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Conference Call for Compassion - January 7

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Conference Call for Compassion - January 7

Time: January 7, 2010 from 8pm to 9pm
Location: Skype (hosted by mepeace.org)
Event Type: conference call
Organized By: Eyal Raviv
Latest Activity: Jan 7, 2010

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On January 7, MEPEACE will host a Conference Call for Compassion on Skype. We will brainstorm how we can bring compassion to the Middle East.

To participate, email your skype address to mepeace.org@gmail.com and add 'mepeace.org' on your Skype. The call will begin on Skype at 8 pm Palestine/Israel time.

Please be ready on Skype a few minutes before 8 (Jerusalem time) and look for MEPEACE at skype address: mepeace.org.

This call follows our successful call from November 12 coinciding with the unveiling of the Charter of Compassion.

The Charter for Compassion is below. To see and affirm the charter, click: CharterforCompassion.org.

THE CHARTER FOR COMPASSION

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.

It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others—even our enemies—is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.

We therefore call upon all men and women ~ to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion ~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate ~ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures ~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity ~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings—even those regarded as enemies.

We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensible to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.

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Comment by Johanna Silverthorne on January 7, 2010 at 1:05am
I'm very sad not to be attending this event. Looking forward to reading about it afterwards!
Comment by Eyal Raviv on December 25, 2009 at 12:53pm
Please let us know if you will join by emailing mepeace.org@gmail.com your skype address. Add us - 'mepeace.org' on your Skype and be ready at 8 Israel/Palestine time.

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