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 2:1-6 

What’s God going to say to my questions? I’m braced for the worst.
    I’ll climb to the lookout tower and scan the horizon.
I’ll wait to see what God says,
    how he’ll answer my complaint.

Full of Self, but Soul-Empty

2-3 And then God answered: “Write this.
    Write what you see.
Write it out in big block letters
    so that it can be read on the run.
This vision-message is a witness
    pointing to what’s coming.
It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait!
    And it doesn’t lie.
If it seems slow in coming, wait.
    It’s on its way. It will come right on time.

“Look at that man, bloated by self-importance—
    full of himself but soul-empty.
But the person in right standing before God
    through loyal and steady believing is fully alive, really alive.

5-6 “Note well: Money deceives.
    The arrogant rich don’t last.
They are more hungry for wealth
    than the grave is for cadavers.
Like death, they always want more,
    but the ‘more’ they get is dead bodies.
They are cemeteries filled with dead nations,
    graveyards filled with corpses.
Don’t give people like this a second thought.
    Soon the whole world will be taunting them

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

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From the Pastor’s Study

Dear Faith Family and Friends:

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

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

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

There are a number of articles about the Alabama trip. Here is a link to some articles from the CT-UCC and other sites:  https://www.ctucc.org/newsdetail/selma-trip-12667367 
Please come out and support your church with the many anniversary services and offerings, but also by being present each Sunday morning you are able to do so.  
 Be blessed… Pastor Steve
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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!  Currently on hiatus.

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 nearing the end of the Winter/Spring term.  Join us. Volunteer for one Sunday per month. We look forward to seeing you and your children.


Nursery Staffed for Sunday Services

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



Would you like to volunteer? We need Sunday School teachers,  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 

James Dudley @ nursing home              


Special Events  @ Faith Church

Faith Celebrates Its 200th Anniversary!

Faith Congregational Church in Hartford, Connecticut began in 1819 as a place for African Americans to worship on their own since they were previously only able to worship in the backs of churches and in church galleries (balconies). Unable to sit in the main sanctuary and tired of second class treatment, a group of African Americans began worshipping in the conference room of the First Church of Christ in Hartford, Connecticut, which is now known as Center Church. Our ancestor congregation moved to a building on State Street in 1820 and formed the first black Congregational Church in Connecticut and the third oldest in the nation. (According to Mary M. Donohue and Whitney Bayers writing for Connecticut Explored at connecticuthistory.org, Dixwell Avenue Congregational Church in New Haven was founded in 1820 as the African Ecclesiastical Society by Simeon Jocelyn, a white abolitionist, and 24 former slaves.)

The church, now known as Faith Congregational Church, initially called itself the African American Religious Society of Hartford and vowed to create a place of worship where there would be no assigned seating and where anyone was welcome to worship. The congregation purchased property in 1826 where it built a stone-and-brick church on the corner of Talcott and Market Streets.

For more information, read HERE  


Scholarship Sunday is June 9

We will be celebrating members of Faith who are graduating from high school, post-high school programs, college/university, or graduate school. Come raise the roof for our graduates. We are so proud of them.


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. See Jennifer Robinson, JoAnn Robinson or Deacon Charron for details.



In Harmony With God: 200th Anniversary Concert Series @ Faith Church

Concert Schedule

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


How Careful Are You When Online?

 When you are reading your email, do you click on attachments from people you don’t know? Do you click on attachments from people you do know without verifying that they sent you something? What about free things, like games, you can download – how careful are you? Do you back up your work to the cloud or a portable hard drive? How are you protecting yourself?    In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc By NICOLE PERLROTH and SCOTT SHANE

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


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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  



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.  


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Did you know that the Doc Hurley Scholarship Fund came into existence through the joint efforts of Faith Congregational Church and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving? Rev. Stephen Camp of Faith and Linda Kelly, the former president of the Hartford Foundation, worked together to make this happen.  Did you know that Faith gave a contribution of $1500 to help get the fund off the ground? Did you know that Doc Hurley was a member of Faith for 50 years? Did you know that to date the scholarship fund has received more than $40,000?


