It's Hard to Look at Desolation

It's Hard to Look at Desolation


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"It's Hard to Look at Desolation"




Thank you, Marilyn, for putting together the history and reminding us‚ÄĒin your blog post about Gaziantep, that yes, we are, and always have been‚ÄĒone. What happens there affects us here. What happens to humanity there, hurts our hearts here. Gazantiep is among our earliest Compassionate Cities, as was my city‚ÄĒAppleton, in Wisconsin. A sister city, if you will. We are Gazantiep.

The death toll from the earthquake stands now, almost a week, later, at 33,000, and there was a 4.6 aftershock today. This heaped upon a decade of war in Syria! Sixty percent of the infrastructure was already damaged before the earthquake. How much tragedy can be heaped upon a people without them completely collapsing? What more can occur that obliterates the human spirit? How much can a human being/s stand? 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. Session Two: Bringing the Science of Compassion into the Classroom is happening on MARCH 1. Learn more and register for any of the 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:

February 23 - Religicide

February 25 - Shamanic Journeying

Charter for Compassion News, Programs, and Webinars

 Charter Education Institute 

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Introduction to Compassionate Listening: Bringing the Light of Compassion to a Conflicted World with Kathleen Coyne, PhD
This 6-week Course begins March 13, 2023

Now, more than ever, our world desperately needs compassion. And we especially need it in our families and communities.  You are invited to join us for a highly interactive, experiential, and inspiring introductory workshop on Compassionate Listening.

Compassionate Listening offers an opportunity to practice radical compassion in our day-to-day lives. Based on the work of the Compassionate Listening Project, compassionate listening is a practice that invites us to listen with an ‚Äėear of the heart‚Äô to those around us, particularly those we may not agree with. In our highly divided world, the possibilities for conflict are ubiquitous and the damage is often personally painful and seemingly irreparable. In many cases, people who are most vulnerable are those who are most impacted.

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Politics of Being: WISDOM and SCIENCE for a New Development Paradigm by Thomas LeGrand, PhD
Wednesday, March 8 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) 
Mobilizing a wealth of scientific research from many different fields, the core teachings of wisdom traditions, and his own personal experience, Legrand articulates how politics can support human flourishing and the collective shift of consciousness that our current challenges demand.

An awakening journey into our human and social potential, Politics of Being charts the way for a truly human development in the 21st century, one to reconcile our minds and hearts, and the whole Earth community.

A unique, field-defining work on what may be the most important subject of our times… and history!

dr starita boyceCompassion Circle 5 - The Charter Sangha 
Last Saturday of the month.
Saturday, February 25 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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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 32 - Bringing Ethical Mindfulness to Motion. 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 Day 1 here

Read Day 5 / Read Day 10 /Read Day 15 / Read Day 20 / Read Day 25 / Read Day 30

forgiveness is.very strange book coverTurkey & Syria Fundraiser

More than 10,000 people dead, and thousands were wounded. 

We have set up a fundraiser via Facebook. All proceeds go towards disaster relief for the people affected by the earthquakes. No processing fees through this method.

Click/Tap Here to donate


From our Partners

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Cultivating Compassion
Second Session, Thursday, February 23, 5 pm PST / 8 pm EST

How is it that we wind up alienated from one another? Following his curiosity about this very question led Marshall Rosenberg to identify four things: moralistic judgments, refusing to take responsibility for ourselves, making demands, and thinking, ‚Äúwho deserves what.‚ÄĚ We do these things to ourselves and to the people around us, bringing disconnection and isolation. Nonviolent Communication points the way toward more connection with ourselves and others with a language of life

This session is part of our Cultivating Compassion 2023 series designed to help us learn and practice the skills of connection.  Drawing from psychology, sociology, philosophy, and history, we'll adopt a quarterly rhythm of two book discussions and a practice session where we take on a controversial issue to practice our developing skills.


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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!

newseltter unnamedProSocial World, a Charter partner, offers an interactive learning experience called Leading ProSocial. It's being put on by our friends at Prosocial World, and it's starting on February 21st, 2023. It's a six-month program, with 12 workshops, where you and the groups you're a part of can learn how to work together better and be more successful in everything you do. 

Leading ProSocial is all about finding ways to help different groups work together to make good things happen. It's about making sure everyone is working towards the same goal and that everyone is motivated to do their best.

This is a space to explore how ProSocial works in real life and do some hands-on learning and learning together. 

If you're looking for a chance to be a powerful leader in your group and make a positive difference, this may be the perfect opportunity for you! Check out their website to find out more, and sign up!

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Upcoming Special Guests:

Thursday, February 23 - John Boswell with LGBTQ+ Film Fest.

Thursday, March 9 - ZaHaVa Sheréz




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