We... call upon all men and women to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion ~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate ~ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures ~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity ~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings—even those regarded as enemies.
The above words are taken from the Charter for Compassion. It is evident that we live in complicated and troubled times but the Charter and the work of the Charter is about bringing us back to respecting and honoring those with whom we live. The Charter is about civility-acting with consideration and care--towards others. The Charter is about hope and building peace.
As we approach the holiday season and the advent of a New Year let us all recommit to the words and intent of the Charter.
With gratitude for all of the good works you do for others, and in appreciation for what you have given to the Charter.
Marilyn Turkovich, Director
Charter for Compassion International
Join Parliament interim Executive Director Rev. Dr. Larry Greenfield and Chair of the Board Imam Malik Mujahid for a timely talk tomorrow on the potential that the holiday season holds for followers of all faiths to stem hatred in all communities, with a special focus on strategies that can be implemented immediately by interfaith activists to challenge the recent surge of Islamophobia.
Interfaith Christmas Special
Experience a Christmas Eve Celebration like no other! At a time when violence in the name of religion is dominating the news, people of all faiths celebrate peace through song, dance, prayer, and share stories of peacebuilding work around the world.
Watch "May Peace Prevail on Earth: An Interfaith Christmas Special" produced by the United Religions Initiative on your local CBS station on Thursday, December 24 at 11:35 pm ET/PT and 10:35 pm CT.
The program will also be available on the URI website and YouTube channel starting at 11:40 p.m.
We believe a compassionate world is a peaceful world. We believe a compassionate world is possible when every man, woman and child treats others as they would wish to be treated - with dignity, equity and respect. We believe all human beings are born with the capacity for compassion, and it must be cultivated for human beings to survive and thrive. Thank you for considering this request. Please donate to the Charter. Donate here.