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


Habakkuk 2:9-11

“Woe to him who builds his house by unjust gain,
    setting his nest on high
    to escape the clutches of ruin!
10 You have plotted the ruin of many peoples,
    shaming your own house and forfeiting your life.
11 The stones of the wall will cry out,
    and the beams of the woodwork will echo it.

Luke 19:28-40

28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”

32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”

34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”

35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[a]

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

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From the Pastor’s Study

Dear Faith Family and Friends:

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 
Don’t forget  Wonderful Wednesdays in the Word, plus an exciting holy week schedule.  There is a Palm Sunday breakfast sponsored by the Men’s Ministry on Palm Sunday, April 14 at 8:00 am. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.  Maundy Thursday service is at 6 pm on Thursday, April 18, and Good Friday service is at 6 pm on Friday, April 19.
There will be a special time at the Hartford Public Library on May 2nd at 5:30 pm to remember the 200th Anniversary of Faith Church and its contributions in the city of Hartford. All are welcome and invited to attend. Several of our members will be on the panel and also an encore presentation by Earl and Terry.
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
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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 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 are on hiatus until May 7.

WOMEN’S MINISTRY  We have started our Shoebox Ministry for the youth of S.A.N.D. school, so feel free to bring your shoe boxes (or shoebox-sized plastic container) filled with items they might need (no perishables) to our next meeting. This is an ongoing project, so we appreciate your dedication! 
Remember, Women’s Ministry dues are $50 per calendar year, so please write “Women’s Ministry Dues” on your envelope and/or the note portion of your check.

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

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.


Can You Burn in the Kitchen?

Are you a good cook? Do you “Put Your Foot In It” in the kitchen? Faith Church is writing its own cookbook. Here is your opportunity to have 3 favorite recipes – with your own special touches – immortalized! Submit 3 of your favorite recipes to be included in the book by April 15th. See Jennifer Robinson, JoAnn Robinson or Deacon Charron for details.





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.



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    

Felicia Heard @ home 

Anita Stringer @ Glastonbury Health Care                



Special Events  @ Faith Church

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Lenten/Holy Week Schedule for 2019

Wonderful Wednesday in the Word   04/10 noon – Rev. Isaac Lawson, Immanuel Congregational

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

Lunch provided for Wonderful Wednesday in the Word attendees.



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Read more about drones in Hartford HERE  and HERE.  Read about the ACLU position on drones HERE.   


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

Save the Date 

October 19 for Faith’s Fashion Show and Luncheon


 Our Community Friends

Wilderness Companions Speaker Series

Thursdays at 6:45 PM   @ Asylum Hill Congregational Church
814 Asylum Ave  Hartford, CT 06105
Contact  Rhonda Mitchell
Asylum Hill Congregational Church Speaker Series:
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.

April 11
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.



April 27, 2019 at 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Huntington Congregational Church, Shelton, CT

Including workshops on interracial eco-justice, recycling, and visual aspects of worship.  

2019 Special Meeting of the CT Conference
May 18, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
First Church of Christ Congregational in West Hartford

We will gather together as a historic Connecticut Conference in this transition year to worship, receive reports from Board and staff, consider resolutions, and celebrate the Living Waters award.

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


Revolutionary Love Project Founder to Keynote Annual Meeting

Valarie Kaur, founder of the Revolutionary Love Project, will be the keynote speaker at the first Annual Meeting of the new Together As One Conference, to be held Nov. 1 and 2 in Worcester, MA.

Kaur is a Sikh racial justice activist, civil rights lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator and author of Revolutionary Love. Kaur sees love as a public ethic and shared practice to be used in the fight for social justice. She believes “the way we make change is just as important as the change we make.”

The Annual Meeting will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2, at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.  This will be the first Annual Meeting of the new Together As One Conference, assuming its formation is approved by the UCC’s national gathering in June.

Read more, and watch Kaur’s Ted Talk

9th Annual CTUCC Youth Revival 

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May 5, 3:00 to 5:00 PM   First Congregational Church in Bloomfield

Bring your youth group to this dynamic worship service with preaching by The Rev. Trayce Potter.



