From Confucius to Oprah, people have preached compassion for centuries. But how often is it actually put into practice?
We may know that we should “treat others the way we wish to be treated”, but the reality – particular in the face of a perceived injustice – just isn’t that easy. Compassion is hardwired into our brains, yet is constantly pushed back by our more primitive instincts for selfishness and survival.
Provocative religious thinker, Karen Armstrong, knows this. Yet she will take to our pulpit to offer an impassioned call to cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion. Drawing on material ranging from the spiritual character of the world religions to the findings of contemporary neuroscience, she’ll outline concrete ways of enhancing our compassion and putting it into action in our everyday lives.
Karen Armstrong is a British author and commentator who is the author of twelve books on comparative religion. A former nun, she went from a conservative to a more liberal and mystical faith. Armstrong first rose to prominence in 1993 with her book, A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, an international best seller that is now required reading in many theology courses. She won the TED Prize in 2008 which helped to launch her Charter for Compassion, a document around which religious leaders can work together for people. Her new book, ’12 Steps to A Compassionate Life’ was published in 2011
This secular sermon took place at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London on Sunday 20 November 2011
Dr. Stephen Patterson introduces the work of the Jesus Seminar on Christian Origins and some of the big ideas that have changed the way some scholars look at Paul. He asks, "Can we find something new in this ancient, enigmatic apostle?"
This lecture opens a seminar of "Paul in Two Worlds: A Jew and a Christian Talk about the Apostle" which was sponsored by the Oklahoma Institute for Biblical Literacy and held at the Oklahoma City University on May 11-12, 2012.
A Benedictine Sister of Erie, Joan Chittister, OSB, has been a leading voice on spirituality for more than 25 years. She is a best-selling author of 22 books and a well-known international lecturer. She is founder and executive director of Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality, and past-president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Sister Joan has been recognized by universities and national organizations for her work for justice, peace, and equality for women in the Church and society. She is an active member of the International Peace Council. She attended the Fourth U.N. Conference in Beijing in 1995 and the Parliament of the World's Religions in South Africa in 1999 as media representative for the National Catholic Reporter and is a regular columnist for that paper.