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


Luke 9:28-36

The Transfiguration

28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 31 They spoke about his departure,[a] which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)

34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” 36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.

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From the Pastor’s Study

Dear Faith Family and Friends:

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 
We’re celebrating the ordination of Garrick Jordan on March 31 at 3 p.m.  Mark your calendars now!
But also don’t forget that Ash Wednesday and Wonderful Wednesdays in the Word, plus an exciting holy week schedule is not far from now. Ash Wednesday is March 6th and the service is always a moving and spiritually uplifting service as we begin the 2019 Lenten season. 
Please come out and support your church with the many anniversary services and offerings, but also by being present each Sunday morning you are able to do so.  
 Be blessed… Pastor Steve
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Want a CD of the service? Give Bruce MacCullagh a written request or send him an email.  
Need a ride to church? See Deacon Pam Walters for details and to schedule a pickup.
Know someone in need? Leave a message for Pastor Steve, or with Patricia Gray or Deacon Pam.
Need stewardship envelopes? See Alice Lumpkin, Olga Callender or Barbara Wiggins -or contribute online using the “Donate” button.
Need more information?  Call the church office  860-547-0820 Monday through Wednesday mornings. Sunday service begins at 10 am.


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MEN OF FAITH  Men’s Ministry Monday evenings @ 5:30 p.m.   Bible Study, Food and Fellowship! All men are welcome. Call Deacon Al Strother or church office for more information.


Don’t forget, GIRL SCOUT TROOP 10003 meets on 2nd and 4th Sundays from 1 – 2:30 pm. We are really proud of our girls.


There is a seat for you on Tuesday at Bible study. We start at 7 pm. Great group, great conversation, and great learning! We resume  February 5, 2019.

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

The CHOIR could use your voice! It’s a great way to serve at Faith Church. Wayne Dixon is waiting. Choir rehearsal on Wednesday at 7 p.m.     


Sunday School

Sunday School for children is in the Winter/Spring term.  Join us. Volunteer for one Sunday per month. We look forward to seeing you and your children.


Nursery Staffed for Sunday Services

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


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



man covering his face with blue bookRemember our Sick and Shut-ins. Don’t forget to send a prayer, card or note. If you don’t see someone, why not call and see how they are doing?

Deacon Mamie Barnum  @ home  

Felicia Heard @ home                  



Special Events  @ Faith Church

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Lenten/Holy Week Schedule for 2019

Ash Wednesday    03/06 6 pm – Pastor Steve

Wonderful Wednesday in the Word   3/13 noon – Cori Mackey,  Christian Activities Council

Wonderful Wednesday in the Word   3/20 noon – Rev. Sonya Green, Union Baptist

Wonderful Wednesday in the Word   3/27 noon -Min. Patricia Hollis, Faith Congregational

Wonderful Wednesday in the Word   04/03 noon -Rev. Arthur Gaither, Faith Congregational

Wonderful Wednesday in the Word   04/10 noon – Rev. Isaac Lawson, Asylum Hill CC

Maundy Thursday 4/18 6 pm – Rev. Marianne MacCullagh, Faith Congregational

Good Friday  4/19 6 pm – Pastor Steve

Easter Service – Resurrection Sunday  4/21 10 am – Pastor Steve

Lunch provided for Wonderful Wednesday in the Word attendees.


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Community Conversation on Drones & Surveillance Technology

March 20, 2019  6pm – 8pm @ Faith

Cosponsored by Faith Congregational Church, the Greater Hartford Branch of the NAACP, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

The community conversation is being organized with bi-partisan support from Hartford City Council members Wildaliz Bermudez, T.J. Clarke, Claudine Fox, rJo Winch and Larry Deutsch in collaboration with the ACLU, Faith Church and the NAACP. The evening will be moderated by Dr. Bilal D. Sekou, Associate Professor of Political Science, Economics and International Studies at the University of Hartford. There are currently 2 proposed ordinances on drones and surveillance before the Hartford City Council. 
  • one ordinance outlines policy as adopted by the Hartford Police Department
  • the other has been brought forth by the 5 Council members and is intended to allow for more transparency on surveillance technology use
The ordinances are receiving attention since HPD received a $2.5 million grant which allowed for the purchase of drones. The drones were proposed by Sen. Fonfara as a way to reduce the illegal use of ATVs in Hartford. 

Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

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


Faith Church and Other Leaders Take Historic Civil Rights Trip

Read the article here and the CT conference article  at the link below: https://www.ctucc.org/newsdetail/selma-trip-12667367  


Faith Celebrates Its 200th Anniversary!

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

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

For more information, read HERE  


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

May 5, 2019                    Hymn Festival
June 9, 2019                    Norma Sproul, Soprano
August 25, 2019             Carrie Wilson, Soprano
September 22, 2019      William Beckham, Pianist
October 27, 2019           Earl Gardner, Bass and Patricia Gray, Soprano

Wayne Dixon, Minister of Music


 Our Community Friends

Wilderness Companions Speaker Series

Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 6:45 PM
Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 6:45 PM
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6:45 PM

@ Asylum Hill Congregational Church
814 Asylum Ave  Hartford, CT 06105
Contact  Rhonda Mitchell

Asylum Hill Congregational Church Speaker Series:
Wilderness Companions: Building Community by Asking the Hard Questions in Good Company



Lent is a spiritual journey in the wilderness towards Easter. This year we are pleased to offer a Lenten Speaker Series where we have asked a variety of people to join us as companions in this wilderness and to strengthen our communities. Please join us as we set aside time to ask the hard questions of our day, in good company.

General admission tickets are $12 individual or $50 for the series or may be purchased at the door with cash or check for $15 pp.

March 14: Interfaith Dialogue
Dr. Joel Lohr is an award-winning author, scholar, and passionate leader in interreligious relations and higher education. Prior to becoming President of Hartford Seminary in July 2018, Dr. Lohr was Dean of Religious Life at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., where he held academic appointments in the School of Education and the Department of Religious Studies.

Dr. Reza Mansoor is the Founding president of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut. Dr. Mansoor is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology and practices as a cardiologist at Hartford Hospital. He is actively involved in the interfaith community and provides ongoing didactic presentations on Islam.

Rabbi Michael Pincus joined Congregation Beth Israel in 2004 as assistant rabbi and assumed the responsibilities of senior rabbi in 2011. Inspired by a love of Jewish stories and music and the power of Judaism to guide his life, he is committed to helping create a warm and welcoming community for all with opportunities for spiritual growth and engagement with the world.

March 21
Chion Wolf 
is the technical producer, announcer, photographer, and personality with WNPR and the Colin McEnroe Show. She produces and hosts The Mouth-Off, a live storytelling event at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, a monthly live advice show at Sea Tea Improv’s underground comedy theater, “Asking for a Friend,” and a weekly Facebook live show, “It’s Chopped Salad Time! (with Chion Wolf”. Chion is an actor and on the Board of Directors for Night Fall, Inc. an annual Hartford-based public performance with Anne Cubberly’s giant puppets, dancers, and music.

March 28 
Dr. Susan Eaton 
is Professor of Practice in Social Policy and Director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy. At the Sillerman Center, Susan and her colleagues engage funders and their advisors, socially concerned scholars and non-profit practitioners to increase and enhance grantmaking to social justice causes. Susan is an author, most recently of the book, Integration Nation: Immigrants, Refugees and America at Its Best, about myriad efforts that welcome and incorporate immigrants into their new communities across the United States. She also is the author of the critically acclaimed, The Children In Room E4: American Education on Trial, which chronicles a landmark civil rights case and life in a classroom and neighborhood in Hartford

April 4
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III 
is Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL. Dr. Moss is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching a prophetic message of love and justice, which he believes are inseparable companions that form the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is on the boards of Auburn Seminary and Faith-In-Place/Action Fund, and chaplain of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Child Advocacy Conference.

