Charter for Compassion

Charter for Compassion

Author Karen Armstrong inspires a collaborative global project to recognize that the Golden Rule is fundamental to all world religions.

When Karen Armstrong won the TED prize to make any wish come true, she created a “Charter for Compassion” to bring together voices from all religions and backgrounds and remind the world that while all faiths are not the same, they all share the share the core principle of compassion and the Golden Rule. In this moving KarmaTube video, Karen and many other friends lay out a beautiful narrative as an invitation into this collective inquiry.

Karen Armstrong is a former Roman Catholic nun who left a British convent to pursue a degree in modern literature at Oxford. In 1982 she wrote a book about her seven years in the convent, Through the Narrow Gate; her recent book The Spiral Staircase discusses her subsequent spiritual awakening after leaving the convent, when she began to develop her iconoclastic take on the great monotheistic religions. She has written more than 20 books around the ideas of what Islam, Judaism and Christianity have in common, and around their effect on world events, including the magisterial A History of God and Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today’s World. Her latest book is The Bible: A Biography.

The Charter for Compassion is a collaborative effort to build a peaceful and harmonious global community. Bringing together the voices of people from all religions, the Charter seeks to change the tenor of the conversation around religion. It will be a clarion call to the world.

Using innovative group decision-making software, people of all faiths, from all across the globe, will contribute their words and stories on a website designed specifically for the Charter. A Council of Sages, made up of religious thinkers and leaders, will craft the world’s words into the final version of the Charter. The document will not only speak to the core ideas of compassion but will also address the actions all segments of society can take to bring these ideas into the world more fully. The Charter for Compassion will then be signed by religious leaders of all faiths at a large launch event, followed by a series of other events to publicize and promote the Charter around the world.

The Charter will set out to show that the voice of negativity and violence so often associated with religion is the minority and that the voice of compassion is the majority. It will be completed in 2009.


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  Posted by ok blog on Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 11:19 PST
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