We envision 10,000+ empowered Compassionate Communities in the U.S. by 2028

Thy Kingdom Come...

The shared VISION: A world that works for ALL (#Sustainable #EquityForALL)

2025-2028 mission: Empower a #WiserDemocracy, 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. deeply link the Asset Based Community Development movement with the #EducationEquity, #CreationCare and #LocalLivingEconomy movements.

2. deeply link the ecumenical movement (#UniteChristians) with the Christian Community Development movement (which embraces Asset Based Community Development and #EducationEquity).

3. foster bridge building between #1 and #2

We have begun conversations with https://charterforcompassion.org, https://ecociv.org, https://www.interfaithpowerandlight.org, and the following organizations:

https://ccda.org "Christians transforming communities"

https://parishcollective.org "Christians re-imagining the neighborhood"

http://www.expectations.org "Christians united for #EducationEquity"


Goal: form a collective impact initiative, to foster Missional Ecumenism and accelerate the Christian Community Development movement (co-creating and empowering compassionate communities across America), while inviting ALL Americans to work with us on two macro-movements that transcend theology and politics:

1. Care of Creation

2. Care for each other

#Sustainable #EquityForALL

Christians coming together, across political and theological divisions, to pursue the Common Good (empowering #BelovedCommunity) provides additional impetus to engage in Missional Ecumenism, in a shared belief that "the love of Jesus might exceed all divisions".

See https://theinitiative.org 


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 for Compassionate Will County, a Meetup-enabled experiment in spiritually, economically and politically empowering Beloved Community.


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) 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.]


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.

Many of those 30 million 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.


Our Long Term Mission

Empowering a #WiserDemocracy, to co-create a #CaringCulture and #CaringEconomy

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.    

Thank You

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. 

About Us



Howard Pepper

Director, Ecumenical Outreach

Norlyn Dimmitt

Director, #CompassionateRealtors


Board of Advisors


Dan Duncan

Chair of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD)

Cormac Russell

Managing Director, Nurture Development

Edgar Cahn

CEO, TimeBanks USA

Chris Gray

Board member, TimeBanks USA

Kirsten Strand

Founder of Community 4:12

Jay Van Groningen



Charles Randall Paul

Founder and President,

Foundation For Religious Diplomacy

John Morehead

Director, Evangelical Chapter,

Foundation For Religious Diplomacy

Mike Ghouse

Founder of Center For Pluralism

Edwina Cowell

Founder, Spiritual Playdate


AT LARGE advisors

Anitha Beberg

CEO, Seva Exchange

Brigitte Perreault

Founder, The Global Lead

Brione LaThrop

Global Ambassador at Charter For Compassion International

Bryan Welch

Author, Beautiful and Abundant

Zandra Rivera

Founder, Mainstream Media

Lorenzo Santos

Founder, Rhetor

Dr. Patricia Luckoo

PhD, Community Psychology

Rev. Dr. William Flippin, Jr. 

Jodi Trendler

Co-founder, The Resiliency Institute


Contact Us

Compassionate Citizens Foundation

(630) 362-4663

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