April 11
Rev. Dr. James Forbes 
is the Senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church in Manhattan, N.Y., where he served since 1989. The Riverside Church is an interdenominational, interracial, and international church built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1927. Forbes was the first African-American to serve as senior minister of one of the largest multicultural congregations in the nation. In national and international religious circles, Dr. Forbes is known as the preacher’s preacher because of his extensive preaching career and his charismatic style.

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AJ Johnson, left, and Cori Mackey are organizers with the Christian Activities Council, a Hartford social justice group that ousted a notorious New York landlord from his North End public housing complex. Mackey is the executive director of the Vine Street organization. (Patrick Raycraft / Hartford Courant)

Read the article HERE

CAC Doing a New Thing!

The Christian Activities Council has worked for many years on issues confronting the City of Hartford. Most recently, they have won some victories in getting the City and HUD to hold absentee landlords accountable. Now, they are building a new organization for Faith-Based Community Organizing. Join them on March 12 at 7:00 pm at Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford to see how we might participate.

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.

Interfaith Exploration
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.com/SimplySmilesServiceandLearningTrip

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


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March 24 Deadline!

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Former President Barack Obama addresses a crowd during the first session of the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago on Oct. 31, 2017.   CHARLES REX ARBOGAST / ASSOCIATED PRESS

At the Obama Foundation, we believe everyone has a role to play in the future of their communities and their shared world. And that includes you. Our goal is to inspire you, connect you to others, and equip you with the tools to bring about change – together. 

Community Leadership Corps (18-25 year olds who are invested in their community, eager to grow as a leader and are adaptable)

The Community Leadership Corps is an opportunity for young people ages 18-25 to come together and develop projects that address opportunities and challenges in their community.  The Obama Foundation is recruiting 100 young people in Hartford to be part of a six-month training program to develop the next wave of community leaders in Connecticut’s capital city.

People in Hartford and Chicago have until March 24 to apply for this year’s program. Organizers said a hundred people in each city will be chosen.



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Want to Know what the CT General Assembly is Doing?

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


Are You Looking for a Job?

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

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

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

Click here to learn more and apply

Apply Online Today!

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

Apply Online Today@ 2020census.gov/jobs
1-855-JOB-2020  (1-855-562-2020)
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City Council Meeting

The next Council meeting will be held on Monday, March 11, 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 
March 19, 2019 – MD Fox
April 16, 2019 – MD Fox (Budget Hearing)
May 21, 2019 – Annie Fisher

Workshop/Special Meetings 
March 5, 2019 – Naylor
April 2, 2019 – Naylor (Budget Workshop)
May 7, 2019 – West Middle


All workshops are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm., and regular meetings held on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm. Workshops will not be held in July and August.  *Meeting dates/locations subject to change.

Click Here for a Complete List of Meetings Dates & Agendas

Encounters: #MeToo 

Saturday, March 9, 2019 10 am – noon with lunch to follow

Hartford Courant Room  Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street, Hartford

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 faculty@wadsworthatheneum.org to reserve a seat and lunch.


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.

Hartford Public Library

About Encounters

The Hartford History Center at Hartford Public LibraryThe Amistad Center for Art & Culture, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Old State House, and UConn Humanities Institute -UCHI formed a community engagement partnership to present Encounters, a series focused on encouraging informed and informal conversations about issues that affect our lives. The aim is to strengthen our ability to know ourselves and to develop a forum for respectful and challenging dialogue. Look around this page for various events by subject area or click HERE for more information.

Free Stuff


FREE Professional Tax Help from VITA

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

– Capital Community College, Main Street
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– Pope Park Recreation Center, Pope Park Drive
– The Village, Wethersfield Avenue
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– Upper Albany Neighborhood Collaborative, Albany Avenue
– Urban League, Woodland Street
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– Wilson-Grey YMCA, Albany Avenue
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Sign up at www.211ct.org. Click on “Tax Help” or dial 2-1-1, press 3 then 6
Appointments are required.

