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Image courtesy of Charter for Compassion http://charterforcompassion.org/cities

Image courtesy of Charter for Compassion http://charterforcompassion.org/cities

Are you uncomfortable living in Redding CA? Then perhaps you are interested in seeing Redding CA become a Compassionate Community?” To find out more, you might want to join the Maestro Conference on Compassionate Communities Initiative, this Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 6 AM.

So far, 58 communities have signed the charter and another 273 are actively organizing to create a compassionate action plan.

“In a Compassionate Community, the needs of all the inhabitants of that community are recognized and met, the well-being of the entire community is a priority, and all people and living things are treated with respect. More simply, in a Compassionate Community, people are motivated by compassion to take responsibility for and care for each other. A community where compassion is fully alive is a thriving, resilient community whose members are moved by empathy to take compassionate action, are able to confront crises with innovative solutions, are confident in navigating changes in the economy and the environment, and are resilient enough to bounce back readily from natural and man-made disasters.”

The Charter for Compassion envision “a richly diverse ‘network of networks,’ people from every sector—business, healthcare, education, government, faith and interfaith, peace and non-violence, the arts, and those working to preserve the environment—who will bring compassion to everything they do, and who will take responsibility for igniting the compassion of the general community to care for each other and for the well-being of all members of the community from birth through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood to old age and death.”

As Karen Armstrong, Founder of the global movement The Charter for Compassion challenges, “A compassionate city is an uncomfortable city!  A city that is uncomfortable when anyone is homeless or hungry.  Uncomfortable if every child isn’t loved and given rich opportunities to grow and thrive.  Uncomfortable when as a community we don’t treat our neighbors as we would wish to be treated.”

We hope you are uncomfortable enough to help Redding CA become a more compassionate community.