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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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)

1 Samuel 3:1-10

“Speak, God. I’m Ready to Listen”

1-3 The boy Samuel was serving God under Eli’s direction. This was at a time when the revelation of God was rarely heard or seen. One night Eli was sound asleep (his eyesight was very bad—he could hardly see). It was well before dawn; the sanctuary lamp was still burning. Samuel was still in bed in the Temple of God, where the Chest of God rested.

4-5 Then God called out, “Samuel, Samuel!” Samuel answered, “Yes? I’m here.” Then he ran to Eli saying, “I heard you call. Here I am.” Eli said, “I didn’t call you. Go back to bed.” And so he did.

6-7 God called again, “Samuel, Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, “I heard you call. Here I am.” Again Eli said, “Son, I didn’t call you. Go back to bed.” (This all happened before Samuel knew God for himself. It was before the revelation of God had been given to him personally.)

8-9 God called again, “Samuel!”—the third time! Yet again Samuel got up and went to Eli, “Yes? I heard you call me. Here I am.” That’s when it dawned on Eli that God was calling the boy. So Eli directed Samuel, “Go back and lie down. If the voice calls again, say, ‘Speak, God. I’m your servant, ready to listen.’” Samuel returned to his bed.

10 Then God came and stood before him exactly as before, calling out, “Samuel! Samuel!” Samuel answered, “Speak. I’m your servant, ready to listen.”

The Message (MSG)  Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

1 Samuel 3:1-10

Dios Llama a Samuel

El joven Samuel servía (ministraba) al Señor en presencia de Elí. La palabra del Señor escaseaba en aquellos días, y las visiones no eran frecuentes. Y aconteció un día, estando Elí acostado en su aposento (sus ojos habían comenzado a oscurecerse y no podía ver bien), cuando la lámpara de Dios aún no se había apagado y Samuel estaba acostado en el templo del Señor donde estaba el arca de Dios,que el Señor llamó a Samuel, y él respondió: “Aquí estoy.” Entonces corrió a Elí y le dijo: “Aquí estoy, pues me llamaste.” Pero Elí lerespondió: “Yo no he llamado, vuelve a acostarte.” Y él fue y se acostó.El Señor lo volvió a llamar: “¡Samuel!” Y Samuel se levantó, fue a Elí y le dijo: “Aquí estoy, pues me llamó.” Elí respondió: “Yo no te he llamado, hijo mío, vuelve a acostarte.”

Y Samuel no conocía aún al Señor, ni se le había revelado aún la palabra del Señor. El Señor volvió a llamar a Samuel por tercera vez. Y él se levantó, fue a Elí y le dijo: “Aquí estoy, pues me llamó.” Entonces Elí comprendió que el Señor estaba llamando al muchacho. Y Elí dijo a Samuel: “Ve y acuéstate, y si El te llama, dirás: ‘Habla, Señor, que Tu siervo escucha.’” Y Samuel fue y se acostó en su aposento.

10 Entonces vino el Señor y se detuvo, y llamó como en las otras ocasiones: “¡Samuel, Samuel!” Y Samuel respondió: “Habla, que Tu siervo escucha.”

Nueva Biblia Latinoamericana de Hoy (NBLH) © 2005 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, California

From the Pastor’s Study

Dear Faith Family and Friends:

The Tri-Conference (CT, MA & RI) Annual Meeting  will be in Springfield, MA on June 15 and 16; Delegates from the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences will vote on formally creating a new unified conference at the joint Annual Meeting. Read more here.

Faith Church events:

—  Scholarship Sunday is June 17. Come to see this year’s graduates! Also, this is Father’s Day. Don’t forget to bring a picture of Dad to display on the altar.

Men’s Day is June 24 Rev. Bennie Liggins from Birmingham, AL will be preaching.

Friday, June 29  6:30 p.m.   Prayer meeting

We are looking forward to seeing everyone with their friends and family for our special events.

We are working on a trip in January 2019 to Birmingham and Selma to see historical sites. The new  National Memorial for Peace and  Justice is in Montgomery. Friends from Immanuel Congregational Church, members of the Jewish community, and perhaps some of our Muslim brethren, would be joining us as well. Are you interested? If so, let me know. BTW, the 2018 winner of the James Beard award for outstanding pastry chef is Dolester Miles who makes pastry for the Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham, AL.  Read about her here  and here.

