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We're delighted to present our first weekly newsletter! Since our site launch less than two weeks ago, it's been a great gift to witness so many constellations of karuna ("compassion" in Sanskrit) ignite across the globe. The grief and fear, the kindness and courage -- the liminal space between fragility and possibility in our shared human predicament -- has never felt more alive.

In this inaugural issue, karuna manifests in the form of college students delivering groceries to elders, the familiar curiosity of penguins in uncharted territory, doctors filling shortages beyond their native nation, paramedics of different faiths united in serving humanity, and one man's guiding question: "When fear and othering are the norms, how might we act with love in the time of corona?"

YOUTH

Two 20-Somethings Attract 1,300 Volunteers As 'Invisible Hands'

Two 20-Somethings Attract 1,300 Volunteers As 'Invisible Hands'

Jessie Wardarski | AP Photo. Audio: Listen Here.

An 83-year-old retired arts administrator and a 20-something university student really started something. Sheltering in place, retiree Carol Sterling was yearning for some fresh food, so she contacted her synagogue to see if anyone could help out. Big-hearted student Liam Elkind stepped up. Not only did he and his friend Simone show up at her doorstep with bag full of salad fixings and oranges, in 72 hours they amassed 1,300 volunteers to deliver groceries and medicine to older New Yorkers and other vulnerable people, calling themselves "Invisible Hands." Read Full Story.

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INSPIRATION

Aquarium Closes. Penguins Roam Free.

Aquarium Closes. Penguins Roam Free.

After closing to the public because of the coronavirus outbreak, Chicago's Shedd Aquarium is letting its penguins explore their surroundings. Check out what that looks like. (Audio: Listen Here.) Read Full Story.

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NEWS

Cuba Sent Part Of Its 'Army In White Robes' To Italy To Help With Covid-19

Cuba Sent Part Of Its 'Army In White Robes' To Italy To Help With Covid-19

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As it has since 1959, Cuba recently sent a "brigade" of 52 doctors and nurses to Italy to help care for coronavirus patients. They are part of the country's "Army in White Robes." Cuba sent the mission in response to a request from Italy's extremely hard-hit Lombardy region the first time the country known for its high doctor-to-population ratio has sent emergency healthcare workers to Italy. "We are all afraid but we have a revolutionary duty to fulfill," intensive care specialist Leonardo Fernandez, 68, told Reuters. "So we take out fear and put it to one side." Read Full Story.

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EVERYDAY HEROES

Muslim And Jewish Paramedics Stop To Pray Together

Muslim And Jewish Paramedics Stop To Pray Together

Mohamd AlnbarMagen David Adom. Audio: Listen Here.

Paramedics Avraham Mintz and Zoher Abu Jama just finished responding to a call regarding a 41-year-old woman having respiratory problems. Before that, they checked up on a 77-year-old man. More calls lay ahead. It was 6PM when they realized it may be the only break of their shift. The two members of Israel's emergency response service paused to pray. A co-worker snapped a photo, which has gone viral. "The fact that it is so simple makes it so powerful," Avraham told CNN. "I believe that [we and] most of the world understand that we have to raise our heads and pray. That's all that's left." Read Full Story.

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INSPIRATION

Love In The Time Of Coronavirus

Love In The Time Of Coronavirus

Kevin Fong. Audio: Listen Here.

"Pandemics are powerful phenomena. One moment life proceeds per usual routines, and in the next we find ourselves scrambling to buy toilet paper," writes trainer, speaker and consultant Kevin Fong in a deeply personal and timely commentary. "The coronavirus has affected our lives in every way, and preventing transmission, while far from assured, appears to be straightforward. An equally daunting challenge, however, is about how we are going to interact with one another as this crisis unfolds. I remember a similar dynamic in another pandemic I lived through. The first cases of HIV/AIDS were reported when I was 19 years old." He asks and answers the question, "When fear and othering are the norms, how might we act with love in the time of corona? Read Full Story.

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