Ash Wednesday service set in Keene

Monadnock Covenant Church will observe the start of Lent with an interactive service March 1 — Ash Wednesday — at 6:30 p.m.

For centuries Christians have paused to consider their own sin and mortality on Ash Wednesday to remind themselves that they hope for the resurrection. Even today, Christians around the world observe Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, a season of repentance, prayer and fasting.

The service will include stations people can participate in, including having ashes placed on their foreheads, as they enter the weeks leading to Easter Sunday. The church is at 90 Base Hill Road, Keene. Information: 352-6816 or pastors@mcckeene.org.

Book discussion group to meet

A six-week book discussion will be held on Saturdays, starting March 4 through April 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Panera Bread on West Street in Keene

Keene is the home of Jonathan Daniels, who in his day answered a call to confront racial discrimination. As part of a spiritual practice during Lent this year, participants are invited to join with others in discussing Michelle Alexander’s powerful book, “The New Jim Crow,” to explore what the call might be in this new era of discrimination.

The book has six chapters, and one chapter will be discussed each week. Those interested are invited to one, some or all of the meetings.

The group will be facilitated by Derek Scalia, assistant director of student involvement, diversity and leadership at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, and Rev. Elsa Worth, rector at St. James Episcopal Church in Keene.

Information: Scalia at 860-882-2274 or www.stjameskeene.com.