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Upcoming Events

Memoir Writing Workshop with David Pontrelli of Writing Works

Mondays, September 13th, 20th, 27th, and October 4th, 18th, 25th, from 4:30 to 6 pm

In-person event in the JPWL!

Please note: This workshop has been postponed until 2022.

Wallace Stevens, Spiritual Poet

Thursdays, September 16, 23, 30 — 7 pm

In-person event in the JPWL!


A Three-Week Seminar with Glen MacLeod, PhD



Wallace Stevens (1879–1955), one of the great 20th-century American poets, lived in Hartford most of his adult life, from 1916 to 1955. He was a Vice President of The Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company (now The Hartford). Stevens was raised a Protestant, but in adulthood, he lost his Christian faith. That loss left a spiritual void that never ceased to bother him. The central theme of his work is the search for something that could replace the idea of God – a “supreme fiction,” as he called it. At times he thought that poetry itself could be the supreme fiction.  Join us (in person) as UConn Professor Emeritus Dr. Glen MacLeod presents an exploration of spirituality in Stevens’s poetry. MacLeod, a preeminent Stevens scholar, is the author of Wallace Stevens and Company: The Harmonium Years, 1913-1923 as well as other books on Stevens. He is a member of the Editorial Board of The Wallace Stevens Journal and Vice President of the Wallace Stevens Society.

Used Book Sale

September 24-25

in the First Church auditorium

There will be plenty to browse at our upcoming used book sale:
Discards & Donations…Secular or Spiritual…Books for all ages!

  • September 24-25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Friday, 9/24, fill a bag for $10
  • Saturday, 9/25, fill a bag for $5
  • Proceeds from the sale are for the Hartford Public Schools Literacy Volunteers program

ABRAHAM: Out of One, Many

October 5 – November 16


Art Exhibition at the Mandell Jewish Community Center


We are excited to partner with the Mandell Jewish Community Center and other area organizations to bring this extraordinary exhibit to Greater Hartford. ABRAHAM: Out of One, Many began in Rome, Italy, and this engagement will be the final stop of its two-year world tour.


3 Religions. 3 Artists. 1 Prophet. Each artist has created paintings that focus on specific themes from Abraham’s life that can guide our world today in living harmoniously, interpreting these themes for our contemporary context.

Sacredly Created and Wholly Loved

October 21 — 7 pm

Virtual event

Kaitlin Curtice author of Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God




Indigenous (Potawatomi Nation) storyteller and poet Kaitlin Curtice (NATIVE: Identity, Belonging and Rediscovering God) reflects on how today’s Christians must help lead the way to peace and reconciliation, learning from the world and the creatures in it — learning from the least of these — about what is holy and beloved.

JPWL Lunch & Learn: Days for Girls 

October 31, 11:30 am

Jan Baker, Simsbury Chapter Coordinator




Days for Girls “believes in a world where periods are never a problem.” The organization’s goal is to “advance menstrual equity, health, dignity, and opportunity” worldwide by combining menstrual health solutions and education with social entrepreneurs and volunteers. Please join us as Jan Baker, DFG Simsbury Chapter Coordinator, tells us about the program. 

You are invited to donate 100% cotton quilt fabrics to DFG at the event. The group especially needs red fabrics with bright or dark colors in florals and geometrics or other designs. Please, no fabrics with patterns of people, animals, or faces; no solid colors; no patterns such as military prints that might be offensive.

Nativity Narratives in Matthew and Luke

December 5, 12

Virtual event

John Dominic Crossan & Amy-Jill Levine

Located beneath the First Church Meeting House, the JPWL is the go-to place for books and media related to sermons, Sunday School, social justice issues, and so much more! 


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