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.

 https://www.uniteamerica.org

 https://www.breachrepairers.org


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.

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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"

https://www.christianchurchestogether.org


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 


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Our mission has been embraced by Christian Community Development visionary LaQuisha Heath-Waheed. 


https://www.linkedin.com/in/laquisha-heath-waheed-53a120164


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.


 https://www.meetup.com/Compassionate-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


 https://compassionatecitizens.us/connection-realty 


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.]


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.


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 VISION

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

Staff

CO-LEADERSHIP TEAM


Howard Pepper

Director, Ecumenical Outreach


Norlyn Dimmitt

Director, #CompassionateRealtors


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Board of Advisors


ASSET BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Committee


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

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INTERFAITH DIALOGUE Committee


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


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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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