What kinds of acts of compassion best reflect your idea of a compassionate city?
The International Campaign for Compassionate Communities and its accompanying Charter for Compassion are inspired by the ancient golden rule to treat others as you would like to be treated. The Charter for Compassion was started by Karen Armstrong, a 2008 Ted Prize winner, who observed that as the world’s societies and cultural and religious institutions have become more complex, they have often also become less compassionate and kind, and more disconnected and indifferent. To combat this trend, the Charter for Compassion was created with the purpose of:
“Inviting communities of all sizes to bring compassion to life in practical, specific ways through compassion-driven actions—in neighborhoods, businesses, schools and colleges, healthcare, the arts, local government, peace groups, environmental advocacy groups, and faith congregations.”
In response to this campaign, over 280 communities around the world have either signed the Charter for Compassion or are actively organizing around the principles of a compassionate community. The program does not specifically define what a compassionate community looks like. Rather, it leaves that definition up to its residents to determine.
The Tri-City Interfaith Council is exploring whether the City of Fremont could become a Compassionate Community. The City’s Human Relations Commission is seeking feedback from the Fremont community about how they define the actions of a compassion community. The ultimate goal of receiving this feedback could be the adoption of a Charter for Compassion by the Fremont City Council, or ongoing efforts to promote acts of compassion by the City’s residents, businesses and organizations.
Fremont residents, businesses, community organizations and City staff carry out thousands of compassionate acts every year. There are many examples of Acts of Compassion that occur every day, such as:
- A neighbor helping another neighbor in need
- Giving to local services agencies
- Being open and accepting of different religions and faiths and cultural groups
- Volunteering in the community
- The City providing a social safety net for low-income families and individuals
Help us compile a list of examples of acts of compassion you have seen, benefitted from,or participated in within our community.