations go to the project.  They are trying to reach and surpass a goal of $5,000.00.  Please help them reach that goal!  Learn more and donate here


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.

dr starita boyceFeast 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, February 2 - Donna Mills and Morgana Sythove, Co-leads in the RISE (Religion, Interfaith, Spirituality for the Earth) sector - special episode during World Interfaith Harmony Week (Feb 1-7)

Thursday, February 9 - TBA




The Charter for Compassion has a bold, audacious vision of co-creating a world that works for everyone. Please support the Charter with a monthly contribution that helps to build this global compassionate community - person by person, school by school, and city by city. Thank you!

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