On Sunday, the SoL Center at University Presbyterian Church hosted a DreamWeek discussion on Religion and Violence, exploring the misconceptions, facts, and possibilities for peace and justice. Pictured above are the panelists and a few of the 100+ attendees. We publish this compassionate news roundup every Wednesday afternoon. If you want to get the news sooner, follow us on Twitter @compassionNET1. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #compassionateSA so we can find YOUR compassionate acts!

.Found on WOAI 4, January 10, 2020
San Antonio volunteers flying to Puerto Rico to help victims of devastating earthquake
“There’s no money in the world that would pay to make me feel the way I feel when I’m able to go and help people”

Found in the Express-News, 10 January, 2020
From officer, ‘trace evidence’ of how to live
When we possess little or think we have nothing, we still have the power to lighten a burden, brighten a mood or do something right that corrects a wrong.

Found in the Express-news, 10 January, 2020
San Antonio breast cancer survivors bare their bodies, mastectomy scars and all
Jimenez said she hopes the project will open eyes to the reality of what breast cancer patients experience and help others understand and appreciate the scars — real and psychic — the disease leaves behind.

Found in the Express-News, 10 January, 2020
Interfaith Welcome Coalition on the front lines of migrant aid in San Antonio
It gives the families hopes and it helps us have hope ourselves during difficult times, to see how many good and generous people are there.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 10 January, 2020
DreamWeek 2020: Real-Life ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Figure Hopes for Reconciliation
“As Martin Luther King suggests, like Mandela, like Mahatma Gandhi, I believe dialogue and forgiveness … will be the best solution.”

Found on the Trinity University web site, 7 January, 2020
An Agent for Change
Alli Roman, Trinity’s inaugural director for Diversity and Inclusion, was recognized by the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) with the Equity & Social Justice Award for her outstanding contributions as a change agent.

Found in the Express-News, 10 January, 2019
San Antonio officials seek to reassure local Muslim community amid U.S.-Iran tensions
Mayor Nirenberg: “Where there are threats all across the world, where people are pulling each other apart based on their differences, San Antonio will once again stand as an example of how we live in harmony in a place of diversity.”

Found in the Express-News, 10 January, 2020
San Antonio potters help the homeless by creating bowls
Thirty artists, some amateurs and others professionals, came together at the Southwest School of Art on Saturday to create 700 bowls to be sold at San Antonio’s 20th annual Empty Bowls event in March.

Found on KSAT 12, 10 January, 2020
1,000 high school students in San Antonio to discuss Iran, other global issues
“A lot of the issues we are seeing today is really because there is a disconnect and an unwillingness to engage in a conversation and I think that conversation needs to happen.”

Found in the What’s New In Publishing web site, 2 January, 2020
Local news reborn at the humble library?
“It’s about empowering the community with information, enlightening the community with knowledge, so that members of our community can make their decisions, smart decisions, for themselves.”

Found in the Express-news, 13 January, 2020
United Way’s Chris Martin: Changing the plan to tackle San Antonio’s poverty, education problems
Impact Councils are the agencies that we’re funding against each one of those areas of ready kids, successful students and strong individuals and families. They come together and talk about the successes they’re having, the challenges they’re facing and how they gain solutions from one another — conversations that probably weren’t taking place before.

Seen on KENS 5, 13 January, 2020
Organization creates ‘busy bags’ to comfort children in San Antonio hospital
You have until Jan. 27 to donate.

Found in the Rivard Report, 14 January, 2020
North East ISD to End Class Rankings for Students Not in Top 10%
“Labeling all students with an exact rank feeds a culture of unhealthy competition, stress, and pressure.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 14 January, 2020
Donors to Nonprofits Want to Invest Time and Skills, See Results
Helping each other like family is a part of SA culture, but donors want assurance that their contributions make a difference by requiring information on measurable impact.

Found in the Express-News, 13 January, 2020
Texas’ Catholic bishops denounce Abbott’s plan to refuse refugees entry
Mayor Nirenberg: “Rest assured that the arms of this city remain extended, welcoming those who hope for a better tomorrow and fairer future.”


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