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  


Youth and Racism

By Isaac Monts, Associate for Justice and Leadership, Connecticut Conference UCC

There are a lot of things that we don’t know about our history, even after taking years of courses in school. For instance, did you know that an African American inventor, Henry Sampson, helped create the first cell phone? Did you know that the automatic doors of an elevator were invented and patented by a black man named Alexander Miles? What about the blood plasma bag… Did you know a black man pioneered that as well? Yeah.. Me either!  His name was Charles Richard Drew. 

At the heart of our “Did You Know” Youth Racial Justice Program, we look to unmask the covert forms of racism that live within our country, and shed light on information that is commonly unknown in the younger generation.

Read more, and find out how to bring a Youth Racial Justice Program to your church


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.com/SimplySmilesServiceandLearningTrip

Please contact me at charliek@ctucc.org or 860-761-7111 if you have questions.  Charlie Kuchenbrod


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CT FOUNDATION FOR DENTAL OUTREACH will host the 133th CT Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 at Windham Middle School, 123 Quarry Street, Willimantic. Doors open at 8 a.m. and it is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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CTMOM will provide a full range of dental services to people of all ages who cannot afford the cost of care. Everything is done for free and on a first-come, first-served basis, including cleanings, fillings, extractions, x-rays, fluoride treatments, sealants, limited root canal treatment on anterior teeth, and limited partial dentures.  More information


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Want to Know what the CT General Assembly is Doing? Hurry Up, They are Halfway Through this Session!

 City of Hartford
The City of Hartford is seeking submissions for Volunteer and Youth Volunteer of the Month.  Volunteer work must be performed within the City of Hartford, but the individual is not required to live within the City.  Please click the nomination link below to learn more and to nominate someone who makes a difference in our community each day.  Click Here to Nominate someone for Volunteer of the Month


Are You Looking for a Job?

JOB CORPS is recruiting. recruiting.jobcore.gov or (800) 733-JOBS [5627]  

City of Hartford Job Opportunities
The City of Hartford is  hiring for the following positions:

  • Public Works – Parks Superintendent
  • Families, Children, Youth & Recreation – Early Learning Teacher Assistant
  • Emergency Services Telecommunications – Dispatcher Trainee
  • Fire Department – Cadet
  • Families, Children, Youth & Recreation – Life Guard (Seasonal)
  • Management, Budget & Grants – Management Analyst
  • Police Department – Microcomputer Technician
  • Police Department – Cadet
  • Police Department – Officer
  • Corporate Counsel –  Paralegal I & II
  • Development Services – Senior Planner

Click here to learn more and apply

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Apply Online Today!

The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking qualified office staff for 2020 Census operations in the local area. They provide:
  • Excellent Pay
  • Flexible Hours
  • Paid Training
  • Temporary Positions

Apply Online Today@ 2020census.gov/jobs
1-855-JOB-2020  (1-855-562-2020)
Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339 TTY / ASCII




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City Council Meeting

The next Council meeting will be held on Monday, April 8th, 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

Regular Meetings 
April 16, 2019 – MD Fox (Budget Hearing)
May 21, 2019 – Annie Fisher

Workshop/Special Meetings 
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.

Click Here for a Complete List of Meetings Dates & Agendas 


Where should Hartford be when it turns 400?

The City of Hartford, in partnership with The IQuilt Plan Partnership, invites you to kick off a community conversation about this question by participating in an online survey, at www.hartford400.org.

We want you to think big!

Your responses will help shape the development of a comprehensive plan for Hartford’s future.

To get the latest updates about this planning process, including future opportunities to participate, be sure to sign up for our mailing list at www.hartford400.org.


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. 

For more information, please call 860-757-4737.




The City of Hartford is now accepting applications for the State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (CT DRS) 2019 Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Tax Credit program. This program gives non-profit organizations a strong fundraising tool: the ability to solicit project-specific donations from businesses, who in turn can claim 60-100% state tax credits for their approved contributions.  Applications are due by 3:00 PM on May, 1, 2019.

