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Spotlight Champion: Wendi Gilbert with Kindness Evolution Collective

We are passing the Compassion Torch to a key leader of Kindness in the world today. Wendi Gilbert is a Champion of Compassion with an incredible active vision unfolding this week called the Kindness Evolution Collective in Half Moon Bay, California. Wendi has been researching the kindness space for the past five years. Based on the wealth of data she’s amassed, in addition to key relationships within a nationwide network, she’s organized, Wendi is positioned to power our nation’s kindness Evolution.  She brings 30+ years of experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors and has the passion for a big vision, grounded in a practical plan for making a massive positive impact in our nation, and ultimately the world. She was recently chosen to be one of ten speakers for the People’s Stage, where she spoke about our national kindness landscape and the mission of this weeks Kindness Evolution Collective

“My life mission is to “Rally, Connect and Unite People for Good.” It is my honor and privilege to lead and launch our Nation’s KindnessEvolution and fulfill my life mission, as well as assist in amplifying the goodness that already exists and inspiring more of it.”  -Wendi Gilbert

See in this two-minute video Wendi’s amazing inspiration and global vision of this weeks event that our Compassion Games Leadership Team will be attending as part of the Closing Ceremony of April Compassion Games.

What we will be doing at the KindnessCollective:

  • Connecting with other leaders in the kindness community to collaborate, network and share resources.
  • Collaborating with our youth attendees to gain new insights about our future leaders.
  • Acquiring new leadership and problem-solving tools from our outstanding facilitation company and obtain a portfolio of shared ideas.
  • Developing some shared visions for the future; fresh insights and inspiration; meaningful connections.
  • Celebrating the work we do in the world!

The Inaugural CampKindness Day in July 2018 is another incredible event and gift to the world of kindness possibility for youth. The Kindness Evolution is collaborating with American Camp Association. The American Camp Association (ACA)  is a national community of camp professionals that reaches 11 Million Youth. ACA promotes powerful lessons in community, character-building, skill development, and healthy living and has over 11,000 members  (YMCA, Boys Club, Girl Scouts) and over 100K college-age counselors.  ACA holds conferences for camp professionals to collaborate for the creation of camp experiences that develop children into independent, happy kids!  

KindnessEvolution is now collaborating with ACA to create CampKindness Day, a day each summer where camps across the nation will focus on activities and programs for the encouragement of intentional kindness and care. Check out what went on in Atlantic City as we began the development of the activities that will launch on CampKindness Day: July 24th, 2018! 

As a way to light up gratitude for Wendi Gilbert and her kindness vision for the world lets share experiences of kindness in action around the world April 14th through April 30th on the Compassion Report Map. 

Stay connected to Wendi Gilbert and KindnessEvolution events below!

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Spotlight Champion: His Holiness The Dalai Lama

What an amazing day it is to celebrate the most influential human being on the planet, His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He is committed to promoting basic human values, to fostering inter-religious harmony, advocating for the welfare of the Tibetan people and reviving ancient Indian knowledge.

Many people believe he is the reincarnation of Buddha and the Bodhisattva of Compassion. His Holiness The Dalai Lama is a leader of environmental compassion and globally known advocate for peace on earth. He is the Spiritual Leader of Tibetan Buddhism and retired Political Leader of Tibet in Exile. His Holiness leads with his influence, caring for our Earth and inviting all peoples to take action to stop Global Warming. Acknowledging his advanced years, the Dalai Lama appealed to younger generations to “take a more active role in protecting this planet, including the Tibetan plateau.”

Thousands of prayer flags drape a mountain above the Yambulakhang Palace, Tibet. The five colors of the prayer flags represent the five elements: blue for sky, white for wind, red for fire, green for water, and yellow for earth. Which is the home of Tibetan People who have been displaced and in exile since the 1950’s.

