November 2009 was a milestone month for the Compassionate Action Network as we crossed the 1,000 member mark and participated in the global launch of The Charter for Compassion. Thank you to everyone who invited their friends, family and colleagues to join the site. Please continue inviting!
This "digest" is a limited summary of CAN’s activities over the past month. Networks are tricky to report on and by no means is this a complete list of what happened in the CAN network over the last month. However, in my role as interim Executive Director I'm central to a lot of what goes on. Here are some of the highlights I've seen.
From the Compassionate Action News Desk:
On November 12th, as it was unveiled to the world, CAN supported and hosted a number of regional events focused on the launch of The Charter for Compassion. Here is a video of the Charter being read. Seattle was a partner city and there were more Charter launch events in our area than anywhere else on the globe!
Reverend Cheen has also created a group dedicated to the Charter for Compassion as a way to nurture initiatives that builds on the charter launch e.g. a plan to approach Mayors throughout the US to endorse the Charter in their cities. Please join the group and affirm the Charter for Compassion.
Seattle's Interfaith Amigos Featured in the NY Times: Three Clergymen, Three Faiths, One Friendship
The national interest in interfaith and interspiritual dialogue is at an all time high according to a 11/23 NY Times story that features Seattle’s own Interfaith Amigos. Here is one of those overnight sensations that were lifetimes in the making. We are so proud of the years of interfaith dialogue these leaders have provided. Thanks and congratulations to Rabbi Ted Falcon, Sheikh Jamal Rahman, Don Mackenzie as well as to Ruth Neuwald Falcon, Karen Lindquist, John Hale, Phil Gerson and the many other CAN members that have worked with the Interfaith Amigos for years. You can visit their site and purchase their book “Getting to the Heart of Interfaith”here.
Perhaps with the growing interest in interspiritual dialogue our regional network can contribute to other communities interested in "connecting through our similarities and innovating through our diversity". We look forward to continued recognition, appreciation and support for their groundbreaking work.
December 3 – 9 Parliament of World Religions in Australia
CAN Seattle is a partner city of the Parliament of World Religions taking place in Australia in December. This is the oldest and largest Interfaith gathering on earth.Here is a video showcasing the Aboriginal welcome.
There are at least 14 people from our area, including a team of Youth Reporters attending the Parliament in Melbourne, Australia. We sent the CAN Murals beautifully created by Steven Wright at the Connecting for Compassionate Action event on 10/17 to the Parliament and wrote about it here. Click on the mural for a close up view.
Cutting Edge Deep Thinking on CAN Sheri Herndon is one of the most knowledgeable and connected contributors on CAN. This month she wrote about Thriving in the Relationship Economy and a piece on Radical Collaboration. Sheri offers new edge science thinking and evolutionary practices essential for us to achieve new levels of cooperation and collaboration. She is a gem! If you haven’t already, take a few minutes to appreciate her contributions. You can also follow her on Twitter!
Compassionate Action Coming from the CAN Groups:
We are a self-organizing network of groups. Here is some of the amazing work happening in those groups:
To contribute to implementing the Green Economy the Beloved Community offers a priceless service. CAN members can attend "face to face" gatherings in South Seattle and present their projects and have them "workshopped" by the Beloved Community members.
They've done an excellent job of documenting the feedback. By looking over the feedback you can appreciate the quality of input that attendees are getting. Mark Jones you are an amazing and incredible gift to us all! Mark and the group are creating a Wisdom Journal. Take a look at the feedback that Skye Burn recently received on The Flow Project.
The Transpartisan Alliance
This group exists to build compassion and understanding across political/ideological divides. The group’s comment wall has had a number of very creative ideas such as Take a Liberal to a Shooting Range!
Franca Baroni recently reported that the Chair of the Republican Party of the 36 District and another Republican party member will join the group on December 10. Compassion in action if there ever was an opportunity!
The NICO (Northwest Interspritual Community Outreach) Interspiritual Group
This group is cultivating an Interspiritual / Interfaith community-wide movement grounded in contemplative wisdom and practical compassionate action for the common good. John Hale and the NCO core team have been meeting for eight years.
On 11/22 NICO and CAN co-sponsored the 23rd Annual Interfaith Praise and Thanksgiving at St. Pat’s. Honor One Spirit was the theme and eleven sacred paths were represented. The service included collecting and blessing scarves for the homeless as part of the Warm for Winter project organized by Muslim sister Janice Tufte, Warm for Winter.
And last, but by no means least is the CAN Communications group headed by Pam Kilborn-Miller. Pam is someone I would climb a mountain with, she is that dependable. She is dedicated, focused and willing to do what it takes to keep us on track. Pam thank your sharing your time and talents with CAN! CAN Communications is working through a set of recommendations that came out of the survey that was conducted a few months ago. They are planning to implement a Monthly Forum Discussion.
Although this "digest" is quite long it is only a subset of the activities and plans taking place... check out the Community Event Calendar to learn about upcoming musical conversations, creative art projects in Bellingham, workshops, trainings, orientations, philosophy cafes, all the cool events that Lora-Ellen McKinney posts like Christmas Truce, musical performances and more.....
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