TREAT OTHERS THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED!
On the first Sunday of February 2014, my Chiboogamoo and I attended an event hosted by Compassionate Atlanta (FB Page HERE)with 300 people at the Carter Center here in Atlanta. The goal was for those of us from different cities in the Atlanta area (For example, my husband and I are from Decatur, a six mile drive from Midtown) to come up with ideas of how we could be more compassionate.
COMPASSIONATE CITIES (GREATER) ATLANTA! We sat in small groups around tables to discuss "cafe" style this question: "What can we do to make greater Atlanta a more compassionate circle of cities?". (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
This event began with singing! And there was singing all through the afternoon led by Gayanne Geurin! Here is an example of us singing, "If I Had a Hammer":
Probably because I was taking photos and notes with my Ipad just in case I wanted to blog about the event later (as I am doing now), the participants at my table asked me to be the note taker when our cafe style discussion began. Just in case you aren't familiar with this method of community discussion, here are the principles:
Set the context
Create a hospitable space
Explore questions that matter
Share collective discoveries
Listen together for insights
Encourage everyone's contributions
Connect diverse perspectives
Our question to discuss was this:
WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE GREATER ATLANTA A MORE COMPASSIONATE CIRCLE OF CITIES?
|CAFE STYLE DISCUSSION! Here I am reading back to my discussion group our ideas about how we might make Atlanta a more compassionate circle of cities. (photo by Compassionate Atlanta)|
- These were some of the ideas from my group:
- Define what compassion is and understand it
- Have compassion for yourself, first and foremost
- Travel outside your community and meet people who are different from you
- Build an art project across communities that celebrates compassion
- Establish "Golden Rule" clubs in schools and communities
- Lead a sustainable life, get enough rest and take care of the Earth
- Validate the importance of compassion
- Make compassion "actionable" so that we know how to "enact" it
- Give incentives in schools and communities to be compassionate
- Acknowledge "Compassion Heroes"
- Have compassion festivals that bring communities together
- Have a compassionate cities (greater) Atlanta area newsletter that connects the cities
|Jimmy Carter (photo by Ruth Schowalter)|
1. Sign the Charter for Compassion (you readers can do that HERE)
2. Ask elected officials to adopt the compassionate charter and declare becoming a compassionate city
3. Identify and invite an organization to become a charter for compassion partner
4. Make your commitment to compassion real (like I am blogging about it on Coffee with Hallelujah, or go to www.compassionateatl.com and click engage to share your story)
5. Attend the Morehouse Compassion Celebration on April 3, 2014. Karen Armstrong will be the guest speaker.
That's Coffee With Hallelujah! SOUL BLOG with me and share your ideas about being compassionate? Will you sign the Charter for Compassion? I did and so did Chiboogamoo!
|I LOVE DIVERSITY! Love just pours out of me when I meet someone who is different from me and open to my difference and wants to talk, share, and understand our differences. (photo by kind compassionate participant)|