Charlottetown church votes to sign Charter for Compassion

A special vote was taken during Sunday's service at St. Paul's Anglican Church.

Charter reminds people to be empathatic to others

Millions have voted on a Charter of Compassion since the idea was started by philosopher and historian Karen Armstrong in 2009.

An Anglican church in Charlottetown has re-affirmed its commitment to the golden rule at a special vote during Sunday's service.

The congregation at St. Paul's Anglican Church voted unanimously to sign the Charter for Compassion.

Rev. John Clarke said the charter is a statement to recommit to the golden rule of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. It includes being empathetic toward everyone, including those who hold different religious, political, or cultural views of the world.

Dorothy Affleck says she was pleased the congregation chose this route and had a unanimous vote.

"I think it was good for us to reinforce our position and I think in particular now with the refugees coming in from Syria and even within our own little group here to welcome the newcomers that are here for the first time," said Affleck. 

The idea of voting on a Charter for Compassion was started by philosopher and historian Karen Armstrong in 2009. Since then, it is estimated more than two million people have signed it.

"I think it was important for us to join that growing group, but also to be able to hold our feet to the fire in terms of compassion so that the decisions that we make, the things that we do in the future will be born out of that sense of compassion," said Clarke.

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