Information on the City’s process for accepting applications is posted online at: www.hartford.gov/grants/NAAPotential applicants should also view the State’s guidance athttp://www.ct.gov/drs/cwp/view.asp?a=3807&q=522184  andhttp://www.ct.gov/drs/cwp/view.asp?a=1447&q=266058&drsPNavCtr=|#49985


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

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


Good News!

14 spring, summer events get fund-infusion from Greater Hartford Arts Council
14 spring, summer events get fund-infusion from Greater Hartford Arts Council
Greater Hartford Arts Council has announced it has given grants to 14 cultural organizations to present events this spring and summer. The Hartford Events Grant program is supported by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The organizations, events and amounts in the programs’ spring granting cycle are as follows:
  • Connecticut Institute for Community Development’s 2019 Puerto Rican Parade & Festival del Coqui, $5,000. The parade and festival in Bushnell Park will be June 1.
  • Connecticut Blues Society’s Black-eyed & Blues Festival, $5,000. The festival in Bushnell Park will be June 22.
  • Connecticut Public Affairs Network’s 2019 Summer Concert Series, $2,400. The concerts will be June 7 to Sept. 27 at the Old State House.
  • Connecticut Summerfest, Inc.’s 2019 festival, $5,000. The music composition and performance event will be June 13 to 19 at University of Hartford in West Hartford.
  • Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra’s spring performances, $2,500. The four concerts, at Wadsworth Atheneum and Cyril & Methodius Church in Hartford, will be between March 31 and June 2.
  • HartBeat Ensemble’s Pegao, $5,000. The bilingual performance of a play about a Puerto Rican family, at Hartford’s Carriage House theater, will be April 11 to 24.
  • Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra’s Hartt Connections, $4,000. The concert of work by faculty and alumni will be at the University of Hartford in West Hartford on April 4.
  • International Hartford’s One World Market World Arts Concert Series, $3,500. The Hartford world-music concerts will be between May 13 and July 22.

Click Here for the Complete Hartford Courant Article 


Hartford Public Library

About Encounters

The Hartford History Center at Hartford Public LibraryThe 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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FREE Professional Tax Help from VITA

If your household income is up to $55,000:
• Save an average of $200 or more in tax preparation fees
• Get your refund in 7-10 days
• Sites are located throughout Hartford: 

– Capital Community College, Main Street
– Community Renewal Team (CRT), Market Street and Wethersfield Avenue
– Hartford Public Library, Main Street
– Mi Casa, Park Street
– Parker Memorial Community Center, Main Street
– Pope Park Recreation Center, Pope Park Drive
– The Village, Wethersfield Avenue
– Trinity College, Broad Street
– Upper Albany Neighborhood Collaborative, Albany Avenue
– Urban League, Woodland Street
– University of Hartford, Bloomfield Avenue
– Wilson-Grey YMCA, Albany Avenue
– YWCA, Broad Street

Sign up at www.211ct.org. Click on “Tax Help” or dial 2-1-1, press 3 then 6
Appointments are required.

If your household income is up to $66,000, online help is available to prepare and file your taxes.

For free tax sites in New Britain, call 860-612-3983. Sites also available in Danielson, Enfield, East Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, Putnam, Stafford Springs, Vernon and Willimantic. 

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The New W-4 Form Changes Could Make Your Life A Lot Harder

By   @ Bustle.com
The tax law signed by President Trump in 2017 resulted in a complete rewriting of the W-4 form, the standard tax form workers fill out for employers before getting hired. The new W-4 form changes will likely make your life a whole lot harder — but luckily, the IRS won’t be using the new forms until the 2020 tax season.  The new form references no fewer than 12 other forms that employees may have to refer to in order to complete their W-4, according to USA Today.  Read the entire article HERE



Free Stuff

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CT FOUNDATION FOR DENTAL OUTREACH will host the 133th CT Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 at Windham Middle School, 123 Quarry Street, Willimantic. Door open at 8 a.m. and it is on a first-come, first-served basis. More information

Freebooksy.com sends a daily email with free ebooks for the day. If you read books on a Kindle, Nook, tablet, phone, or laptop, you may find this useful and cost-effective. 

