We envision 10,000+ empowered Compassionate Communities in the U.S. by 2028
The shared VISION: A world that works for ALL (#Sustainable #EquityForALL)
2025-2028 mission: Empower a #WiserDemocracy (replace our two party plutocracy), to co-create an America that works for ALL.
The co-creation and empowerment of compassionate communities unites Christians and non-Christians (across theological and political differences), around the shared vision of an America that works for ALL.
2020-2024 mission: #UniteAmericans, to co-create Compassionate Communities:
1. Catalyze the Asset Based Community Development movement, in order to:
a. co-create and "empower #BelovedCommunity";
b. heal political division (#CountryOverParty, #WiserDemocray), and
c. expedite #Sustainable #EquityForALL (People & Planet over Profit);
d. with an initial, sustained focus on #RacialEquity.
2. deeply link the ecumenical movement (#UniteChristians) to the Christian Community Development movement, in support of the above uniting of movements.
https://ccda.org "Christians transforming communities"
https://parishcollective.org "Christians re-imagining the neighborhood"
http://www.jvmpf.org "Transformation, Restoration, Reconciliation"
Goal: form (and fund) a collective impact initiative, to co-create and empower compassionate communities across America, inviting Christians and ALL Americans to work with us on two macro-movements that transcend theology and politics:
1. Care of Creation
2. Care for each other
As regards our particular focus on uniting Christians, who constitute 65% of America, and who are as divided as America...
Inviting Christians to come together, across political and theological divisions, to pursue the Common Good (empowering #BelovedCommunity) is our expression of Missional Ecumenism, a movement to unite Christians who believe that "the love of Jesus might exceed all divisions".
Our mission has been embraced by Christian Community Development visionary LaQuisha Heath-Waheed.
LaQuisha is inviting faith and civic leaders from mission aligned organizations to join the leadership team, as co-organizers of Compassionate Will County, a Meetup-enabled experiment in spiritually, economically and politically empowering #BelovedCommunity -- co-creating Compassionate Communities across Will County.
Co-organizers will be able to set up and announce meetings that will further their organization's mission, and ours. Their organization will also be eligible to receive funding from the Compassionate Realtors who support our mission. See
Compassionate Will County will (virtually, for now) engage #CompassionateCitizens in respectful dialogue across diversity, with an orientation to radical inclusion, and to maximizing the well being of the community, with special attention to the most vulnerable.
Meetups are a visible platform that will help unite "silos of compassion", in order to empower and catalyze the Compassionate Communities campaign at Charter for Compassion.
When we have proven what is possible in Will County, using Meetup as a platform to "Empower #BelovedCommunity" (Compassionate Communities), via dialogue across diversity, we will scale the model across Chicagoland, and across the U.S.
[We encourage leaders across the country to organize grassroots Compassionate Community Meetups, independently of our experiment. We will work with Compassionate Realtors in all 50 states, to generate funding for participating faith and service organizations.]
LONG TERM ...
We believe that a critical mass of dialogues-across-diversity will catalyze a #WiserDemocracy, and expedite the path to #BelovedCommunity (and to #Sustainable #EquityForALL).
#WiserDemocracy (empowering our collective wisdom and compassion) entails healing our deep partisan divide, such that we can replace our 2 party system (which silences most citizens) with representatives who are held accountable to ALL voices. See: https://www.uniteamerica.org.
We believe that educating and empowering 30 million #CompassionateCitizens is critical mass to replace our anti-democratic, money controlled, two party system with a #WiserDemocracy.
We aim to soon invite over 100 million Christians (including 70 million Catholics) to join in the movement to empower #BelovedCommunity. We hope that 25 million of them will respond to the call, before Election Day, 2020.
#BelovedCommunity is about radical inclusion, and we hope that 5 million non-Christians will also respond. Many of them are already identified with 3 movement hubs:
Revolutionary Love Project (50+ orgs).
Cultivating a #CaringCulture
Bridge Alliance (90+ orgs).
Empowering a #WiserDemocracy.
New Economy Coalition (210+orgs).
Co-creating a #CaringEconomy.
We envision uniting those movements, with the help of 30,000+ civic/faith leaders; 10,000+ Meetup-enabled Compassionate Communities; and with significant funding from #CompassionateRealtors.
Co-created by #CompassionateCitizens
We seek to catalyze the Compassionate Communities campaign at Charter for Compassion by using Meetups to engage #CompassionateCitizens in respectful dialogue across diversity, in order to maximize the well being of the worst off. While this entails reducing suffering (e.g., from Hunger, Homelessness, Hopelessness, Hate and/or Health issues), our long term vision entails SYSTEMS change.
We are effectively linking 3 macro-movements, with myriad sub-movements:
1. #CaringCulture -- Culturally and spiritually empowering citizens, by educating them about Asset Based Community Development. ABCD focuses on the unique assets and gifts of citizens, rather than deficits -- all have a role in co-creating Compassionate Communities.
2. #WiserDemocracy -- Politically empowering citizens, by educating them about the Deliberative Democracy movement, to hold all levels of government accountable to the collective wisdom and compassion of their constituents.
3. #CaringEconomy -- Economically empowering citizens, by educating them about the Triple Bottom Line, where consumers, workers and investors reflect their integrated values, as regards People, Planet and Profits (#Sustainable #EquityForALL).
To fund the movement to empower #BelovedCommunity, Connection Realty will pair #CompassionateCitizens who are buying or selling a home with #CompassionateRealtors who compete for value, while generously supporting the movement.
Whether you participate in respectful dialogue-across-diversity, volunteer your talents, or promote the movement through word of mouth or on social media, we thank you for doing your part to build a community, a country and a world that works for all.
ASSET BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Committee
Chair of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD)
Managing Director, Nurture Development
CEO, TimeBanks USA
Board member, TimeBanks USA
Founder of Community 4:12
INTERFAITH DIALOGUE Committee
Founder and President,
Director, Evangelical Chapter,
Founder of Center For Pluralism
Founder, Spiritual Playdate
AT LARGE advisors
CEO, Seva Exchange
Founder, The Global Lead
Global Ambassador at Charter For Compassion International
Author, Beautiful and Abundant
Founder, Mainstream Media
PhD, Community Psychology
Co-founder, The Resiliency Institute
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