Amistad UCC is a multi-racial, multi-cultural, Christ-centered community of faith in Hartford, Connecticut. Led by persons of color, Amistad is committed to the inclusion of all people regardless of age, color, gender, sexual orientation or social class. The church is named for the African captives who found freedom after staging a revolt aboard the ship Amistad in 1839. Our mission is to foster that same freedom within and among our parishioners by providing an open, affirming and safe space for all to come together for faith and friendship.
Amistad was founded in November, 2001 by The Reverend John L. Selders, Jr. At the time, it was one of two Protestant churches in Hartford’s Southend, arising from Reverend Selders’ vision for a relevant community of faith that is committed to the area’s diverse population and fosters social, racial and economic justice from urban perspectives.
Akin to all beginnings, there are acts of faith and courage that come before us. Amistad UCC’s beginning has a story in much the same way.