The Compassionate Cities Charter identified churches, synagogues, temples, and other faith-based groups as key influencers in the development of a broader compassionate community.
While the role of religious institutions in our communities has changed over the years, they remain important social hubs for the care of the sick and the support of people who are experiencing anxiety, loss, and grief. They typically have resources trained in providing such support. However, such efforts vary considerably in their effectiveness, depending on the experience and training of the members, the ability to recruit volunteers, and their priority within the overall ministry.
Religious institutions have an established tradition of outreach ministries, addressing needs beyond those of their own membership. This outreach is continuing to evolve, and many faith communities fill an essential role in providing social support to diverse groups in our community as a whole.