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.





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Baby Grand Jazz 2019

Ray Gonzalez kicked off the 16th season of HPL’s highly popular Baby Grand Jazz Series with a special Three Kings Day performance on Sunday, January 6. Baby Grand Jazz Concerts will be held every Sunday afternoon from 3 – 4 pm through April 28 (with the exception of Easter Sunday, April 21). The opening and closing shows will be held in the Downtown Library Atrium, the rest will be held in the Center for Contemporary Culture. Baby Grand Jazz is sponsored by The Kaman Corporation. For more information, see Baby Grand Jazz.

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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.



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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.

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

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 will be Wednesday May 1.   Passes go very quickly when released.



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


The Significance of Shirley Chisholm’s Presidential Campaign

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By: Matthew Wills

Shirley Chisholm made history as the first black female U.S. Representative, elected in 1968 by the voters of New York’s 12th Congressional District. Then she did it again as the first major-party black candidate for President in 1972. She was also the first female Democratic Party candidate for that office (Senator Margaret Chase Smith had run as a Republican in 1964).

Chisholm (1924-2005) set the precedent for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton [and Kamala Harris, Corey Booker, and Deval Patrick] . But what do all of Chisholm’s firsts actually mean?  Find out HERE.

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The Rev. Dr. Katie Cannon, the first black woman to be ordained in a leading branch of Presbyterianism and a groundbreaking scholar who helped elevate the perspective of black women in church and academic thought, died on  August 8, 2018, in Richmond, Va. Dr. Cannon was a foundational voice in womanist theology, which seeks to escape the white- and male-centered views of religion and ethics and to value the experiences and insights of black women in those areas. Read more about this extraordinary woman HERE



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

How an Ex-Slave Successfully Won a Case for Reparations in 1783

In one of the earliest examples of reparations, an ex-slave named Belinda petitioned the government and was granted an annuity.

By: Matthew Wills

On February 14, 1783, an elderly ex-slave known only as Belinda submitted a petition to the Massachusetts legislature. She asked for an annual pension for herself and her invalid daughter, Prine, to be paid from the estate of their former owner, Isaac Royall. Royall had been one of the largest slave owners in the colony before he had fled to England in 1775. Because he turned out to be a royalist, his estate was confiscated and his two dozen slaves were manumitted (there’s some speculation as to whether some were sold, including Belinda’s son Joseph). Belinda was a slave under Royall for four decades and was old and penniless when she finally gained her freedom.

Former slave Belinda's petition for reparations.
Former slave Belinda’s petition for reparations.

Her petition is one the earliest examples of reparations for the slave trade and slavery, Roy E. Finkenbine reported.  Read more HERE.





     The 2020 Race Is Reigniting The Centuries-Old Debate Over Reparations

Reparations are in the news these days as prospective and declared presidential candidates talk about them. Listen HERE to WAMU’s 1-A on NPR.

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Listen HERE.



Eunice Hunton Carter

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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 

By Stephen L. Carter
Illustrated. 364 pp. Henry Holt & Company. $30.

“It is the curse of historians … to judge the past by the norms of the present.” Stephen L. Carter has good reason to make this blunt judgment early in his latest book, which is devoted to his grandmother Eunice Hunton Carter. Her privileged life and her career as a prosecutor constitute a more complicated narrative than the one contemporary readers may expect of an African-American woman who lived during the first half of the 20th century.  Read more HERE or check the book out from the Hartford Public Library.



