Welcome to Faith

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.

Pastor Steve

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.

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Monday, Wednesday & Friday  9:00 – noon        860-547-0820


Luke 11:5-13 

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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From the Pastor’s Study

Dear Faith Family and Friends:

The church has historically been one of the places that a person could go when all other places might say no. It has been a refuge for those without a means to go forward, a place to air out the hurt in their lives and a place where a vision for the future can get realized. It is a place to express gift and talents, sometimes never seen before or appreciated anywhere else. Sometimes the church is seen as an important safety net in our community, a place to get the help needed to make it another day. But the church is still the place where a person can get their life regulated to navigate this often difficult world.

We are, I believe, a people by and large who live by the spirit. No matter your religious affiliation or interfaith understanding, faith is an important part of making sense of this world and maneuvering one’s day to day living. It is by faith that we succeed, not by sight, by reliance upon a higher power rather than solely relying upon our own devices or what we think are our own smarts. Check with any older faithful person as to how they have “come this far,” most would tell you it was by faith.

BTW, have you seen CT Voice, a new quarterly magazine? The magazine focuses on concerns and interests of the LGBTQ community. Faith Church is featured in “Keeping the Faith,” an article about churches that are welcoming to everyone. 

There are a number of articles about the Alabama trip. Here is a link to some articles from the CT-UCC and other sites:  https://www.ctucc.org/newsdetail/selma-trip-12667367 
Please come out and support your church with the many anniversary services and offerings, but also by being present each Sunday morning you are able to do so.  
 Be blessed… Pastor Steve
Saving Faith: Preserving Historic Black Churches in the 21st Century
Monday, October 7 | 5:30-7:30 pm
Wadsworth Atheneum

Today, many Black congregations feel themselves challenged by the difficult choice of spending scarce funds on their mission or making capital investments in their older, often historic, buildings. Yet the lesson told by history is that those buildings can serve as agents of mission—bases from which to serve their communities, facilities for diverse ministries, brick-and-mortar testimonies to the faith and ongoing engagement of their occupants.

Join the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and The Amistad Center for Art & Culture on October 7, 2019, for a reception and an engaging discussion of these issues and some of the resources available for historic churches. Participants to include Frank Mitchell, Ph. D.,  Executive Director, Amistad Center; the Rev. Stephen W.Camp, Senior Pastor, Faith Congregational Church, Hartford; Elder Robert W. Kinney, Senior Pastor, Mount Hope Temple, New Haven; Gianfranco Grande, Executive Vice President of the Partners for Sacred Places; and Jane Montanaro, Executive Director, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.


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Public radio’s ‘Preach’ podcast explores religion’s messy side

September 4, 2019  by Jana Riess

(RNS) — Religion is messy, says Lee Hale, a reporter at KUER, the NPR station in Salt Lake City. And for many Americans, especially young people like the 30-year-old Hale, that messiness is something to celebrate, not sweep under the carpet.

That’s the premise behind “Preach,” a new national podcast launching this Friday (Sept. 6) from PRX and KUER. The first season features 10 episodes of Hale’s interviews with interesting people, starting with comedic actor Rainn Wilson, best known for playing the intense salesman Dwight Schrute on “The Office.”

After spending the last 10 months working on the podcast, Hale is excited to launch it to listeners, who can access it on the NPR website and through various apps. Season 2 is already in the works for the spring of 2020, and Hale has plans to expand it from there.

Read the article HERE and listen to the podcast. 

US judge: Terrorist watchlist violates citizens’ constitutional rights

(RNS) — A federal watchlist of more than 1 million people identified as “known or suspected terrorists” violates the constitutional rights of those placed on it, a federal judge ruled Wednesday (Sept. 4). 

The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations on behalf of 23 Muslim U.S. citizens who claim they were wrongly placed on the extrajudicial list, that the government’s standards for adding names is overly broad and mismanaged and that the system lacks any process for legal challenge and redress.

By 2017, the list had swollen to include about 1.2 million people, including about 4,600 U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Most on the list are Muslim.  Read more HERE

Yeezianity – The Church of Yeezus

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Yeezianity is a religion based on Kanye West. The 36-year-old rapper has in fact inspired a new religion called Yeezianity, in which followers believe “that the one who calls himself Yeezus is a divine being who has been sent by God to usher in a New Age of humanity,” according to the official website. 

