Carta por la Compasión. Abril 014

 
Forgive Thy Brother by Scott Erickson

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another. ~Thomas Merton

Dear Silviano,

Meet the Global Compassion Council Members

A newly inaugurated Global Compassion Council (GCC) 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. Members from the GCC whose life work is deeply rooted in the fields of religion, spirituality and interfaith work are listed below.  Learn more about each of them and other GCC members by visiting the Charter’s website.

    

Dr. Campbell is truly a woman of “firsts.”  She was the first woman to be Associate Executive Director of the Greater Cleveland Council of Churches; the first woman to be Executive Director of the U.S. office of the World Council of Churches; 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.

Alan Boesak first became known as a liberation theologian, starting with the publication of his doctoral work (Farewell to Innocence, 1976). For the next decade or so, he continued to write well-received books and collections of essays, sermons, and so on. In 2008, while serving as the Moderator of the Cape Synod of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa, Boesak, to the shock of many senior church leaders, announced that he would resign all of his positions within the church because of the church’s discriminatory position on homosexuality and gay and lesbian persons. Boesak invoked the anti-apartheid 1986 Belhar Declaration, which lambasts all forms of discrimination, to say that the church should welcome gays and lesbians and begin to perform gay marriage ceremonies and appoint gay clergy.

Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp is an award-winning human rights advocate, lecturer, writer, environmental activist and champion of civil society worldwide who is active in a wide variety of progressive, humanitarian, and interfaith organizations and initiatives. Born in Amsterdam, Rabbi Soetendorp was saved from the Nazis by a righteous couple and survived as a “hidden child.” He went on to receive his ordination from Leo Baeck College of London in 1967 and was instrumental in the reestablishment of Jewish communities in the Netherlands.

  

Diana Eck’s academic work has a dual focus—India and America. Her work on India focuses on popular religion, especially temples and places of pilgrimage, called tirthas. Her books include Banaras: City of Light and Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India and her most recent work, India: A Sacred Geography, published in 2012 Her work on the United States focuses especially on the challenges of religious pluralism in a multi-religious society. Since 1991, she has headed the Pluralism Project, which explores and interprets the religious dimensions of America’s new immigration; the growth of Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, and Zoroastrian communities in the United States; and the new issues of religious pluralism and American civil society.

Imam Magid currently serves as the President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He is also active in both the interfaith and Islamic community. Imam Magid is the Imam of All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling, Virginia. Under his direction, the Center has grown to be one of the largest Muslim community organizations in the Washington Metropolitan Area. He also occupies the Chairmanship of the Fairfax County Faith Communities in Action, and a Chaplin of George Mason University Campus Ministry. He is also the Vice Chairman of Muflehun, a think tank, which is focused on confronting violent extremist thought through research-driven preventative programs within a religious paradigm.

Rev. Dr Ofelia Ortega Suárez, of the Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba, a pioneering woman theologian and ecumenist, was the first Presbyterian woman to be ordained in Cuba. She is also an elected member of the Cuban National Assembly and completed a term as President for Latin American and the Caribbean of the World Council of Churches in 2013.

Professor Storey is former president of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, past president of the South African Council of Churches, and was Methodist Bishop of the Johannesburg/Soweto area for 13 years. A native South African with a 30-year track record in urban ministry, he served as director of a 24- hour crisis intervention service in Sydney, Australia, senior minister of the Inner-City Methodist Mission in District Six, Cape Town, and of the Central Methodist Mission in Johannesburg. In the 1960s, Professor Storey founded a network of crisis intervention centers in South Africa and served as chaplain to Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners on Robben Island.

 

Strategic Partnership Announcement signed on April 3, 2014 between

Parliament of the World’s Religions and the Charter for Compassion

                   

The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions and Charter for Compassion International today [April 3, 2014] announce our strategic partnership aimed at supporting the emergence of the Compassionate Cities movement worldwide.

