Celebrating Empathy, Kindness, and Compassion with Special Guest Michael Pritchard

The Santa Cruz community is invited to an evening celebrating Kindness, Empathy, and Compassion at the Rio Theater on Thursday September 24th at 6:30pm. Special guest Michael Pritchard is an award-winning Comedian, Author, and Youth Counselor. During the day he will speak at local schools about his work and about how to practice kindness, empathy, and compassion. This event will also feature Justina Bryant, creator of the “21 Days of Kindness Challenge”. There will even be a special performance by an Elementary School Music Group. The event is free, but you must reserve free tickets using this link: Tickets



Interfaith Prayer Breakfast MAY 7th


Charter for Compassion Santa Cruz is fostering strengthened connections across faith groups by hosting our first annual Prayer Breakfast. Come and enjoy a chance to “break bread,” connect with fellow community members and pray over the various sectors of our community.


Location: Portugese Hall 216 Evergreen St.

Date/Time: Thursday May 7th at 7AM

12 Steps to a Compassionate Life Book Club! Starting March 21st!

Event Details:

March 21st 10:30AM-NOON

Walnut Avenue Commons

190 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95060


Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

All over the world, as part of the global Charter for Compassion project, people are coming together to read Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, and discussing her vision of the good life. Let’s read it together!

And it’s more than just reading and talking – we’ll commit to finding ways to take compassionate action, and to support one another as we act. Yes, we want to change the world, but we also want to change ourselves. This can only happen when people get together to reflect, connect, act, and explore the ideas of mutuality, empathy, community, and the interconnected web of life.

For four weeks we’ll meet once weekly, and then decide whether and how often we’ll continue to meet. We’ll meet on Saturday mornings – 10:30 to noon, downtown at Walnut Commons at the corner of Walnut and Center, beginning on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

Contact our facilitator Cecile Andrews with any questions, comments, and RSVP’s. www.cecileandrews.com

MLK Day of Service Jan. 19th @ 9AM

 Kick-off our city’s “Year of Compassion” by taking part in MLK Day of Service
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?'”- Martin Luther King Jr. mlk-day_large

Honor Dr King and his vision by joining a diverse group of Santa Cruz County volunteers for a day of a National Service.

Lend your hand to a local garden, restore native habitat, make a day brighter for a struggling community member or revitalize a community space.  Many project options are available throughout the county.

Join us for a kick-off celebration with Mayor Don Lane at Santa Cruz Bible Church from 9-9:45AM. We promise to inspire before sending you out into the community for a day of action.

Sign up here:


Envisioning Compassionate Santa Cruz: Community Meeting

Join us in our upcoming event…

Envisioning Compassionate Santa Cruz: Community Meeting

Wednesday December 3rd at 7PM

Peace United Church 900 High St

RSVP HERE: http://goo.gl/forms/Fpd6HSqvIT

In the last several months a number of people have been meeting with City Council member Don Lane to prepare for a new initiative in compassion during 2015 and beyond.  We have planned several activities including a community service kick off day on Martin Luther King Day Jan 19, 2015, speakers on the Science of Compassion, community workshops on compassionate listening and speaking, celebration of and elevation of existing compassionate community events including:  The Human Race, Cesar Chavez Day, Serve the Bay, Coastal Cleanup Day, Make a Difference Day and many more. Bring your ideas and join us at the event in a brainstorm and breakout session to make our city a more compassionate place!

We are actively working to awaken and inspire compassion within individuals, families and all of Santa Cruz!