“We are a forward-minded group who believes that the one who calls himself Yeezus is the highest living human being and he will help to usher in a New Age of humanity. We believe that a New Age is beginning where all people will unlock their creative powers and the competitive struggle for money and power will no longer be necessary.”

The website further states, “We are called Ye’ciples. Our membership is entirely open and non-exclusive. We allow a Ye’ciple to be a member of Yeezianity as well as any other spiritual practice of their choosing including some of the best ones: Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Taoism. In fact, we encourage Ye’ciples to explore and consider the tenets of any other spiritual ideas they feel attracted to.” For more information, read HERE.


Church of the Flying Spagetti Monster 

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The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is the deity of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or Pastafarianism. Pastafarianism (a portmanteau of pasta and Rastafarianism) is a social movement that promotes a light-hearted view of religion and opposes the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in public schools. According to adherents, Pastafarianism is a “real, legitimate religion, as much as any other”.  The “Flying Spaghetti Monster” was first described in a satirical open letter written by Bobby Henderson in 2005 to protest the Kansas State Board of Education decision to permit teaching intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in public school science classes. In the letter, Henderson demanded equal time in science classrooms for “Flying Spaghetti Monsterism”, alongside intelligent design and evolution. After Henderson published the letter on his website, the Flying Spaghetti Monster rapidly became an Internet phenomenon and a symbol of opposition to the teaching of intelligent design in public schools.

Church of England staring at oblivion as just 2% of young Britons say they identify with it

Chris Baynes   

The number of people who identify as belonging to the Church of England has dropped to a record low in an “unrelenting decline” that could threaten the denomination’s future, research suggests.

CofE affiliation has fallen to just 2 per cent among adults aged 18 to 24, while the majority of every age group now has no religion, the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey found.

The number of Britons who describe themselves as part of the church has more than halved since 2002, from 31 per cent to 14 per cent. The number who actually attend sermons is far lower.

The drop comes amid a trend towards a secular society. Fifty-two per cent of people now say they belong to no religion, up from 41 per cent in 2002.

Read more HERE.

America’s Epidemic of Empty Churches

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Many of our nation’s churches can no longer afford to maintain their structures—6,000 to 10,000 churches die each year in America—and that number will likely grow. Though more than 70 percent of our citizens still claim to be Christian, congregational participation is less central to many Americans’ faith than it once was. Most denominations are declining as a share of the overall population, and donations to congregations have been falling for decades. Meanwhile, religiously unaffiliated Americans, nicknamed the “nones,” are growing as a share of the U.S. population.
Any minister can tell you that the two best predictors of a congregation’s survival are “budgets and butts,” and American churches are struggling by both metrics. As donations and attendance decrease, the cost of maintaining large physical structures that are in use only a few hours a week by a handful of worshippers becomes prohibitive. 
A church building is more than just walls and windows; it is also a sacred vessel that stores generations of religious memories.  Read more HERE.

On September 29, 2019 starting at 2:oo p.m. there will be a city-wide celebration of Faith Church and its impact on the City of Hartford and its residents over the past 200 years. Special invited guests include Beverly Morgan Welch, Sally Wipple and other distinguished persons from Faith’s history. This once in a lifetime event will take place on the original site of the Talcott Street Church on the forner of Talcott and Market Streets. After the celebration on site, we will walk to The Old Statehouse for more celebrating! 

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.

Want to go to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture?


Same-day timed entry passes are available online beginning at 6:30 a.m. ET daily until they run out. Same-day passes are not available via phone.   CHECK SAME-DAY AVAILABILITY


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  September 4. Passes go very quickly when released.




The mission of the African American Civil War Museum is to correct a great wrong in history that largely ignored the enormous contributions of the 209,145 members of the United States Colored Troops. It tells the stories and preserves for posterity the historic roles these brave men of African, European, and Hispanic descent played in ending slavery and keeping America united under one flag.

Hours of Operation:

Monday 10am to 5pm
Tuesday – Friday 10:00am to 6:30pm
Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday 12pm to 4:00pm

The museum is located at 1925 Vermont Ave, NW Washington DC, directly across the street from the African American Civil War Memorial, located at 1th and U Streets, NW Washington DC. For more information, click HERE.


Every Month is Women’s History Month Because Women’s History IS Everyone’s History

Read more HERE.

