What Does a Compassionate City Look Like?
“A compassionate city is an uncomfortable city! A city that is uncomfortable when anyone is homeless or hungry. Uncomfortable if every child isn’t loved and given rich opportunities to grow and thrive. Uncomfortable when as a community we don’t treat our neighbors as we would wish to be treated.”
What does it mean to be a compassionate city? In this live stream from the 2017 Festival of Faiths (the conversation starts at the 20 minute mark), Karen Armstrong joins a panel of mayors from around the United States to delve deep into this question, with humor and wisdom. From Fort Worth, Texas to Gary, Indiana, they’re boldly asking:
“In the light of today’s challenges and opportunities, how do we more deeply engage, understand and define what compassion really means and entails in order to move from aspiration to reality?”
Over the next few evenings, we’ll be curating a playlist on compassion for you, live from Louisville, Kentucky. And you can catch all the programming as-it-happens on the Festival of Faiths Facebook page. We hope you’ll join us!