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 9:00 – noon        860-547-0820


John 3:14-21  (NIV)

14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[a] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.


Juan 3:14-21 Nueva Biblia Latinoamericana de Hoy (NBLH)

14 Y como Moisés levantó la serpiente en el desierto, así es necesario que sea levantado el Hijo del Hombre, 15 para que todo aquél que cree, tenga en El vida eterna.

16 “Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que dio a Su Hijo unigénito (único), para que todo aquél que cree en El, no se pierda, sino que tenga vida eterna. 17 Porque Dios no envió a Su Hijo al mundo para juzgar al mundo, sino para que el mundo sea salvo por El. 18 El que cree en El no es condenado (juzgado); pero el que no cree, ya ha sido condenado, porque no ha creído en el nombre del unigénito (único) Hijo de Dios.

19 Y éste es el juicio: que la Luz vino al mundo, y los hombres amaron más las tinieblas que la Luz, pues sus acciones eran malas. 20 Porque todo el que hace lo malo odia la Luz, y no viene a la Luz para que sus acciones no sean expuestas. 21 Pero el que practica la verdad viene a la Luz, para que sus acciones sean manifestadas que han sido hechas en Dios.”

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

From the Pastor’s Study

Dear Friends and Members:

Lent is here! Let me invite you to  Wonderful Wednesdays in the Word each Wednesday during Lent. The short service starts at noon, and ends with a sack lunch. Come feed your spirit and body both each Wednesday during Lent.

Let me also remind you of the Pastor’s Breakfast on Palm Sunday  (March 25). Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children under 12.  Come share breakfast and fellowship.

Thanks everyone. Be safe and well. Pastor Steve

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Jesus and Justice Bible Study

Thursdays 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
February 22          Risk Taking and Peace Making
                                   Immanuel Congregational Church, 10 Woodland Street, Hartford
                                   free parking at Woodland Medical Center across the street
March 1                   Justice Evangelism
                                   Center Congregational Church, 60 Gold Street, Hartford
                                   free parking in the Gold Building Parking garage (55 Pearl St) with validation
March 8                   Loving Enemies
                                    Faith Congregational Church, 2030 Main, Hartford
                                    parking entrance around the block behind the church
March 13                 Right Relationship/Gender Justice
                                   Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave, Hartford
                                   parking in lot to east of church
March 22                Treasures in Heaven/Economic Justice
                                   Immanuel Congregational Church, 10 Woodland St, Hartford
                                   free parking at Woodland Medical Center across the street


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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 MacCullugh.
Need stewardship envelopes? See Alice Lumpkin 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.

 Weather Events?

If we experience a major snow event this winter,  you are encouraged to turn to NBC or CBS to see the closure announcement. We will generally close if the City of Hartford issues a parking ban. Sunday church announcements will generally happen by 10 p.m. Saturday evening.


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But what about when it snows?


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Prayer Resources:



 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: March 19, 2018.

Don’t forget, Girl Scout Troop 10003 meets on 2nd and 4th Sundays from 1 – 2:30 pm.



There is a seat for you on Tuesday at Bible study. We start at 7 pm. Great group, great conversation, and great learning! Bible Study is canceled on March 13 because of inclement weather. See you next week!


Women of Faith Women’s Ministry meets quarterly immediately after service. Bring a dish to share. Next meeting  March 18, 2018.



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.


PER CAPITA CONTRIBUTION of $10.00 per member of all CT UCC churches is collected each year to support projects of UCC churches in CT.  If you have not remitted your contribution yet, please consider doing so as soon as possible.  Thanks to all who have already given.   The Stewardship Committee



41st DanceAfrica Festival in Brooklyn, NY

Danceafrica 2018

Bus trip to BAM/DanceAfrica 2018, Brooklyn, NY,  Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 8AM-8PM

Please join the Missions Ministry on our bus trip to the 41st DanceAfrica Festival in Brooklyn, NY.  DanceAfrica is an annual celebration of the countries of the African Diaspora.  The 2018 festival’s feature country is South Africa. Join us and witness the arts and culture of South Africa!!   Witness the hundreds of food, clothing and art vendors and out-door entertainment of BAM, and the sight & sounds of Brooklyn!!

There are two trip options: Option 1: Continental Breakfast, Bus Trip and South African art displays and dance performance. Cost $115 – Deposit $60.   Option 2: Continental Breakfast and Bus Trip Only. Cost $70 – Deposit $35.  A nonrefundable deposit to hold your spot/option is due NLT February  26, 2018.   Please see Deacon Pam Walters or Shirley Zachery to reserve your spot or for more details.  Deadline to pay in full for the bus trip is March 18, 2018.

