Robert Smalls

Meet Robert Smalls, Boat Captain for Union Navy who Escaped Slavery and Became 1st African-American Elected to U.S. Congress

U.S. Naval Captain and U.S. Congress Member Robert Smalls (photo via Library of Congress)

by Lori Lakin Hutcherson (@lakinhutcherson)

Robert Smalls was the first black man elected to U.S. Congress during Reconstruction. He was born into slavery in 1839 in Beaufort, S.C., and started his remarkable, implausible journey to national prominence by daring to escape slavery during the Civil War with his family. 

Smalls, like many other enslaved peoples, was made to work for the Confederate forces during the Civil War. Menial labor such as grave digging, cooking, digging trenches, etc. were the most common jobs, but some enslaved peoples were used in skilled labor positions, such as Smalls, who could navigate the waters in and around Charleston, so was used to guide transport ships for the Confederate Navy.

On May 13, 1862, Smalls convinced several other enslaved people to help him commandeer a Confederate transport ship, the CSS Planter, in Charleston harbor. Smalls sailed from Confederate-controlled waters to the U.S. blockade.

By doing so, not only did he gain freedom for himself, several enslaved peoples and members of his family, his example of cunning and bravery helped convince President Abraham Lincoln to accept black soldiers into the U.S. Army and Navy. Check out PBS video and read the entire article HERE.

Carrie Saxon Perry

Former Hartford Mayor Carrie Saxon Perry, the first African American woman to lead a Northeast city, dies

Rebecca Lurye
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Former Hartford Mayor Carrie Saxon Perry, a social worker, civil rights leader and community organizer who rose to become the first African American woman elected to lead a major Northeastern city, died last year at the age of 87.

Her death went unreported and largely unnoticed for reasons that remain unclear. According to a death certificate on file at Waterbury City Hall, she suffered a heart attack and died at Waterbury Hospital on Nov. 22, 2018.

Over three terms as mayor of Hartford — when the job carried significant influence but before the city adopted a strong mayor form of government — Perry built on the civil rights bedrock of her predecessor, Mayor Thirman Milner. She advocated for national measures that would spur investment and ease the ache of deeply impoverished cities like Hartford, and ushered in a new era for LGBT issues. After serving as mayor, she later became president of the Greater Hartford Branch of the NAACP.

Perry made a first failed bid for the General Assembly in 1976, and then ran again in 1980 on a platform of tax and welfare reform, improving public education, and protecting of social programs for the poor. The longtime social worker bristled at the idea that disadvantaged young people should “pull themselves up by their bootstraps.”

“I’m not for giving anybody anything, but I am for equalization and for giving people some kind of compensation so that they can compete,” she reasoned. “Let’s face it, racism is still rampant.”

Read the entire article HERE

Religion Based on Beyonce-National Church of Bey

Group Creates Religion Based on Beyonce-National Church of Bey

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The National Church of Bey, an organization that formed the new religion Beyism, is a real organization based in Atlanta, Georgia. Based on pop star Beyoncé , she is not believed to be a part of it.  Although this sounds like a joke and very similar to the church of Yeezianity, the Church founder known as “Minister Diva,” Pauline John Andrews stated it is not. On the website created to promote this “church,” Andrews said they are “very disappointed in the failure of the public to recognize the existence of a divine deity walking among them.”

Don’t forget to read your Beyble. They will be available soon.

The organizers reportedly gather every Sunday to sing her songs like they are reading passages out of a Bible. They have their own version of the holy book called “the Beyble,” and as stated on the site, it is currently being manufactured.  Read more HERE

Boston’s Abrahamic faith groups revisit their shared roots

With interfaith exhibit, Boston’s Abrahamic faith groups revisit their shared roots

November 11, 2019    Aysha Kahn  

BOSTON (RNS) — Just over a year ago, the day after the deadly mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, more than a thousand locals gathered together on the Boston Common to mourn and pray.

