Salt Lake 2015: Compassion at the Parliament
Kill them (Qu'ran), Do Not Spare Them (Torah), and Cast Them Into Everlasting Fire (New Testament): Context of Difficult Religious Texts
October 17th, 10:00AM-11:30AM
While public opinion polls put the established religions among the most respected institutions in the society, there is a persistent notion that religion is a force which divides people instead of them together. For this reason, the interfaith movement has taken the Hans Kung quote as a mantra, “No Peace Among Nations until Peace Among the Religions.” Some of the criticism of religion is driven by the abuse of the sacred texts by extremists. It is therefore of high importance that interfaith movements understand the actual context of the difficult passages in the scriptures and how they are understood by different groups; only then can they be truly effective in developing harmony between faith communities.
October 16th, 12:15PM-1:45PM
This workshop will focus on the concept of “3D” compassion (caring for others, self, and the Earth), the importance and benefits of daily personal practice and tools to support such practice (including the “3 Daily Questions,” Exercise; the “Compassion Today” mobile app; and the Compassion Relays and Games). Emphasis will be on ways to engage youth in the practice of 3D compassion and the role of Compassionate Communities in these efforts. The presenter will share some of her personal stories of 3D compassion, illustrating the power of simple action. Participants will break into dyads to discuss their own experiences and identify 3D compassion action steps they can take to address the 3 critical issues of the conference: Climate Change and Care for Creation, War, Violence and Hate Speech, The Widening Wealth Gap and Wasteful Consumption. Participants will be offered the opportunity to download the Compassion Today! mobile app and sign the Charter for Compassion.
Dr. Lesa R. Walker
October 16th, 3:45PM-5:15PM
70 cities around the world have endorsed the Charter For Compassion and declared that they are “compassionate cities”.Over 250 global cities (communities) are actively engaged in endorsing the Charter For Compassion.Is your community on the list? Beginning with a presentation from the champion of Compassionate Communities, Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky will open the conversation about his experience and vision as mayor of Louisville.He will be joined by three mayors in a conversation about what it will take to make our communities/cities cultures of compassion. The Mayors will engage the participants in Q and A around what is needed to create a spirit of social connection and the consciousness of compassion where we live.
Mayor Greg Fischer, Mayor Ralph Becker, Mayor David Formosa
Pass The Compassion Torch – The Compassion Games Parliament-Wide Engagement Relationship Building Activity
The Compassion Games provides us a new way of being in the world together, working arm in arm for our unifying goals to serve those in need, collaborate for better understanding of one another, heal ourselves, Earth and all living things to protect and restore all that we each consider sacred. In the manner of competitive altruism, the Compassion Games reminds us that we can do important, urgent work through play, imagination and creativity. We call it, “Heavy Lifting with a Light Heart”. In this explorative and interactive workshop, we will explore the simple steps to bring the Games to your group, community and already existing effort and be amazed by the stories of the Games success in interfaith circles, schools, cities, even a women's prison.
October 16, 2:00PM-3:30PM
The presentation will be interactive and cover 1) original basic research on compassion, wealth and inequality, 2) three interactive participation dyads, and 3) the Compassion Development Dyads and their use in addressing ethnic, sexist and religious prejudice. Compassion is strongly correlated with improved immune system, physical wellbeing, and improved psychological functioning (Pace et al. 2008; Gilbert, McEwan, Matos, Rivis, 2010). Being compassionate towards others has many health benefits such as lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure and lower cortisol (Cosley, McCoy, Saslow, Epel, 2010). While self-compassion and global self-esteem are highly correlated, self-compassion has a host of additional benefits (Neff and Vonk) such as higher resilience, better ability to cope with failure as they desire to learn (Neff, Hsieh, & Dejitterat, 2005). The Compassion Development Dyad (CDD) is an online compassion development tool that leverages science, social networks and interpersonal interactions to enable participants to develop compassion for self and others in a safe, supportive and measurable environment. Participants learn about each other by answering specific questions, discussing and taking actions to further their own compassion for others and for themselves. CDD can be implemented in schools, businesses or hospitals to enhance psychosocial well-being and confidence.
Dr. Daniel E. Martin
October 16, 12:00PM-1:45PM
This workshop will introduce the power of story-telling and its ability to connect, transcend, heal and transform. Objectives are: to raise awareness around the debate of forgiveness by sharing personal narratives from the photographic exhibit, “The F Word: Stories of Forgiveness”; To educate, encourage, empower and explore the nature of forgiveness and alternatives to conflict and revenge. We also wish to engage society to transform hearts and minds.
October 16, 2:00PM-3:30PM
The Compassion Games provides us a new way of being in the world together, working arm and arm for our unifying goals to serve those in need, collaborate for better understanding of one another, heal ourselves, Earth and all living things to protect and restore all that we each consider sacred. In the manner of competitive altruism, the Compassion Games reminds us that we can do important, urgent work through play, imagination, and creativity. We call it, “Heavy Lifting with a Light Heart”. In this explorative and interactive workshop, we will explore the simple steps to bring the Games to your group, community and already existing effort and be amazed by the stories of the Games success in interfaith circles, schools, cities, even a women’s prison.
Sande Hart, Jon Ramer
October 16, 2:00PM-3:30PM
Compassionate Listening provides a roadmap to what sages from all ages and spiritual traditions have taught - that cultivating the wisdom of the heart is the key to real peace “from the inside out.” We offer practices, skills, and a model for understanding and responding to conflict that takes us from reactivity to compassion for ourselves and others. To foster a living peace and healing in our world, it is vital that we cultivate ways to keep us in connection in the midst of the fire of deep emotional conflict, to humanize not demonize the other. Compassionate listening reaches into the heart of discord and gets underneath triggers and wounds, to the values and essence of both the speaker and the listener. In this lively, experiential session, participants will practice listening with spiritual ears, beneath the ‘story’ to the deepest values, offering compassion to yourself and others, and learning to stay out of the Drama Triangle of victim-perpetrator-rescuer. Participants will also hear accounts of how this practice has been woven into interethnic and interfaith dialogues and conflict resolution in the Middle East, in West Africa, Germany (Jews and former Nazis), as well as in the US around China/Tibet, Israel/Palestine.
Here are some other compassion programs featured at the 2015 Parliament:
- Awareness of Fairness: Compassion In Action - An In Our Hands Creative Spirit Performance PlayShop
- Capturing the Stories of a Compassionate City and Community
- Compassion and Law Enforcement
- Compassion, Ahimsa, Sustainable Living, and the Jain eLibrary
- Compassionate Circles in Action and the Integral Church
- Creating a World of Compassion, Peace, Justice and Sustainability
- The Compassion Games for an Intergenerational and Interfaith Community
- The Yoga of Embodiment: Being Compassion, Peace, Justice and Sustainability
- Using “Grassroots” Organizing and Prevention Science to Build Compassionate Cities and Communities
- Women, Compassion, and Social Justice