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.
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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Dear Faith Family and Friends:
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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 resume February 5, 2019.
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 for children is preparing for the Winter/Spring term starting in January. 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 for the spring, a historian, liturgists and just maybe you can think of ways that you too can help! See Pastor Steve or Patricia Hollis for details.
Remember our Sick and Shut-ins. Don’t forget to send a prayer, card or note. If you don’t see someone, why not call and see how they are doing?
Deacon Mamie Barnum @ home
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Special Events @ Faith Church
Girl Scouts Rock!
Thanks for attending the 3rd Annual “Think Like An Entrepreneur” Showcase on 12/16/18. This was an exciting event for Hartford Girl Scout Troop 10003. Each year with the support of parents, family, friends, our Faith Church Family and community connections, the girls have increased their entrepreneurial skills, experienced great success and achieved a sense of accomplishment.
Through the girl’s participation in this event and the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they are learning valuable skills such as; goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life.
Thanks for coming out and supporting the girls and their 25 businesses/non-profit organizations. For more pictures, click HERE.
Lisa Butler-Troop Leader
Faith Church and Other Leaders Take Civil Rights History Trip
Over the past few years, Faith Congregational Church has sponsored, with assistance from the City of Hartford, groups of youth who want to learn about non-violence. These youth have taken trips to places which have a lasting impact on our perception of violence such as Ground Zero, Sandy Hook, and the scene of Bloody Sunday, the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. They have met monthly to discuss what violence looks like, how it affects them, and what they can do about it. The program changed lives.
In January 2019, a group of adult Christians and Jews, black and white, from the Greater Hartford area visited a portion of that itinerary and learned about civil rights violence first hand. The trip, which has grown from members of Faith Congregational Church and its sister congregation, Immanuel Congregational Church, is now being co-sponsored by and includes travelers from the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT) and the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s Jewish Community Relations Council. The Alabama trip included visits to new civil rights museums (The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which commemorates 4,000 lynching victims, opened to the public on April 26, 2018, in Montgomery, Alabama) as well as the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma (the sight of Bloody Sunday), the 16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham. Youth who participated in the trips were changed, and the adults who participated were affected just as strongly. Trip photos and comments are posted as January posts and will have their own page. 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
Watch this space for event information during our year-long celebration.
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In early January, a delegation of 37 Christians and Jews from Hartford traveled together to Alabama to retrace the steps of civil rights leaders. United Church of Christ representatives included Connecticut Conference Minister the Rev. Kent Siladi, Immanuel Congregational Church Senior Pastor the Rev. Kari Nicewander, Immanuel Associate Pastor The Rev. Isaac Lawson and Faith Congregational Church Pastor Stephen Camp. Their reflections on the trip are posted here:
Seeing Is Believing– Stephen Camp
I Felt Fear. But We Shall Overcome – Isaac Lawson
To Tell the Truth: Reflections on Alabama – Kari Nicewander
You Can’t Change What You Don’t Acknowledge– Kent Siladi
News Coverage of the trip:
In Honor of Martin Luther King Day, CT Jewish Ledger, Jan. 15, 2019
Selma Tourism Impacted by Government Shutdown, Alabama News Network, Jan. 4, 2019
Local Interfaith Leaders to Retrace Civil Rights History, We-Ha.com, Dec. 27, 2018
CTUCC Confirmation Retreats
Feb. 8 – 10
March 1 – 3
April 5 – 7
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon CT
Join us for a great experience with activities, worship, and fellowship appropriate for youth in grades 7-9 during their Confirmation year.
March 31, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT
An exploration of the three Abrahamic Religions – Christianity, Islam and Judaism – designed for confirmation classes and youth groups.
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
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.
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Saturday, March 9, 2019 10am – 12pm with lunch to follow
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Join us as we discuss artistic responses to gender and sexual violence alongside the powerful, contemporary movement which brings light to sexual harassment and sexual assault. Participants will join in a dialogue exploring the #MeToo movement and the paintings of MATRIX artist Emily Mae Smith, on exhibit at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Additional texts under discussion will be posted in advance. The event is free, but please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat and lunch.