This Compassionate Cities movement is deeply aligned with the principles of the Parliament. The International Campaign for Compassionate Cities aims to affirm the principle of compassion in the behavior of hundreds of millions of people in thousands of communities around the globe. We believe compassion is a practical, measurable standard we can apply to specific outcomes, including the alleviation of poverty, hunger, and disease, the protection of human rights, the extension of democracy, the creation of a peaceful world, and dealing with the challenges of global climate change.

The Parliament of the World’s Religions is the mother of the global interfaith movement. Its mission is to achieve a peaceful, just and sustainable world, and at the heart of that mission is the convening of the world’s largest interfaith gathering, each time in a different host city. The first Parliament was held in 1893 in Chicago and brought Hinduism, Buddhism, the Jains, Sikhs, and other Eastern faiths to the United States.

The Council of the Parliament will encourage Ambassadors of the Parliament as well as its members and affiliates around the world to join the Compassionate Cities Initiative and to engage their local communities with the movement. The Charter for Compassion will highlight the Parliament’s efforts to bring the principles of the Charter to life in projects and programs in every community.

Signed by, Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Parliament; and Karen Armstrong, Founder, Charter for Compassion International and author of the Charter for Compassion on April 3, 2013, at Atlanta, GA, USA.

 

Let’s Talk: Religion/Spirituality and Faith-Based Call

 

On Tuesday, April 22nd, we will have our Religion/Spirituality/Faith-Based sector conference call. The call lasts for 90 minutes. This is a general call for all partners. We will be using the Maestro Platform for this call so you will need to registerto get the call-in number, and you will receive your own personal identification access number. Please register online as soon as possible since this allows us to tailor the agenda to meet the needs of those involved in the call.

To make certain as to what time the call would begin in your location, consult the World Clock—Time Converter. Start with Seattle at 6:00 AM and enter your city in the field and click on convert.  For example, 6 am PST in Seattle, 9 am EST in London, 3 pm GMT, etc.

 

Reaching Out!

During the last year the Charter’s Religion/Spirituality/Faith-Based sector has grown to close to 100 partners.  If you would like, or know of an organization who would be interested in being a partner to the network, please tell them about the Charter.  The process for joining is easy and requires just a few minutes of time, though the rewards of being a member are long term and can be as extensive as you like.

 

Exercise your Compassion! Join the Compassion Relays!

Bring compassion into your everyday life and that of your community.

Anyone, any age, can participate in the Relays, now and year-round. The Relays mobilize each of us to seek, discover, and practice compassion in our daily lives. We share acts of compassion and pass on compassion person-to-person and group-to-group around the world.

Use the Compassion Relays Torch logo to highlight and pass on news about the Relays to friends, family, and colleagues via social media and hand-to-hand.

Remember these two key links for the Compassion Relays!

1)  Find basic information about the Relays

2)  Report your acts of compassion and your Relays experience via the Compassion Map.

 

Charter for Compassion International is sustained by donations from supporters across the globe. To learn more about how you can help, click here.

Charter Peace Newsletter – April 2014. De Carta por la Compasión‏


“Together for Peace” by Argentinian artist Juan Carlos Ñañake

Dear Silviano,

The Peace sector of the Charter for Compassion is one of our newer efforts to involve organizations who are working on issues of peace and nonviolence to become a part of our network.  As the tag line to the Charter for Compassion states:  Peace starts here.

Meet the Global Compassion Council Members

A newly inaugurated Global Compassion Council (GCC) 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. Members from the GCC whose life work is deeply rooted in the fields of peace and humanitarian work are listed below.  Learn more about each of them and other GCC members by visiting the Charter’s website.