Temperatures for Tibet’s high-altitude plateau — referred to as the Roof of the World — are rising about three times faster than the global average, and are 1.3C higher than they were 50 years ago. The Himalayas are also called the Third Pole, referring to the fact that they are covered in snow and ice and are particularly susceptible to climate change, like the North and South poles. The government-in-exile also argued that Tibetans should be restored as the “true stewards” of the plateau, which has been under Chinese rule for decades and where Tibetans accuse Beijing of mining indiscriminately while forcing nomadic communities to move elsewhere. Up to 70% of the plateau is covered in permafrost, with large reserves of both carbon dioxide and methane trapped within the ice. Scientists say thawing could release long-stored emissions of both greenhouse gases. Methane can be 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping Earth’s heat.

“This is not a question of one nation or two nations. This is a question of humanity. Our world is our home,” the Dalai Lama said. “There’s no other planet where we may move or shift.”

See and listen to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s full message from COP 21 in Paris, France about environmental solutions.

We have just gotten back from a private audience with HHDL on April 6th where we had the great honor and privilege to be with a major inspiration and catalyst to why Compassion Games exists. Jon Ramer & Sommer Joy, Compassion Games Founder, and Creative Fundraiser Director were personally asked to be part of a 12 person delegation to invite His Holiness back to Seattle, Washington in 2019. We miraculously fundraised to go to India in a week and were off to India to be with The Dalia Lama. Here are some of the incredible moments with him.

April 6th, 2018 is an unforgettable day for Compassion Games international, sharing the fruits of compassion in action in the world with His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

Stay in touch with the wisdom and ongoing teaching of compassion for our world with this Champion Of Compassion in all the places below.

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Spotlight Champion: Norie Huddle with The Best Game On Earth

Compassion Games is thrilled to bring light to an extraordinary global leader of truth and compassion in action. We celebrate and pass the Compassion Torch to Norie Huddle, a profound challenger on the planet who has pioneered for five decades how we can care for our Earth better. Norie has recently contributed the newest Featured Way To Play Compassion Games through  The Best Game On Earth. She recently spoke about her ideas and work for transforming human civilization in a TEDx Talk that will be available on YouTube for the world to see after April 27th. We are so excited to also have her on our Compassion Games Leadership Team.

“Consider that each of us has gifts which we want to contribute and that we can do together what none of us can do alone. That by cooperating, we can multiply the wealth and be more fruitful in our efforts. By cooperating we can be far better stewards of our lovely Earth.” Norie Huddle from The Best Game On Earth

Norie has written seven books on environmental issues and on transforming humanity that have been published and translated into several major languages. Four of her books have been bestsellers (one a NYTimes bestseller). A fifth book, Butterfly, is the “First Special Project in The Best Game On Earth,” and has become a popular global meme that describes humanity’s ongoing transformation process. Her most recent book, Return To The Garden, lays out many of her ideas in the form of a novel and is available on Amazon Kindle

Much of Norie’s work is focused on helping people create a peaceful, healthy global civilization. She has been a professional interviewer and public speaker in several languages for almost five decades. She does coaching and mentoring, workshop design and facilitation, and consulting with governments, cooperations, and NGO’s. 

Norie has an eclectic, international background. She was an American Field Service Exchange Student in Italy for a year, majored in Russian language at Brown University, spent two years in Colombia, South America, as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and lived in Japan for four years where she worked with Japanese colleagues to address their environmental crisis where she worked on environmental issues, interviewed hundreds of Japanese experts and citizens for her first book, Island of Dreams: Environmental Crisis in Japan, that analyzed the crisis using a holistic systems methodology she learned in the Peace Corps. 

Returning to the US in 1975, Norie organized Project America 1976, involving a dozen Americans and Japanese who bicycled 5,000 miles in a zigzag route across the US. During the trip, she interviewed Americans about their hopes, fears, and visions for the future and wrote Travels With Hope, a book that became a bestseller in Japan.

Norie was the first person hired by Mobilization for Survival to launch the American antinuclear movement in the US (1977-78). That experience helped her see the limits of “anti” movements and the urgent need for a new kind of “positive, vision-oriented movement.” To facilitate this, in 1979, Norie founded the Center for New National Security (CNNS), to look for new directions in national and global security, broadly defined. In 1980 she launched what is now a 38-year experiment in electronic democracy that she calls “The Best Game on Earth,” which she has introduced on four continents with great success.

