Compassion Week 2018 Events

Join us for Compassion Week 2018, a week dedicated to cultivating compassion in Houston through awareness, education, and service.  Compassion is expressed in many forms!  Attend a workshop to foster compassion in yourself, or participate in a service project to put compassion in action, or both!  Meet other individuals and organizations dedicated to making Houston a compassionate city.


Compassion Week 2018 Opening Ceremony


Join leadership from many of Houston’s compassionate organizations as we gather together to celebrate, network, and witness in the spirit of compassion.

When: Sunday, April 22 | 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Where: Live Oak Friends Meeting House, 1318 W 26th St

Over 30 participating organizations.  See participating organizations here.


Featuring booths, vendors, compassion meditation and relational activities, Quaker service in the meeting house, and a performance by Houston Playback Theater.  See the schedule of proceedings here.


Developing Skills for
Empowered Communication

Empowered Communication is a language of compassion, connection, cooperation, and more globally – peace. Find common ground through conflict, build trusting with loved ones, set effective boundaries, and more through interactive games, role-plays and other methods.

When: Saturday, April 21 | 12:30 – 3:30 pm

Where: Great Oak School, 715 E. Carrell Street (Tomball)

Cost: Suggested donation of $15-25

See flyer here | Register here


Creative Compassion:

Finding New Ways to Bring Compassion into Our Lives

Join Insight Meditation Houston for a Guided Meditation and Dharma Talk by Ginger Clarkson, Community Dharma Leader. No registration necessary, all are welcome.

When: Monday, April 23 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Where: First Unitarian Universalist, 5200 Fannin St, Fireside Room


Healing Circle for Cancer Survivors

Healing Circles are nurturing, supportive places where anyone impacted by illness or loss can explore and engage in their own healing… they are a safe sanctuary that invites a step outside the ordinary flow a retreat for deep inner listening.

When: Tuesday, April 24 | 2:00-3:30pm

Where: Healing Circles Houston, 1100 Milford



Veterans Helping Veterans

All military veterans are invited. The purpose of this group is for veterans to share their stories and support each other with hope and healing through community. We look forward to seeing you. Refreshments are provided.

When: Wednesday, April 25 | 12:00-1:30pm

Where: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, S-Youth Center in Sanctuary Building

Details and RSVP



Sacred Dance on the Labyrinth

Join us at the new Contemplative Prayer Garden and Tree of Life Labyrinth for a special interfaith evening of sacred meditative and joyous music provided by Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Hare Krishna groups from across Houston

When: Thursday, April 26 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Where: Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort

More Information: Helen Rose Ebaugh,


Practical Compassion:
Sourcing the Power of Love

Learn to access and use the power of empathy and compassion in real time to love yourself, extend that love to others and improve the relationships that matter most to you.

When: Thursday, April 26 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: Unity Houston, 2929 Unity Drive, Education Annex Room 104

Full Details and Registration



Deep Listening Circle

The Deep Listening Circle is dedicated to cultivating a practice of opening our hearts to ourselves and others. In the sharing of our experiences and our personal journeys we find our shared humanity and unique inner wisdom.

When: Thursday, April 26 | 6:00-7:30pm

Where: Jung Center Houston, 5200 Montrose

More information


Dialogues for Social Change

We want to help people communicate effectively across barriers of belief, whether family, friends or officials in power and maintain connecting relationship. Practices will be based on Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’sNonviolent Communication and Jim and Jori Manske’s 9 Skills forNavigating Conflict. Light snacks and drinks will be available.

When: Saturday, April 28 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Where: First Unitarian Universalist Church, Thoreau campus

Cost: Donations appreciated, suggested $40-50

Register Here



Service on Saturday:


Westbury Community Garden Service Day

with i-CERV (Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering)

Westbury Community Garden is an all volunteer organization that maintains a 7 acre property in southwest Houston. The property contains 62 allotment garden plots and 2 orchards, an NABA certified butterfly habitat garden, a prairie restoration project, compost and rain catchment systems and an outdoor learning pavilion.

When: Saturday, April 28, 8:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Westbury Community Garden, 12581 Dunlap

Full details and volunteer signup here



Olivewood Cemetery – Asher Joseph Eagle Scout Project

Join us for general grounds maintenance, weed removal, flower planting, mow, clear heavy growth and clean up debris. We will be out from 9 am – 12 pm. Please bring rakes, lawn mowers, chain saws, loppers and hand weeding tools. Please wear long sleeves, long pants and closed toe shoes.

When: Saturday, April 28, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Olivewood Cemetery, 1300 Court St

Details and volunteer signup
Contact: Asher Joseph,



Rebuilding Together Houston:
Helping Rebuild after Harvey

Help in the continuing rebuilding process after Hurricane Harvey.  Home repair skills are particularly helpful, but all volunteers are welcomed and appreciated.

When: Saturday, April 28, all day

Must register!  Click here to sign up

Closing Event

The Heart of Houston:
Lessons in Servant Leadership on the Road to 2036