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Compassionate City: Hub Talk and Retreat by Karen Armstrong

Date: July 26 - 27, 2019
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5341 Owens Court
Pleasanton, CA 94588


Two special events with Karen Armstrong. A talk that discusses the compassionate city in both theory and practice and a lunch retreat about her book.

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“The Compassionate City”
Hub Talk by Karen Armstrong
Musical performance by Basma Edrees

Friday, July 26—6:00-9:00pm

General Admission $50
Dinner will be served at 6:00pm. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

“The Lost Art of Scripture”
A Retreat with Karen Armstrong

Saturday, July 27—10:00am-1:00pm

General Admission $50
Lunch will be served at 12:00pm. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

“A compassionate city is an uncomfortable city! A city that is uncomfortable when anyone is homeless or hungry. Uncomfortable if every child isn’t loved and given rich opportunities to grow and thrive. Uncomfortable when as a community we don’t treat our neighbors as we would wish to be treated.”-Karen Armstrong

The ideal city has been imagined by Confucius in The Analects, Plato in The Republic, Al-Farabi in The Virtuous City, and by many other philosophers and sages. Based upon her celebrated book Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, The Charter for Compassion and her work partnering with various cities around the world, Karen Armstrong will discuss “The Compassionate City” in both theory and practice. The Bay Area seems to be thriving. Yet, there remain many marginalized individuals and communities who do not have regular access to food, shelter, education, employment and other basic needs. How can we help make it possible for all members of our community to thrive? The Compassionate City is built and sustained by people with compassionate hearts willing to lend their time, resources and concern to those society has forgotten. Join us for a special talk with a living luminary who can help us transform society and ourselves in the process. The evening will commence with a musical performance by the talented violinist Basma Edrees.


Dinner will be served at 6:00pm. For every meal served at our events, we donate a meal to someone in need.

Children’s Event

Children ages 2-10 are welcome for storytime and games from 10:00am-1:00pm. Please purchase children’s tickets where tickets for the event are purchased. Space is limited. Presented by Zair Zabr Play.

Meet and Greet

A limited number of VIP tickets are available to meet Karen Armstrong before her July 26 Hub Talk at 4:00pm at Hub925. Each guest will have an opportunity to speak with Karen for five minutes. During this time, Karen will also be available for book signings and photographs. VIP tickets include admission to her July 26 Hub Talk and her July 27 retreat.



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