Toni Morrison         2/18/ 1931 – 8/5/ 2019


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Toni Morrison was an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher and professor emeritus at Princeton University. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. The critically acclaimed Song of Solomon brought her national attention and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. She was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1993.  She also wrote “Beloved,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988.


In an interview with Sarah Ladipo Manyika and Mario Kaiser for Granta,  she said,  “What people outside this country, particularly in Europe, think about this country, what they like about it is generally something that comes out of black culture. It’s jazz. It’s even language. Think about what this country would be like without us. I wouldn’t even visit! I came with my first book trying to say, ‘Look, racism really and truly hurts. If you really want to be white and you’re not, and you’re young and vulnerable, it can kill you.’ That was when I first began to write, and finally, after all these years of reading books, editing books, working in libraries, I thought, ‘Wait a minute, there’s no book in there about me!’ So if I wanted to read it, I would probably have to write it.”

Read more HERE and HERE and HERE.


Every Month is Black History Month Because Black History IS American History

Are you aware of the new series “1619” in the NY Times?  According to the NYT, “The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.” Read, watch and listen HERE

Do You Know Cornelius Strong?

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Cornelius Strong enlisted from Hartford as a sargeant in Company G of the Twenty Ninth Regiment on December 23, 1963. Born in CT, he was 22 years old, single, and worked as a waiter. He was a member of the African American Religious Society of Hartford, the predecessor to Faith Church. He could read and write.


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Our God who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy matchless name
Let Your Kingdom reign in heaven. Dwell on earth in us, the same
Give us, Lord, this day for worship; Give us manna from on high
Give us bread to serve your kingdom, Lord our name we glorify.

Lord, forgive us, free us, love us, Grant us wisdom to forgive
Lead us not into temptation; grant us grace so we can live
Evil cannot stand against us, Your deliverance we need
Bind us, Lord, in one another, We, Your church, Your love receive.

Thine the kingdom, Thine the power, Thine the glory evermore
Thine all majesty and honor tGod to you we praise, adore
You are God, You reign forever, “Sovereign Holy Lord!” we sing
Our God who art in heaven Lord, eternal King of Kings.

(Written by Tony McNeil and dedicated to
Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, and sung to the tune “Nettleton/Come Thy Fount”)


What Do We Believe?

We believe in God:
Who created and is creating, who has come to us
To reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by his spirit. 
We trust him.

Jesus calls us to be his church:
To celebrate his presence, to live and serve others,
To seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus,
Crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
(from United Church of Canada)


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  History @ Faith Church

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

Concert Schedule

September 22, 2019      William Beckham, Pianist
October 27, 2019           Earl Gardner, Bass and Patricia Gray,                                                                       Soprano

Wayne Dixon, Minister of Music

Save the Date 

September 29 – Talcott Street Outdoor service, city-wide celebration and Old State House reception @ 2:00 p.m.
September 22 – William Beckham concert @ 4:00 p.m.
October 19 – Faith’s Fashion Show and Luncheon                                     11:00 a.m. @ Downtown Marriott  Call the church office or see Pam Walters or Olga Callender for tickets
October 20 – Pat Gray & Earl Gardner concert @ 4:00 p.m.
November 8-11 – Washington D.C. trip 

FIY: Please see the following people for more information about events, to buy tickets or  turn in your money:

  • Anniversary Journal: Bridget Gray, Bill Hollis
  • Luncheon & Fashion Show: Pam Walters, Barbara Wiggins
  • DC trip: Regina Walters, Olga Callendar, Shirley Zachary



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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. On summer hiatus.


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!  On summer hiatus.


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.  On summer hiatus.


Sunday School


Sunday School for children is planning for the fall/winter term Join us. Volunteer for one Sunday per month. We look forward to seeing you and your children.


REALM – A New Way to Participate

Our church is moving to a new kind of church record keeping solution called Realm®. It primarily serves the administrative needs of our staff, but it also offers some exciting opportunities to support the way you are involved in our church. Not only will this improve work life for our ministry staff, it will make it easier for our church family to connect with each other, keep up with what’s going on, and grow as a connected community of believers.

There are three things you should know before we highlight what you can do:
1. We’re updating the administrative tools our staff uses to run the daily operations of our church.
2. We’re adding more ways to communicate and connect as a church, all while leaving current methods in place.
3. You determine how much you want to make this part of your experience with our church, but we encourage you to participate.

To get the app at iTunes, click HERE

To get the app at Google Play, click HERE.

