Join us for an inspiring evening as Karen Armstrong returns to Seattle to speak about the essential nature of compassion in the world today, and why ‘Compassionate Cities are Uncomfortable Cities.” Celebrate the presentation of the annual Compassion in Action awards to outstanding individuals who have exhibited deep compassion for the wellbeing of the community.
Religious thinker Karen Armstrong has written more than 20 books on faith and the major religions, studying what Islam, Judaism and Christianity have in common, and how our faiths shaped world history and drive current events.
A former nun, Armstrong has written two books about this experience: Through the Narrow Gate, about her seven years in the convent, and The Spiral Staircase, about her subsequent spiritual awakening, when she developed her iconoclastic take on the major monotheistic religions — and on the strains of fundamentalism common to all. She is a powerful voice for ecumenical understanding.
Armstrong’s 2008 TED Prize wish asked us to help her assemble the Charter for Compassion, a document around which all of us can work together for peace. In late fall 2008, the first draft of the document was written by the world, via a sharing website, and 160,000 people contributed ideas and language. The Charter was launched in November 2009.
The evening is being co-sponsored by Compassionate Seattle and Charter for Compassion International with the generous partnership of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral and the Church Council of Greater Seattle.