A global coalition of compassionate and equal justice seeking leaders are taking a stand together, calling for all of us to pledge to honor and respect the equal rights of all humans, regardless of race, nation, religion or any other reason.
A moral reset button which is included in all religions and humanist philosophies. Do not do to others what you would not have done to yourself.
An excellent place to start for the highest social good. Check out what these folks are up to, I included the founders list with a brief bio. at the end of this post. I will be posting their good news as I go through the list. Stay tuned…….
The Charter for Compassion is a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national differences. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter activates the Golden Rule around the world.
The Charter for Compassion is a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more importantly, compassionate action to the center of religious, moral and political life. Compassion is the principled determination to put ourselves in the shoes of the other, and lies at the heart of all religious and ethical systems.
The text of the Charter for Compassion:
The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.
It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others—even our enemies—is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.
We therefore 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.
We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.
Charter for Compassion International was formed in January, 2014 to help build a global compassion movement. The organization is inspired by the Charter for Compassion, created by Karen Armstrong and the Council of Conscience in 2009, and inherits major contributions made by TED.com, the Fetzer Institute, the Compassionate Action Network, and many others. Charter for Compassion International provides an umbrella for people in collaborative partnerships worldwide. Our mission is to bring to life the principles articulated in the Charter for Compassion through concrete, practical action in a myriad of sectors.
The Global Compassion Council is the governing body for the Charter for Compassion International. Recruited from around the world, the Council is a confluence of leaders of the movement in the realms of government, business, education, philanthropy, religion & spirituality, health care, the environment, peace, and social justice. The chair of the Council is Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, a devoted activist for peace and social justice. Among many other “firsts,” she was the first ordained woman to be General Secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; and the first woman Director of Religion at the historic Chautauqua Institution, a center for religion, education, the arts, and recreation. More about Rev. Campbell.
- Karen Armstrong, 2008 TED Prize winner, creator of the Charter for Compassion, renowned author on religion, history, compassion.
- Joan Brown Campbell, chair of the Council. Campbell is a noted religious leader and peace and social justice activist, former general secretary of the US, National Council of Churches
- Allan Boesak, minister of South African Dutch Reformed Church cleric, South African politician and politician and anti-apartheid activist.
- Amy Novogratz, former director of the TED Prize, television and web producer, co-founder of Social Policy Action Network
- Amin Hanswani, Pakistani businessman and founder of the Compassionate Schools Network and Charter for Compassion Pakistan
- Anil Sachdev, Indian business leader and founder of the School for Inspired Leadership in Gurgaon, India
- Anil Singh-Morales, religious scholar, business executive, and co-founder of Seattle’s Compassionate Action Network.
- Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp, human rights advocate, writer, environmental activist and champion of civil society worldwide; leader in global, humanitarian, and interfaith organizations and initiatives.
- Chandra Muzaffar, internationally known Malaysian advocate for human rights, President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST)
- Cynthia Figge, business innovator and leader in movement for corporate social responsibility, co-founder of CSRHub.com.
- Diana Eck, award-winning religion author, professor at Harvard Divinity School, director of the Pluralism Project, chair of Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches.
- Elizabeth Rider, Director of Academic Programs at the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice, Boston Children’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School
- Howard Behar, former president of Starbucks International, author of It’s Not about the Coffee.
- Dr. James Doty, Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University, founder of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Empathy Research and Education.
- Haidar Bagir, Indonesian publisher and educator, president director of Indonesian publisher Mizan Group, professor at Islamic College for Advanced Studies (ICAS) London in Jakarta.
- Jean Zaru, Palestinian Quaker, founding member of Sabeel, an ecumenical Palestinian Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem; helped establish Friends International Center in Ramallah.
- Jeff Vander Clute, evolutionary leader consultant to technology startups, nonprofits at the leading edge of social transformation, and global communities of practice.
- Karoline Klerk, founder of Compassionate Sweden, a non-profit network organization that promotes compassionate strategies in Sweden.
- Lynne Twist, global citizen, teacher, author of The Soul of Money, co-founder of the Pachamama Alliance, empowering indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve lands and culture.
- Magdalena Whoolery, citizen activist and organizer, founder of the Botho Compassion Movement in Bostwana.
- Michael Wolfe, Muslim American poet, author, Executive Producer of Unity Productions Foundation; author of The Hadj, and One Thousand Roads to Mecca.
- Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Imam of All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling, Virginia
- Monica Neomagus, leader of the compassion movement in the Netherlands, social worker, teacher, and organizer.
- Mussie Hailu, peace ambassador and teacher from Addis Adaba; international advocate and activist for creating a culture of peace, interfaith harmony & cooperation.
- Professor Nasser David Khalili, founder & chairman of the Maimonides Interfaith Foundation and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador; world-renowned scholar, collector and philanthropist.
- Rev. Dr Ofelia Ortega Suárez, minister of Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba, elected member of the Cuban National Assembly, leader in World Council of Churches.
- Owsley Brown, philanthropist, filmmaker, and activist on behalf of interfaith partnerships and the compassion movement.
- Peter Storey, former president of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, past president of the South African Council of Churches, and Methodist Bishop of Johannesburg/Soweto.
- Chief Phil Lane, Jr., enrolled member of the Yankton Dakota and Chickasaw First Nations, leader in human and community development, Chair of the Four Worlds International Institute (FWII).
- Robi Damelin, leader and spokesperson for the Parent’s Circle in Palestine/Israel, a peace-making organization composed of parents who have lost their children in the conflict.
- Roshi Joan Halifax, Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care; Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe.
- Tom Williams, co-host of the Partnership for a Compassionate Louisville; founder and chair of Restorative Justice Louisville, Inc.; past President of the Louisville Bar Association.
- Tori McClure, president of Spalding University in Louisville, the first university to sign the Charter for Compassion; first woman to row a boat, alone, and without assistance, across the Atlantic.
- Vinciane Rycroft, Director and Co-Founder at Mind with Heart in London, United Kingdom; main organizer behind the international conference Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference,
- Will Poole, Social Technologist and angel investor, co-founder and Managing Partner of Unitus Seed Fund, former corporate vice president of the Unlimited Potential Group at Microsoft Corp.
- Yaffa Maritz, co-founder of Listening Mothers, using reflective and mindful techniques to increase enhance parenting; founder and director of the Community of Mindful Parents
- Zeid Abdul-Hadi, Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of an investment and development company in Amman – Jordan; founder of Charter for Compassion Jordan.