OR click on the QR below.

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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,  Wednesday or Friday mornings. Sunday service begins at 10 am.


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,  a historian, liturgists and just maybe you can think of ways that you too can help! See Pastor Steve or Patricia Hollis for details.

man covering his face with blue bookRemember 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?

Deacon Mamie Barnum  @ home    

James Williams @ Hebrew Center for Health & Rehabilitation (Hebrew Homes, West Hartford)   


Please join Faith Church in supporting Mart’s House

On Saturday, June 15th,  Mart’s House reentry home on Capen St. in Hartford was devastated by a major fire. The seven women who were living at Mart’s are safe, but they lost everything. (Learn more about Mart’s House).  Please consider a donation today to our Resettlement Program during this difficult time. Any amount will help.  If you have any questions or want to know additional ways you can help, contact Sandra Bradford-Jennings, sbradford-jennings@cpa-ct.org, 860-271-7198.


 Our UCC Friends



Save the Date: The first Annual Meeting of the newly formed Together, As One Conference (CT, MA and RI) will be Nov. 1 – 2, 2019, in Worcester, MA



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Friday, September 13 from 3-6pm

Auditions for children

2019 Country Fairs in CT

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Sept 13-30    The Big E,   General admission at the gate is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are free. Monday to Thursday seniors (60 and over) are $12 and general admission after 5 p.m. is $6. Discounted tickets are available online now until Sept. 11 and at Big Y supermarkets starting in August. Ticket gate opens daily at 8 a.m. but several attractions such as the midway and Avenue of States don’t open until later in the day. Attractions start to close from 9 to 11 p.m. depending on the day. thebige.com 

Read the entire article HERE.



One Movie Date Left! September 18 @ Dunkin Donuts Park


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City of Hartford Job Opportunities

The City of Hartford is currently hiring:

  • Development Services – Inspector Trainee
  • Families, Children, Youth & Recreation – Life Guard (Seasonal)
  • Management, Budget and Grants – Management Analyst (Budget Analyst)
  • Emergency Services & Telecommunications – Per Diem Dispatcher
  • Police Department – Police Officer
  • Families, Children, Youth & Recreation – Recreation Assistant (Seasonal)
  • Human Resources – Senior Analyst   
  • Click here to learn more and apply
Hartford Police Department – Info Sessions 


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City Council Meeting

The next Council meeting will be held on Monday, September 9, 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.

Click Here for a Complete List of Meetings Dates & Agendas  


Board of Education Meetings


The project field office, located at 1229 Albany Avenue, is open Monday-Friday from 7:00am to 3:30pm. If you have project-related business or pedestrian access concerns, please contact Kimberli Owens at (860)263-8533.


Dial A Ride Shuttle Schedule

EFFECTIVE 01/21/2019 there will be a change in the Monday Grocery Shuttle schedule.  For more information, please call 860-757-4737.


FREE CLASS: Hartford C.E.R.T. will be hosting a free, 20-hour volunteer program beginning on Saturday September 14th, continuing on Saturday
September 21st, with both classroom and hands-on experiences.  Classes will be from 8:00am-4:30pm and will be held at the Public Safety Complex, 253 High Street Hartford, CT.


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Like Jazz? Want to Keep Up With What’s Happening?

You can add the Hartford Jazz Society’s events to your calendar automatically HERE. 



Artists In The Area

September 8, 2019  Leslie Jones  The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT
Sunday, September 22, 2019  Boyz II Men   Springfield Symphony Hall, 34 Court Street Springfield, MA,  01103
Saturday, September 28, 2019 Nat Reeves Experience, Side Door Jazz Club, 85 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT
Friday,  October 4, 2019 Nnenna Freelon  Infinity Hall, 32 Front Street, Hartford, CT
Friday, October 11, 2019  Black Violin  The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT
Friday, October 18, 2019  Smokey Robinson  Springfield Symphony Hall, 34 Court Street,  Springfield, MA,  01103

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Saturday, October 19, 2019  Dan + Claudia Zanes  The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. CT
Sunday, October 20,  2019  Chick Corea  Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
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Sunday, November 3, 2019  Ruben Studdard Sings Luther, Infinity Hall, 32 Front Street,Hartford CT
Sunday. November 10, 2019   Wynton Marsalis   Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Friday, November 29, 2019   Eddie Palmieri  Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Rd (in Doubletree Suites), Boston, MA 02134
Thursday, December 5, 2019  Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT
Saturday, December 21, 2019  Javier Colon, Infinity Hall, 32 Front Street, Hartford, CT
Saturday, February 1, 2020  Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT
Saturday, February 8, 2020 Cécile McLorin Salvant, The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT
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Saturday, February 8, 2020  Dianne Reeves  Berklee Performing Arts Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115

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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.