Norie’s 1990 book, Butterfly, has given birth to a global meme of transformation now used widely by people like Deepak Chopra, Barbara Marx Hubbard and many other spiritual leaders around the world.

Under the aegis of CNNS, Norie spent four years interviewing over 400 people about national security issues and wrote her NY Times bestseller, Surviving: The Best Game on Earth. She also participated in numerous citizen diplomacy trips to the USSR during the 1980s, including two US-USSR Citizen Summit Conferences where she introduced “The Best Game on Earth” in 1988. She played a pivotal role in introducing Xerox machines into the USSR in 1989.

Norie speaks fluent Spanish and Japanese, good Italian and Russian, some German, French and a little Chinese. She has built a powerful network of influential colleagues around the world and serves on the General Assembly of the Union of International Associations (UIA), a prestigious Brussels-based organization with global database of over 67,000 NGOs, some with millions of members, all working to strengthen civil society in every sector. 

Since 2007, Huddle and her husband, Richard Wheeler, have been living part-time in Ecuador, where they are building the Garden of Paradise, an innovative model of rural development on 350 acres, that is the “Second Special Project in The Best Game on Earth.” To date, this includes a healing and retreat center and sustainable organic agriculture and other initiatives. In 2011, Norie and Richard won the world’s first lawsuit defending the Rights of Nature, a breakthrough legal right guaranteed by Ecuador’s 2008 Constitution that legal scholars consider to be on a par with ending slavery as a legitimate institution and giving suffrage to minorities and women.

 

As a way to celebrate all Norie Huddle has done building compassion and leading solutions to transform humanity into a butterfly with Mother Earth, we invite you to join Norie in the 2018 April Compassion Games by participating in this new featured way to play called, The Best Game On Earth

“Today we urgently need to create CONSCIOUSLY a new and inspiring “life game” that recognizes that most human beings are indeed nice when the “life game” is designed to nurture our good qualities, our wholeness, and aliveness, in every way possible.” Norie Huddle

As a new featured way to play in the 2018 April Compassion Games, we invite you to play The Best Game on Earth, which aims to provide a simple but powerful framework for transforming humanity into a compassionate, caring civilization – what Norie calls a “global butterfly civilization” – that lives in harmony with Mother Earth.

Here is a sneak peek into the basics of how to play The Best Game on Earth.

The core of The Game is very simple:

  • the Playing Field is the Earth,
  • we are the Players,
  • we’re playing to reach The Game’s Goal by 2030,
  • following 10 simple rules or guidelines for play.

To get started, read the Goal and imagine how amazing life on Earth will be when we’ve achieved it by 2030.

Take your time and really feel what life will be like when we win The Game by accomplishing this great Goal:

THE GOAL: Peace, health, prosperity, and justice universally on Earth by the Year 2030.

Next, read each of the 10 Rules and imagine living in a world where more and more of us are playing by these rules and where all of us Players are working to build the new social systems that will support our winning The Game by 2030:

10 GAME RULES:

  • Speak the truth.
  • Acknowledge the truth when others speak it.
  • Come from love, respect, and gratitude.
  • Leave the trail better than you found it.
  • Expect miracles.
  • Do what gives you joy and create joy in what you do.
  • Be generous with who you are and what you have.
  • Be a good friend and teammate.
  • Clean up your messes, learn the lessons and move on.
  • If you have an idea for how to improve The Game, share it.

For more details about this new ongoing Featured Way To Play the Compassion Games, check out the landing page of The Best Game On Earth that goes into more details. Share your experiences and reflections until April 30th with teams and individuals around the world on the Compassion Report Map.

“Everyone can play. Together we can win.” —Norie Huddle

Here are ways to stay informed and build a relationship with Norie:

The Garden Of Paradise Website

The Best Game On Earth Website

GAME ON!!