As the Rev. Amy McCreath, dean of the historic St. Paul Cathedral that overlooks America’s oldest park, watched people of various faiths unite once again to mourn another national tragedy, she was hit with an emotional realization.

That’s part of the reason the Episcopal cathedral agreed to host a new interfaith art exhibit that explores the faith and life of Abraham, the shared spiritual forefather of the world’s three largest monotheistic religions — and launched an accompanying interfaith book study to spotlight Abraham’s wives, Sarah and Hagar.   

Read the entire article HERE

Mart’s House

Please join Faith Church in supporting Mart’s House

On Saturday, June 15th,  Mart’s House reentry home on Capen St. in Hartford was devastated by a major fire. The seven women who were living at Mart’s are safe, but they lost everything. (Learn more about Mart’s House).  Please consider a donation today to our Resettlement Program during this difficult time. Any amount will help.  If you have any questions or want to know additional ways you can help, contact Sandra Bradford-Jennings, sbradford-jennings@cpa-ct.org, 860-271-7198.

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Diabetes and Your Eyes

Diabetic Retinopathy

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Are you diabetic? If you have diabetes, you may get a condition called diabetic retinopathy. This eye disease happens when high levels of blood sugar damage blood vessels in a part of your eye called the retina. This can cause vision problems. For people with diabetes, it’s the most common cause of vision loss and blindness. Read the article HERE.  

Driving With Diabetes: How to Stay Safe

First, if you take insulin or medications called sulfonylureas or meglitinides to manage your diabetes, your blood sugar might go to low, called hypoglycemia. That can make it hard for you to concentrate on the road and react to what’s going on around you. You might not be able to see clearly, and you could pass out behind the wheel.

If you’re not sure whether your diabetes medication can cause low blood sugar, ask your doctor or pharmacist. (Sometimes very high blood sugar can make it unsafe for you to drive, but it’s not as common. Ask your doctor how high is too high to be on the road.)

Second, over time diabetes can cause other health problems that can affect your driving. Nerve damage in your legs and feet can make it hard for you to feel the pedals. Diabetes can also hurt your vision by damaging blood vessels in your eyes or making you more likely to get cataracts.

Read the entire article HERE.   Read more HERE.

Public radio’s ‘Preach’ podcast explores religion’s messy side

September 4, 2019  by Jana Riess

(RNS) — Religion is messy, says Lee Hale, a reporter at KUER, the NPR station in Salt Lake City. And for many Americans, especially young people like the 30-year-old Hale, that messiness is something to celebrate, not sweep under the carpet.

That’s the premise behind “Preach,” a new national podcast launching this Friday (Sept. 6) from PRX and KUER. The first season features 10 episodes of Hale’s interviews with interesting people, starting with comedic actor Rainn Wilson, best known for playing the intense salesman Dwight Schrute on “The Office.”

After spending the last 10 months working on the podcast, Hale is excited to launch it to listeners, who can access it on the NPR website and through various apps. Season 2 is already in the works for the spring of 2020, and Hale has plans to expand it from there.

Read the article HERE and listen to the podcast. 

Yeezianity – The Church of Yeezus

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Yeezianity is a religion based on Kanye West. The 36-year-old rapper has in fact inspired a new religion called Yeezianity, in which followers believe “that the one who calls himself Yeezus is a divine being who has been sent by God to usher in a New Age of humanity,” according to the official website. 

“We are a forward-minded group who believes that the one who calls himself Yeezus is the highest living human being and he will help to usher in a New Age of humanity. We believe that a New Age is beginning where all people will unlock their creative powers and the competitive struggle for money and power will no longer be necessary.”

The website further states, “We are called Ye’ciples. Our membership is entirely open and non-exclusive. We allow a Ye’ciple to be a member of Yeezianity as well as any other spiritual practice of their choosing including some of the best ones: Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Taoism. In fact, we encourage Ye’ciples to explore and consider the tenets of any other spiritual ideas they feel attracted to.” For more information, read HERE.