Frequently Asked Questions
Who are you?
We are a small group of volunteers who learned about the international Charter for Compassion and have committed ourselves to inviting all Cheyenne individuals and organizations to join us in encouraging a more compassionate city and county by taking the Compassion Pledge, which is based on The Charter for Compassion.
Our Vision: Our community and world becoming more and more compassionate.
Our Mission: To champion and nurture the growth of compassion.
We ask: “What does compassion want for Cheyenne?”
A compassionate Cheyenne is home to compassionate schools, businesses, compassionate health care providers, compassionate faith communities, compassionate neighborhoods and compassionate not-for-profits.
What do you mean by “compassion?”
Compassion means living the Golden Rule: “Doing to others as you would like done to you.” It may start with an act of kindness. Compassion involves respect, civil discourse, and a response to others based solely on a personal commitment to treating others the way you want to be treated.
“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.” –Henri Nouwen
What is the Compassion Pledge?
To help raise awareness and keep compassion in the forefront of our actions, we have created a compassion pledge that citizens, service clubs, organizations and businesses can take.
Take the Compassion Pledge
In support of The Charter for Compassion, I pledge to spread compassion through my personal actions throughout our community and to ask myself when faced with a decision: “What is the compassionate response?
Post “I Took the Compassion Pledge” on
Or, contact us (CompassionateCheyenne@gmail.com) and let us know you took the pledge and we will add you to the list on our Compassionate Cheyenne website.
What is the international Charter for Compassion?
- The Charter for Compassion is a worldwide initiative to encourage more compassionate thinking and action in all aspects of our lives.
- Compassion is the principled determination to put oneself in the shoes of the other. It lies at the heart of all religious and ethical systems.
- One of the most urgent tasks of our generation is to build a global community where men and women of all races, nations and ideologies can live together in peace. In our world, everybody has become our neighbor and the Golden Rule has become an urgent necessity.
- The Charter seeks to encourage public and private discourse that honors compassion as the motivating energy behind all conversations and actions.
- The Charter makes it clear that any ideology that fosters hatred or contempt–– be it religious or secular––has failed the test of our time.
- It is not simply a statement of principle; it is a summons to creative, practical and sustained compassionate action to address the challenges of our time.
What is the history of The Charter for Compassion?
In 2008, author and scholar Karen Armstrong won the prestigious TED Award for her one wish to change the world. After winning the TED Award, she gathered a multi-national group of thinkers and leaders, who reviewed and sorted through all the world's contributions and ideas to craft the final Charter for Compassion that was unveiled in 2009.
Is there a cost?
There are no dues or fees for you to take the Compassion Pledge and partner with Compassionate Cheyenne. We won’t ask you for money and, since we have no budget; it won’t do any good to ask us for money. Furthermore, we don’t have a paid staff and we won’t compete with non-profits by becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
Is Compassionate Cheyenne part of a religious or political organization or movement?
No. Compassionate Cheyenne is simply interested in our community and world becoming more compassionate, especially in these times. We will champion and nurture the growth of compassion. We will ask: “What does compassion want for Cheyenne?” When challenges confront our community, we will ask: “What is the compassionate response?”
What is your secret agenda?
There is no secret agenda. Just compassion, simply compassion.
What are you planning to do?
1. Encourage the citizens and organizations of Cheyenne and Laramie County to be compassionate in words and actions.
2. Ask citizens and organizations to take the Compassion Pledge in support of The Charter for Compassion.
3. Explore opportunities to
· Sponsor city-wide activities and events focused on compassion by hosting community and collaborative forums to encourage compassionate approaches to current challenges,
· Spotlight the compassionate work of education, health care, nonprofits, businesses, city and county government, state government, and
· Advocate for those that are working on compassionate initiatives, especially those related to our three focus areas: housing, healthcare and sustainability.
4. Continually ask, “What is the compassionate response?” to challenges facing Cheyenne and Laramie County.
How can I get involved?
Cheyenne is full of people who model compassionate in their daily lives. And, there are many organizations doing important compassionate work. We invite you to join us in a commitment to making Cheyenne and Laramie County more compassionate. Take the Compassion Pledge and be counted as someone committed to compassionate living.
What can I do to get started?
· Go to our website www.CompassionCheyenne.org.
· Take the Compassion Pledge.
· Visit our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CompassionateCheyenne, and post: “I took the Compassion Pledge.”
· Then contact us at CompassionateCheyenne@gmail.com. Let us know who you are and that you have taken the Compassion Pledge and we will be proud to add your name and/or logo to our ever-growing list of community supporters.
· Encourage other individuals and organizations to Take the Compassion Pledge.
· Invite us to speak to your organization, community of faith, or business about Compassionate Cheyenne, The Charter for Compassion, and Take the Compassion Pledge.
We don’t have a speaking fee!