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Karen Armstrong On The State Of The Charter For Compassion (LIVE VIDEO)

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On March 22, for the first time ever, Armstrong will present the “State of the Charter for Compassion,” highlighting the progress made around the world to re-center society around compassionate action and create a more peaceful planet. The live video will begin at 9 p.m. on the East Coast.

Her presentation will include stories from Pakistan, Jordan, Kentucky and Vancouver. She will address a global call to action with “Assignment Compassion,” and unveil of the redesigned Charter for Compassion site -- the new hub for this movement.

Karen Armstrong is a former Catholic nun, world-renowned author, historian and religious scholar. In 2008 she won the TED Prize and was granted the opportunity to fulfill one wish: to restore the Golden Rule -- treating others as we wish to be treated ourselves -- to the center of religious, moral and civic life.

Through the TED Prize, Armstrong gathered a council of religious leaders from around the world and created the Charter for Compassion in 2009, a document endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.

Since then, the Charter for Compassion has become the heart of a global compassion movement, now more than 80,000 strong.

The “State of the Charter for Compassion” presentation will take place at a public lecture hosted by Simon Fraser University's Centre for Dialogue as part of "12 Days of Compassion," a Vancouver-wide conversation on compassion taking place March 19-30. The presentation will be preceded by the launch of the Greater Vancouver Compassion Network -- part of an international movement to build compassionate communities -- and a 45-minute lecture by Armstrong on the topic, "What is Religion?" The entire event will be available via Livestream.

The Livestream is also available at and

Full Schedule of events (all times approximate):
7:00 p.m. PT- Event starts
7:05 p.m. PT- Launch of Greater Vancouver Compassion Network (GVCN), presented by Alisdair Smith, Chair, Greater Vancouver Compassion Network
7:15 p.m. PT- Karen Armstrong: “What is Religion?” (45 Minutes)
8:00 p.m. PT- Karen Armstrong: “State of the Charter for Compassion” (20 Minutes)
8:20 p.m. PT- Q&A with Karen Armstrong

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