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The Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library, The 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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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.
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Same-day timed entry passes are available online beginning at 6:30 a.m. ET daily until they run out. Same-day passes are not available via phone. CHECK SAME-DAY AVAILABILITY
Advance timed entry passes for individuals are released monthly. Advance timed entry passes for individuals are released on the first Wednesday of each month. The next day for passes to be released will be Wednesday March 6. Passes go very quickly when released.
Every Month is Women’s History Month Because Women’s History IS Everyone’s History
Americans are being forced to choose between a cherished lie and a disconcerting truth as they prepare to celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2020. While middle-class white women celebrated with ticker tape parades, black women in the former Confederacy were being defrauded by voting registrars or were driven away from registration offices under threat of violence. Read the article here.
Shortly after that revelation, Mark R. Herring, Virginia’s attorney general, admitted attending a college party in blackface some 40 years earlier. These are not news, just individual revelations within the ongoing conversation about blackface in American society. Comments have flowed across social media as well as print, television and talk radio. Nothing beats the visuals though.
Old yearbooks? Here are two NEW photos posted TODAY. Grace Coddington, current
@Vogue contributor, who was creative director for years. She has a lucrative collaboration with @LouisVuitton and @IMG. On her kitchen shelf she has a collection of racist Mammy figurines.
Fashion, too, has had its moments recently with blackface.
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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.
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.
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.
Encounters: States of Incarceration
Saturday, April 6, 2019
10am-12pm with lunch to follow
Hartford History Center Hartford Public Library, 3rd Floor
500 Main Street, Hartford
“I have here unjustly suffered so much, and seen, and heard so much, that I am not as I was; my nature has become changed and hardened against my race—I feel myself let loose from all the ties of society—and that I have lost almost all the feelings of humanity.” This quote from an unnamed prisoner of Old Newgate Prison, the nation’s first state prison, speaks to the dehumanizing and life-altering impact of imprisonment. Join us as we discuss both the historical and contemporary issue of incarceration at the local and national level to get a better understanding of how prisons function in American society. To register, please RSVP to email@example.com.
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Rabbi Avremi Zippel poses for photographs outside the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.
A Utah Orthodox rabbi said his childhood nanny sexually abused him for 10 years. Here’s why he decided to tell his story for the first time
Gillian Friedman | February 5, 2019 at 4:08 pm MST
SALT LAKE CITY — From behind the witness stand, Utah Rabbi Avrohom (“Avremi”) Zippel gazes out into the sea of faces and prepares to speak.
It’s a dreary Tuesday morning, and normally, public speaking doesn’t intimidate the 27-year-old. Since he was a child — the precocious and prized eldest son of a prominent rabbi — he has reveled in the attention of a crowd. But today, sitting in a courtroom in downtown Salt Lake City, the confidence that usually comes so easily evades him. He clears his throat, and in a voice barely above a whisper, begins to share a story that has haunted him for decades.
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OJJDP Bulletin Summarizes Juvenile Arrests
Today, 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.
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America’s Other Family Separation Crisis
Sending a mother to prison can have a devastating effect on her children. Why, then, do we lock so many women up?
By Sarah Stillman writing in Newyorker.com
She writes, “America imprisons women in astonishing numbers. The population of women in state prisons has increased by more than eight hundred percent in the past four decades. The number of women in local jails is fourteen times higher than it was in the nineteen-seventies; most of these women haven’t been convicted of a crime but are too poor to post bail while awaiting trial. The majority have been charged with low-level, nonviolent offenses, such as drug possession, shoplifting, and parole violations. The result is that more than a quarter of a million children in the U.S. have a mother in jail. One in nine black children has a parent who is, or has been, incarcerated.” Read the entire article HERE.
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