CT Conference Justice Leader Loses Home to Fire

Rev. Elizabeth Horton Sheff lost many items in a fire/ContributedHARTFORD — One of the Connecticut Conference’s most dynamic and courageous voices for social justice, Elizabeth Horton Sheff, lost her home in the condominium fire on Hartford’s Evergreen Avenue on July 9th. Sheff is coping, but is devastated by the loss of personal items that can never be replaced such as her mother’s Bible.

Sheff is probably best known for her part in the civil rights lawsuit, Sheff vs. O’Neill, which was begun in 1989 when her son, Milo, was a fourth grade student at the Annie Fisher School in Hartford. For a number of years, Elizabeth served as Minister for Just Peace Ministries for the Connecticut Conference. Currently, she is Director of Neighborhood Services at the Community Renewal Team in Hartford, assisting individuals and families secure basic needs. Elizabeth is a graduate of the Hartford Seminary Black Ministries Program.

As a member of Hartford’s City Council, Sheff has worked on a myriad of justice issues for the city’s residents. She has advocated for the rights of tenants in public housing and for persons living with AIDS; she has helped provide support and services for the growing numbers of city grandparents raising grandchildren; and she has worked to improve conditions for city children affected by asthma and lead poisoning.

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