Saturday, 17 October 2009

Charter for Compassion


On November 12th, I pledge to join the conversation and engage my RE class of 4th graders as we deviate from our World Religions unit on Judaism to discuss the Golden Rule and how compassion lives universally.  Where better than in the heart of the Old Testament (Leviticus 19:18) to begin this dialogue on compassion and indeed, The Great Commandment?

If you are not familiar with the Charter for Compassion, or for that matter are not up on the great work of history of religions scholar Karen Armstrong, then run to your nearest bookstore or library and pick up any number of her great, accessible reads, beginning with Through the Narrow Gate to more recently, The Case for God. She has received a fair amount of press as a recent TED 2008 prizewinner for her work in calling for a Judao-Christian-Muslim interfaith call to arms of sorts - with the Golden Rule as the central tenet that would find a first and foremost place in the religious practice of adherents of these and other world faith traditions.

You can view her TED talk here, and see a sample of the Unitarian Universalist religious education curriculum available for RE leaders here.

How will YOU join the conversation?


Will said...

Thanks for starting the conversation. Kids especially could learn a lot from the Charter. Please consider adding the Charter widget to your post allowing your visitors to read and affirm the charter directly. You can find it at
Will (helping to get the word out)

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