Hudson: Compassion & Justice Book Discussion Group at Unitarian Church


Hudson – All are welcome to join in this fall’s Compassion & Justice Book Discussion Group at the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson, 80 Main St. Participants will read books on themes that help to build capacity for compassion, to respond to current justice issues, and to delve into what it means to be human in today’s world. The October reading will be “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving.


For 25 years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. Then, in 2009, one “aha!” moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. The November book will be the UUA Common Read, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.


The Rev. Alice Anacheka-Nasemann, Roberta Altamari, and Elisa Abatsis will lead the talks Tuesday, Oct. 20 (“Waking Up White”) and Tuesday, Nov. 17 (“Just Mercy”), from 7-9 p.m. each day. The books are available at the Hudson Public Library on the Book Club bookshelf. For more information, visit or call 978-562-9180.