Hartford Public Library

African American Literature Book Club @ Downtown Hartford Public Library

Monthly 1st Tuesdays
6-7:30 pm, Classroom 141, Downtown

The Sellout: A Novel

Sept. 3: The Sellout: A Novel, by Paul Beatty

The AAL Book Club is for anyone interested in reading and discussing African American literature, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as sharing information and learning about the African American experience.  It is an opportunity for us to get to know each other while we engage in lively and stimulating discussion of topics of interest to us all.

Please RSVP to Carolyn Korber at cjkorber@gmail.com.


Linda Martin, Sharing Stories

On Display June – September 2019 
Hartford History Center, 3rd floor, Downtown Library

Quilts have a long tradition in the African American community of being used to tell stories and as a form of resistance. Before slavery was abolished, quilts were used as covert messages, marking escape routes and houses of refuge for people seeking freedom.

Many contemporary fiber artists, such as Hartford native Linda F. Martin, use quilts as a way to commemorate important figures, tell folklore, share history, and speak to contemporary social justice issues.

FEATURED EXHIBITION  @ the Wadsworth Amistad Center
Afrocosmologies: American Reflections
October 19, 2019 – January 20, 2020
Black artists explore ideas about spirituality and culture in Afrocosmologies: American Reflections. Alongside artists of the late-nineteenth century, contemporary artists define new ideas about spirituality, identity, and the environment in ways that move beyond traditional narratives of Black Christianity. In dialogue, these works acknowledge a continuing body of beliefs—a cosmology—that incorporates the centrality of nature, ritual, and relationships between the human and the divine. Emerging from the rich religious and aesthetic traditions of West Africa and the Americas, these works present a dynamic cosmos of influences that shape Contemporary art.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a 156-page, fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Frank Mitchell, Berrisford Boothe, Claudia Highbaugh, and Kristin Hass—to be released in October 2019. Learn More
Images: Carl Joe Williams, Waiting, 2016. Mixed media on mattress. Petrucci Family Foundation; Bob Thompson, Garden of Music, 1960. Oil on canvas. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; Romare Bearden, The Lamp, 1984. Lithograph. The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.
The Black Experience Tour
This experience highlights narratives and collections that focus on Black History and allows participants to visit two or three local museums (Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Connecticut Historical Society and The Amistad Center for Art & Culture) for one low price. Contact cfarrell@stowecenter.org to book the experience for your group or call 860.522.9258 x 317. Learn More


@ General Info

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Want to improve your vocabulary painlessly? Subscribe to Word of the Day  or Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day. Or get the Word of the Day app at the Google Play Store or the Apple app store.


Free Stuff

Free college classes at Coursera

Go to GreaterGood.org to help others for free.

Go HERE to find free dental care.

Improve your vocabulary and donate rice to help hungry people HERE.

Not free but cheap!!!  CheapOAir!

Go here to find free stuff like paper towels, beauty products, etc. 


Footwear with Care

Do you know about this? Footwear with Care provides new shoes and socks to homeless folks. Read all about their work and look for the next date if you know someone who might need shoes.





 A picture is worth 1000 words.

Devastation in the Abacos, northern Bahamas

Getty Images from https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-49590992

The effect of Hurricane Dorian on the Abaco Islands.   Entire communities were destroyed, with thousands of people needing water, shelter and aid.


@ On The Web

Someone Has Your Password




By Chris Gaarde, Assistant Editor, American Consequences

In just the first six months of 2019, there were 4.1 billion “compromised records” in data breaches… including passwords, usernames, private photos, credit card data, and even Social Security numbers.  Earlier this year Google introduced an optional Chrome browser extension – kind of like an app for your browser – that shows a warning when you log into a website using a leaked username or password.

In addition to installing the Chrome browser extension, a good place to start is haveibeenpwned.com. The website contains a database of past and current data breaches. Simply input an e-mail address and the site will tell you if, when, where, and what was leaked.

Once you’ve done that… Change your passwords to something secure and close any accounts you no longer use.