This is a fundraiser to help the Missions Ministry support the needs of the local community.  


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 April 4.  Passes go very quickly when released.   CHECK ADVANCE AVAILABILITY ON RELEASE DAY



 On behalf of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, I am recruiting participants for the Marathon Reading at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center! The Marathon Reading will take place from 11:00 am Saturday, March 19th to 11:00 am Sunday, March 20, 2018Uncle Tom’s Cabin was originally published in novel form on March 20th, 1852. The Marathon Reading will advance with each participant reading a section of Uncle Tom’s Cabin for ten minutes. If you are interested, please send a 1 – 2  hour time-window in which you are available to read. You will be scheduled for a ten-minute time slot within the window. We have availability beginning at 7:00 pm on Saturday, March 19th. Please indicate if you are interested in reading in a language other than English.  In the weeks prior to the program, details and final information will be sent to all participants. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions about the program.   Sharon Steinle  (860)836-0549


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Did You Know That You Can Borrow a Museum Pass at the Hartford Public Library?

With your library card you can borrow a pass to visit museums and attractions just as you would a book or video!  We have a NEW online museum pass reservation system. Use it to reserve a pass with an HPL adult or teen card up to 60 days in advance.   Go HERE to reserve a pass.                                                                                                                                           

Image result for city of hartford ct board of educationHartford Board of Education Meetings

Regular Meetings 
March 20 – Science, Medicine, Sports Academy
April 17 – Naylor
May 15 – MD Fox: Public Hearing – 2018-19 Budget

Workshops/Special Meetings 
March 6 – Rawson
April 3 – Hartford Public High School
May 1 – Annie Fisher School – Budget Workshop

All workshops are held on the first Tuesday of each month at5: 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

Special Invitation to Partners of Hartford Public Schools

Update on District Redesign:
A Conversation with Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Samuel V. Arroyo Recreation Center @ Pope Park
30 Pope Park Rd
Hartford, CT 06106

To RSVP Please Click the Link Below:



The Women’s Business Development Council provides loans up to $10,000 to help start or grow a business. It can be used for such things as working capital, new hires, furniture, inventory, supplies, equipment and/or machinery. The Women’s Business Development Capital micro-loan fund offers flexible guidelines to help businesses build better credit and improve their attractiveness to traditional lenders.  For more information and to learn more, call 203-751-9550 or visit http://www.ctwbdc.org/.

 Homeowners’  Elderly/Disabled Tax Relief Program  Applications Now Available 

City and State law provide a property tax credit programs for Connecticut owners in residence of real property, who are elderly (65 and over) or totally disabled, and whose annual incomes do not exceed certain limits. The credit amount is calculated by the local assessor and applied by the tax collector to the applicant’s real property tax bill. Credit amounts are based on a graduated income scale. An application may be made to the Assessor’s Office between March 1 and May 15th.


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On Saturday, March 24th  2018,  The  Circle of Hands Foundation (COHF) will be hosting its 8th  Annual  Benefit Dinner at the  Sheraton Hartford South Hotel – 100 Capital Boulevard, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 from 7PM – 1AM.  The speaker for the event will be Faith’s own Joelle Murchison.   The honorees will be Opal Crosdale – Past President of the West Indian Associations of Greater Bridgeport, Anyangō Yaa Asantewaa-Battles –  the founder and CEO of FLYY Fitness Healing & the Arts…Freedom to Love the           You in You,  Dr. Edgar Johnson – Founder and Executive Director of  Center for Urban Research, Education & Training (CURET) and Stan Walker of the West Indian American Newspaper.

The Circle of Hands Foundation is a Hartford based 501(c) (3) organization, assisting three orphanages in Jamaica caring for children with HIV/AIDS. The Circle of Hands Foundation works directly with the caregivers and children in the homes. The organization sends $1,200 (US) monthly to the homes for food. 100% of the funds we receive go directly to the children.  As of January 2018, there are currently have 72 children residing in these three orphanages in the Mustard Seed Communities in Jamaica: Dare to Care and Martha’s House in Spanish Town and Matthew 25:40 in Kingston.  We are confident that with your generosity and that of others, we’ll be able to continue this very important mission/ministry we have undertaken.  The event will present a brief overview of the services provided to the orphanages, however, the evening will be one of fun, entertainment, and dancing!


Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University in Middletown presents “Reclaiming the Gaze: African American Prints and Photographs, 1930 to Now” from Feb. 7 to May 27wesleyan.edu/cfa.

Richard Wright’s “Native Son” on Stage and Screen” is an exhibit at Beinecke Library on the Yale University campus in New Haven, until April 15. Free. http://beinecke.library.yale.edu.


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Trinity College hosts the 13th Annual Trinity International Hop-Hop Festival and Conference. hip-hop artists, MCs, DJs, dance groups and spoken word artists come from more than 50 countries to take part in lectures, panel discussions, film screenings and shows. This year’s theme is “Free Speech, Censorship, and Protest.” April 6-8. For more information click  here. 


Suzan-Lori Parks

Yale Rep Director Returns To Suzan-Lori Parks’ Battlefield With 3-Part ‘Father Comes From The War…’

‘I teach her work passionately. I have a special access to it that I want to share.”

Liz Diamond — who chairs the directing department at the Yale School of Drama and is a resident director at Yale Repertory Theatre — is speaking of the eminent American playwright Suzan-Lori Parks.

Now, for the first time in years, Diamond’s directing a Parks script again. It’s a major regional theater production of Parks’ latest success, the epic drama “Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3.” The play(s), a co-production between the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco will be at the Yale University Theatre March 20 through April 7.

“Father Comes Home From the Wars” explores themes central to much of Parks’ work: African-American identity, the American Civil War, and divided families or communities.

FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS, PARTS 1, 2 & 3 are performed March 20 through April 7 at the Yale University Theater, 222 York St., New Haven. Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., with an added Wednesday matinee on March 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $90. 203-432-1234 and yalerep.org.

Read more HERE.




Join Us March 28 for An Important Conversation!

As part of our ongoing commitment of empowering women and eliminating racism, we encourage you to attend the next conversation in our Community Matters series, “Disparity of Discipline for Girls of Color, Part 2,” Wednesday, March 28, 2018, from 6 – 8 p.m.

The panel will be moderated by Rachel Gary, Program Manager at The Discovery Center, who will lead a discussion about school push-out and the narrative surrounding status offenses and structural discrimination for young women of color, and about steps towards solutions.

Panelists featured:
Subira Gordon, Executive Director of the Commission on Equity and Opportunity
Mario Flores, Director of School Climate and Culture at Hartford Public Schools
Leon Smith, Esq., Director of The Racial Justice Project at the Center for Children’s Advocacy
Cheryl Sharp, Esq., Deputy Director of The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
*This event is FREE to the public. RSVP to reserve your place! Light refreshments will be available; free parking.  The event is being held at YWCA Hartford Region, Soromundi Room, 135 Broad Street, Hartford, CT 06105.  lick HERE to reserve a seat.

BTW…  YWCA Hartford Region Official Name Change
We are pleased to inform you our name has been legally changed with the State of Connecticut from The Young Women’s Christian Association, Inc. to YWCA Hartford Region, Inc. The change, accomplished by an Amendment to the Certificate of Incorporation with the State, was effective January 19, 2018. The Board initiated this change when the national organization legally changed its name to YWCA USA. This change is particularly important in the current political climate where we need to stand up for social justice and diversity and counter the anti-Muslim sentiment that plagues our nation. While we are in the process of notifying a number of agencies, funders, business partners, State departments and the IRS about the change in our legal name, most of you will simply continue to use the name that is familiar throughout Greater Hartford. Let’s hear it for YWCA Hartford Region!



After Two Deaths, HPD Heeds Parents’ Demand for Crossing Guards

Denise Fillion, School Crossing Guard Supervisor for the Hartford Police Department (HPD) Traffic Division, sent a letter to the Milner School office dated August 22, 2017, informing the school that two crossing guard posts associated with the school would be closing. Fillion cited “low number of students” as the reason for closing the posts at the intersections of Albany Avenue and Vine Street, and Mather and Garden streets.

Adriena Baldwin, the mother of two students at Milner and secretary of its Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), thought that removing the crossing guards was a recipe for disaster and tragedy. Ms. Baldwin, the PTO, and AJ Johnson, Organizer for the Christian Activities Council, sprang into action by conducting their own survey.

The group monitored the intersection at Mather and Garden streets for two days. On November 13, forty-six children crossed, and on November 17, thirty-three children crossed. The parents were troubled to witness children, in the absence of a crossing guard, haphazardly crossing the street as cars ignored speed limits and traffic signals. Armed with their own action research, the PTO and AJ met with Ms. Fillion and Traffic Commander, Lieutenant Laureano. Unfortunately, the request was again denied due to the “stricter criteria” used by the traffic division to count the number of children crossing.

