Faith Congregational Church, a vibrant, inclusive Christian community working for social justice through service to God, each other and our neighbors.
Welcome to the Faith Congregational Church website. You will find exciting videos, articles, and information designed to lift your spirit and feed your desire for helpful information. Faith Church is a diverse worship community, an inclusive, justice-minded and unapologetic about our faith and our witness. We celebrate diversity, we celebrate community and we celebrate Jesus Christ. It’s that simple, but be clear that there is so much more.
We invite you to explore the many ways we seek to be a faithful church in these challenging days. Ask us your questions, we like questions. Our church may be old, in fact, it is the oldest predominately black church in the city of Hartford, but our thinking is not old at all. We are affiliated with the United Church of Christ, the first mainline church in America to speak out against slavery, the first mainline church to ordain a woman and the first church to ordain a gay person into ministry in our nation. We stand on the side of justice because we want to always seek to be on the right side of history and besides that to do what we believe Jesus our elder brother and head of the church commands.
If you are in the Greater Hartford area, come worship with us. Whoever you are, you are very welcome at Faith. Now explore the website fully, come back to it often and know that we seek your prayers as we go forward in faith.
Who We Are – Where We Are Going – What We Believe!
We Celebrate Diversity
We are a church that welcomes all (and we do mean all)! No matter who you are and where you may be on life’s journey, you are welcome at Faith Congregational Church. We work toward celebrating all people, young and old, Black, Brown, and White, gay and straight, rich and poor; whomever God sends we will seek to embrace.
We Celebrate Community
We are a church faith community that embraces the wider community and seeks to serve in ways we can. Faith Church is a place where the community can come to talk, to work, to grow. We will be part of the solution, seeking to address community concerns. We will work for justice, not just us.
We Celebrate Jesus
We will celebrate the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives. We will never apologize for our love of Jesus Christ but will celebrate the faith of others and even those with no faith. For us, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. We will invite others to know Jesus and will share the love of Christ whenever and wherever we can.
Monday – Wednesday 9:00 – noon 860-547-0820
From the Pastor’s Study
Dear Faith Family and Friends:
Want a CD of the service? Give Bruce MacCullagh a written request or send him an email.
Need a ride to church? See Deacon Pam Walters for details and to schedule a pickup.
Know someone in need? Leave a message for Pastor Steve, or with Patricia Gray or Deacon Pam.
Need stewardship envelopes? See Alice Lumpkin, Olga Callender or Barbara Wiggins -or contribute online using the “Donate” button.
Need more information? Call the church office 860-547-0820 Monday through Wednesday mornings. Sunday service begins at 10 am.
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MEN OF FAITH Men’s Ministry Monday evenings @ 5:30 p.m. Bible Study, Food and Fellowship! All men are welcome. Call Deacon Al Strother or church office for more information.
Don’t forget, GIRL SCOUT TROOP 10003 meets on 2nd and 4th Sundays from 1 – 2:30 pm. We are really proud of our girls.
There is a seat for you on Tuesday at Bible study. We start at 7 pm. Great group, great conversation, and great learning! We resume February 5, 2019.
The CHOIR could use your voice! It’s a great way to serve at Faith Church. Wayne Dixon is waiting. Choir rehearsal on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Sunday School for children is in the Winter/Spring term. Join us. Volunteer for one Sunday per month. We look forward to seeing you and your children.
Nursery Staffed for Sunday Services
A reminder: the nursery is available when your child is restless or unhappy during service. You may not mind your child’s crying, but others would like to hear the service.
Would you like to volunteer? We need Sunday School teachers for the spring, a historian, liturgists and just maybe you can think of ways that you too can help! See Pastor Steve or Patricia Hollis for details.
Remember our Sick and Shut-ins. Don’t forget to send a prayer, card or note. If you don’t see someone, why not call and see how they are doing?
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Lenten/Holy Week Schedule for 2019
Ash Wednesday 03/06 6 pm – Pastor Steve
Wonderful Wednesday in the Word 3/13 noon – Cori Mackey, Christian Activities Council
Wonderful Wednesday in the Word 3/20 noon – Rev. Sonya Green, Union Baptist
Wonderful Wednesday in the Word 3/27 noon -Min. Patricia Hollis, Faith Congregational
Wonderful Wednesday in the Word 04/03 noon -Rev. Arthur Gaither, Faith Congregational
Wonderful Wednesday in the Word 04/10 noon – Rev. Isaac Lawson, Asylum Hill CC
Maundy Thursday 4/18 6 pm – Rev. Marianne MacCullagh, Faith Congregational
Good Friday 4/19 6 pm – Pastor Steve
Easter Service – Resurrection Sunday 4/21 10 am – Pastor Steve
Community Conversation on Drones & Surveillance Technology
March 20, 2019 6pm – 8pm @ Faith
Cosponsored by Faith Congregational Church, the Greater Hartford Branch of the NAACP, and the American Civil Liberties Union.
