Welcome! My name is MaryCatherine (Cathy) Burgess. With the skilled assistance of H.J. Blenkinsop, who designed this website, I have created a place and space to explore and share the core visions, resources, and mentors that have sustained and guided me for many years. I’m also delighted to have a platform, where I can offer experiential opportunities for those who might find them helpful.
Of imminent interest is a ‘Compassionate Edinburgh’ Webinar that the Charter for Compassion is hosting and moderating from 5 – 6 p.m. UK time/11 a.m. – noon CST on Wednesday, 18 November 2020. This webinar will highlight a team of people in Edinburgh, who are making their city a more compassioante place to live. If interested, click on the link below to register (free) and receive a Zoom link to attend.
As I update this page, we’re close to a year into a global pandemic that has called for courage, perseverance, and depth of inner resources as we’ve attempted to respect ourselves and each other through self-quarantining/sheltering in place; physical distancing when outside for walks or short trips for groceries/essentials; self-isolation, if necessary; creative ways of remaining socially connecting to our loved ones, colleagues, and neighbors; and strength in the face of loss and grief. May you find the support you need and also offer others the appropriate support you can during this ‘Great Pause’ in history.
In April of this year, I invited you to participate in a (free) Barrett Values Centre (BVC) Culture Assessment, which aimed to measure possible culture change related to COVID-19. That assessment ended 5 May 2020, and as a BVC Consultant, I since have participated in a several webinars outlining and rolling out the results. In coming months, I will share some of the major insights gained from that assessment.
Another BVC Consultant, Diane Kalen-Sukra, who is a Civic Resilience Columnist and Consultant in Victoria, British Columbia, wrote an insightful article about those results, which was published in the Public Sector Digest for May/June 2020. Enjoy reading it. COVID Values Revolution – Civic Resilience Columnist – Diane Kalen-Sukra – PSD – Aug 2020.
For more information on Barrett Values Centre and Values-Based Transformational Leadership, please see Values-Based Transformational Leadership under Purpose on this website.
After having taken Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) online (using Zoom) last autumn (2019) through Life University and the Charter for Compassion, I decided to use some of my at-home time by taking the online CIT Facilitator Training this past May – early July. One thing I love about CIT is that it empowers adults of all ages and backgrounds, who strive to deepen their self-care, resilience, empathy and compassion, ethics and values, and understanding of systems, as they apply new insights and skills to their personal lives, interpersonal relationships, and engagement in community systems. For more information on Compassion, see Compassion under Purpose on this website.
Inspired to share this training, I joined with Suzanne Mann, another CIT facilitator and friend from Sydney, Australia, to co-facilitate a 12-week CIT course for participants in the Sydney area. Starting on 2 September and ending on 18 November, we have appreciated the interaction, sense of community, and joint learning we all have experienced.
During this era of unprecedented whole systems transformational change, when our personal and collective shadows are rising from the depths, we have opportunities to ‘seed this chaos’ with visions, values, and actions that reflect a worldview in which all are interrelated, interdependent, and mutually committed to co-creating a globally just society that embodies the greater good for all life on the planet.
Chaos can be daunting, but we know that order eventually will emerge. To influence the fabric of that order, all global citizens, universal humans, and social artists, who are actively midwifing this process with ‘seeds’ of compassionate justice for our planetary society, need each other’s support, encouragement, and solidarity.
Meeting this challenge calls for:
consciously evolving to a more inclusive, diverse, and global worldview;
cultivating the values, beliefs, and spiritual practices that fuel those visions, behaviors, and systems that co-create a better world and provide stability as familiar external conditions shift;
and developing compassionate communities that collaborate to align values and behaviors in co-creating and implementing a Global Society of respect, care, and service to all life.
May some of the offerings I’ve described help us meet this challenge.
Gathering of Resources
Over the years, I’ve reflected upon and gathered for myself a variety of resources that stimulate intentional evolution into a bigger picture and a greater sense of compassion. A sample of these resources, which I offer to you in categories throughout this website, are based on my experience and study, not on exhaustive searches. Every so often, I try to update them, though many stand the test of time.
Given my current focus on compassion, I invite you to explore the wonderful book Tales from African Dreamtime – Retold by Magdalene Sacranie. To order, write to firstname.lastname@example.org. The book is priced at £7.99 and P&P £2.50 (UK). All profits go to compassionate education initiatives at the Charter for Compassion.
As you will see, most of these categories provide a reflection on my own learning, in addition to a listing of selected programs, links, and bibliographies that I have found useful. May all of these resources serve you well – maybe even offer a hidden Treasure on your own journey of self-study, growth, and action.
In addition to promoting self-study for myself and others, I periodically facilitate experiential retreats, workshops, courses, and training events designed to integrate heart and head, practice and theory, intuition and cognition. Our best learning occurs when we activate all of our human dimension: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Then we can thrive, because our values, beliefs, and behaviors fall into greater alignment, and we feel more whole.
For the rest of 2020, those offerings are the CIT courses I’ve described above. Previous offerings can be found under Events on this website.