 

 

 

Champion Spotlight: Films For The Planet

The Compassion Torch is being passed to Films For The Planet as Champions of Compassion Film Club elevating bridges for peace, justice, and compassion for Earth! Films For The Planet is contributing many inspiring films to inspire participation in April Compassion Games and community engagement around the world all of the month of April. See what Founder of Films for Planet, Thea Lagrou shares about amazing plans for April also including all other featured ways to play April Compassion Games too on our Monthly Global Social Media Cafe from World Water Day.

Films for the Planet is a streaming online platform featuring the best in environmental and social action films on Earth. In celebration of Earth Week, Films for the Planet is featuring a series of documentaries and webcasts, throughout the month of April. This year, the 2018 Earth Day theme is “A World without Plastic Pollution.”  Films For The Planet is featuring “A Plastic Ocean,” a film Sir David Attenborough calls, “one of the most important films of our time.”  Register to watch for FREE, April 20th – 24th at the Members Circle. Be sure to join our April 20th Facebook live-stream at 10 a.m. PT, with Bea Johnson, who is the best-selling author of Zero Waste Home. Bea is an international speaker who has inspired thousands to take a stance against needless waste. Special guests include Laurie Wilson, founder of Blue Ocean Summit and Blue Ocean Network. MORE here.

As a way to honor today’s featured Champion of Compassion Join both of these featured events on FB!

RSVP HERE for April 4th – April 30th Future Dreaming: Change The Story Streaming Documentary Series on Facebook.

Don’t miss your FREE viewing of “Future Dreaming” directed by Kaya Finlayson, April 1-30.  Filmed in Antarctica, Future Dreaming explores the narratives that drive our economic, social and political thinking and offers a new way of understanding the human condition. The film captures a conversation with Dr. David E. Martin who takes a sweeping look into the past, present and future of mankind. Click HERE to Register.  Already a Member?  Go to the Members Circle to access your free selections.

Share how these films are impacting your life, community at this time on the Compassion Report Map.

We also suggest following Films For Planet FB Page, on Twitter, and Website.

 

 

 

 

 

Megan Gaiser with Leadership For Diversity

Spotlight Champion of Compassion: Megan Gaiser

We are thrilled to be passing the Torch of Compassion to this extraordinary leader, Megan Gaiser!

Today we are passing the Compassion Torch to Megan Gaiser, the Founder of Leadership For Diversity and Global Women Leader in the Gaming Industry. Megan recently founded the 21st Century Leadership for Diversity network, a collective force across industries championing leadership for the greater good. Check out this list of leaders from around the world that have joined this movement taking a stand for diversity!

She became one of the first female CEO’s in the video game industry and with her team, pioneered a new market niche – inspiring video games for girls, with the Nancy Drew game franchise. Awards include: “Game Industry’s 100 Most Influential Women” Next Generation; “Top 10 Most Influential Women of the Decade” Gaming Angels & “2011 Indie Cade Trailblazer Lifetime Achievement Award.”

This is a powerful place to be inspired by action with many resources on diversity and compassion leading the way on the resources page. As a way to elevate our celebration of Megan, you can join the Network of Leaders for Diversity too by signing up HERE! You can also follow the action on Twitter, Facebook, and Website.

Thank you for making such a vibrant positive impact in the world! Megan Gaiser, you are a Champion Of Compassion!

 

 

Unity Earth: U Day Festival Ethiopia

Spotlight Champion Of Compassion: Unity Earth

We are thrilled to light the Compassion Torch for the profound impact and infinite ripples of peace coming from Unity Earth! Thank you Unity Earth for bringing spiritual leaders, ambassadors, and musicians together in Ethiopia during World Interfaith Harmony Week! We celebrate Unity Earth for inspiring a convergence of compassion, peace, and unity fire together for the first time in history in the Ethiopia Land of Origin January 26th – February 7th. We are deeply grateful to participate with Unity Earth at U Day Festival on the grounds of Ethiopia this week.

UNITY EARTH initiative, U Day 2018 Ethiopia: Land of Origins includes events at sacred sites, musical performances and a special gathering at the African Union in Addis Ababa. Representatives are attending from Aboriginal Australia, Indigenous leaders from Asia, North and Central America, Buddhists Monks from Thailand, Sikhs, Bahai, Sufis, Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus from India, along with Jews, Christians, and Muslims. All are gathering in Ethiopia in a grand dance of music and spirituality to celebrate our colorful and diverse human family while advancing universal values of Peace, Compassion, and Unity. Learn about how to get involved in this Global Event virtually here on February 3rd.