Be blessed, Pastor Steve

 

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Need a ride to church? See Deacon Pam Walters for details and to schedule a pickup.

Want a CD of the service? See Bruce McCullugh.
Need stewardship envelopes? See Alice Lumpkin, Olga Callender or Barbara Wiggins -or contribute online using the “Donate” button.
Want to learn more about the Bible? Bible study on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. or Sunday morning at 9 a.m.
Want to sing praises? Just come to choir rehearsal on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.
Need more information?  Call the church office  860-547-0820 Monday through Wednesday mornings. Sunday service begins at 10 am.

 

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Prayer Resources:

 

The hardest people to reach with the love of god are not the bad people... Charles L. Allen love sayings

There’s More to Faith Church than Sunday Mornings…

 

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. Next meeting: June 18, 2018. Men’s Day is June 24. The guest speaker will be Rev. Bennie Liggins from Birmingham, AL. 

 

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.

 

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There is a seat for you on Tuesday at Bible study. We start at 7 pm. Great group, great conversation, and great learning! Come and study the Book of Esther. the discussions are lively and thoughtful.

 

Women of Faith Women’s Ministry meets quarterly immediately after service. Bring a dish to share. Next meeting in July.

 

 

The choir could use your voice! It’s a great way to serve at Faith Church. Wayne Dixon is (impatiently) waiting. Choir rehearsal on Wednesday evenings 7 pm.     

 

 

Sunday School

Sunday School for children is happening now. Join us. Volunteer. We look forward to seeing you and your children.

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Religious News

 

Applications Being Accepted for Three CTUCC Scholarships

Applications are due July 27 for three Connecticut Conference scholarships.

The Cynthia Wheeler CARR scholarship is designed to aid a person of any age intending to further her/his skills in some aspect of sacred music at institutions of higher education.

The Historic African American Church Scholarship is for members of the six Historic African American UCC churches in the CT Conference: Amistad UCC, Liberty Christian Center International, Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ of Norwalk, Warburton Community Congregational Church UCC, Faith Congregational Church, or Dixwell Avenue United Church of Christ.  Members from these 6 churches, who have graduated from an accredited CT high school and will be attending, or planning to attend in 2018, an accredited college (4 yr. or 2 yr.), are encouraged to apply.

The Member in Discernment Scholarship is for Members in Discernment of a CT Conference Association who are, or will be, attending an accredited college or seminary.

Visit ctucc.org/scholarshipsandgrants for detailed information and applications for these scholarships.

 

 

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Mormons celebrate African American members and 40th anniversary of historic announcement

In June 1978, LDS President Spencer W. Kimball reversed a policy that had prevented men of African descent from holding the Mormon priesthood, and all church members of African descent from entering the temple.  Forty years later, Mormons are celebrating that revelation, as well as the contributions that black church members have made to LDS thought, art, music, and leadership.

According to the Church’s website, “While the June celebration will hail the history of black Mormon pioneers and reaffirm the reality that “all are alike unto God” (2 Nephi 26:33) in His global family, the event is intended to be much more than a celebration. It will also be a renewal of our collective commitment to pursue oneness in our relationships with each other and with heaven.” Illustration courtesy of https://mormonhub.com/blog/life/latter-day-saints/10-famous-black-mormons/  Read the entire article here.

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Televangelist Claims He Needs $54 Million Private Jet To Spread The Gospel

 

At Christian Colleges, a Collision of Gay Rights and Traditional Values

By Laura Pappano   nytimes.com 

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. — It’s no secret that Christian colleges do things differently than their secular peers. There are behavior codes, required Bible study, Christian-infused curriculums (think: environmental protection as “creation care”) and weekday chapel.

But where these campuses once existed in a bubble, new economic, social and cultural realities are letting outside air rush in — and with it, controversy.

For a generation of students that is connected, inclusive and risk-averse, Christian colleges present an interesting puzzle. On one hand, they offer “safety” in contrast to drinking and hookup cultures (alcohol and sex are forbidden) and take seriously their call to produce “deeper souls,” as Shirley Hoogstra, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, put it.