The community conversation is being organized with bi-partisan support from Hartford City Council members Wildaliz Bermudez, T.J. Clarke, Claudine Fox, rJo Winch and Larry Deutsch in collaboration with the ACLU, Faith Church and the NAACP. The evening will be moderated by Dr. Bilal D. Sekou, Associate Professor of Political Science, Economics and International Studies at the University of Hartford. There are currently 2 proposed ordinances on drones and surveillance before the Hartford City Council.
- one ordinance outlines policy as adopted by the Hartford Police Department
- the other has been brought forth by the 5 Council members and is intended to allow for more transparency on surveillance technology use
The ordinances are receiving attention since HPD received a $2.5 million grant which allowed for the purchase of drones. The drones were proposed by Sen. Fonfara as a way to reduce the illegal use of ATVs in Hartford.
Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.
Faith Church and Other Leaders Take Historic Civil Rights Trip
Read the article here and the CT conference article at the link below: https://www.ctucc.org/newsdetail/selma-trip-12667367
Faith Celebrates Its 200th Anniversary!
Faith Congregational Church in Hartford, Connecticut began in 1819 as a place for African Americans to worship on their own since they were previously only able to worship in the backs of churches and in church galleries (balconies). Unable to sit in the main sanctuary and tired of second class treatment, a group of African Americans began worshipping in the conference room of the First Church of Christ in Hartford, Connecticut, which is now known as Center Church. Our ancestor congregation moved to a building on State Street in 1820 and formed the first black Congregational Church in Connecticut and the third oldest in the nation. (According to Mary M. Donohue and Whitney Bayers writing for Connecticut Explored at connecticuthistory.org, Dixwell Avenue Congregational Church in New Haven was founded in 1820 as the African Ecclesiastical Society by Simeon Jocelyn, a white abolitionist, and 24 former slaves.)
The church, now known as Faith Congregational Church, initially called itself the African American Religious Society of Hartford and vowed to create a place of worship where there would be no assigned seating and where anyone was welcome to worship. The congregation purchased property in 1826 where it built a stone-and-brick church on the corner of Talcott and Market Streets.
For more information, read HERE
In Harmony With God: 200th Anniversary Concert Series @ Faith Church
May 5, 2019 Hymn Festival
June 9, 2019 Norma Sproul, Soprano
August 25, 2019 Carrie Wilson, Soprano
September 22, 2019 William Beckham, Pianist
October 27, 2019 Earl Gardner, Bass and Patricia Gray, Soprano
Wayne Dixon, Minister of Music
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Wilderness Companions Speaker Series
@ Asylum Hill Congregational Church
814 Asylum Ave Hartford, CT 06105
Contact Rhonda Mitchell
Wilderness Companions: Building Community by Asking the Hard Questions in Good Company
Lent is a spiritual journey in the wilderness towards Easter. This year we are pleased to offer a Lenten Speaker Series where we have asked a variety of people to join us as companions in this wilderness and to strengthen our communities. Please join us as we set aside time to ask the hard questions of our day, in good company.
General admission tickets are $12 individual or $50 for the series or may be purchased at the door with cash or check for $15 pp.
March 14: Interfaith Dialogue
Dr. Joel Lohr is an award-winning author, scholar, and passionate leader in interreligious relations and higher education. Prior to becoming President of Hartford Seminary in July 2018, Dr. Lohr was Dean of Religious Life at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., where he held academic appointments in the School of Education and the Department of Religious Studies.
Dr. Reza Mansoor is the Founding president of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut. Dr. Mansoor is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology and practices as a cardiologist at Hartford Hospital. He is actively involved in the interfaith community and provides ongoing didactic presentations on Islam.
Rabbi Michael Pincus joined Congregation Beth Israel in 2004 as assistant rabbi and assumed the responsibilities of senior rabbi in 2011. Inspired by a love of Jewish stories and music and the power of Judaism to guide his life, he is committed to helping create a warm and welcoming community for all with opportunities for spiritual growth and engagement with the world.
