The Global Read

The Global Read

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How It All Started...

As you may be aware, the Charter for Compassion established a Compassion Book Club inspired by and built around Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. Many of our members have formed book clubs and discussion groups surrounding this important work. Now, we would like to invite you to join us in the books we've selected for our All-Charter-Book-Read, called The Global Read.

How will this work?

We will select several books each year. Members can read these books individually, host book clubs, form discussion groups, etc. in our various and wide-spread places of residence. We will allocate several weeks for the reading of each book and then have the authors of the book lead an on-line discussion of their work as well as address questions generated by the audience. To participate in these conversations you'll need to register for the conference call. The link will be sent to you once you sign up to participate. If you cannot join the author and guests live, please send your questions in advance to this This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The recording will be available on the Charter website for viewing at a later time and date.

We are excited to be continuing this compassionate literary venture, and we look forward to your participation! Tell your friends. Bring them along for the discussion. Let’s read!
We encourage you to make your purchases through your local bookstore. However, if you plan to order your books from Amazon - please use Amazon Smile and select the Charter for Compassion as your charitable organization of choice.


Vanessa Hurst - A Constellation of Connections: Contemplative Relationships - June 12th @ 7 am PST
Webinar Facilitator: Mimi Hicklin, Charter for Compassion Administrator
A Constellation of ConnectionsVanessa Hurst
"I haven’t failed; I can tell you 10,000 ways not to be in relationship.”

Instead of judging our relationships in terms of success or failure, what happens when we view relationships as opportunities to experience our challenges, learn our lessons, and meet our life purpose? By reframing the way we perceive relationships, we create more mindful, contemplative connections with our self, others, the sacred, and all of creation.

Vanessa F. Hurst, M.S., uses the metaphor of the night sky to explore how silence, compassion, and communion contribute to living in relationship. By developing a greater awareness of these three elements, we mindfully create and sustain a constellation of contemplative relationships.

The Elements

  • Through the night sky’s inky darkness develop a practice of silence to increase awareness of the present moment, focus on relationship connections, and navigate around distractions.
  • Through the stars, the sparks of compassion present within each person, sentient being, and part of creation, practice self-compassion and strengthen relationships by sharing compassion and receiving it from others.
  • Through the connectors of our constellation, the deepest form of communication, communion, experiencing a full body, multi-sensory way of communicating. Engage others physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Through silence, compassion, and communion, we connect to others with greater awareness and mindfulness. Life becomes a dynamic, evolving constellation of contemplative relationships.

Vanessa F. Hurst is a life coach through intuitive connection, author, and compassion consultant. As a life coach, she forms a bridge from her intuition to her client’s to understand their current challenges, identify life lessons, and live with soul purpose. Vanessa develops and facilitates results-driven resources for identifying compassion competencies, stakeholder/community building, and organizational culture strengthening.  Vanessa brings 24 years of experience intuitively guiding clients in becoming their best — personally and organizationally.

Vanessa is the author of three books published by Wildefyr Press. She nationally presents programs featuring compassion, mindfulness, contemplative living, and intuitive awareness. She is the innovator-facilitator of both the Compassion Conversation© and Compassion’s Circle©. Contact Vanessa for programs, keynotes, consultations, and individual sessions. More information available at

Download the Study Guide for 'A Constellation of Connections' here.

Click here to watch the Global Read call recording for 'A Constellation of Connections'.

If you plan to use Amazon to purchase your book, please use Amazon Smile and choose Charter for Compassion as your charitable organization of choice. Thank you!

Robin DiAngelo - White Fragility - July 24th @ 8 am PST
Webinar Facilitator: Pattie Williams, Charter for Compassion Social Justice Sector Ambassador
Robin DiAngeloWhite Fragility
White Fragility

White people in the U.S. live in a racially insular social environment. This insulation builds our expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering our stamina for enduring racial stress. I term this lack of racial stamina “White Fragility.” White Fragility is a state in which even a minimal challenge to the white position becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves including: argumentation, invalidation, silence, withdrawal and claims of being attacked and misunderstood. These moves function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and maintain white control. Those who see themselves as “the choir” can be particularly challenging, for we tend to focus on “evidence of our advancement” rather than reach for humility and continually grapple with how to engage in intentional action. This book provides an overview of the socialization that inculcates white fragility and provide the perspectives and skills needed for white people to build their racial stamina and develop more equitable and just racial norms and practices. 