Walter "Doc" Hurley Statue Unvailed After Parade

Mike Anthony: Doc Hurley statue and community response fitting tributes to legendary man

The bronze statue, reaching 10 feet high on its pedestal, captures a dignified and middle-aged Walter “Doc” Hurley and, like Hurley himself did for decades, it stands tall and watches over Hartford’s North End.

It is perfect.

So was this beautiful day, a celebration of all Hurley nurtured and hoped for, an hour spent near the gates of Keney Park, where Hurley spent so much of his time shaping the lives of the city children, and where on Saturday hundreds gathered to march and cheer and hug and, finally, see the long-planned statue unveiled.

Hurley, the Weaver High athletic prodigy of the late 1930s and early 1940s, and the inner city’s powerful heartbeat until his death in 2014, would have been so proud of what took place at the corner of Greenfield Street and Ridgefield Street — not necessarily because of a statue or because he was honored in a way so few are, but because the entire production was a show of force by a community he worked tirelessly to empower through love, patience, the occasional kick in the rear end, and a lifetime of purpose that was a guiding light.

Click Here for The Complete Hartford Courant Article


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Want to Know what the CT General Assembly Did?


Hartford council pres. Thames named DECD deputy


Glendowlyn L. H. Thames, a Hartford city council leader who the last three years has helped Connecticut’s business startups launch and innovate, has been named deputy commissioner at the state Department of Economic and Community Development. Read more HERE.


Connecticut’s debt-free college program called an investment


HARTFORD — The debt-free community college program that is part of the new state budget being acted on Tuesday will cost up to $8.1 million in the first year, according to the state Office of Fiscal Analysis.

Supporters, however, hailed it as an investment in the future of Connecticut. “This pathway to a debt-free community college empowers students to gain the skills they need to fuel our state’s economy,” said State Sen. Will Haskell, D-Westport, a co-chair of the legislature’s higher education committee and a champion of the legislation.

The plan, which would go into effect in the fall of 2020, will allow first-time college students to earn up to 72 college credits without incurring debt. Read more HERE.


CT to add five conditions for medical marijuana use

Michelle H. Seagull, commissioner of the state Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), on Monday accepted five new conditions for the state’s medical marijuana program.  The conditions were recommended by DCP’s board of physicians at its regular meeting on Monday. They will be added to the medical marijuana program’s regulations following approval by the legislature’s Regulations Review Committee. After committee approval, the state will have a total of 36 conditions approved for adults and 10 for patients under 18. Read more HERE.


Bill banning gay panic defense gets final passage in the House

A unified House of Representatives gave final legislative approval Tuesday to a bill that would ban the gay and transgender panic defense.
The measure was already approved by the Senate and now heads to Gov. Ned Lamont, a Democrat who has been a strong supporter of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.
The bill prohibits defendants from claiming that a violent act was triggered by the revelation of a victim’s actual or perceived gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Supporters of the bill said they could not cite an instance where such a defense has been used in Connecticut. Read more HERE

Bill requiring more minority teachers in Connecticut schools goes to Lamont

The House of Representatives gave final passage late Tuesday afternoon to a bill designed to sharply increase, and retain, the number of teachers of color in Connecticut classrooms.

The Senate unanimously passed the bill on May 28. It now goes to Gov. Ned Lamont, who applauded legislative approval of the bill, for signing.

Lamont pointed out that while more than 40 percent of Connecticut’s student population are people of color, only 8.7 percent of the state’s public school teachers are minorities. Read more HERE.

 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


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


City of Hartford Job Opportunities
The City of Hartford is currently hiring:

  • Finance – Data Input Clerk
  • Families, Children, Youth & Recreation – Early Learning Center Teacher 
  • Families, Children, Youth & Recreation – Early Learning Center Teacher Assistant
  • Emergency Services & Telecommunications – Dispatcher Trainee
  • Health & Human Services – Sanitarian I & II (90 Day Temp)
  • Building & Trades – Inspector II
  • Families, Children, Youth & Recreation – Life Guard (Seasonal)
  • Public Works – Maintainer I
  • Health & Human Services – Nutritionist I
  • Health & Human Services – Sanitarian Inspector
  • Families, Children, Youth & Recreation – Senior Day Care Teacher
  • Human Resources – Senior Analyst
  • Families, Children, Youth & Recreation – Senior Life Guard
  • Development Services – Senior Planner
  • Development Services – Zoning Enforcement Officer

Click here to learn more and apply



Image result for census bureauApply 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, June 10, 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 
June 18, 2019 – Annie Fisher

Workshop/Special Meetings 
June 4, 2019 – JMA


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.

