Just Mercy: Examining the Death Penalty in America

UUWaco will conduct a discussion group about the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice & Redemption, by lawyer and activist Bryan Stevenson. Meetings will take place on the second & fourth Sundays of February & March, with the final session taking place on the second Sunday of April. (See below for exact dates and times.) Just Mercy is a moving and accessible book which does not ask the question, “Does this person deserve to die?” but instead asks, “Do we as a society deserve to kill?” Stevenson has represented those on death row for more than 25 years, and approaches his topic with compassion, pragmatism, and an abiding sense of hope in the basic dignity of human beings.

As Waco approaches the 100th anniversary of the lynching of Jesse Washington, questions of race, class, and justice inevitably arise; with this book study, UUWaco hopes to provide a safe space in which to explore and engage our own insecurities and questions about how our society responds to tests of courage, love, and compassion.

For more information, please contact Pastor Kris Cervantes: minister@uuwaco.org, or call/text 254-315-1501. If you are interested in joining the book study and wish to purchase a book at a discount, let us know no later than February 15th. Attendance does NOT depend on reading the book, but it will be helpful to have read it ahead of time.

Book study discussion details:
All sessions will take place at 9:30 a.m.; dates are:
February 14
February 28
March 13
March 27
April 10