Chion Wolf is the technical producer, announcer, photographer, and personality with WNPR and the Colin McEnroe Show. She produces and hosts The Mouth-Off, a live storytelling event at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, a monthly live advice show at Sea Tea Improv’s underground comedy theater, “Asking for a Friend,” and a weekly Facebook live show, “It’s Chopped Salad Time! (with Chion Wolf”. Chion is an actor and on the Board of Directors for Night Fall, Inc. an annual Hartford-based public performance with Anne Cubberly’s giant puppets, dancers, and music.
Dr. Susan Eaton is Professor of Practice in Social Policy and Director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy. At the Sillerman Center, Susan and her colleagues engage funders and their advisors, socially concerned scholars and non-profit practitioners to increase and enhance grantmaking to social justice causes. Susan is an author, most recently of the book, Integration Nation: Immigrants, Refugees and America at Its Best, about myriad efforts that welcome and incorporate immigrants into their new communities across the United States. She also is the author of the critically acclaimed, The Children In Room E4: American Education on Trial, which chronicles a landmark civil rights case and life in a classroom and neighborhood in Hartford
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III is Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL. Dr. Moss is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching a prophetic message of love and justice, which he believes are inseparable companions that form the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is on the boards of Auburn Seminary and Faith-In-Place/Action Fund, and chaplain of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Child Advocacy Conference.
Rev. Dr. James Forbes is the Senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church in Manhattan, N.Y., where he served since 1989. The Riverside Church is an interdenominational, interracial, and international church built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1927. Forbes was the first African-American to serve as senior minister of one of the largest multicultural congregations in the nation. In national and international religious circles, Dr. Forbes is known as the preacher’s preacher because of his extensive preaching career and his charismatic style.
AJ Johnson, left, and Cori Mackey are organizers with the Christian Activities Council, a Hartford social justice group that ousted a notorious New York landlord from his North End public housing complex. Mackey is the executive director of the Vine Street organization. (Patrick Raycraft / Hartford Courant)
Read the article HERE.
CAC Doing a New Thing!
April 5 – 7
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon CT
Join us for a great experience with activities, worship, and fellowship appropriate for youth in grades 7-9 during their Confirmation year.
March 31, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT
An exploration of the three Abrahamic Religions – Christianity, Islam and Judaism – designed for confirmation classes and youth groups.
The UCC General Synod will take place in Milwaukee, WI on June 21-25, 2019 and the Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut Conferences are collaborating to sponsor a trip to Youth @ Synod. Youth at Synod is for young leaders ages 13 to 18 who want to experience the vibrant diversity of the wider church. Teens from all over the country will participate in worship and plenary sessions, attend hearings and track resolutions, and join in mission work to serve the greater Milwaukee area. Synod is an opportunity to nurture advocacy skills around justice issues. More information
Mission Trip The Conference is organizing a week-long trip to the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota from May 11 to May 18, 2019. Simply Smiles, an organization founded by Bryan Nurnberger, who grew up in the Naugatuck UCC congregation, will be our hosts and guides. We will be staying in the town of La Plant, one of the most impoverished places in America, working to restore hope for a better future. We have not finalized travel arrangements, but the total cost should be about $1,400. Many congregations will provide support for members. Online registration – https://macucc-reg.brtapp.
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Community Leadership Corps (18-25 year olds who are invested in their community, eager to grow as a leader and are adaptable)
The Community Leadership Corps is an opportunity for young people ages 18-25 to come together and develop projects that address opportunities and challenges in their community. The Obama Foundation is recruiting 100 young people in Hartford to be part of a six-month training program to develop the next wave of community leaders in Connecticut’s capital city.
People in Hartford and Chicago have until March 24 to apply for this year’s program. Organizers said a hundred people in each city will be chosen.
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The next Council meeting will be held on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 7 PM, preceded at 6 PM by public comments. All meetings are held in Council Chambers in Hartford City Hall, 550 Main Street, 2nd Floor.
Board of Education Meetings
March 19, 2019 – MD Fox
April 16, 2019 – MD Fox (Budget Hearing)
May 21, 2019 – Annie Fisher
March 5, 2019 – Naylor
April 2, 2019 – Naylor (Budget Workshop)
May 7, 2019 – West Middle
All workshops are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm., and regular meetings held on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm. Workshops will not be held in July and August. *Meeting dates/locations subject to change.
Saturday, March 9, 2019 10 am – noon with lunch to follow
Hartford Courant Room Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street, Hartford
Join us as we discuss artistic responses to gender and sexual violence alongside the powerful, contemporary movement which brings light to sexual harassment and sexual assault. Participants will join in a dialogue exploring the #MeToo movement and the paintings of MATRIX artist Emily Mae Smith, on exhibit at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Additional texts under discussion will be posted in advance. The event is free, but please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat and lunch.
