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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: 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, and our precious planet! Films For The Planet is contributing many inspiring films as a gift to the masses in global unity to inspire collective social justice.

Films for the Planet is a streaming online platform featuring the best in environmental and social action films on Earth. You are invited to join the PEACE RISING Streaming Film Series, September 9-24. This series is one of the featured ways to play The Global Unity Compassion Games happening also September 9th – September 24th. See Cynthia La Grou Founder of Films For The Planet and also ROOTED in PEACE Film Director, Greg Reitman speak with us about Films For Planet below when we went live to millions on UNIFY’s FB Page.


Films for the Planet selected six beautifully-produced, award-winning documentaries to be featured on Films for the Planet exclusively for 16 days during the World Peace & Global Unity campaign. Headlining the series, the documentary ROOTED in PEACE will be streamed for FREE as a Global  Film Stream LIVE on September 21 9 AM PST,The International Day of Peace – offering a unique opportunity to experience this award-winning film on the day of its theatrical release in over 80 U.S.cities. What an amazing opportunity for so many people and places bridging Rooted in Peace together at the same time. This will be featured as one of the hours of the Global 24 Hours of Compassion. Attendees can access the program on the Members Circle anytime after September 9 and will be emailed timely reminders of the film viewings, in addition, to value added learning resources and take action opportunities for those wishing to explore topics further and sign up here to access these incredible film events.Planetary, One Day on Earth, A Quest for Meaning, A Voice4Peace, World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements. Ignite a film conversation in your community as a way to participate in The Global Unity Games!

 

The other films that will be offered include Planetary, One Day on Earth, A Quest for Meaning, A Voice4Peace, World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements. A great way to celebrate this Champion of Compassion is Ignite a film conversation in your community as a way to participate in The Global Unity Games and sign up on HERE for access to this Global Virtual Theatre. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

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Champion Spotlight: Isle Of Aero Builds Bridges for The Planet

We are honored to have an experience walking, biking and passing the Compassion Torch on the gem Isle of the Aero Municipality. This place is a champion of compassion in sustainable living and taking a lead in building bridges for the planet and humanity. The island of Aero, in Southern Denmark, boasts one of the world’s largest solar energy plants. The Municipality’s objective is to reach energy self-sufficiency. Aero has been acknowledged as one of the world’s boldest and most efficient solar power plants in the world in this Life Gate Article.

This Champion of Compassion place has now reached a point where it is considered one of the leading renewable-energy islands in the world. By 2025 Aero Municipality will be carbon neutral and energy self-sufficient. We see they are on their way in profound ways in making world records in unique ways. The island has just under 7 square meters of sun collectors, per inhabitants, to cover part of the district heating consumptions. The remainder of the district heating comes from wood and straw which is CO2 free. Since the 1980’s wind turbines have had a central place in the utilization of renewable energy sources on Aero. Aero Municipality, and a wide range of local and European partners have received and EU contribution for an Electric Ferry project. Since the Summer of 2017 the ferry system became 100% electrically powered ferry.

These initiatives, and others have won the island numerous awards.

  • Aero received the honorary award as Denmark’s Sun City.
  • The island won the Energy Globe Award for Sustainability, also know as Nature’s Nobel Prize.
  • The EU Award for Sustainable Societies, best renewable energy partnership in isolated communities.

These awards demonstrate how the community of Aero can work past its differences and build the bridges needed to create a sustainable environment.  the sustainable beauty in this Rick Steve’s video below from the Isle of Aero.

How can you today make a more sustainable Earth affirming choices? As we celebrate this champion of compassion together lets share reflections, actions, and inspirational moves on the Compassion Report Map.

 

Champion Spotlight: 9/11 Day Transforms Pain Into Unity

There is no doubt that the tragic events of 9/11 changed the world. In response to the attacks in an effort to transform pain into collective power for good, 9/11 Day was born. We are honored to recognize 9/11 Day as a Champion of Compassion.

The September 11 National Day of Service, or 9/11 Day, is a national volunteer day and annual event taking place on September 11.  To go deeper behind the origins of this day is to know that it was the passion and dedication of two friends, David Paine and Jay Winuk, who worked together for years to make this happen.

The 2017 9/11 Day has some incredible ways you can get involved and up your service and compassionate actions through honoring this day of remembrance. Join the #MomentOfSilence Campaign by sharing this moment of silence image on 9/11/ Day and be in silence with many remembering across the Country. On Monday, September 11, 2017, we’re asking Americans to observe one or more of the moments of silence, staying silent on social media for 60 seconds at each time.

