Compassionate St. Louis–or CSTL as we call it for short–is a regional initiative to bring compassion into the forefront of our intentions, by encouraging the city and county to officially join the Compassionate Cities network and to raise public awareness about the importance of Compassion.

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The story of Charter for Compassion and Compassionate Cities

Compassion is fundamental to all the major religions of the world, yet it wasn’t until 2008 that one woman wished for this guiding principle to help us change the world. The TED Prize is an annually opportunity awarded to a visionary whose idea for collaborative work could inform far-reaching impact. Karen Armstrong, one of the foremost religion scholars in the world, was honored with the award in 2008.For her wish, she asked TED to help her create, launch and propagate a “Charter for Compassion, crafted by a group of leading inspirational thinkers from the three Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and based on the fundamental principles of universal justice and respect.”

From this wish emerged…

“A compassionate city is an uncomfortable city!  A city that is uncomfortable when anyone is homeless or hungry.  Uncomfortable if every child isn’t loved and given rich opportunities to grow and thrive.  Uncomfortable when as a community we don’t treat our neighbors as we would wish to be treated.”

 –Karen Armstrong, Founder of the global movement, The Charter for Compassion