Andre Pekovich based his message on the concept of compassion. Karen Armstrong, a former nun, is disappointed that religious leaders do not sufficiently stress compassion; she sees a commonality of compassion in all major religions. A recent Sojourners article points out that Christians disagree on subjects from the profound to the mundane: the ordination of women, religion and politics, same sex unions, hell, heaven, baptism, which brand of fair-trade coffee to use, whether to use wafers, pita, home baked, organic, or bagels for communion, etc. Compassion is often lacking in dealing with these issues. Compassion is not a “soft” value, rather it is a principled determination to put oneself in the other person’s shoes – follow the golden rule. Armstrong’s Charter of Compassion is not simply a statement of principle, but a call to action. In light of our world’s problems: militarism, war, global warming, devotion to money, etc, we need to strive for the enduring peace described in Isaiah 54. We have to live differently; there must be an intentional turning away from an old way of life. Try compassionate action. [HN].