Worship: Sunday, December 9, 10:30 am

Need To Know
Sunday, December 9, 2018, 10:30am
Guest Preacher: Anastasia Higginbotham
“We cannot have a healed society, we cannot have change, we cannot have justice, if we do not reclaim and repair the human spirit.” — Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Zen priest
How can we have honest and authentic talks with our children — and with all our loved ones — about really tough topics like death, divorce, and racism? Children’s book author and illustrator Anastasia Higginbotham (above), a friend of Rev. Susanne’s for 25 years, just finished a national book tour for her “Not My Idea,” the first children’s book about whiteness. Just in the last month, NPR included the book on its list of best books of 2018, and People named Anatasia one of its “25 Women Changing the World.” On Sunday, Anastasia reads “Not My Idea,” she preaches about her spiritual journey of truth-telling, our choir sings, and Rev. Susanne hosts and leads the prayer.

From  Anastasia Higginbotham’s website :

Anastasia Higginbotham launched her Ordinary Terrible Things children’s book series in 2015 with Divorce Is the Worst”. It was embraced by children and adults for trusting kids as the authority on their own lives. Higginbotham’s second book, “Death Is Stupid”, was named one of New York Public Library’s 100 Best Children’s Books of 2016, and “Tell Me About Sex, Grandma” earned a spot on School Library Journal Blogger Elizabeth Bird’s “Best Books with a Message” in 2017. The series’ fourth book, “Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness”, tackles white supremacy and will be published by Dottir Press.

Higginbotham makes her books by hand in collage on grocery bag paper, using only recycled materials, including jewelry and fabric.

Her books demonstrate a way for kids to cope with change and loss by making meaning out of whatever broken, ragged, or unraveling life circumstances they face.

Higginbotham writes for social justice organizations and taught full impact self defense for 10 years. Her work has been featured in The Believer, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Women’s Media Center, Ms., Bitch, The Sun, The Women’s Review of Books, and in anthologies, including Yes Means Yes (Seal, 2009).