Chandra Muzaffar, an internationally known advocate for human rights, is a Malaysian who for many years taught at universities in his country, while remaining active in NGO work. A political scientist, his last academic position was professor and director, the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue, University of Malaysia. He is the president of an international NGO, the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), which is concerned with challenges to social justice and human dignity in global politics.
Janja Beč Neumann is a Serbian-born sociologist, genocide researcher, writer and lecturer. She holds BSc in Engineering of Technology (University of Belgrade) and PhD in Sociology (University of Zagreb, University of Cambridge). She is a member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.  In her scientific work she concerns herself in research and lecture with the topics War Crimes, Genocide and Memories in the territories of the former Yugoslavia.
Jean Mikhail Zaru is a Palestinian Quaker who was a founding member of Sabeel, an ecumenical Palestinian Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Friends International Center in Ramallah.“We must work hard to find nonviolent ways of overcoming political, social, economic, ecological, and religious violence and to join hands with all those who are committed to fighting the forces of darkness,” Zaru says. “In order to hope for justice and to hope for peace, we must work for peace.”
Hon. Mussie Hailu was born and grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and studied Comparative Religions, International Relationships, Management and Metaphysical Philosophy. He also attended the Peace building & Development Institute at School of International Service of American University Summer Course.He is an international advocate and activist for Culture of Peace, Interfaith Harmony & cooperation, world citizenship, right human relationship, reconciliation & dialogue, environmental protection and volunteerism.
Robi Damelin was born in South Africa and immigrated to Israel in 1967 as a volunteer in a kibbutz. She lost her son David in March, 2002, when a Palestinian sniper shot him. David was a student at Tel Aviv University studying for his MA in The philosophy of Education. David was an active member of the peace movement. Since 2003 Robi has been making use of her personal pain for reconciliation rather than revenge and thereby creating a ray of light for peace in the Middle East. The unique role of her work is to spearhead and set an example for a reconciliation process to be created in Israel and Palestine somewhat like the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Let’s Talk Peace

On Tuesday, April 15th, we will be having our Peace sector conference call.  This call is specifically for our peace partners – if you would like to participate and you are not yet a Charter Partner, please sign up here. The call lasts for 90 minutes.  This is a general call for all peace partners. We will be using the Maestro Platform for this call so you will need to registerto get the call-in number, and you will receive your own personal identification access number.  Please register online as soon as possible since this allows us to tailor the agenda to meet the needs of those involved in the call.

To make certain as to what time the call would begin in your location, consult theWorld Clock—Time Converter.  Start with Seattle at 6:00 AM and enter your city in the field and click on convert.

The Charter’s Featured Peace Partner

September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows (Peaceful Tomorrows) is an organization founded by family members of those killed on September 11th who have united to turn their grief into action for peace. By developing and advocating nonviolent options and actions in the pursuit of justice, they hope to break the cycles of violence engendered by war and terrorism. Acknowledging a common experience with all people affected by violence throughout the world, Peaceful Tomorrows works to create a safer and more peaceful world for everyone.

Peaceful Tomorrows partners with The Charter for Compassion in advancing non-violent responses to all forms of violence, both individual and institutional. Among Peaceful Tomorrows’ goals are to promote dialogue on alternatives to war, recognizing that the resulting deaths are overwhelmingly civilian. Through education they hope to raise the consciousness of students and members of the general public on issues of war, peace, and the underlying causes of terrorism.

In campaigns such as 9/11 Voices for the Rule of Law, Peaceful Tomorrows members also call attention to, and seek to reverse, threats to civil liberties, human rights, and other freedoms in the United States as a consequence of war.  Working with partners across the globe who have also been personally harmed or lost loved ones to violence in an International Network for Peace, they promote policies in the U.S. and other nations that place a priority on internationally-recognized principles of human rights, democracy and self-rule. 

Visit Peaceful Tomorrows on our Charter site to learn about Education Resources for the classroom.


Please Keep in Touch

Learn more about our Charter Peace sector partners, and take a look at our Compassionate Peace Reader.  Please share your writings, thoughts and events with us.  Also, consider bringing in new peace partners to the Charter network.  We can accomplish a great deal more by adding hands, hearts and minds to our end goal of bringing shared dialogue, compassionate action to our peace efforts.

 


A path to world peace!  Join the Compassion Relays!

World peace begins with each of us each day, when we choose how we lead our lives (how we care for others, ourselves, and the Earth).  We move closer to peace when we practice “walking the talk.”  Make compassion an everyday practice in your life and in your communities. 