Tragedy did strike on January 16, 2018, when a speeding car hit Tina Fontanez and Catalina Melendez near 95 Vine Street, just steps away from Milner. Both women died. Although no children were injured, the two deaths alerted police to dangers flagged months prior by the organized parents. Police set up direct patrols on Vine Street the weeks following the accident that resulted in them issuing 25 citations for driving violations and making four DUI arrests. Subsequently, the HPD Traffic Division is restoring crossing guards to the sites requested thanks in large part to the power of organized parents.

With Hartford Public School Superintendent’s approved plan that includes relocating and restructuring Milner, the PTO is gearing up to launch a new safety campaign. Milner students in PK-5 will be relocated to Wish or SAND. Under the current policy, the new schools are close enough to the Milner neighborhood to render students ineligible for school bus service. However, parents are concerned about the safety of their young children having to walk long distances through neighborhoods that are unfortunately still plagued with criminal behavior. The PTO has already alerted HPS to the potential dangers, hopefully, HPS will listen to the parents on what’s best for their children and take action before tragedy strikes.  (from the Christian Activities Council)


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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.


Racial Preferences of White and Black, White and Asian Biracial AdultsIt’s hard to talk about race. Fear of saying the wrong thing, fear of expressing an unpopular view or simply the fear of offending others can dampen honest conversations about racial attitudes.

Accurately measuring racial attitudes faces another formidable obstacle. Psychologists say that biased racial views are sometimes buried deep in a person’s subconscious – the byproducts of exposure to popular culture, the media, and other factors.

To overcome these obstacles, Pew Research Center conducted an Implicit Association Test (IAT), a technique that psychologists say measures subconscious or “hidden” bias by tracking how quickly individuals associate good and bad words with specific racial groups.

Read more here  – or  – take the test here.





At the Crossroads of Church and Race
The Gateway Church in the Dallas-Forth Worth area is one of the largest churches in the country.
The Gateway Church in the Dallas-Forth Worth area is one of the largest churches in the country. Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times
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Campbell Robertson

I grew up in a little Baptist church in small-town Alabama. The Baptist part is inherited, like baldness or dimples: Both of my grandfathers and three of my uncles were Baptist preachers, and my parents met as graduate students at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Genes aside, the church — plastic chairs, pilling carpet and grape juice for communion — was the organizing institution of my childhood, where I met my closest friends and most of the significant adults in my life.
Church attendance has been in generational decline. I began calling around, exploring whether people in small towns were looking for community elsewhere and, with the white nationalist rallies so often in the news, whether young white people were looking for meaning in the grim sanctuaries of the alt-right.
But I kept hearing about something different. Pastors, theologians and sociologists were talking of how black worshipers were leaving white-majority churches. They were leaving quietly and not en masse, a family here, a single person there. But it was happening everywhere, a movement large enough for some to see the unraveling of decades of efforts at racial reconciliation. Read the rest of the article HERE.


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


Irene Morgan PhotoIrene Morgan   Civil Rights Activist  (1917–2007)

Irene Morgan was a civil rights activist who, a decade prior to Rosa Parks’ landmark case, won her own U.S. Supreme Court Case in ‘Irene Morgan v. Commonwealth of Virginia,’ which declared interstate transport racial segregation to be unconstitutional. Irene Amos Morgan Kirkaldy (April 9, 1917 – August 10, 2007) was an African-American civil rights activist. More than a decade before Rosa Parks‘ landmark case, Morgan refused to give up her seat on a Greyhound bus. After her arrest for this act of defiance, Morgan sought NAACP counsel and her case made its way to the United States Supreme Court in Irene Morgan v. Commonwealth of Virginia, 328 U.S. 373 (1946).  Read more HERE.