Dr. DiAngelo is Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. Her area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. She has numerous publications and books. Her book Is Everybody Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Critical Social Justice Education, (co-written with Özlem Sensoy) received both the American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Book Award (2012) and the Society of Professors of Education Book Award (2018). In 2011 she coined the term White Fragility in an academic article which has influenced the international dialogue on race. Her book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism was released in June of 2018 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice.

Click here to register for 'White Fragility'.

If you plan to use Amazon to purchase your book, please use Amazon Smile and choose Charter for Compassion as your charitable organization of choice. Thank you!

Daniel Goleman - 'A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World' - September 4th @ Noon PST

Webinar Facilitator: Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Associate Director for Emory University's Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics

A Force for Good cover Daniel GolemanFor more than half a century, in such books as The Art of Happiness and The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Inner Peace, the Dalai Lama has guided us along the path to compassion and taught us how to improve our inner lives. In A Force for Good, with the help of his longtime friend Daniel Goleman, the New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence, the Dalai Lama explains how to turn our compassionate energy outward. This revelatory and inspiring work provides a singular vision for transforming the world in practical and positive ways.

Much more than just the most prominent exponent of Tibetan Buddhism, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is also a futurist who possesses a profound understanding of current events and a remarkable canniness for modern social issues. When he takes the stage worldwide, people listen. A Force for Good combines the central concepts of the Dalai Lama, empirical evidence that supports them, and true stories of people who are putting his ideas into action—showing how harnessing positive energies and directing them outward has lasting and meaningful effects.

Daniel Goleman is an internationally known psychologist who lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses. As a science journalist Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half, with more than 5,000,000 copies in print worldwide in 40 languages, and has been a best seller in many countries. Apart from his books on emotional intelligence, Goleman has written books on  topics including self-deception, creativity, transparency, meditation, social and emotional learning, ecoliteracy and the ecological crisis.

Goleman’s work as a science journalist has been recognized with many awards, including the Washburn Award for science journalism, a Lifetime Career Award from the American Psychological Association, and he was made a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of his communicating science to the general public.

Click here to register for 'A Force for Good'.

If you plan to use Amazon to purchase your book, please use Amazon Smile and choose Charter for Compassion as your charitable organization of choice. Thank you!

Mary Robinson - 'Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for A Sustainable Future' - October 9th @ 4 am PST
Webinar Facilitator: Marc Barasch, Green World Campaign Founder
Climate Justice book coverMaryRobinsonAn urgent call to arms by one of the most important voices in the international fight against climate change, sharing inspiring stories and offering vital lessons for the path forward

Holding her first grandchild in her arms in 2003, Mary Robinson was struck by the uncertainty of the world he had been born into. Before his fiftieth birthday, he would share the planet with more than nine billion people – people battling for food, water, and shelter in an increasingly volatile climate. The faceless, shadowy menace of climate change had become, in an instant, deeply personal.

Mary Robinson's mission would lead her all over the world, from Malawi to Mongolia, and to a heartening revelation: that an irrepressible driving force in the battle for climate justice could be found at the grassroots level, mainly among women, many of them mothers and grandmothers like herself. From Sharon Hanshaw, the Mississippi matriarch whose campaign began in her East Biloxi hair salon and culminated in her speaking at the United Nations, to Constance Okollet, a small farmer who transformed the fortunes of her ailing community in rural Uganda, Robinson met with ordinary people whose resilience and ingenuity had already unlocked extraordinary change.

Powerful and deeply humane, Climate Justice is a stirring manifesto on one of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time, and a lucid, affirmative, and well-argued case for hope.

Click here to register for 'Climate Justice'.
If you plan to use Amazon to purchase your book, please use Amazon Smile and choose Charter for Compassion as your charitable organization of choice. Thank you!
Benjamin Sáenz - 'Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe' - November 13th @ 7 am PST
Webinar Facilitator: Marilyn Turkovich, Charter for Compassion Executive Director
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
Teachers, plan for your students to read the book during the month of October and be sure to plan to come onto our live Zoom call. Bring your questions for our live conversation with Mr. Sáenz!
Students, even if your teacher doesn't plan to have you with us for the live show - you can send in your questions in advance (to the email above) and Mr. Sáenz will do his best to answer them - live.
Benjamin Alire SaenzAristotle and Dante
Benjamin Alire Sáenz (born 16 August 1954) is an award-winning American poet, novelist and writer of children's books.

