Beginnings

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.”

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The Global Vision: CAN International Connection

Compassionate Houston is connected to the CAN International Institute that certifies and supports compassionate initiatives in cities, towns, counties, states and provinces, regions, nations, universities, faith groups, schools, service groups, and other places where human beings gather. Check out their link to see what other compassionate cities and communities are doing.