Compassionate Houston
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Celebrating and Nurturing the Compassionate Culture of Greater Houston

Compassionate Houston is a collaborative, humanitarian organization formed by Houstonians to celebrate and nurture the compassionate culture in Greater Houston.

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Compassionate Houston began 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

This vision, as stated in The Charter for Compassion, attracted the attention of a group of Houstonians. They began by committing to concrete acts of compassion in their personal lives and in the communities to which they belonged. This led to the question, “What would it take to make Houston a more Compassionate City?” Seeds were planted for building a network of individuals and organizations throughout Houston to foster compassion as a “clear, luminous, and dynamic force in our polarized world.”

Goals of Compassionate Houston

  1. To promote the four core values of Compassionate Houston
  2. To celebrate Houston’s long tradition and legacy of compassionate action and philanthropy
  3. To nurture and expand Houston’s contemporary compassionate culture
  4. To develop a network of organizations known as Compassionate Partners who support this vision, its core values, and goals
  5. To develop a network of individuals known as Compassionate Ambassadors to spread this vision and assist in the activities of Compassionate Houston
  6. To secure funding to implement our vision, core values, and goals throughout Greater Houston
  7. To host a series of open, community-wide conversations
  8. To promote and support Houston as a Compassionate City with institutional structures in place for the sustainability of its compassionate culture

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

Spreading Compassion
Faculty members, workshop leaders, and grassroots organizers joined together to organize Houston Compassion Week 2015. Opportunities to develop internally and give back externally were offered throughout the city, bringing together service organizations and compassionate practitioners for the first time.
Compassionate Cities
Local Partners
Faculty Members
Movement for Compassion

Hearing from Compassionate Friends

Compassion enables us to heal ourselves and others because it allows us to connect. We in Compassionate Houston hope to serve and help heal our city by connecting compassionately with our neighbors as well as ourselves. Compassion is a gift, a natural human asset, a powerful force for good. It grows by being shared. Compassionate Houston shares this deep commitment to connecting compassionately with ourselves and fellow citizens in service to all.
Compassion Heals / Michael Pardee, The Boniuk Institute
In one way or another, every values-oriented culture, religious or not, teaches the importance of treating others the way we wish to be treated. How to achieve that goal may vary. It begins with listening. When we are able to listen to another’s viewpoint, we begin to be able to understand how to treat people as individuals, not categories.
The Golden Rule / Rabbi Dan Gordon
Compassion is a simple response of the heart. I often reflect upon the words of George Washington Carver, "How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong, because someday in your life you will have been all of these." We all have been given the ability to offer compassion. We must simply decide if we are willing to move beyond our selves in order to truly live as agents of change.
Compassion and The Heart / The Rev. Glenice Robinson-Como
"We are hard-wired for compassion- it feels good in our body when we act with care and understanding toward ourselves or others. Compassion springs from knowing in our heart we all belong to one another; our well-being depends on the well-being of all creation."
Nonviolent Communication / Bren Hardt, CNVC Certified Trainer of Compassionate (or Nonviolent) Communication


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