Religion doesn’t have to suck. Charter for Compassion.

Via Roger Wolsey
on Dec 18, 2011
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“Compassion isn’t popular. People often prefer to be right.” – Karen Armstrong

Join the world at to sign the Charter for Compassion.

The Charter brings together the voices of people from all religions. It seeks to remind the world that while all faiths are not the same, they all share the core principle of compassion and the Golden Rule.

The Charter will change the tenor of the conversation around religion. It will be a clarion call to the world.


See also:  NPR Story “Twelve Concrete Ways to Live a Compassionate Life

and also:  Amazon; Karen Armstrong’s “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life


Let’s reclaim the compassion – the “suffering with”, the hesed, the loving-kindness.

Amen. Amin. Aho. Blessed Be. Namaste.


Wolsey is the author of Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don’t like christianity, he is an active member of The Christian Left facebook page, and blogs for Patheos, Huffington Post, and Elephant Journal.


About Roger Wolsey

Roger Wolsey is a free-spirited GenX-er who thinks and feels a lot about God and Jesus. He’s a progressive Christian who identifies with people who consider themselves as being “spiritual but not religious.” He came of age during the “Minneapolis sound” era and enjoyed seeing The Replacements, The Jayhawks, Husker Du, The Wallets, Trip Shakespeare, Prince, and Soul Asylum in concert—leading to strong musical influences to his theology. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. Roger is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and he currently serves as the director of the Wesley Foundation campus ministry at C.U. in Boulder, CO. He was married for ten years, divorced in 2005 and now co-parents a delightful 10-year old son. Roger loves live music, hosting house concerts, rock-climbing, yoga, centering prayer, trail-running with his dog Kingdom, dancing, camping, riding his motorcycle, blogging, and playing his trumpet in ska bands and music projects. He's recently written a book Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don't like christianity


7 Responses to “Religion doesn’t have to suck. Charter for Compassion.”

  1. Trey says:

    I am gratified to find Wolsey is an ordained Methodist. There is much to be admired and applauded in the Wesleyan tradition. I find myself attracted to it but can't say for the life of me why. Why do we discover we are attracted to one teaching or another?. Do we discover or choose to be attracted to a path? My experience is "discover." Perplexing and fascinating thing, that; worth exploring. Having been brought up on the "Grace Alone" school of Presbyterian theology, it makes sense that we discover we are attracted to something, and then look for reasons.
    Thank you once again for the wonderful postings. You do good work. Please don't stop! Peace, trey.

  2. Mark Ledbetter says:

    “Compassion isn’t popular. People often prefer to be right.”

    Wow! That says it all. I’ve long felt that the desire to be right is probably the source of just about all the anger, conflict, and war that plagues the human race. I’ve never thought to pair it with compassion as its opposite, though. Sublime.

    And great video. Thanks Roger.

    I’m especially happy to be able to express my thanks to Roger as I seem to often be opposing the activist component of his message here at Ele. In fact, I just did it again a couple of minutes ago with a comment to Jeff’s article.

    Roger’s message is always deep and compassionate. I’m half way through his book (Kissing Fish, I think it’s called?). I am deeply moved and educated by what he has to say. I highly recommend it.

    So, again Roger, thanks! Hope you realize I keep that feeling of gratitude even when I’m expressing a libertarian perspective in opposition to yours.

  3. Lula says:

    yeah, not all religions are equal.. but they equally believe they are the one right one. and especially the christian religion is incompatible with any other religion or the absence of religion ("unbelievers are not to be trusted and only acceptance of god will save me". "thou shall not have any other gods beside me")
    I will stick to no religion at all. Best way to be more compassionate is to stop being delusional.

  4. tomgrasso says:

    Featured on the Ele Enlightened Society Facebook page!

  5. Roger Wolsey says:

    On a related note, here are "40 Ways Acts of Compassion" to consider engaging in.

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