Speaker: Sam Gugino

We’re Not That Far Apart

Did you ever have two Jehovah’s Witnesses come to your door and think to yourself “I have nothing in common with these folks?” One UU did just that. Then he came to realize he had much more in common with Jehovah’s Witnesses than he (or they) might have imagined.


Karen Armstrong, author of many books on religious history, has said that in every one of the major faiths, compassion, “the ability to feel with the other,” is not only the test of true religiosity, it is what will bring us into the presence of what Jews, Christians and Muslims call God or the divine. It is compassion, says the Buddha, that brings you to nirvana. So, why don’t more religious people demonstrate compassion? And how can we live a more compassionate life?.