3 Women Scientists Whose Discoveries Were Credited to Men

Here’s a look at three women scientists who were trailblazers during a time when men dominated the field of science.
 Rosalind Franklin Photo Courtesy Jewish Chronicle Archive/Heritage Images via Wikipedia.org  Rosalind Franklin   Probably the most well-known of these women is Rosalind Elsie Franklin (1920 –1958). Franklin was an English chemist whose work led to the discovery of the molecular structures of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). But her role in this revolutionary finding would go largely unrecognized until after her death. In fact, even though Franklin herself obtained the very first image of DNA fibers using X-ray crystallography and she had several working papers describing the structural qualities of DNA in progress, her yet-to-be-published discovery was shared with others (unbeknownst to her). And in 1953, American biologist James D. Watson(born April 6, 1928) and English physicist Francis Crick (1916 – 2004) took credit for the discovery of the three-dimensional double helix structure of DNA in their published article “Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid” in the 171st volume of Nature. Although they included a footnote acknowledging that they were “stimulated by a general knowledge” of Franklin’s unpublished contributions, it was Watson and Crick who went on to receive a Nobel Prize in 1962.
 Chien-Shiung Wu Photo Courtesy Smithsonian Institution via Wikimedia Commons Chien-Shiung Wu     A similar set of events occurred when Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997), a Chinese-American female experimental physicist, upended a law of physics but her findings were credited to two male theoretical physicists, Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen Ning Yang, who initially approached Wu to help disprove the law of parity (the quantum mechanics law that held that two physical systems, such as atoms, are mirror images that behave in identical ways). Wu’s experiments using cobalt-60, a radioactive form of the cobalt metal, overturned this law which led to a Nobel Prize for Yang and Lee in 1957, although Wu was excluded.
Jocelyn Bell Burnell Photo By Roger W Haworth (Flickr) via Wikimedia Commons Jocelyn Bell Burnell  (born July 15, 1943), an Irish astrophysicist, discovered the first radio pulsars as a 24-year-old postgraduate student in Cambridge on November 28, 1967. While analyzing data printed out on three miles of paper from a radio telescope she helped assemble, Bell noticed a signal that was pulsing with great regularity and strength.Despite having been the first to ever observe a pulsar, Bell Burnell was largely excluded from the initial accompanying accolades associated with this discovery. In fact, her supervisor, Antony Hewish would go on to earn a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1974 (along Martin Ryle) while Bell Burnell was excluded.


Read the entire article here.

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


Image result for alexa canadyAlexa Canady   Surgeon, Educator(1950–) 

In 1981, Alexa Canady became the first female African-American neurosurgeon in the United States. Dr. Alexa Canady was born on November 7, 1950, in Lansing, Michigan. While she was in college, a summer program inspired her to pursue a medical career. In 1981, she became the first female African-American neurosurgeon in the United States. Canady specialized as a pediatric neurosurgeon and served as chief of neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital in Michigan from 1987 to 2001.

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‘We Can Be a Better Country If We Know These Stories.’ The Complicated History of African Americans in the Military

By LILY ROTHMAN   January 31, 2018

There are as many different kinds of war stories as there are people who have been called to fight. There are inspirational war stories, gruesome war stories, sad war stories. But in all of them, necessitated by the very nature of war, there’s some kind of sacrifice. Understanding those sacrifices and why they were made can change the way we see the whole history of war — and of ourselves.

At least, that’s how NYU professor and journalist Yvonne Latty sees it. Her father was a veteran, but it was not until after his death, as she worked on the 2004 book We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, from World War II to the War in Iraqthat she was able to reframe the stories he had told her during her childhood. She came to understand more deeply how the sacrifices made by African Americans who had served in the U.S. military affected the opportunities that she herself would have in civilian life. She also saw how that deeper understanding could change the way she, and other people of color, saw the world.

Read more of this fascinating article HERE.

March is…..

Asset Management Awareness Month
Endometriosis Awareness Month
Irish-American Heritage Month
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month
National Brain Injury Awareness Month
National Credit Education Month
National Frozen Food Month
National Kidney Month
National Nutrition Month
National Trisomy Awareness Month
National Umbrella Month
National Women’s History Month
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
National Music in Our Schools Month
National Professional Social Work Month   

  • International Women’s Day – March 8
  • Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – March 10
  • National Girl Scout Day – March 12
  • Freedom of Information Day – March 16
  • St. Patrick’s Day – March 17
  • Vietnam War Veterans Day – March 29
  • Jewish Book Week – March 3-11
  • Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination Week – March 21-27


 More to Think About: Finances

 5 Quick Steps to Improve Your Finances in 2018

By LISA BROWN, CFP® | Brightworth     December 27, 2017   kiplinger.com

Losing weight and improving one’s finances are almost always at the top of most people’s lists of New Year’s resolutions. It makes sense to look out for your physical and financial health so you can enjoy life to the fullest. Following through on your resolutions is usually the tough part — it takes changes in certain behaviors, discipline and time to experience and maintain the results. This is as true for financial planning as it is for losing weight.  If improving your finances is one of your New Year’s resolutions, here are five steps you can take starting Jan. 1:

  1.  Immediately Pay Down Holiday Bills and Credit Cards.
  2. Build an Emergency Fund
  3. Read more here.


Image result for equifaxConsumers considering security freezes at the big three — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — also should consider requesting one with Innovis. The freeze is free and can be done online at www.innovis.com/personal/securityFreeze.  Freezing credit reports prevents credit bureaus from releasing people’s files without their permission. Because most businesses won’t extend credit without checking a consumer’s credit history, ID thieves are blocked from opening fraudulent accounts.


