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Almost ten years ago, in 2008, theologian and bestselling author Karen Armstrong proposed something she called a Charter for Compassion. Over 150,000 people visited a tentative Charter website. A multi-faith, multi-national group of religious thinkers and leaders met in Switzerland, to craft the Charter from suggestions that came in from more than 100 countries.
Armstrong and the Council of Conscience unveiled the Charter for Compassion on November 12, 2009, in Washington, DC.
Although I would personally like to see the Charter extended to include all forms of life -- including those we may not yet have recognized -- the Charter of Compassion as a whole feels like a worthwhile antidote to today’s heating-up climate of incessant bickering.
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