UNITY Earth provides the philosophic foundation and framework for a wide variety of activities and organizations. Through festivals, events, education, and community building, UNITY Earth is dedicated to a grassroots approach to spreading the profoundly simple truth that we are one. We are one people, one human family, sharing one planet.

Unity Earth is committed to facilitating greater intercultural harmony and a deeper appreciation of humanity’s connection to nature.

There are so many inspiring individuals and organizations doing the hard work and taking strides towards greater unity on our planet, our aim is to strengthen and connect this grassroots movement.

UNITY.Earth:
One people: many cultures
One planet: many challenges
One colorful diverse human family

Unity Earth provides a roadmap to 2020 which includes many large events around the world including; Thailand in 2012, Ethiopia in 2018, India in 2019, Jerusalem in 2020 and more! See the detailed map to Unity Earth HERE. Thank you for all you are doing and blessing on this Earth!

In Caring Community,

Compassion Games International Leadership Team

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Scarlett Lewis with Choose Love Movement

Spotlight Champion Of Compassion: Scarlett Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are passing the Compassion Torch to Scarlett Lewis and her son Jesse Lewis as leaders of courageous compassion, shining the power of love to the world!  Scarlett is the Founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement™ is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to ensure that every child has access to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in their classrooms and to help facilitate this teaching within their families, schools, and communities. They do this in honor of Jesse and to spread the message he left on his family’s kitchen chalkboard shortly before he died – “Nurturing, Healing Love.”

“Although we can’t always choose what happens to us, we can always choose how to respond. Children can learn to choose a loving thought over an angry one. When a child realizes that they have the power to positively impact themselves as well as those around them, it is empowering and perpetuates their positive actions and interactions.” –Scarlett Lewis, Founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement™ and Jesse’s mother

One of the main solutions through this movement is for educators called the Choose Love Enrichment Program Here are some of the incredible global impacts of this program so far.

IMPACT STATS

  • More than 2,380 educator downloads
  • All 50 states + DC
  • More than 40 countries
  • 200,000 estimated student’s reached 
  • 100% of survey respondents said they have seen an improvement in classroom climate and in students’ overall behavior
  • More than 95% of survey respondents said they would use the program again or recommend it to other educators

Agents of compassion here is an opportunity to get to know Scarlett’s personal story that brought her to creating this Choose Love Movement in this video.

Lets shine light today on Scarlett Lewis by supporting this movement to continue to positively impact youth, families, and educators all over the world. It could start today by sharing this spotlight article, sharing how she has made a difference in your life on the Compassion Report Map and also donate to the movement. Your contributions will help keep the Choose Love Enrichment Program free to all educators. Your generosity will ensure that no student is denied this life-changing and even life-saving resource.

You can “Choose Love” even more with Scarlett Lewis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also learn more about this movement through Scarlett’s book, Nurturing Healing Love: A Mothers Journey of Hope and Forgiveness. This book has a featured forward from Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.

“Scarlett Lewis has faced the ultimate darkness. She has shared, from a deep place of truth within, the agony of losing her Jesse at such a tender age. she has shared her very personal journey back to living and teaching how to become instruments of love…

Her message is a reflection of Jesse’s life. It is what I humbly attempt to live and teach. Where there is hatred, change the thought. Where there is no love, we must put love, and then surely we will find love.”

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

 

 

Thank you for lighting up the world with love and compassion Scarlett! You inspire us to keep all our hearts in the Best Game On Earth!

In caring community with you,

Compassion Games International Leadership Team

 

 

 

 

Karen Palmer with Global Kindness TV

Karen Palmer: Spotlight Champion Of Compassion 

We are thrilled to pass the Compassion Torch to Karen Palmer today celebrating her as a phenomenal, Champion of Compassion during the 2018 World Interfaith Harmony Week Coopetition. Please join us during these seven days sharing this article on your favorite social media platforms with what you appreciate about Karen and report your reflections on how she, and Global Kindness TV has impacted you in your life on the Compassion Report Map.

