Compassion at the Heart of Religion

On September 1, 2008, the Charter for Compassion began to build its partnership network with organizations around the world. Jesse Dylan and his team at FORM TV created a short video to help get people excited about contributing to the Charter for Compassion.

At the 2012 U.S.-Islamic World Forum, the Religious Leaders Working Group brought together religious leaders and activists from all over the world to discuss compassion and how to restore it to its rightful place as the test of true spirituality and the heart of religious and moral life. Participants discussed the Charter for Compassion, written in 2008 by leading activists and thinkers representing six of the major world faiths, and how the group could begin to build a global network of compassionate religious communities.

pdfDownload Karen Amstrong's paper, Compassion: An Urgent Global Imperative

In September, Karen Armstrong gave the keynote speech at the Islamic Society of North America. ISNA endorsed the Charter and Imam Mohamed Magid declared the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center a Compassionate Mosque and is inviting all ISNA mosques to do the same.

Religious and spiritual leaders from all faiths can bring a truly compassionate and authoritative perspective to world crises and challenges, countering the strident voices of extremism and making the compassionate voice of religion a dynamic, practical, and positive force in our dangerously polarized world. Only then can the faith traditions fulfill one of the chief tasks of our time: to build a global community where people of all ethnicities and ideologies can live together in mutual respect.