Walking The Interfaith Path

Clarence Jordan, the faith leader who mentored Habitat’s founder Millard Fuller at Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia, is often called Habitat’s spiritual leader. His words on a sign near the door of the Koinonia Conference room of Habitat for Humanity International‘s Atlanta world headquarters caused me to pause before I entered. I was in Atlanta representing Hartford Area Habitat for … More Walking The Interfaith Path

Habitat’s “Weekly Saints” Build Affordable Housing

“Weekly Saints” Build Hartford Housing  So reads the headline of Hartford Courant reporter Vinny Vella’s story about how “dedicated volunteers work with Habitat for Humanity to help people in need.”  His article captures the commitment, hard work and spirit of “good neighbors offering a helping hand and inspiration.” Please follow the link to read all about it. Don Shaw, Jr.Writer … More Habitat’s “Weekly Saints” Build Affordable Housing

Village Elder from Nepal Thanks Hartford Students for Power Turbines

They are Yakable!  Packed on the backs of yaks, that’s how the wind-solar generating systems built by Hartford Public High School’s  Academy of Engineering and Green Technology students were transported on the final leg of their trek up to Nepal’s isolated villages of Saldang, Namdo, and Karang. This week, Thinley Lhondup Lama, popular Nepalese actor and village … More Village Elder from Nepal Thanks Hartford Students for Power Turbines

Ending Veteran Homelessness

“Governor Malloy announced today [February 18, 2016] at the State Armory that Connecticut has ended homelessness among the state’s veteran population.” So reads the lead sentence in a Partnership for Strong Communities and Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness joint announcement about the success of Connecticut’s Zero: 2016 initiative. Excerpts from the announcement read: “The Zero: 2016 initiative is part of a national effort … More Ending Veteran Homelessness

Embracing Diversity on Franklin Avenue

“Common Ground” is the headline of a story about  Hartford’s historic South End neighborhood embracing diversity — diversity of culture, diversity of religion. It’s about this long-time Italian-American neighborhood welcoming Bosnians who fled “a bloody civil war,” and who now, as Bosnian-Americans, are renovating their mosque, the Bosnian American Islamic Center. Take a moment to read Hartford Courant … More Embracing Diversity on Franklin Avenue

Honest Conversations with Muslim Neighbors

Hosted by the Greater Suffield Interfaith Council, this Conversation is an an excellent opportunity to learn more about our Muslim neighbors as they reach out to share their stories.  To RSVP and for more information, please email the CT Council for Interreligious Understanding, or call First Church of Christ, Congregational at (860) 668-7223. Don Shaw, Jr.Writer … More Honest Conversations with Muslim Neighbors

Black History in Connecticut

Black history in Connecticut is long and rich with facts and stories we should acknowledge and understand. Connecticut Humanities has compiled more than 40 invaluable articles from its Connecticut History program archives that are well worth exploring and reading, especially as we celebrate Black History Month.  The archive is arranged in a fashion making it easy to scroll through and … More Black History in Connecticut

Bicicleta y Comunidad – A Bike Path to Success

Tony Cherolis is a pathfinder, a bicycling pathfinder, who directs Bicicleta y Comunidad (BiCi Co.) for Hartford’s Center for Latino Progress.  He’s also the Center’s Youth Program Coordinator, no small responsibility. I first met Tony on a Fair Housing Tour of Hartford’s neighborhoods. He was quick to point out that while many Hartford streets are bike friendly, many more … More Bicicleta y Comunidad – A Bike Path to Success

Essential American History: The Great Migration

History matters. The Great Migration is a critical event in 20th century American history. It is the story of “the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America.” … More Essential American History: The Great Migration