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

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

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The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz28th Annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz   Jul 19 at 6 PM – Jul 21 at 10 PM @ Bushnell Park

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 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.
  • 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. Click HERE for more information.

African American Literature Book Club @ Downtown Hartford Public Library

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

June 4: The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride

July 2: Minority Leader: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Change,by Edna Jordon

August 6: Hopes and Expectations: The Origins of the Black Middle Class in Hartford, by Suzanne Holliday-Thomas

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

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

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


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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

Free Dental Day

Our office will be holding our 12th annual Free Dental Day on Friday, June 7th, 2019 at our office. This event is to support those in our community without dental insurance who are in need of dental services.

Dr. Brian Vaughn
Dr. Ruo Hong Zhai
Dr. Daniel Zaffetti
Dr. Rohit Gupte
Vaughn Family Dentistry

Dr. Salvatore Florio, D.D.S, M.D
The Facial Surgery Center

Free dental exam, x-rays, extractions and simple dental treatment

Vaughn Family Dentistry 
2 Corporate Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611

Friday, June 7th, 2019
from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Who is eligible:
Children and Adults of all ages

No advance appointments will be made. Patients will be seen on a first come first-served basis. Please arrive as early as possible as we reserve the right to limit the number of patients to be seen. Treatment is limited to the most needed services that can be completed in one visit, such as x-rays, exams, fillings or extractions. Treatment is for those in need who do not have dental insurance.

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.




Chicago Steppin’ Dance Classes

Mondays through End of June  |  6 pm – 7 pm

Atrium, Downtown Library, 500 Main Street

Open to beginners and all levels! Come by for a Chicago Style Steppin Dance Class by the Hartford City Steppers. Taught by experienced instructors Princeton Hayes and Jannett Jennings. This is a partnered dance class, but all are welcome to come as individuals, a couple, or a group.

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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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Do you know your history? 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  July 3.   Passes go very quickly when released.



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

Trude Mero (1927- 2013)

Mero was active in Hartford politics and was a founder of Project Concern in 1966, one of the first voluntary school integration programs. She was a longtime employee of the Connecticut Department of Human Resources and served as executive administrative liaison to three administrations, including Gov. William A. O’Neill. She was chairwoman of Connecticut’s African-American Affairs Commission and was a member of Greater Hartford Progressive Democratic Women’s Club. She served as a commissioner on the Metropolitan District Commission. She ran Nutmeg Planners to help minority contractors with compliance issues. She also helped develop Voices of Women of Color, a social justice firm. She was born in South Carolina, went to segregated schools in New Jersey, and moved to Hartford in 1948. She outlived two husbands. Wilfred X. “Spike” Johnson, was one of the first African Americans to be elected as a Democrat in the state General Assembly in 1958. Her second husband, Robert V. Mero, was an executive director of the West Hartford Housing Authority and a supervisor with the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Trude was a member of Faith Congregational Church.

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Celebrating Gertrude Blanks, Hartford’s Legendary Griot

A special Book Voyagers program presented by Connecticut Humanities and Hartford Public Library
Saturday, June 8, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Hartford History Center, 3rd flr., Downtown Library

Connecticut Humanities and Hartford Public Library will celebrate the life of Gertrude Blanks, “Hartford’s Storyteller,” with a special Book Voyagers program. She is also known as “Hartford’s Griot,” a West African term for a storyteller and repository of the community’s history and traditions. The event will feature live music with spoken words and a special performance by master storyteller Andre Keitt.

Born in Baltimore in 1920, Blanks came to Hartford at the age of three. She began working part-time for Hartford Public Library in 1961 and soon became known as a mesmerizing storyteller, enthralling thousands of Hartford youngsters (and their parents as well). She was generous with her talent and told her tales all over the state, from Connecticut College to Hall High School. She also acted for Hartford Stage, the New Heritage Repertory Theater and the ground-breaking Open Stage theater company. Please join us as we honor this remarkable and much-beloved woman, one of Hartford’s true treasures.



