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Faith Formation Presents – Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

Book Study: Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life  12steps

Facilitated by: The Rev. Ken Parris and YOU!
Where: Education Room
When: Sunday mornings, 9:15-10:15, April 3 through May 8 (amended)

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong (Anchor; paperback reprint edition, 2011).

“In 2008, Karen Armstrong won the 2008 TED Prize and with it her wish to change the world.‖ Karen sought to create a Charter for Compassion. Thousands of people contributed to the process and the Charter was unveiled around the world in November 2009 (”

Deacon Ken wrote in February’s Window: “Last year, the vestry signed the Charter for Compassion, a declaration and call to action for all people of faith to express compassion for our sisters and brother throughout the world… I am proud of the parish’s leadership in recognizing the need for compassion and understanding not only within the Tri-cities area but also in our own parish. “

Please join us in reading and discussing this important book.  The book can be purchased from your favorite bookstore.  Deacon Ken will begin the discussion on April 3 and ask for volunteers to facilitate the next week’s discussion.  The Twelve Steps are:

  • First Step:  Learn About Compassion
  • Second Step: Look at Your Own World
  • Third Step: Compassion for Yourself
  • Fourth Step:  Empathy
  • Fifth Step:  Mindfulness
  • Sixth Step:  Action
  • Seventh Step:  How Little We Know
  • Eighth Step:  How Should We Speak to One Another?
  • Ninth Step:  Concern for Everybody
  • Tenth Step:  Knowledge
  • Eleventh Step: Recognition
  • Twelfth Step: Love Your Enemies