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CAPE TOWN interfaith INITIATIVE – an invitation & The Charter for Compassion

by on August 18, 2010

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CAPE TOWN interfaith INITIATIVE

We are delighted to welcome

Rabbi Dr. David Rosen, from Jerusalem.

Imam Rashied Omar

Fr. Roger Hickley.

Topic. “Voices of reconciliation affirming the

Dignity of Difference”

Venue. Nelson Mandela Auditorium,

88 Hatfield Street, Cape Town.

Date. Tuesday 24th August 2010

8pm.

All invited.

Tea will be served

Enquiries Mary 021-6974106/ Laurie 083 4561986

Fr. John Oliver

082 7333500

St.Mark’s District Six

021 448 1006

Cape Town Interfaith Initiative

Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum

021 462 2277

THE CHARTER FOR COMPASSION

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.

It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self- interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others – even our enemies – is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.

We therefore call upon all men and women

§ to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion

§ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate

§ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures

§ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity

§ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings – even those regarded as enemies.

We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in a polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensable to the creation of a just economy and peaceful global community.

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