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What is SUSO?

Step Up, Step Out (SUSO): Promoting Justice, Nonviolence, and Fairness for All, is a group of concerned AHCC members, founded seven years ago, that seeks to engage our congregation in social justice issues such as second chances and criminal justice reform, reducing gun violence, and confronting racism and white privilege. We co-sponsor the annual Hartford Creative Contest and are involved with other AHCC members in the Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance (GHIAA) in efforts to promote a more fair and just society for all.

What are we doing now? SUSO is usually an event-driven and action-oriented group. With our events temporarily suspended, you can connect with our community of concerned Christians by joining our growing mailing list to receive information about social justice issues. We would love to have the support of even more AHCC members and friends, and we invite you to be involved by contributing to our online discussions as we prepare for more active programming in the future. To join our mailing list and receive occasional newsletters and announcements, email Nancy Kirchmyer (

Hartford Creative Contest

Approximately 40 students in grades 4-12 submitted an entry for the Hartford Creative Contest responding to one of these topics: “What would make my school or neighborhood better?” or “If I were a police officer, I’d ...”

Since the contest deadline on March 6, a team of judges has been evaluating essays, poetry, and art from these talented, socially committed young people who attend Hartford schools or live in Hartford and attend schools in neighboring communities. Prize winners will be announced soon, and the awards dinner will be held as soon as possible.  

The annual Hartford Creative Contest is co-sponsored by SUSO, The Mark Twain House & Museum, Mothers United Against Violence, and Beckett Law LLC. If you would like to volunteer to help in any way, contact Patti Beckett (