Bless This Mess: A Modern Guide to Faith and Parenting in a Chaotic World with Rev. Molly Baskette Thursday, October 10, 7:00pm in the Sanctuary Keynote lecture followed by Q&A, and book signing For parents who want to raise their kids with a different kind of Christian spirituality that is also grounded in good science. When Rev. Molly Baskette and Dr. Ellen O’Donnell first met, they were both new mothers seeking parenting wisdom. They read a lot of books on the topic, but none of them contained practical suggestions that would help their families psychologically and spiritually while maintaining their progressive values: How do we teach the art of forgiving and serving others? How do we raise kids who are tolerant, curious, and honorable? And what about the sex talk? Rev. Molly Baskette will present constructive tools that you can use to talk to your children about social justice, money, God, ethics, bullying, disabilities, sexuality, and their bodies. Parents will also glean insights on how to serve others with joy, give generously and gratefully, and—perhaps most important—learn how to stop being so afraid all the damn time, even while raising kids in an increasingly chaotic and often scary world. With real-life examples, relatable personal stories, and strategies tailored to the toddler, preteen, or teenager, Bless This Mess guides parents of children at all stages of their development. Rev. Molly Baskette is a mother, spouse, recovering workaholic, cancer surviver, adventurous home cook, and senior minister of First Church Berkeley UCC in California. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale Divinity School, she serves as a senior consultant for the Center for Progressive Renewal. This event is free and open to the community. A free-will donation (suggested $10) will be taken at the door. Copies of Baskette’s book will be available for purchase before and after the lecture. A book signing will follow the lecture. First-Plymouth Congregational Church, located at 2000 D Street in Lincoln, is dedicated to its mission of increasing the love of God and neighbor. More information is available at firstplymouth.org or by calling 402-476-7565.