Here we are passing Karen Palmer, Founder of Global Kindness TV the Compassion Torch! You will also learn more about what makes her tick, who she passes the torch onto (Rick Ulfick from We The World), Guided World Peace Meditation and so much more!

Karen Palmer just launched her newest book, in December 2017, called “Co-Creating Heaven On Earth”. She has included many solutions to these times including Compassion Games International. www.globalkindnesstv.org/heaven  

“Kindness and love are superpowers and are the keys that open the door to unity. We are all in this human experience together and we can co-create a more loving kind world. This book will show us how. You will feel inspired and empowered as you hear true stories of amazing individuals making a huge difference in their corner of the world.” – Quoted from Karen Palmer in “Co-Crea

Karen  Palmer is the mom who made a wish and started a kindness revolution. She is the founder of The #Globalkindness Revolution networking with many to co-create a kinder and more loving world. She has been nick-named The Queen Of Globalkindness and is also known as a Modern Day Mystical Mr.Rogers, Dr.Doolittle, and Dr.Seuss who uses music, meditation, mindful practices, and mantras for empowerment of all ages.  She is a singer and songwriter and will be going on tour for “The Spirit Of Love” in 2018 teaching self-love and cooperation through concerts, workshops, and community events. Learn more at www.internationalchildrensmonth.com

 She is also Co-Founder of Global Peace United and a partner at Charter for Compassion. She features both in her new book, “Co-Creating Heaven On Earth” www.globalkindnesstv.org/heaven  She believes in being a #voiceforthevoiceless and helps many other non-profit organizations and animal rescue. Her non-profit organization is dedicated to bringing environmental education, animal advocacy, mindfulness, kindness, and compassion to schools worldwide.

 She is a successful non-profit business leader, Best-Selling Author, Game Designer, Social Media Expert, Angel and Animal Communicator, Mindful Marketing Strategist,  Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Instructor. Visit www.globalkindnesstv.org to learn more. She also designs musical coloring books  that empower children and families to sing together and volunteer as a family; www.globalkindnesstv.org/color  and www.globalkindnesstv.org/spreadpeace

She combines Ancient Wisdom, Technology, music, and Modern Science to help make OUR world a more loving place. She also helps dreamers, visionaries, change agents, and peacemakers find their voice and share their message and gifts globally.

She uses hashtags, social media, and technology to help raise the levels of joy, love, kindness, and peace.

The intent of this article is to celebrate Karen Palmer! We invite you to take action today by sharing this article far and wide, follow her below and buying her new book that will continue to help make Global Kindness go viral and expand her movement!

During Harmony Week, Karen Palmer will be interviewing amazing people and having activity going on at Spirituality Gone Wild FB Page. The best way to stay informed is to follow her at all the locations below.

website: globalkindnesstv.org/

Facebook here and Spirituality Gone Wild FB Page

 

 

 

 

On Twitter, she is @MindfulMediaMom

 

 

 

On Instagram, Karen is @mindfulmediamom

Champion Spotlight: Reconciliation Canada

We are thrilled to pass the Compassion Torch to Reconciliation Canada including thousands of allies from around the world preparing to walk together in Vancouver, Canada on September 24th for peace, reconciliation, forgiveness, and a better world. Thank you for leading the way on how to walk together at this time. The land on which they will be gathering is the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the shared traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Tsleil-Waututh, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations. We will be amplifying this message “Namwayut” meaning “we are all one” during the Walk For Reconciliation on Sunday, September 24th 9:30 AM PST as part of the featured events to participate and support on the last day of The Global Unity Compassion Games.

Reconciliation Canada, an Indigenous-led organization, began in September 2012 with a bold vision to promote reconciliation by engaging Canadians in dialogue that revitalizes the relationships between Indigenous peoples and all Canadians in order to build vibrant, resilient and sustainable communities. A vision based on a dream of Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Reconciliation Canada’s Ambassador, to witness tens of thousands of people of every culture and faith walking together for a shared tomorrow.