Another way to honor this Champion of Compassion Organization is to take action and help with our friends in Houston, Texas in Hurricane Harvey Relief support. Check out 9/11 Day site to see ideal resources on ways to help from wherever you are on the planet.

“We wanted something positive to come from the loss of so many innocent people in such a terrible way,” says David. “We didn’t want the terrorists to have the last word in how 9/11 would be remembered.”

Founders of 9/11 Day David Paine and Jay Winuk speaking on behalf of 9/11 Day at a Broadway Unites event.

These two friends, David Paine and Jay Winuk, who lost his brother Glenn Winuk in the 9/11 attacks, have dedicated the better part of their lives over the past 15 years working to transform 9/11 from a day of terror into a day of compassion and good.

Founders of 9/11 Day David Paine and Jay Winuk summarize their journey in the following way: 

“We’ve worked to redefine the day, focusing instead on all the goodness that people everywhere showed in response to the attacks, along with the remarkable sense of togetherness that seemed to dissolve our differences for a while. We felt this was the best way to honor the victims, their families, and the heroes of 9/11, keeping that spirit of unity, empathy, and service alive, and passing it onto future generations.”

In 2009 the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama joined together to pass bipartisan national service legislation that formally designated September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

The mission of 9/11 Day is to keep alive the spirit of unity and compassion that arose in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

Annually, in New York City, 9/11 Day has over 2,000 volunteers packing 500,000+ meals for needy families, seniors, and military veterans.  You can help and volunteer in NYC, or donate any amount by going here.

We encourage you to connect to 9/11 Day and share your service for others on the Compassion Report Map, amplifying the compassionate world we live in together with Team 911 Day. 

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Champion Spotlight: We The World Lights Up The Earth

We are passing the torch today to We, The World. This organization is lead by Rick Ulfik who is the Co-Founder of the 11 Days of Global Unity which is a major inspiration for the September theme of the Compassion Games. WE a Consciousness, a Campaign, and a Collaboration of people, organizations and social change movements from around the world. We, The World has developed the Strategic Alliances and has the team to achieve that level of global collaboration and effectiveness. In 2004, We, The World launched 11 Days of Global Unity which now annually has more than 700 associated events in over 60 countries. WE Campaign is based on the successful model of 11 Days of Global Unity Campaign. The intention of the 11 Days of Global Unity is an experience from fear to love.

This week, We The World along with The Shift Network is bringing to the world 11 Days of Global Unity Summit September 11th through September 21st. You can register free HERE to participate and listen to Rick Ulfik talk with Luminaries of Global Unity like Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Sande Hart, Ralph Nader, and Michael Bernard Beckwith. Each Day is a theme of focus to challenge us all to Global Unity.

 Below are the 11 themes that will be included in the Summit

Check out Champion of Compassion Rick Ulfik’s passion and wisdom about Global Unity on this LIVE video below. 

We are thrilled to shine a bright light on We, The World! Join in this celebration by sharing actions, Global Unity theme reflections, and Summit on the Compassion Report Map with individuals and teams playing The Global Unity Games from all over the world (Until October 2nd)! Let’s build bridges for unity and peace with We The World.

Check out events happening around the world and add your events happening locally on We the World & Compassion Games Global Calendar.

Here is where you can find We The World’s WebsiteTwitter, and FB Page.

 

 

Seattle Women and Girls League Dance for Justice

What a powerful time it is now on this planet. Now is a time where we can transform the conversations about the chronic problems of our planet into breathing more life into the change we desire to see. I am fired up about being a part of a new reality that is about more of me, us, and the collective.  I invite you to reveal a more organic way of being that awakens ideal change. How about a new way to be together in community that holds us in the ultimate safe zone for freedom, play, and intrigue in new colors of inspiration? Let’s raise our voices into a harmony that inspires our hearts, minds, and bodies up into liberated action.

I am inviting a new place for compassionate culture for women & girls to call home. Now is the time to let go of the old ways of doing everything alone. I am wanting to encourage a place where we can support letting go of the negative, marginalizing messages that inhibit empowerment of the feminine and replace them with tall and courageous believing. Removing the fear-based stagnant statements like, “being vulnerable is seen as weakness”, “being quiet about challenges is the right way”, acting as “superwoman” is defined by taking care of others’ needs while always smiling. Or, how about, “there is only enough for everyone to succeed at one time and sharing your ideas will deplete your chance for success”? Not one of these messages are grounded in truth.  I am wishing for a community-based on a new paradigm charged with the positive muscles of compassion.