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

Do You Know Dolester Miles?

Birmingham, Alabama’s Dolester Miles won the 2018 James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef. In honor of her big win (and her restaurant, Highland’s Bar and Grill, we’re sharing our profile of her from our May/June Southern issue, where we name Dolester as one of 10 Southern Bakers You Should Know. Also, try her recipe for Bourbon-Glazed Pound Cake! Read more HERE.

According to the NY Times, “[John] Edge [the food writer and historian] holds Ms. Miles in high regard for her ability to be thoroughly modern with some desserts but also to reach back into African-American baking traditions and bring forth impeccable renditions of classic Southern cakes and pies. “She has to meet the standards of a diner’s grandmother,” he said. “But Dol also meets the expectation of the fine-dining customer. That straddle is hard to manage.” Read more HERE.

Try her recipe for coconut pecan cake HERE.

Try her blueberry cobbler recipe HERE

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Offers New Online Database of Court Cases of Enslaved People Seeking Their Freedom


by goodblacknews

According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln recently debuted an online database of more than 500 court cases in which enslaved persons had sued to gain their freedom. The Dred Scott case in 1857 is the most famous of such […] Read more HERE.

Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Is Delayed Until Trump Leaves Office, Mnuchin Says   By ALAN RAPPEPORT


Under a proposed redesign of the $20 bill, Harriet Tubman would have replaced Andrew Jackson.

Under a proposed redesign of the $20 bill, Harriet Tubman would have replaced Andrew Jackson. Universal History Archive/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Harriet Tubman — former slave, abolitionist, “conductor” on the Underground Railroad — will not become the face of the $20 bill until after President Trump leaves office, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday. Read the entire article HERE.



@ 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.


Eat these foods to improve your cholesterol (yum)

  • olive oil and olives
  • beans
  • avocados
  • strawberries, blueberries, blackberries
  • nuts like walnuts, almonds
  • whole grains
  • tuna, salmon and other oily fish
  • apples, pears
Billings Forge Year Round Farmers Market

Summer: Billings Forge Green at 539 Broad Street; winter: The Studio, 563 Broad StreetHartford, CTPhone: 860-548-9877

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

Health Care for All is Justice for All

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

Juvenile Car Theft Bill Headed To Lamont’s Desk

by Lisa Backus | Jun 5, 2019 5:46pm

HARTFORD, CT — The House handily passed a bill hours before the close of session Wednesday that would allow juveniles charged with car theft to seek services rather than face adult prosecution.

SB 504 gives juveniles the opportunity to go into treatment and have the supervision of a probation officer for a specific amount of time rather than go through the juvenile or adult court system. Read more HERE.

Police Accountability Passes House With Near Party-Line Vote

by Lisa Backus | Jun 5, 2019 8:51pm

HARTFORD, CT — After nearly three hours of questions by Republicans, the House passed police accountability legislation Wednesday that would change the way law enforcement and prosecutors release information after a serious use-of-force incident.

SB 380 requires the release of body or dashboard camera video within 96 hours of an incident upon request. It’s a massive change in the way most police departments release information.

The bill passed unanimously in the Senate a week ago. It reshapes the way police handle use-of-force incidents and fatalities by requiring certain details to be made public on request within a set period of time, and by prohibiting police from firing into fleeing vehicles. Read more HERE.

Prosecutor Transparency Bill Headed To Lamont’s Desk

by Lisa Backus | Jun 4, 2019 10:48pm

HARTFORD, CT —The House unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would provide more transparency on how prosecutors do their jobs.

SB 880 requires prosecutors to collect a wide range of arrest and sentencing data for public view and would also allow indigent defendants to have representation during parole hearings.

“Prosecutors have a great deal of authority, flexibility and autonomy,” Rep. Steven Stafstrom, D-Bridgeport said. The public puts a great deal of trust in prosecutors, but at the moment the state has an outdated way of collecting data, Stafstrom said. “This tries to reform our way of tracking data,” he added. Read more 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, and sung to the tune “Nettleton/Come Thy Fount”)

What Do We Believe?

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

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

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


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