You should also take advantage of your right to free annual credit reports. You’re allowed one free credit report from each of the three services every year. To get started visit annualcreditreport.com.



Read the entire article HERE.

How Careful Are You When Online?

 When you are reading your email, do you click on attachments from people you don’t know? Do you click on attachments from people you do know without verifying that they sent you something? What about free things, like games, you can download – how careful are you? Do you back up your work to the cloud or a portable hard drive? How are you protecting yourself?   

In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc By NICOLE PERLROTH and SCOTT SHANE

American cities are being hijacked with an N.S.A. cyberweapon that has already done billions of dollars in damage overseas. The N.S.A. will say nothing. Read the NY Times article HERE.


@ Health is Justice

Diabetic Retinopathy

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Are you diabetic? If you have diabetes, you may get a condition called diabetic retinopathy. This eye disease happens when high levels of blood sugar damage blood vessels in a part of your eye called the retina. This can cause vision problems. For people with diabetes, it’s the most common cause of vision loss and blindness. Read the article HERE.  


100,000 Sisters Making Strides Toward Better Health

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GirlTrek brings Black women together for weekly walks in neighborhoods across the country.

I’ll admit it. I’m not a gym girl. But I am a walking girl. I love to walk. And more than that, I love to walk (and talk) with friends. I also love to walk to stay in shape, and I’ve never been in such great shape as when I was on a roll for about a year and walked an average of five miles every day.

So when I listened to a TED Talk passionately delivered by GirlTrek’s leaders (while I was walking on the treadmill at the gym), I was excited to learn more about this organization that brings Black women together for organized walks in their neighborhoods. I was in.

GirlTrek is planning a million-woman, three-day walk in May 2020, retracing the steps of the historic 54-mile civil rights walk from Selma to Montgomery. Dubbed the “Summer of Selma,” they describe the event as the Woodstock of healing for Black women.

Harriet’s Handbook is a step-by-step guide with 1000 walks and ideas to save your own life and the lives of the women you love. Celebrate your success as you reach milestones by “Claiming the Victory” below.

Download Now                Claim Your Victory

Read more HERE. Visit the website HERE.  Watch the Tedtalk HERE

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Warning Signs of Heart Attack in Women

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Billings Forge Year Round Farmers Market

Summer: Billings Forge Green at 539 Broad Street; winter: The Studio, 563 Broad Street   Hartford, CT   Phone: 860-548-9877

This summer market features farmers, music, artists, and crafters. Picnic tables are available. Weekly specialty vendors bring everything from granola to healthy cleaning solutions. The indoor winter market offers meat, cheese, coffee, breads, preserves, root and winter crop vegetables, and greenhouse-grown greens. 
Summer dates and hours: early June through October, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Broad Street on the Green. 
Winter dates and hours: early November through May, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Billings Forge, 563 Broad Street.


Mental Health

Do you know what narcissism is? Go HERE

Do you know how stress affects your body? Go HERE

Are you depressed? Aren’t sure? Go HERE.

Need mental health/addiction information? Go HERE. Services? Go HERE

Find a community health center HERE.

Medicare / Medicaid



CHOICES:  Connecticut’s program for Health insurance assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling, Eligibility Screening: https://www.ct.gov/agingservices/cwp/view.asp?q=313032

Center for Medicare  Advocacy:   http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/medicare-info/connecticut-consumers-guide/ 

US News Health:  https://health.usnews.com/medicare/connecticut-medicare-plans  

Gun Violence

The casket of slain CHP officer Andre Moye is transported to a hearse from the Riverside University Health Systems Medical Center in Riverside in Moreno Valley, Calif., on Aug 12, 2019. Moye was shot and killed while two fellow officers were wounded during a traffic stop.

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Killed in the line of duty

California Highway Patrol officer Andre Moye’s casket is transported to a hearse from Riverside University Health Systems Medical Center in Moreno Valley, Calif., on Aug 12. 

Moye was killed and two others were injured after a man driving a truck that was to be impounded opened fire during a traffic stop Monday, starting a gunbattle in which he was also killed.


Two gun massacres that occurred in Alabama and western Texas in the past four days (8/30-9/2) left 12 people dead and brought the total number of mass shootings in America in the first eight months of this year to 19.

