Standing by the belief that “a compassionate world is a peaceful world,” USJ joins a growing worldwide movement. By partnering with the Charter for Compassion, the University is designated a Campus of Compassion, joining more than 200 universities and 400 communities around the globe.
Launched by scholar and author Karen Armstrong, the movement is a way for people of all faiths and creeds to unite for a truly humane society. By joining other universities and communities as part of the Charter for Compassion, USJ demonstrates its commitment to being a caring and inclusive community. Through compassionate thought and action the University upholds its Mercy mission with a willingness to engage in critical conversations and to respond to the urgent needs of society.
“We therefore call upon all men and women to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion; to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate; to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures; to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity; to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings—even those regarded as enemies.” — The Charter for Compassion