Read more here.

 

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation Of Bishop Juan Barros Over Chilean Abuse Scandal

June 11, 2018   

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a controversial figure at the center of Chile’s child sex abuse scandal along with two other bishops, according to the Vatican. Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno was accused of covering up the acts of a notorious abuser, and the pope enraged thousands of Catholics in Chile when he appointed Barros as bishop in 2015. Read more here or listen here.

 

 

Road Trip!

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

Our own Pennington Bible is on loan to the museum and on exhibit.

Same-Day Online

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 Online

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 is  June 6.   Passes go very quickly when released.   CHECK ADVANCE AVAILABILITY ON RELEASE DAY

 

 

Farmer’s Markets Open

Farmer’s Markets are open for business.  They accept cash, WIC, SNAP and EBT. For more information: http://www.hartfordfarmersmarkets.org/.  For a market in your neighborhood, click here.

Hartford ‐ 505 Hudson
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. ‐ 1 p.m.
July 11 ‐ Oct. 31
Parking Lot, 505 Hudson St.
Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized

Hartford ‐ Billings Forge
Thursdays, 11 a.m. ‐ 2 p.m.
June 7 ‐ Oct. 25
On the Green Next to Firebox Restaurant, 539 Broad St
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Social Media: FB
Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized, SNAP

Hartford ‐ Frog Hollow
Mondays & Fridays, 3 p.m. ‐ 6 p.m.
June 8 ‐ Nov. 2
At the Farm at Knox, Inc., 75 Laurel St.
knoxhartford.org/farmersmarket 
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Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized, SNAP

Hartford ‐ Hartford Health Dept.
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. ‐ 12:30 p.m.
July 10 ‐ Oct. 30
Health Dept. Courtyard, 410 Capital Ave.
Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized

Hartford ‐ Homestead
Wednesdays, 2 p.m. ‐ 5 p.m.
June 27 ‐ Oct. 10
Parking Lot, Homestead & Sterling St.
chrysaliscenterct.org 
Social Media: FB, T
Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized, SNAP

Hartford ‐ North End
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. ‐ 1 p.m.
June 27 ‐ Oct. 31
Front Lawn of Hartford North End Senior
Center, 80 Coventry St.
www.hartfordfood.org/programs/north‐end‐farmers‐market
Social Media: FB, T
Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized, SNAP

Hartford ‐ Park Street
Mondays, 9:30 a.m. ‐ 1 p.m.
July 2 ‐ Oct. 29
Corner of Park & Washington St.
Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized

Hartford ‐ Promise Zone Community
Saturdays, 8 a.m. ‐ 11 a.m.
June 16 ‐ Oct. 20
Corner of Woodland & Albany Ave.
Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized, SNAP

Hartford ‐ West End
Tuesdays, 4 p.m. ‐ 7 p.m.‐ June‐Sept. in Oct. 3
p.m.‐ 6 p.m.
June 5 ‐ Oct. 30
Clemens Place Park, 16 Owen St.
wefm.org 
Social Media: FB, IG
Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized, SNAP

Hartford ‐ Old State House
Tuesdays & Fridays, 10 a.m. ‐ 2 p.m.
June 12 ‐ Oct. 30
West Brick Plaza, Main St.
Social Media: FB, IG, T
Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized

CONNECTICUT SCIENCE CENTER FREE PROGRAM

Calling all high school students who will be in grades 9-12 for the fall 2018 academic year!!

The Connecticut Science Center has a new program called Investigate!

The Investigate! program meets on Saturdays during October and November from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.

The Program allows students to have the opportunity to explore exciting topics in science, technology, engineering, and math. The program is free of charge.

Applications can be submitted here until September 7th at 4 PM.

Please feel free to contact us at teens@CTScienceCenter.org or by phone at (860-520-2166) if you have any questions.

 

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Want Something to Do This Summer?

ART EXHIBIT: “Fragile Handle With Care,” a two-part art exhibit offers both a modern look at Puerto Rico and a sentimental reminiscence. The show is at Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury until June 17. An opening reception is May 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. mattmuseum.org.

