Black Hills State University’s Honors Program, in collaboration with several other campus organizations, will host a world-wide webcast celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Charter for Compassion Thursday, Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. (MST) in the Donald E. Young Center room 212 on the BHSU campus.

The Charter for Compassion is a document inspired by Karen Armstrong, former nun and independent scholar of world religions. The Charter, written collaboratively by people around the world, is a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more importantly, compassionate action to the center of religious, moral, and political life.

After 9/11, many western news organizations contacted Armstrong to discuss the connections between religion and violence. Recognizing that religion has a hand in global relations and concerned about the seemingly universal tendency to demonize those who have religious beliefs unlike our own, Armstrong initiated the Charter for Compassion project. Her aim was to gather Islamic, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist world leaders (and others) to draft a two-page document that calls for all religious and non-religious people in the world to agree that they will work toward peace through a recognition of their common humanity.

Viewers around the world are invited to participate in a discussion after the webcast and to contribute to the global discussion by posting their ideas to the website www.charterforcompassion.org.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Amy Fuqua, associate professor of humanities at BHSU and Honors Program director, at 605.642.6397 or email Amy.Fuqua@BHSU.edu.