More to Think About: Health

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 You think you know About Type 2 Diabetes? Take a quick quiz here.

 Image result for free images diabetes drinksWhat You Can Drink, Besides Water, When You Have Diabetes

No doubt: Water is the perfect drink. It doesn’t have calories, sugar, or carbs, and it’s as close as a tap. If you’re after something tastier, though, you’ve got options.  Click HERE for more information. My favorite – low fat chocolate milk!


 More to think About: Gun Violence


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.

Mass shootings in the US: there have been 1,624 in 1,870 days (as of 2/15/18)

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.  Add 70 to that total to bring it up to March 11, 2018.

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 article about gun violence.

Look at the Root Causes of Gun Violence

“…[O]nly 1 percent of murder victims in America are killed in mass murders (defined as those in which four or more people die), according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. More than 90 percent are killed in single-victim homicides. So if we wish to reduce the toll of violent deaths in America, we need to give more attention to the overall murder rate, in which most of the deaths occur one at a time,” write  James Gilligan and Bandy Lee on February 21, 2018 in www.usnews.com.      Read the entire article here.


More To Think About: Criminal Justice

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Criminal Justice Bills in the Legislature

  • SB00126 – SB00139     AN ACT COMBATTING SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL ASSAULT (multiple bills with the same title)

If any of these topics are of interest to you, click HERE for more information.


After years of state-backed efforts to reduce recidivism, a new report made public today by the Office of Policy and Management shows Connecticut has made steady if modest progress on how many released inmates wind up committing new crimes.

The report found that of 11,245 inmates who left state prisons during 2014, 60 percent were arrested for a new offense within three years of their release. That’s ticked down steadily from 66 percent of the cohort of inmates released in 2005.

Another measure of recidivism, returns to prison, has been more stubborn than the new arrest category. Returns to prison dropped to 53 percent, just one percentage point below 2008 and 2011 cohort levels and three points below 2005. Unlike the other categories of recidivism, returns to prison does not exclusively focus on new crimes, and it can include technical parole violations. Read more here.

The Legislature is in Session!

The Connecticut legislature is in session and there are a number of bills up for consideration.  If you are interested in what our elected officials are doing, click HERE to access a quick bill search.  If there is something you like or don’t like, the time to deal with it is early in the process. Don’t wait until is passes – or doesn’t – to try to change things.  Don’t know who represents you? Click HERE for state senators and representatives.  Democracy is NOT a spectator sport!

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.

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What’s Happening in and around Hartford?

For more information on more events, click here.

Baby Grand Jazz at the Hartford Public Library

For fun courtesy of AARP

For music

For music festivals

For concert information

For arts/theatre

UCONN concert series

New England Concerts etc.


Nursery Staffed for Sunday Services

A reminder: the nursery is available when your child is restless or unhappy during service. You may not mind your child’s crying, but others would like to hear the service.



Would you like to volunteer? We need Sunday School teachers for the spring,  a historian,  liturgists and just maybe you can think of ways that you too can help! See Pastor Steve or Patricia Hollis for details.


Remember our Sick and Shut-ins. Don’t forget to send a prayer, card or note.

Sick and Shut In

Deacon Mamie Barnum  @ home                       

Gladys Aldes  @ home

New UCC logo reflects, complements denomination’s Purpose, Vision, Mission Statements


Beginning with General Synod 2017 in Baltimore in 2017, the United Church of Christ began the transition to a new logo for the denomination. The logo, last re-designed in 2004, has been updated to reflect both tradition and innovation within the church as it faces the challenges and opportunities of Christian witness in the coming decades.

The new logo’s design and colors are intended to complement the graphic representation of “A Just World for All,” developed to illustrate new Purpose, Vision, and Mission Statements adopted by the national setting of the church last fall.

The new logo’s colors were chosen to work with both ‘A Just World for All’ and the ‘3 Great Loves campaign — Love of Children, Love of Neighbor, Love of Creation.’ Blue has replaced red, with black retained as the second color, in the new design, to visually and symbolically represent Creation elements of water and earth.

Read more here.