MORNING MOVIES FOR KIDS: Movie theaters around the Hartford area will hold summer kids’ movies series, offering morning screenings of PG- and G-rated movies for a reduced price or even free. Full story here.

FREE SUMMER MOVIES: Summertime is here, and that means free outdoor movies in the parks in the cities. Both Hartford and New Haven begin their family-movie seasons on June 8. See full lineup here.

‘FLYIN WEST’ PLAY THROUGH JUNE 16: Pearl Cleage’s melodrama “Flyin’ West,” about female settlers in late 19th century Kansas, is at Westport Country Playhouse May 29 through June 16. Full story here.

FREE EVENTS ON THE RIVERFRONT: Riverfront Recapture, which organizes summertime events on both sides of the Connecticut River, is offering festivals, fitness classes, Shakespeare, music and other free activities in Hartford and East Hartford, all summer long. Full story here.

FOR DINOSAUR LOVERS: Mystic Aquarium’s newest exhibit, open through 2018, features 12 mostly life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and other dino-focused interactive attractions for dino-lovers to enjoy. Full story here.

ASKING FOR A FRIEND: Chion Wolf, a Connecticut Public Radio personality, hosts a monthly live advice show at the Sea Tea Comedy Theater in Hartford, where she and panelists discuss people’s problems and how to solve them. Read story here.

BOWLING?HIGH ROLLER?  Don’t be put off by the name. You don’t have to have a packed wallet to head for High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge, which makes a night out affordable with a deal nearly every day of the week. Information here.

ZIP LINING:  Looking for a different type of summer fun? More and more families are learning the ropes at aerial adventure parks — destinations featuring zip lines, high wires, ropes courses and other adrenaline-rush-producing experiences. Find Connecticut’s options here.

NEW BRITAIN MUSEUM OF ART POP-UP BAR: This summer, the New Britain Museum of Art hosts a 21-plus Pop-up Bar on the Park on Thursday nights from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Cold beer, wine and craft cocktails (all $5) are served on the Pritchard Family Terrace. Free. 860-229-0257 and nbmaa.org

 

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Live in Hartford? Get Your Free Tickets Today!

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 City News

Public Town Hall-Style Meetings:
  • Hosted by the MARG NRZ on Thursday, June 14th, at 6 PM at St. Augustine’s Church, 10 Campfield Avenue
  • Hosted by the Northeast NRZ on Monday, June 18th, 5:30 PM at Parker Memorial Community Center, 2621 Main Street
  • June Town Hall with Mayor Bronin, Thursday, June 28th, at 6 PM at the Samuel V. Arroyo Recreation Center, 30 Pope Park Road (Town Hall Flyer)
Hartford Police Department – Public Comstat
Thursday, June 21, 2018
5:30pm
253 High St.
 The Hartford Police Department will be holding another public Comstat meeting. Our meeting will take place in the Hartford Police Department Comstat room at 5:30 pm. We feel strongly about sharing our information with our community. We are opening our doors for you to see what current crime trends our city is experiencing, along with our predictive and preventative efforts. Our Comstat program is a dynamic and informative presentation and discussion. Your ideas, questions, and energy are welcomed. Community conversations are encouraged. There is plenty of parking in the vicinity. Officers will be on site to assist and escort you inside HPD.

 

Office of Community Engagement

Now available! City of Hartford Resident Service Guide – Spring-Summer Booklet. Booklet contains Quality of Life, Safety, Rec Center Extended Schedules, Summer Learning and other General Information.

Hard copies available at the Office of Community Engagement, Room 203 City Hall.

One Hartford Spring – Summer Booklet 2018 English.pdf

One Hartford Spring – Summer Booklet 2018 Spanish.pdf

 

Board of Education Regular Meetings 
June 19 – Annie Fisher School – Budget Adoption

Mayor’s Challenge – Citicare Hackathon Challenge 2018 
Friday, June 22 at 5 PM – Sunday, June 24 at 5 PM
Upward Hartford
20 Church St, Mezzanine

ICYMI: Learn How To Use LimeBike, Hartford‘s First Bike Share Program

Image result for lime bikeThe city’s first bike-share program began Wednesday, with residents at crosswalks and bus stops gawking as LimeBike employees installed the bright green bikes at locations across Hartford.

