The Charter For Compassion Story
Dr. Karen Armstrong, renowned theologian, historian and founder of the Charter for Compassion is quoted as saying, “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. It is an urgent task of our generation to build a global community where men and women of all races, nations and ideologies can live together in peace.” Two years ago Karen was offered $100,000 by the prestigious TED Foundation to grant her one wish that would change the world. Her wish took their breath away:
“I wish that you would help with the creation, launch and propagation of a Charter for Compassion, crafted by a group of leading inspirational thinkers from the three Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and based on the fundamental principles of universal justice and respect.” (Feb. 28, 2008)
In the months that followed, Dr. Armstrong gathered religious luminaries such as Bishop Desmond Tutu, South African Methodist Bishop Peter Storey, Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, the Dalai Lama, Queen Rania of Jordan and others to hammer out the document. On November 12, 2009, the Charter was unveiled during simultaneous launch events in major cities around the world.
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