I see many brilliant women and girls stuck wondering where to direct their great potential in the chaotic survival of daily needs. Who can you turn to about real life challenges? This stressful reality can be lonely, leading us down the road to oppression, resentment and backwards movement. Women must have healthy outlets of community to cultivate a new paradigm. Let’s say “goodbye” to simply talking about change and “hello!” to being the change we long for! How about we leave behind the meetings that are only about filling whiteboards with ideas and thoughts for the future? This style of influence is losing my attention. Are you looking for a more inspiring way to play in this world? I am ready to “break the chain” of old ways of impacting social justice change, and that is why I am excited about playing with Compassion Games.

I am wanting to cultivate a caring community that collaborates with leaders equally, energizes differences, celebrates authentic sharing, and supports the aim to serve. This movement is a sacred place where individuals are welcome to be more present in action that brings meaningful play to light. How about supporting a message that makes your heart, mind, body, and soul fly, while rippling out to all beings for a more compassionate universe?

Sommer Joy AlbertsenI am thrilled to introduce myself, Sommer Joy Albertsen, as one of the new progressive leaders of Compassion Games International. My intent is to contribute greatly to a social justice movement that takes fun seriously, expands compassion into new forms, builds the most loving and empowered community for women & girls, and creates a positive vibration of change in the process. This is what I am excited to share with you through inclusive dance, self love, transformative play, shining vulnerability, healing art creations, community music circles, and echoes of laughter.

I was invited to weave all these compassionate intentions into the Women & Girls League One Billion Rising Flashmob on Valentine’s Day. We turned the compassionate volume up loud for social change to be seen, surprising the 150+ diverse beings at the Women of Wisdom Conference. On that day we danced into the Eve Ensler message: “Now is the time to stop all violence towards women on this planet.” We are committed to bringing this vision into reality. The following quote is a sparkle from Eve Ensler’s talk at Bioneers 2014. She had said, “Mainly it allowed women & men to come back into their bodies, to reclaim public space, so they can begin to remember the world we know inside us, that we manifest outside us. It escalated ecstatic revolt.” Thank you, Eve, for being such a brilliant beacon for radical change in the flesh. She has become a catalyst for the kind of change I want to dance through life with. Eve Ensler quoted her personal inspiration, Emma Goldman, who said, “If I can’t dance, I will not come to your revolution.” Yes! It is time we bring to the front line our wild selves into making change with authentic joy and loving play.

I began the journey of leading this One Billion Rising Movement around the Pacific Northwest in 2013 and have not stopped dancing in the streets since. Through the recent years of love for social justice work, I found dance to be an ideal universal language, igniting positive messages of embodied consciousness. This form of consciousness delights the senses into being the change. This is an example of new profound actions in nourishing sustainable community and stepping into uncharted pathways of synergistic opportunities. I invite you to a trustworthy space for more root truth, holding each others hands with ecstatic courage, and infinite hugs of boundless being.

The compassionate spirit of this One Billion Rising Movement is a real example of the power of coming together with a common intent. Our league of diverse women danced, held space for voices to rise out of victims of violence, sang unconditional love messages of hope, and brought real prayer to the planet. Here is a link to this win-win report on Compassion Games International site, where you will find compassionate action raining all over the world. The Compassion Games has influenced me to shine leadership events for the Women & Girls League here in Seattle area in order to show how kind we really are. Are you ready for the challenge?

Would you like to join the Women & Girls league of Compassion? This is a call to action for YOU to rise with us in our cultivation of a new garden of flowers of compassion. This One Billion Rising flashmob is just the beginning of the survival of the kindest. We will be starting a weekly Women & Girls League compassion dance action every Sunday at 11-12:00 PM at Civetta Dance Space. This will be a seed of courageous women leaders of all ages to rise and share who you are, breaking the chain of suffering and bringing new meaning to social change service. It is time now in 2015 to join us into a sacred playful space to bring more compassion to self, others, and the earth.

For more information about Women & Girls Compassion Being League, please email Sommer Joy Albertsen at sommer@islandjoywellness.com

Edit Team: Sherry Is Dancing, Joey Crotty, and Jon Ramer