Thursday, 21 January 2010

Royal Holloway Talk on Compassion

Fr Vladimir, the chaplain at Royal Holloway College in Egham has told us about the following talk taking place on 26 January, 6 pm at Windsor Building Auditorium Royal Holloway, University of London Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX -

The Compassion: Remedy for the Divided World
A talk by Prof. Karen Armstrong.
The practice of compassion is central to every one of the major world religions – but sometimes you would never know it. People don't even seem to know what compassion is; they imagine that it means to feel pity for somebody. The root meaning of this word is "to feel with" the other. Compassion is the acknowledgment that we all - without exception - share the same human predicament. This is crucial at a time when we are bound together as never before but have rarely been more perilously divided.

Karen Armstrong is one of the most provocative, original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world. She has written more than 20 books around the ideas of what Islam, Judaism and Christianity have in common, and around their effect on world events.

In 2009 she called for a council of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish leaders to draw up a “Charter for Compassion”. The Charter was unveiled in November 2009. It identifies shared moral priorities in order to foster global understanding in the spirit of the Golden Rule. Its signatories include Prince Hassan of Jordan, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Sir Richard Branson.

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