Guzman-Foster, UIW Education; Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, UIW Ettling Center; Cristina Gonzalez,
Compassion Leader, Monterrey, Mexico; Mayor
Ron Nirenberg; Sr. Adriana Calzada, CCVI, UIW staff; Dr. Barbara Aranda
Naranjo, UIW Provost; Shahram Ebadfardzadeh, friend from the Mandaean tradition; Dr. Sherry Herbers, UIW Education; Prof. Michael Van Doren, UIW Nursing; Sr.
Marichui Bringas, Incarnate Word Sister.
How do we help create a world of good in the midst of
a world of hurt?
Where do I see
the most hurt in the world? How could I start to respond? How could we create
About 200 people gathered at the Institute of Texan
Cultures in San Antonio, Texas, for “COMPASSION: A Lab about Global and Local Cultural
Incarnate Word Sisters Marichui Bringas, Adriana Calzada, Jean Durel, and
Martha Ann Kirk and our partners in ministry working at the University of
the Incarnate Word, Dr. Barbara Aranda Naranjo: Provost, Dr. Sandy
Guzman-Foster, Education; Dr. Sherry Herbers, Education; and Prof. Michael Van
As part of the international Charter for Compassion movement,
San Antonio has pledged to be a “City of Compassion
The night was to gather participants
ideas about how to grow in compassionate action and to post those
inviting the other 450 cities who have pledged compassion to also gather
An inner circle of leaders shared answers to questions
and then the audience in groups of three also shared answers. Finally all
were invited to text in their responses. Those could be read on the
Leaders included San Antonio Mayor, Ron
Signer of the City Council's 2017 Resolution
to be a Compassionate City. He is also the current chair of Sister Cities
International and recently challenged all Sister Cities to become Compassionate
Monterrey, Mexico, is a Sister City to San Antonio.
The leader in the Compassionate movement
Gonzalez shared their successes. In Nuevo Leon 60 cities have chosen to
be Cities of Compassion and ten universities and many businesses have
made commitments. She coordinates a network of hundreds of volunteers who
help those in need.
All are invited to celebrate the 10th
anniversary of the international Charter for Compassion in Monterrey, Mexico,
October 10, 2019, which leads into the Worldwide Meeting on Human Values
The Charter for Compassion International's Executive Director,
Marilyn Turkovich encouraged San Antonio’s effort. She invited people to
participate in the “Compassion Tree Project" by
planting trees. “The Compassion Tree Project (CTP) starts at a local
level as a symbolic representation of the commitment and responsibility
to regreen the world. It then expands beyond its own location and moves
to support already-existing regreening efforts around the world. The
Compassion Tree Project joins us all together in a single global effort,
connecting us all in our common humanity.”
San Antonio journalist Cary Clack reminded
all of Dr. Martin Luther King’s idea of nonviolence. He shared stories of
hope and encouragement to invite compassion.
Dr. Sandy Guzman-Foster and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, with encouragement
from the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, have been
participating in a pilot project to study and to spread the Compassion
movement in San Antonio. This involves increasing one’s emotional
intelligence. They led a cohort of
faculty at the University of the Incarnate Word during the spring
semester in an introduction to Compassionate Integrity Training which involves compassion for self, for
others, and within systems. Compassion is like a muscle which can be
strengthened. Learn more of compassion in San Antonio and at UIW.
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