He was born at Old Picacho, New Mexico, the fourth of seven children, and was raised on a small farm near Mesilla, New Mexico. He graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1972. That fall, he entered St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colorado where he received a B.A. degree in Humanities and Philosophy in 1977. He studied Theology at the University of Louvain in Leuven, Belgium from 1977 to 1981. He was a priest for a few years in El Paso, Texas before leaving the order.

In 1985, he returned to school, and studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso where he earned an M.A. degree in Creative Writing. He then spent a year at the University of Iowa as a PhD student in American Literature. A year later, he was awarded a Wallace E. Stegner fellowship. While at Stanford University under the guidance of Denise Levertov, he completed his first book of poems, Calendar of Dust, which won an American Book Award in 1992. He entered the Ph.D. program at Stanford and continued his studies for two more years. Before completing his Ph.D., he moved back to the border and began teaching at the University of Texas at El Paso in the bilingual MFA program.

His first novel, Carry Me Like Water was a saga that brought together the Victorian novel and the Latin American tradition of magic realism and received much critical attention.

In The Book of What Remains (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), his fifth book of poems, he writes to the core truth of life's ever-shifting memories. Set along the Mexican border, the contrast between the desert's austere beauty and the brutality of border politics mirrors humanity's capacity for both generosity and cruelty.

In 2005, he curated a show of photographs by Julian Cardona. Be sure to check out 'The Inexplicable Logic of My Life', his newest novel. He lives and works in El Paso, Texas.

Click here to register for 'Aristotle & Dante'.

If you plan to use Amazon to purchase your book, please use Amazon Smile and choose Charter for Compassion as your charitable organization of choice. Thank you!

Katharine Wilkinson 'Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to DrawdownKatharine WilkinsonReverse Global Warming
December 10th @ 7 am PST
Webinar Facilitator: Marguerite Chandler,
The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world...
In the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists have come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. One hundred techniques and practices are described here—some are well known; some you may have never heard of. They range from clean energy to educating girls in lower-income countries to land use practices that pull carbon out of the air. The solutions exist, are economically viable, and communities throughout the world are currently enacting them with skill and determination. If deployed collectively on a global scale over the next thirty years, they represent a credible path forward, not just to slow the earth’s warming but to reach drawdown, that point in time when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere peak and begin to decline. These measures promise cascading benefits to human health, security, prosperity, and well-being—giving us every reason to see this planetary crisis as an opportunity to create a just and livable world.
KATHARINE WILKINSON is an author, strategist, and teacher, working to heal the planet we call home.
Katharine is Vice President of Communication & Engagement at Project Drawdown and Senior Writer for the New York Times bestseller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Her first book, Between God & Green: How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change, was dubbed “a vitally important, even subversive, story” by The Boston Globe.

Katharine speaks internationally, sharing her expertise at Aspen Ideas, Skoll World Forum, Talks @ Google, TED Women, and through frequent media appearances. Her TED Talk on gender equity and climate has more than 1.3 million views. In 2019, Planned Parenthood honored her as a “Legend in the Making” and GreenBiz named her one of “25 Badass Women” transforming the climate movement.

Katharine’s interdisciplinary background spans academia, business, and the social sector. Previously, she was Director of Strategy at the purpose consultancy BrightHouse and worked for The Boston Consulting Group and Natural Resources Defense Council. Katharine has taught at the University of Oxford and Agnes Scott College. She currently advises on Mary Robinson’s podcast, Mothers of Invention, and serves on the boards of WildArk and Chattahoochee NOW.

Katharine holds a doctorate in Geography & Environment from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. in Religion from Sewanee—The University of the South. She is happiest on a mountain or a horse.

Click here to register for, 'Drawdown'

If you plan to use Amazon to purchase your book, please use Amazon Smile and choose Charter for Compassion as your charitable organization of choice. Thank you!

Past Global Reads
Reconnecting With Nature Dr. Michael J. Cohen
Compassionate Achiever  Christopher L. Kukk
Touching Spirit Bear Ben Mikaelsen
The Internationalists Dona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro
Writing on the Landscape Jennifer Wilhoit
The Compassionate Life Marc Ian Barasch
Great Tide Rising Kathleen Dean Moore
How Fast Can You Run Harriet Levin Millan
From Hero To Healer Dr. Robin Youngson
One Wholesome World Dr. Omkar Nath Wakhlu and Arun Wakhlu
Petey Ben Mikaelsen
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Compassion Book Club - Charter for Compassion
In this important and thought-provoking work, Karen Armstrong - one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world - provides an impassioned and practical guide to helping us make the world a more compassionate place.


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