“Our future and the well-being of all our children rests with the kind of relationships we build today.”

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph

Through the development of meaningful partnerships and community outreach programs, Reconciliation Canada hosted a series of Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops across the province and three major events during Reconciliation Week in September 2013, including the Walk for Reconciliation engaging 70,000 people in Downtown Vancouver. We plan on supporting the goal to expand this number two fold on Sunday, September 24th. Game on! See the great power of what happened in 2013 below.

Walk for Reconciliation – Vancouver 2013 from Reconciliation Canada on Vimeo.

Here are some of the milestones to celebrate and appreciate about this Champion of Compassion organization:

  • The City of Vancouver unanimously passed a motion to proclaim a Year of Reconciliation from June 21, 2013 to June 20, 2014.
  • 70,000 people braved the pouring rain in Downtown Vancouver to join the Walk for Reconciliation on September 22, 2013.
  • The B.C. School Trustees Association passed a motion on residential schools as a required high school course in April 2014.
  • The City of Vancouver unanimously passed a motion to support a City of Reconciliation Framework on October 28, 2014.
  • The Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh First Nations hosted a Brushing Off Ceremony for the City of Vancouver’s Mayor and Council to prepare them for their new term on December 16, 2014.
  • Co-hosted events in Ottawa, ON, and Vancouver, BC, to coincide with the closing of the TRC in May 2015 including a 10,000 person Walk for Reconciliation in from Gatineau to Ottawa.
  • Conducted more than 40 Dialogue Workshops in communities across Canada, including Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray and Whitehorse.
  • Several cities have declared their commitment to reconciliation, including Calgary, Campbell River, Cranbrook, Edmonton, Port Alberni, and Toronto.


Check out the multiple ways you can honor in action your support in The 2017 Walk For Reconciliation. You can join a team in the walk, support a walker, donate to the event, and volunteer. Another great way to honor Reconciliation Canada is to reach out to your local community and get involved in where bridges are being made or need to be made. As part of Reconciliation Canada Team, share your reflections and inspired reconciliation action with the global family and teams from all over the world on the Compassion Report Map.

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Champion Spotlight: Parliament of the Worlds Religions

We are thrilled to pass the torch to The Parliament of World’s Religions. Thank you for sharing the promise of inclusion and the power of love with the world. Thank you for being a shining light on how to build bridges for peace, prosperity, and the planet. Larry Greene, the Executive Director shared a message of hope sharing a call to play The Global Unity Games. See his inspiring message in this video below.


The Parliament of the World’s Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. In 2018 The Parliament will be held in Toronto, Canada a globally known interfaith, inclusive, and compassionate city November 1st through November 7th. Toronto will be hosting the 7th Parliament of World’s Religions. 

More than 10,000 people will participate in the 2018 Parliament, which will last for seven days and comprise more than 500 programs, workshops, and dialogues, alongside music, dance, art and photography exhibitions, and related events presented by the world’s religious communities and cultural institutions.

Since the historic 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, modern Parliaments have attracted participants from more than 200 diverse religious, indigenous, and secular beliefs and more than 80 nations to its international gatherings in Chicago (1993), Cape Town (1999), Barcelona (2004), Melbourne (2009), and Salt Lake City (2015). These Parliament events are the world’s oldest, largest, and most inclusive gatherings of the global interfaith movement. Professor Mark Toulouse, Co-Chair of the host committee, believes that “the selection of Toronto was a perfect match for the Parliament.” This video shares the soul of 2017 Parliament plans in Toronto.

The Compassion Games Leadership team are thrilled to attend the 2018 Toronto Parliament after attending and partnering at the magnificent 2015 Parliament in Salt Lake City. See “Pass The Torch” in action below from the 2015 Parliament. You can see the whole article here as we share many highlights and reflections of the Parliament. 

 

You can learn more about the Parliament of World’s Religions here and join us at The 2018 Parliament Of World’s Religions here: WebsiteFacebookTwitter