People of all ages, any time, and any place can participate in the Relays, now and year-round.  The Relays mobilize each of us to seek, discover, and practice compassion in our daily lives.  We share acts of compassion and pass on compassion person-to-person and group-to-group around the world. 

Use the Compassion Relays Torch logo to highlight and pass on news about the Relays to friends, family, and colleagues via social media and hand-to-hand.  

 

Remember these two key links for the Compassion Relays!

  1. Find basic information about the Relays here.
  2. Report your acts of compassion and your Relays experience via the Compassion Map.

Charter for Compassion International is sustained by donations from supporters across the globe. To learn more about how you can help, click here.

Carta por la Compasión. Boletín de marzo 2014. Salud

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March 2014 Newsletter – Focus on Healthcare

healthcareHistory of Medicine in Mexico — The People’s Demand
for Better Health by Diego Rivera

Dear Silviano,

Earlier this month, the Charter for Compassion International announced our Global Compassion Council (GCC) and our global members who are helping to guide the work of the Charter.  Of our thirty-seven members we have four who are from positions in Healthcare. Here is a brief bio for each:

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Dr. Elizabeth Rider
Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD, a pediatrician and medical educator, teaches and consults internationally on relationship-centered care, communication skills, professionalism, reflective practice, narrative, and healthcare education program development. An Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Rider has been an invited speaker in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia, and Taiwan, where she was invited by Taiwan’s Education Ministry to teach leaders from Taiwan’s 11 medical schools about teaching, assessing, and integrating communication and relational skills into medical education curricula.

Dr. James Doty
James Doty, MD, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of CA, Irvine and medical school at Tulane University. He trained in neurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and completed fellowships in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia (CHOP) and in neuroelectrophysiology focused on the use of evoked potentials to assess the integrity of neurological function.
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whoolery Dr. Magdalena Whoolery
Magdalena Whoolery lives in Botswana where she founded the Botho Compassion Movement in 2013, mobilizing the community to cultivate and nurture compassion. The movement has developed a network of organizations through the Charter for Compassion and conducted capacity building and compassion events. Magdalena is a nurse with a PhD in Health Studies from Brunel University, specialized in the care of homeless people with Tuberculosis (TB), developing the theory of Survivalising. For her thesis, she conducted cohort analysis of social, environmental and clinical factors likely to impact treatment outcomes for tuberculosis patients in London, and contributed to the publication of its findings in THORAX Journal.
Roshi Joan Halifax
Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology in 1973 and has lectured on the subject of death and dying at many academic institutions and medical centers around the world. She received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Visual Anthropology, was an Honorary Research Fellow in Medical Ethnobotany at Harvard University, and was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress.
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Healthcare’s focus on physical disease and bio-medicine is unbalanced. We need to pay much more attention to emotional, psychological and spiritual wellbeing and the huge importance of healing relationships.

~ Dr. Robin Youngson,
Time to Care

Learn more of each of the four individuals above and our other GCC members.  Dr. Elizabeth Rider (information above) and Dr. Robin Youngson from Auckland, New Zealand have guided our Healthcare sector from its initiation just over a year ago.  The GCC members who are associated in healthcare will help to guide our work in compassionate healthcare in the global arena, assist us in reaching out to current and prospective partners, and help build our Compassionate Healthcare Reader by introducing us to new avenues of practice, reflection and research.

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When you visit the Healthcare section of the Charter’s website, you’ll see a link to Hearts in Healthcare, the organization begun by Dr. Youngson. The site is a hub where you can find articles, inspiration, resources and campaigns, all designed to help you be part of this movement for change, motivating others to join in and supporting each other as together we all work towards our goal. If you are in healthcare or not, visit the Hearts in Healthcare website and register as a member.


Welcoming Healthcare Partners

During the last year, the Charter’s Healthcare sector has grown to 79 partners.  Below is the list of healthcare partners added since January 1, 2014.  Click on the name*, and you will find your way to the partner web page.