LimeBike, the brainchild of CEO Toby Sun and a prominent Silicon Valley firm, provides affordable, dockless pedal bikes to cities and college campuses across the United States. Hartfordwill be the startup’s first location in Connecticut, and the program comes at no cost to the city.

Where are the bikes?
Hartford’s new fleet of 300 bikes initially will be placed at hot spots designated by the company. Rows of five to six bikes have been set up at locations such as Statehouse Square and the Bushnell Plaza sculpture garden. The bikes are locked and ready for use with just the scan of a QR code. The technology is powered by a solar panel on each bike.

Click Here for The Complete Hartford Courant Article

 

 

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ICYMI: Capital Ice Cream Opens On Capitol Avenue In Hartford
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Just in time for summer, Capital Ice Cream has opened on Hartford’s Capitol Avenue, becoming the latest business to join the burgeoning block.

The ice cream shop at 389 Capitol Ave. opened softly this week, with plans for an official grand opening on July 7. Inside the storefront, visitors are greeted by vividly colored hand-drawn menu boards, offering a dozen flavors in cups, cones and specialty sundaes.

Husband and wife owners Shane and Chantell Boissiere-Kelly are residents of the Frog Hollow neighborhood and have seen Capitol Avenue businesses flourish in the past few years.
“We’ve been thinking about doing something on this block for a long time,” Boissiere-Kelly says. “We looked at The Pantry back when it was available – the timing wasn’t quite right, we had a baby, it was one thing after the other. When this space became available, my husband said, ‘We have to try it.’”

Click Here for The Complete Hartford Courant Article

 

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

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Educator and activist Angela Davis (1944-) became known for her involvement in a politically charged murder case in the early 1970s. Influenced by her segregated upbringing in Birmingham, Alabama, Davis joined the Black Panthers and an all-black branch of the Communist Party as a young woman. She became a professor at UCLA, but fell out of favor with the administration due to her ties. Davis was charged with aiding the botched escape attempt of imprisoned black radical George Jackson, and served roughly 18 months in jail before her acquittal in 1972. After spending time traveling and lecturing, Davis returned to the classroom as a professor and authored several books.

Courtesy of https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/angela-davis .

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

The Fugitive Slave Acts were a pair of federal laws that allowed for the capture and return of runaway slaves within the territory of the United States. Enacted by Congress in 1793, the first Fugitive Slave Act authorized local governments to seize and return escaped slaves to their owners and imposed penalties on anyone who aided in their flight. Widespread resistance to the 1793 law led to the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which added more provisions regarding runaways and levied even harsher punishments for interfering in their capture. The Fugitive Slave Acts were among the most controversial laws of the early 19th century.

Courtesy of https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/fugitive-slave-acts.  and  https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=234607 .

 

June is…..

More to Think About: Health

 More to think About: Gun Violence

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There were 29 homicides in Hartford in 2017, up from 14 in 2016. Twenty-three involved firearms. To see a map showing the locations of Hartford homicides, click here.

No other developed nation comes close to the rate of US gun violence. Americans own an estimated 265m 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.

 

 

More To Think About: Criminal Justice

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How does your state compare to the rest of the world on incarceration? Spoiler: Badly.

Oklahoma now has the highest incarceration rate in the U.S., unseating Louisiana from its long-held position as “the world’s prison capital.” By comparison, states like Massachusetts and New York appear progressive, but even these states lock people up at higher rates than nearly every other country on earth.

A new report from the Prison Policy Initiative, States of Incarceration: The Global Context 2018, compares U.S. states to 166 countries on incarceration, illustrating how every U.S. state relies too heavily on prisons and jails to respond to crime. A companion report released today compares states to countries in their incarceration of women.  Read the entire article here.

Words Have Power

Jesus said, “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36–37)

Watch Oprah’s Golden Globes speech

Watch Rev. Traci Blackmon’s comments on Charlottsville VA  white supremacist rally

Watch Mayor Mitch Landreau’s Address on Removal of Four Confederate Statues

Watch President Obama’s farewell speech.

Quotes about friendship - Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 

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.

 

volunteers

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?

Sick and Shut In

Deacon Mamie Barnum  @ home                       

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