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

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


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

Go to GreaterGood.org to help others for free.

Go HERE to find free dental care.

Improve your vocabulary and donate rice to help hungry people HERE.

Not free but cheap!!!  CheapOAir!

Go here to find free stuff like paper towels, beauty products, etc.



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Baby Grand Jazz 2019

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

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Live in Hartford? Get Your Free Tickets Today!

Hartford residents who are Hartford Public Library cardholders can now reserve up to 2 free tickets to plays at Hartford Stage as part of our new partnership.  Each of the seven branches of Hartford Public Library will have a two-ticket pass per eligible show. Patrons can check online to see where passes are available, but they must ask for them in person at any of the seven Library locations.  Once you have reserved the tickets at a Library branch, you must confirm the seats by calling the box office at Hartford Stage, 860-527-5151.

Tickets for Hartford Stage’s Detroit ’67 Available starting Thursday, February 7

Hartford Public Library, in partnership with Hartford Stage, will offer free passes to library cardholders. Passes will be available at the Downtown Library and all six branch libraries. For more information, go to the HPL website.
Dominique Morisseau’s powerful Detroit ’67 unfolds during an explosive moment in U.S. history—the race riots that tore the city of Detroit apart. The story centers on Chelle and her brother Lank, who make ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours party. When a mysterious woman makes her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than family business.


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African American Geneology Resources


Every Month is Faith History Month Because Hartford History IS American History

Faith is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2019

Faith Congregational Church has a 200-year legacy that includes a noteworthy collection of historical materials.  “We have an amazing collection of historical papers and photographs here at our church. We have a number of bibles dating back our early days, including the Pennington bible,” says Rev. Stephen W Camp, senior pastor. Pennington, the first black student to attend Yale University, was an escaped slave who became known as a preacher and writer and was a leader in the abolition movement. He and his congregation provided leadership and funds in the legal campaign for the release of the Mende people taken hostage in the Amistad case.


Our own Pennington Bible is on loan to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and is on exhibit in the Slavery to Freedom Gallery.

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

Same-Day Online

Same-day timed entry passes are available online beginning at 6:30 a.m. ET daily until they run out. Same-day passes are not available via phone.   CHECK SAME-DAY AVAILABILITY

Advance Online

Advance timed entry passes for individuals are released monthly. Advance timed entry passes for individuals are released on the first Wednesday of each month.  The next day for passes to be released will be Wednesday March 6.   Passes go very quickly when released.



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


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


Elizabeth Keckly, Dressmaker and Confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln

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Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley ( February 1818 – May 1907) was a former slave who became a successful seamstress, civil rights activist, and author in Washington, DC. She was best known as the personal modiste and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln, the First Lady. Keckley had moved to Washington in 1860 after buying her freedom and that of her son in St. Louis. She created an independent business in the capital based on clients who were the wives of the government elite. Among them were Varina Davis, wife of Jefferson Davis; and Mary Anna Custis Lee, wife of Robert E. Lee.   After the Civil War, Keckley wrote and published an autobiography, Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House (1868). It was both a slave narrative and a portrait of the First Family, especially Mary Todd Lincoln, and is considered controversial for breaking privacy about them. It was also her claim as a businesswoman to be part of the new mixed-race, middle-class that was visible among the leadership of the black community. Read more HERE.


African-American women were written out of the history of the woman suffrage movement. As the centennial of the 19th Amendment approaches, it’s time for a new look at the past.

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.


