The Compassion Project
As His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, has said, “The cultivation of compassion is no longer a luxury, but a necessity, if our species is to survive.” - See more at: http://ccare.stanford.edu/education/about-compassion-cultivation-training-cct/a-letter-from-our-founder/#sthash.6JaFpEfB.dpuf
Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core said, “A movement is a growing group of people who believe so deeply in a new possibility that they participate in making it a reality.” (Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation; page 181)
Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church seeks to create a movement for Compassion that begins with us and is interfaith, inter-generational, cross-cultural and inclusive of all, and then spreads from here to every neighborhood in the City and then beyond. The movement begins by doing smaller projects, one by one.
The Micro Story: For a year and a half we explored how we could revitalize the Lincoln Park neighborhood through creating partnerships. We found ourselves drawn to the idea of compassion as something that is needed in our neighborhood, city, country and world.
What Is The Compassion Project?
Creating a movement for Compassion in Lincoln Park (and beyond) is a multi-year vision that involves individuals, groups, businesses, organizations, and institutions committing to exploring and living into the answers to at least 5 questions through awareness, education and service:
- What is Compassion?
- How do we cultivate compassion?
- What does compassion look like in action?
- How can/does compassion transform a person, family, organization and neighborhood?
- What role does self-compassion play in a compassion movement?
A More Compassionate World
Our movement begins with a global vision for a better, more compassionate world calling all men and women and children to commit to a set of core values:
- to treat all others as we wish to be treated
- to work to alleviate the suffering of others
- to refrain consistently from inflicting harm
- to respect other points of view
Current and Upcoming Projects
Conversation with Kevin Coval: A People's History of Chicago