Health & Human Services – Change in Dial A Ride Shuttle Schedule
EFFECTIVE 01/21/2019 there will be a change in the Monday Grocery Shuttle schedule. Please click on image to download complete schedule.
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The Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Old State House, and UConn Humanities Institute -UCHI formed a community engagement partnership to present Encounters, a series focused on encouraging informed and informal conversations about issues that affect our lives. The aim is to strengthen our ability to know ourselves and to develop a forum for respectful and challenging dialogue. Look around this page for various events by subject area or click HERE for more information.
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Hartford residents who are Hartford Public Library cardholders can now reserve up to 2 free tickets to plays at Hartford Stage as part of our new partnership. Each of the seven branches of Hartford Public Library will have a two-ticket pass per eligible show. Patrons can check online to see where passes are available, but they must ask for them in person at any of the seven Library locations. Once you have reserved the tickets at a Library branch, you must confirm the seats by calling the box office at Hartford Stage, 860-527-5151.
Tickets for Hartford Stage’s Detroit ’67 Available starting Thursday, February 7
African American Geneology Resources
Every Month is Faith History Month Because Hartford History IS American History
Faith is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2019
Faith Congregational Church has a 200-year legacy that includes a noteworthy collection of historical materials. “We have an amazing collection of historical papers and photographs here at our church. We have a number of bibles dating back our early days, including the Pennington bible,” says Rev. Stephen W Camp, senior pastor. Pennington, the first black student to attend Yale University, was an escaped slave who became known as a preacher and writer and was a leader in the abolition movement. He and his congregation provided leadership and funds in the legal campaign for the release of the Mende people taken hostage in the Amistad case.
Our own Pennington Bible is on loan to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and is on exhibit in the Slavery to Freedom Gallery.
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Advance timed entry passes for individuals are released monthly. Advance timed entry passes for individuals are released on the first Wednesday of each month. The next day for passes to be released will be Wednesday March 6. Passes go very quickly when released.
Every Month is Women’s History Month Because Women’s History IS Everyone’s History
Americans are being forced to choose between a cherished lie and a disconcerting truth as they prepare to celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2020. While middle-class white women celebrated with ticker tape parades, black women in the former Confederacy were being defrauded by voting registrars or were driven away from registration offices under threat of violence. Read the article here.
Do you know who Eunice Hunton Carter is? Read about her groundbreaking career in this fascinating book written by her grandson, Yale Law School professor and author Stephen L Carter.
INVISIBLE The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster
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Suicides are at the highest rate in decades, CDC report shows
Suicide is rare, but it’s increasing in America.
The suicide rate is the highest it’s been in decades, the latest warning sign of a worsening public health issue in America that needs far more attention. According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47,000 Americans died by suicide in 2017. Put another way, the suicide rate was 14 people in every 100,000 — up 33 percent from 10.5 people per 100,000 in 1999. Read more HERE.
Americans own an estimated 265 million guns, more than one gun for every adult. Data from the Gun Violence Archive reveals there is a mass shooting – defined as four or more people shot in one incident, not including the shooter – nine out of every 10 days on average. Click HERE for an interactive map.
Read the report “INCARCERATED/DETAINED YOUTH – AN EXAMINATION OF CONDITIONS OF CONFINEMENT” published by the CT Office of the Child Advocate HERE. This report discusses what happens to young people who are detained or incarcerated in CT. The report was published in January 2019.
Encounters: States of Incarceration
Saturday, April 6, 2019 10am-12pm with lunch to follow
Hartford History Center Hartford Public Library, 3rd Floor
500 Main Street, Hartford
“I have here unjustly suffered so much, and seen, and heard so much, that I am not as I was; my nature has become changed and hardened against my race—I feel myself let loose from all the ties of society—and that I have lost almost all the feelings of humanity.” This quote from an unnamed prisoner of Old Newgate Prison, the nation’s first state prison, speaks to the dehumanizing and life-altering impact of imprisonment. Join us as we discuss both the historical and contemporary issue of incarceration at the local and national level to get a better understanding of how prisons function in American society. To register, RSVP to email@example.com.
OJJDP Bulletin Summarizes Juvenile Arrests
Today, OJJDP released “Juvenile Arrests, 2016.” This bulletin describes the current arrest trends for juveniles from 1980 to 2016, using data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report.
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