Charter for Compassion

A few weeks back Candice wrote a post on ‘Wishes Big Enough to Change the World’. She shared that TED prize winners are granted one wish to change the world, and how their wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact.

While we wait to hear the wishes of the 2009 prize winners here is an initiative that we can all take part in today. It’s called the Charter for Compassion; 2008 prize winner Karen Armstrong’s wish where people of all nations, all faiths, all backgrounds, are invited to contribute. By recognizing that the Golden Rule is fundamental to all world religions, the Charter for Compassion can inspire people to think differently about religion. This Charter is being created through a collaborative project by people from all over the world and the declaration of its impact will begin in December.

People can use the project website to offer language they’d like to see included or inspire others by sharing your own story of compassion. “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 remind the world that while all faiths are not the same, they all share the core principle of compassion and the Golden Rule. The Charter will 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 for Compassion will not be a new organization. There are hundreds of existing organizations around the world already working tirelessly in the name of compassion and interfaith dialogue. The goal is to highlight these groups in effort to raise the profile of their work. The Charter will 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. Through the participation of the grassroots, people around the world will expect more out of religious leaders and one another. In doing so, the Charter will shift conceptions of religion for all people.” Source

There are just a few days left to contribute to the charter and then a lifetime to live it. The Golden Rule can be interpreted as “Treat others only in ways that you’re willing to be treated in the same exact situation” and if you are curious to know how that appears across different religions visit Golden Rule.

To contribute to the charter or to find out more about it visit Charter for

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