The Changing Definition of African-American

How the great influx of people from Africa and the Caribbean since 1965 is challenging what it means to be African-American

… [a] knot of black men and women—most of them technicians at the station—were talking about emancipation and its meaning. Once I was drawn into their discussion, I was surprised to learn that no one in the group was descended from anyone who had been freed by the proclamation or any other Civil War measure. Two had been born in Haiti, one in Jamaica, one in Britain, two in Ghana, and one, I believe, in Somalia. Others may have been the children of immigrants. While they seemed impressed—but not surprised—that slaves had played a part in breaking their own chains, and were interested in the events that had brought Lincoln to his decision during the summer of 1862, they insisted it had nothing to do with them. Simply put, it was not their history.

And so the “not my history” disclaimer by people of African descent seemed particularly pointed—enough to compel me to look closely at how previous waves of black immigrants had addressed the connections between the history they carried from the Old World and the history they inherited in the New.

Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-changing-definition-of-african-american-4905887/#HRJZhlqKb8Legrl9.99


@ Justice

Achy Hips, Knees or Back?

For easy exercises to deal with the pains of getting older, or perhaps you are just out of shape, click HERE for an AARP article.  Physical therapists share their stretching and strengthening moves.

Health Care for All is Justice for All

Dental Care – Free, Low Cost And Sliding Scale

Charter Oak Health Center

21 Grand Street     Hartford, CT – 06106  (860) 550-7500

Community Health Services, Inc – Dental Services

500 Albany Ave     Hartford, CT – 06120  (860) 249-9625

East Hartford Community Healthcare, Inc.

94 Connecticut Blvd    East Hartford, CT – 06108   (860) 528-1359

New Britain Dental Services

1 Washington St   New Britain, CT – 06051    (860) 224-3642

BBHD – Bristol Senior Dental Program

240 Stafford Ave   Bristol, CT – 06010   (860) 584-7682

Medical Care – Free or Sliding Scale

Operated by Charter Oak Health Center, Inc
500 Brookfield St
Hartford, CT, 06106-3709
Tel: 860-951-7112
Operated by Charter Oak Health Center, Inc
401 New Britain Ave
Hartford, CT, 06106-3833
Tel: 860-241-0712

Hartford, CT, 06106-3305

Operated by Charter Oak Health Center, Inc
1755 Park St
Hartford, CT, 06106-2160
Tel: 860-695-4720

Hartford, CT, 06106-4617

Operated by Charter Oak Health Center, Inc
39 Grand St
Hartford, CT, 06106-4607
Tel: 860-550-7500
Operated by Charter Oak Health Center, Inc
75 Main St
Hartford, CT, 06106-1806
Tel: 860-724-0071
Operated by Wheeler Clinic, Inc.
49 Woodland St
Hartford, CT, 06105-2337
Tel: 860-793-3500
Operated by Charter Oak Health Center, Inc
135 Broad St
Hartford, CT, 06105-3718
Tel: 860-525-1163
Operated by Charter Oak Health Center, Inc
437 Sheldon St
Hartford, CT, 06106-1939
Tel: 860-525-3447



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  

Imaging Technology News:  https://www.itnonline.com/article/medicare-ct-lung-cancer-screening-coverage-victory-patients  



  Gun Violence



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.

For current local crime statistics, click here. To see a map showing the locations of Hartford homicides, click 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.



 Criminal Justice

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Criminal Justice Bills in the Legislature

During the 2019 legislative session, Smart Justice will be advocating for two major pieces of legislation:  The first bill would prevent discrimination for those with a criminal record in areas like employment, housing, public education and accommodations, insurance, credit transactions, and public programs and services.  The other bill would require data about defendants’ demographics, charges, plea deals, bail requests, pretrial detention, diversionary programs, and sentencing recommendations be reported annually to the state Office of Policy and Management and be made available to the public.

Read more HERE and HERE.


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.

OJJDP Bulletin Summarizes Juvenile Arrests

Juvenile Arrests 2016Today, 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.


@ Words

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 Beto O’Rourke on NFL protests

Watch President Obama’s Mandela Day speech

Watch Oprah’s Golden Globes speech

Watch President Obama’s farewell speech.


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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)