If you would like, or know of an organization who would be interested in being a partner to the network, please tell them about the Charter.  The process for joining is easy and requires just a few minutes of time, though the rewards of being a member are long term and can be as extensive as you like.

* Please note that there are no links to some partners.  Their website partner pages are still in process.

  1. David J. Johnson, Erie PA, USA
  2. Dignity Health North State, Redding CA, USA
  3. Enzo Behavioral Healthcare, Clearwater FL, USA
  4. Global Health Alliance (Contact: Shaneela Omar) Houston TX, USA
  5. Holy Cross Hospice, Gaborone, Botswana
  6. Hospice Palliative Care Association, Cape Town, South Africa
  7. International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  8. Laura Bassi Physio-Therapy, Ferrara, Italy
  9. Mental Health in African American Community, Atlanta GA, USA
  10. Mental Health Chaplaincy, Seattle WA, USA
  11. Mesert Humanitarian Organization (Contact:Temesgen Tefera) Addis Ababa
  12. Methodist-LeBonheur Healthcare (Contact: Jim West) Memphis TN, USA
  13. Nightingale Initiative for Global Health, Neepawa MB, Canada
  14. Post Traumatic Stress Injury Recovery Support, Wynndel BC, Canada
  15. Providence Pediatric Emergency Department, Providence RI, USA
  16. Rall Counseling Service, Nelspruit, South Africa
  17. St. Luke’s Medical Center, Taguiq, Philippines
  18. Umududuzi: Hospice Care for Children, Durban, South Africa
  19. University of Tasmania: Healthcare Division, Glenalta, Australia
  20. Village Health Works, New York NY, USA and Burundi

Next Healthcare Partner Call

Our next Healthcare Call will be Tuesday, April 1.  This is a general call for all healthcare partners. We will be using Maestro Platform for this call so you will need to register to get the call-in number, and you will receive your own personal identification access number. Please register online as soon as possible since this allows us to tailor the agenda to meet the needs of those involved in the call.

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Seattle (U.S.A. – Washington)  6:00 AM
Montreal (Canada – Quebec)  9:00 AM
Halifax (Canada – Nova Scotia) 10:00 AM
London (United Kingdom – England)  1:00 AM
Stockholm (Sweden)  2:00 PM
Cape Town (South Africa)  3:00 PM
Amman (Jordan)  3:00 PM
Karachi (Pakistan)  6:00 PM
Jakarta (Indonesia)  8:00 PM
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)  9:00 PM
Perth (Australia – Western Australia)  9:00 PM
Auckland (New Zealand)  2:00 AM (Wed)

If your city isn’t listed and you aren’t certain as to what time the call would begin in your location, consult the World Clock—Time Converter. Start with Seattle at 6:00 AM and enter your city in the field and click on convert.

Becoming a Charter Partner

We are excited about the increasing number of Healthcare partnerships! Please help us make new connections and spread the word. Being a partner costs nothing monetarily – it is our goal to bring together partners who understand the importance of compassion, kindness, and cooperation within their organizations, and would be open to acknowledging their association with the Charter.

Each partner receives a page on our website which is linked back to their own site. We also have partner sector newsletters, maintain a Partner Facebook page, and have bi-monthly partner calls. A significant number of collaborations have started among our partner organizations across the globe. Our community of members is over 120,000, and we have a robust Facebook presence with visits of close to a half-million each week.

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Exercise your Compassion! Join the Compassion Relays!

Make compassion an everyday practice of health and well-being in your life and in your communities.

Anyone, any age, can participate in the Relays, now and year-round. The Relays mobilize each of us to seek, discover, and practice compassion in our daily lives. We share acts of compassion and pass on compassion person-to-person and group-to-group around the world.

Use the Compassion Relays Torch logo to highlight and pass on news about the Relays to friends, family, and colleagues via social media and hand-to-hand.

Remember these two key links for the Compassion Relays!

  1. Find basic information about the Relays here.
  2. Report your acts of compassion and your Relays experience via the Compassion Map.

Charter for Compassion International is sustained by donations from supporters across the globe. To learn more about how you can help, click here.

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