A 14-year-old boy confessed to fatally shooting five members of his family early Tuesday in a home in Elkmont, Alabama, police said. The killings followed a gun rampage in western Texas over the Labor Day weekend that left seven people dead and more than 20 injured, officials said.

"We are now at almost every two weeks, an active shooter in this country," Christopher Combs, special agent in charge of the FBI field office in San Antonio, Texas, said during a news conference on Sunday in Odessa, Texas, the scene of one of the latest mass shootings in the nation.

read the entire article HERE


Criminal Justice

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Lonnie Jones, center, is applauded by Bridgeport residents celebrating his release from prison. Credit: CTMirror.org, used with permission

Bridgeport — Seeing Lonnie Jones walk into the basement of Mount Aery Baptist Church was a surreal moment for Tino Negron.

The previous day, Jones had stepped outside the confines of a federal prison for the first time in almost 23 years, a beneficiary of the First Step Act recently passed by the U.S. Congress, which has helped reduce prison time for hundreds of former inmates. Family and friends gathered around him outside of a federal courthouse, hugging him and beaming with happiness.

Jones was treated as a guest of honor the next night at Mount Aery, in Bridgeport. He got a standing ovation from the crowd gathered there, a prodigal son finally returned.

Read the article HERE

NAACP, State Team Up To Help Inmates Find Employment

by Lisa Backus   @ ctnewsjunkie.com 

Courtesy of Marc Pelka's Twitter feed

The Connecticut NAACP and state officials are hoping to find 10,000 jobs for formerly incarcerated individuals in the next three years.

Connecticut is a pilot state for the NAACP’s national “Million Jobs” campaign to get major businesses on board with hiring former inmates who will receive training that actually leads to a job, said Scot X. Esdaile, president of the Connecticut NAACP and the chair of the national NAACP Criminal Justice Committee.

“There are a lot of people dealing with addiction services, housing issues, mental health issues, but no one is dealing with the jobs issue,” Esdaile said. “The number one social program out there is a job.”

Esdaile and more than 100 business leaders and state officials, including Gov. Ned Lamont, met Tuesday to start planning the implementation of the program which they hope to launch by mid-September.

Read more HERE

Federal judge: Prison Hepatitis C lawsuit will advance

A federal judge has allowed a handful of inmates to pursue a class-action lawsuit that could force Connecticut’s prisons to screen and treat thousands of inmates for the Hepatitis C virus — a measure that could save lives and cost the state millions of dollars.

The suit alleges that the Department of Correction does not adequately care for its prisoners infected with the disease, putting in jeopardy the health of those entrusted to the agency’s care. 

The plaintiffs, represented by attorneys  DeVaughn Ward and Kenneth Krayeske, claim the DOC does not adequately treat or screen inmates for the virus, which is especially prevalent in jails and prisons and can be spread via blood, sex and needles used to inject drugs or create body art like piercings and tattoos.  Read the article HERE.

 Judge claims teen rapist should be given leniency because he ‘comes from a good family.’

A family court judge has continually shown leniency to a 16-year-old boy who raped a 16-year-old girl because he is “from a good family,” who “put him into an excellent school where he is doing extremely well,” according to the New York Times. The judge also said that it should have been explained to the victim that pressing charges would ruin the boy’s life.

The assault happened at a pajama party in New Jersey, where the victim was heavily intoxicated. The boy filmed himself penetrating her from behind, and sent out the video he took as a text with the words, “When your first time having sex was rape.” In the video, the girl’s head is seen hanging down, and her torso exposed.

But Judge James Troiano said this wasn’t rape, claiming rape is something that is reserved for cases where the victim is held at gunpoint. This, he claims, is sexual assault, and should be treated differently. Read more here  and here.



Tong tackles three immigration issues in four days

by Kelan Lyons

In the first four days of September, Attorney General William Tong’s office has been involved in three different immigration-related cases, joining several coalitions of like-minded state attorneys general who object to — and are demanding information about — the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrants.

Wednesday, Tong’s office stressed that the three cases are distinct and in separate phases, but released a statement from the attorney general explaining his recent focus on immigration issues.

Connecticut …  join[ed] a multi-state lawsuit attempting to block a new policy that allows the deportation of certain immigrants without hearings before an immigration judge or other due process.

The policy, announced last month, allows the Department of Homeland Security, to expedite the deportation of undocumented immigrants anywhere in the United States who can not prove they’ve been in the country continuously for two years.

Read the article HERE  and HERE.