Welcome to Compassionate Seattle


Welcome to Compassionate Seattle!


Compassionate Seattle exists to create a healthy and thriving compassion movement in Seattle and throughout the State of Washington. We convene community leaders and engage community members to address and reduce the impact of social and economic injustices. We activate relationships of respect and trust among residents within and among our neighborhoods.

What’s the significance of the red light at the top of Seattle’s landmark, the Space Needle? It’s obviously a cautionary beacon for aircraft. For those in the Compassionate Seattle movement it is also a beating heart that represents possibilities: a city working to assure that homeless have shelter, the shelves of emergency food pantries are filled, people are making a fair and equitable wage and children are receiving the best possible education. It is one collective heart working to solve seemingly insurmountable problems with conviction, determination and compassion.

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Compassionate Seattle is part of a worldwide network inspired by the Charter for Compassion. Aware that our world is deeply troubled and polarized and committed to make the world a better place, we work to establish and sustain cultures of compassion locally and globally through diverse initiatives—education, cities, business, religious and spiritual communities, and the arts. We supply resources, information and communication platforms to help create and support compassionate communities, institutions, and networks of all types that are dedicated to becoming compassionate presences in the world. Through a vibrant Charter for Compassion Partner Network we welcome and communicate the sharing of information, stories and experiences that touch the work of compassion.

The Challenge

“Compassionate Cities are Uncomfortable Cities”, says Karen Armstrong, British author and commentator.  Her point being that compassion is the virtue that compels action in response to the suffering of others.  By extension, a compassionate community will not rest if there is inadequate access to food, shelter and clothing, quality education, affordable healthcare, protection from violence and the opportunity to earn a living wage.

Compassionate Seattle is a City Initiative of the Charter for Compassion International.  Our intention is to help mobilize resources to help Seattle realize its commitment to the Charter and to work in a network as a collaborative hub for compassion in action throughout our region. 

IT’S UP TO US; please step into the circle and join with us all to make this a region of the Collective Heart!

Here are ways you can take action right now: