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Greater Toledo and NW Ohio Compassionate Community
Mayor D. Michael Collins at Government Center - Mayor Collins signs after Paula and Tina
Mayor D. Michael Collins, Toledo City Council President Paula Hicks-Hudson, and Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak signed the Charter for Compassion. The Compassion team received a letter of endorsement from TMACOG [Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. Bob Lynn, Jr. read a congratulatory letter from United States Senator Sherrod Brown. Greater Toledo and NW Ohio is officially a Compassionate Community to join the growing international movement of Compassionate Cities.
The designation is a long-range commitment to our goals to highlight compassionate organizations and individuals in our community and to encourage and facilitate collaborative solutions to critical issues.
Signing Ceremony Photos
Compassionate Networking Convention
Almost ninety compassion provider displays at SeaGate Convention Centre on April 25, from noon to 8 PM, showcased their compassionate contributions to our community. Displays were placed in sectors of similar focus - faith-based, food sufficiency, housing, health, education, youth, employment, justice, and care. Many display hosts commented that they had wonderful networking experiences.
There were also eight breakouts on Hunger and health, media support of compassionate community, housing, fundraising, education, youth meet & greet, mental health and addiction, and human trafficking. Several of these very educational panels were taped by WGTE Knowledgestream.
13th Annual MultiFaith Banquet
The designation ceremonies concluded with the 13th Annual MultiFaith Banquet held sunday, April 27, at the Franciscan Center at Lourdes University. Tom Williams of Compassionate Louisville welcomed us into the global compassionate cities with a charge to carry it forward in helping other city campaigns. Fr. Jim Bacik gave the keynote address. He counseled that we are a Compassionate Community to become a Compassionate Community. Our work is just beginning.Banquet Photos Fr. Bacik Keynote
Charter for Compassion
The Charter for Compassion was envisioned by Karen Armstrong, author of many interfaith books, in her 2008 TED acceptance speech. Her wish was that the faith leaders of the world would acknowledge their core common value of compassion in a simple document. The response was phenomenal. The resulting document was unveiled in November 2009. http://charterforcompassion.org/
Greater Toledo's Designation story on the Charter for Compassion site. http://charterforcompassion.org/node/7375
Seattle was the first Compassionate City, in honor of the Charter for Compassion. They celebrated the designation with a two-day, city-wide event and an ongoing campaign to encourage other compassionate cities. http://charterforcompassion.org/cities