The UUCLC Lending Library’s Book of the Month for April 2012 is Twelve Steps to A Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong.
Armstrong’s newest book has direct relevance to contemporary happenings in the County of Lake. The Lake County Board of Supervisors has designated June 22 to Sept. 21 as the Summer of Peace and Sept. 21, 2012 as the International Day of Peace in Lake County. And on March 22, 2011, the Lake County Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation in support for the Lake County Charter for Compassion.
Armstrong was awarded the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Prize in February 2008 for her proposal that leading thinkers create the original Charter for Compassion. Created online via a multi-lingual website, the charter was signed in November 2009 by 1,000 religious and secular leaders. The final version incorporated input by individuals from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Conficianism.
In Twelve Steps to A Compassionate Life (Knopf Books), Armstrong sets out a program to help people cultivate and expand their capacity for compassion.
Armstrong presented the Ware Lecture during UUA General Assembly for 2011. In her lecture, she argues that compassion and the Golden Rule have been central to all major faiths and that an ideology that does not restore compassion to the center of the spiritual, religious and ethical life fails the test of our time.
For more information about the Ware Lecture’s featured speakers, visit http://www.uua.org/ga/programming/14600.shtml. To learn more about the Charter for Compassion, visit www.charterforcompassion.org
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