Chaffee Lecture: Bless this Mess

Chaffee Lecture: Bless this Mess

Chaffee Lecture: Bless this Mess
Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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37 Main St
Southington, CT 06489

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First Congregational Church of Southington

First Congregational Church of Southington is pleased to welcome Rev. Molly Baskette and Ellen O'Donnell, Phd to present the Milton and Katherine Chaffee Lecture on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 2:00 PM in the meetinghouse at 37 Main St. Southington, CT.

Ellen and Molly will talk about the intersection of spirituality and the science of child development, how the pandemic has shaped what growing up means (doing real harm to children and teens as well as creating new possibilities), and how to be good-enough parents, grandparents, chosen family and churches raising good-enough kids in turbulent world.

Molly Baskette is a UCC pastor now serving in Berkeley CA who spent the first 45 years of her life in the Southern New England Conference! As a kid at Broadview Community Church in Hartford, CT, a staff member of Silver Lake Conference Center in Sharon, CT and later a pastor in Beverly, MA and Somerville, MA. She also authored Real Good Church: How Our Church Came Back from the Dead and Yours Can Too, and the new book How to Begin When Your World is Ending: A Spiritual Field Guide to Joy Despite Everything, out November 15 from Broadleaf Books.

Ellen O'Donnell, PhD is a pediatric psychologist at MassGeneral for Children, a writer, a mama and a person with Type 1 diabetes. She loves to talk and write about living well with chronic illness and parenting, both of which she has lots of experience with but claims no expertise. She and Molly met when Ellen brought her now-college student son Luke to First Church Somerville as a newborn in a sling. They bonded through the early vicissitudes of parenting, their backstages accidentally showing on the early-morning daycare carpool, and turned their work-in-progress parenting into a book that has helped countless others navigate the hard and holy of childrearing.

About the Milton and Katherine Chaffee Lecture on the Future of the Church:

Every other year First Congregational Church of Southington invites a leading scholar or minister involved in work to understand or build the church for the future to deliver the Milton and Katherine Chaffee Lecture on the Future of the Church. Lecturers will be people of national reputation who draw people from our community and beyond. The lecture will help strengthen First Congregational Church as a center of church renewal and progressive theological thought.

First Congregational Church established the Milton and Katherine Chaffee Lecture on the Future of the Church using funds from a bequest by Katherine E. Chaffee. Mrs. Chaffee was a woman ahead of her time. Born in 1917, she was an independent woman who lived alone in the city of Hartford, loved to travel, was very active in her church, and thought nothing of walking alone on city streets to go to the market—even at night. She enjoyed a good joke, a hearty laugh, and a well-told story. Kay was a person of deep faith. She married for the first time when she was 61 years old. After her death in 2011, the church honored her and her late husband by naming a lecture series in their memory. The Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, delivered the first Chafee lecture in April 2018.

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