Sonoma's Compassionate Communities

Sonoma's Compassionate Communities

by Trinity Episcopal Church, Sonoma

Trinity’s Rector Takes to Airwaves Promoting Compassionate Communities

At last year’s annual convention of The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, delegates passed a resolution affirming the diocese’s support for the values and principles set forth in the “Charter for Compassion,” which calls upon adherents of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions to always treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves: in essence, live the Golden Rule.

Trinity Episcopal Church is a member of “Compassionate Sonoma,” Sonoma Valley’s clearing house for access to the arts, education, environment, peace/nonviolence and interfaith spirituality. Trinity’s Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. Canon Jim M. Thomas, was recently interviewed on local, public-access radio –KSVY-91.3 FM—updating Sonoma Valley listeners on the growing commitment by all segments of society to live, work and socialize while demonstrating compassion for others. A recording of this interview can be found here.

During his hour-long interview on March 16th, with “Morning Show” hosts Stevie Steele and Leslie Tippell, Fr. Thomas took note of the many components of Sonoma society –from spiritual to political, from law enforcement to the arts-- whom are committed to the Compassionate Communities program. “It’s not a certificate program and there’s no ‘seal of approval’,” Fr. Thomas told listeners. “And that’s part of the beauty of the whole thing. The base concept of compassion is common to all the world’s religions: Islam, Taoism, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Native American spirituality.”

Locally, Compassionate Sonoma’s exemplars include business and arts representatives, education and health care, as well as law enforcement and environmental organizations. “Each community finds its own path to acting and living with compassion,” Fr. Thomas noted. The Compassionate Sonoma website can be found online at

Click here to listen to the full audio interview with the Rev. Canon Jim Thomas online.


1 comment (Add your own)

1. The Reverend Norm Cram wrote:
Father Jim is a wonderful leader in our Sonoma community who walks the talk of Christianity.

Fri, May 15, 2015 @ 6:51 AM

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