When You Are Lost, Thank Gladys West for Your GPS

In a Jan. 19, 2018 photo, Gladys West and her husband Ira West stand in their home in King George, Va. West was part of the team that developed the Global Positioning System in the 1950s and 1960s. (Mike Morones/The Free Lance-Star via AP)

byCathy Dyson, The (Fredericksburg, Va.) Free Lance-Star /AP via militarytimes.com

Gladys West was putting together a short bio about herself for a sorority function that recognized senior members of the group.  She noted her 42-year career at the Navy base at Dahlgren and devoted one short-and-sweet line to the fact she was part of the team that developed the Global Positioning System in the 1950s and 1960s. Read more HERE.


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

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Do you know who Eunice Hunton Carter is? Read about her groundbreaking career in this fascinating book written by her grandson, Yale Law School professor and author Stephen L Carter.

INVISIBLE  The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster 

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

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

By Alexis Clark

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They were called “brown babies,” or “mischlingskinder,” a derogatory German term for mixed-race children. And sometimes they were just referred to as mutts.  Born during the occupation years in Germany after World War II, the offspring of German women and African-American soldiers, their fathers were usually transferred elsewhere and their mothers risked social repercussions by keeping them, so the babies were placed in orphanages. But when Mabel Grammer, an African-American journalist, became aware of the orphaned children, she stepped in.  Read more about this extraordinary woman HERE and HERE.  The documentary, Brown Babies: The Mischlingskinder Story is available for use to libraries, schools and museums. For more information about the film, visit http://brownbabiesfilm.com/.

Black Heritage Stamp Series Exhibition

On display February – March 2019
Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library
500 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103

The stamps in the Black Heritage Stamp Series are the longest running United States commemorative stamps. This series began in 1976 honoring the achievements, contributions, and influences of African Americans who helped shaped American culture. This series exhibition has been curated by collector Alicia Labrador of Bridgeport, CT.

The Long-Lasting Legacy of the Great Migration

When millions of African-Americans fled the South in search of a better life, they remade the nation in ways that are still being felt


By (1963), millions of African-Americans had already testified with their bodies to the repression they had endured in the Jim Crow South by defecting to the North and West in what came to be known as the Great Migration. They were fleeing a world where they were restricted to the most menial of jobs, underpaid if paid at all, and frequently barred from voting. Between 1880 and 1950, an African-American was lynched more than once a week for some perceived breach of the racial hierarchy.

Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/long-lasting-legacy-great-migration-180960118/#IlFcMhg0kzBh4iEJ.99


The Changing Definition of African-American

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

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

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

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


@ Justice

Health Care for All is Justice for All

Dental Care – Free, Low Cost And Sliding Scale

Charter Oak Health Center

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

Community Health Services, Inc – Dental Services

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

East Hartford Community Healthcare, Inc.

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

New Britain Dental Services

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

BBHD – Bristol Senior Dental Program

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

Medical Care – Free or Sliding Scale

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

Hartford, CT, 06106-3305

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

Hartford, CT, 06106-4617

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



Medicare / Medicaid



CHOICES:  Connecticut’s program for Health insurance assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling, Eligibility Screening: https://www.ct.gov/agingservices/cwp/view.asp?q=313032

Center for Medicare  Advocacy:   http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/medicare-info/connecticut-consumers-guide/ 

US News Health:  https://health.usnews.com/medicare/connecticut-medicare-plans  

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



  Gun Violence



Suicides are at the highest rate in decades, CDC report shows

Suicide is rare, but it’s increasing in America.


The suicide rate is the highest it’s been in decades, the latest warning sign of a worsening public health issue in America that needs far more attention. According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47,000 Americans died by suicide in 2017. Put another way, the suicide rate was 14 people in every 100,000 — up 33 percent from 10.5 people per 100,000 in 1999. Read more HERE.

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

Americans own an estimated 265 million guns, more than one gun for every adult.  Data from the Gun Violence Archive reveals there is a mass shooting – defined as four or more people shot in one incident, not including the shooter – nine out of every 10 days on average. Click HERE for an interactive map.



 Criminal Justice

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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, RSVP to jeagosto@hplct.org.


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)