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Thelma Morris grant recipient Katey Summers

Thelma Morris grant recipient Katey Summers is pictured with two fellow Students Helping Honduras (SHH) at University of Virginia (UVA) student leaders, and two SHH construction project leaders. The group is standing in front of the UVA 2017 school project, Escuela Santa Fe, and was taken at the end of the first week of construction at this site in January of 2017.

National and International Outreach

Fair Trade

To increase awareness and to encourage purchase of products based on principles of economic and social justice, Little River UCC offers Fair Trade products, including coffee, tea, olive oil, and chocolate candy bars, for sale each month. Our church is part of an active Olive Oil Ministry that aims to improve the quality of life of Palestinian farmers and support The Tent of Nations, an international organization that brings together people of different faiths from neighboring villages and separate countries in order to build trust and hope. Little River UCC is also a supporter of Voices from the Holy Land, a series of films shown by a consortium of faith communities depicting the current situation in Israel and Palestine

Global Ministries Outreach

Little River UCC sustains a relationship with the Christian Hospital Mungeli, India. We express our interest and support through correspondence, personal contact, and financial contributions. In return, the congregation gains an understanding of how Global Ministries, a joint program of the United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ, assists people in less prosperous countries who are part of our Christian concern.

International Justice Mission

Little River UCC has joined in partnership with the International Justice Mission, an international agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. IJM supports lawyers, investigators, and aftercare professionals in thirteen Asian, African, and Latin American nations. They work with local officials to secure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, prosecute perpetrators, and ensure that public justice systems effectively protect the poor. At home, volunteers advocate for US policies opposing sex trafficking and slavery.

National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Little River UCC is a member of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture and its local chapter, the Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture, whose “Declaration of Principles for a Presidential Executive Order on Torture and Prisoner Treatment” our congregation has officially endorsed.

Thelma Morris Fellowship for Missions

Thelma Morris Fellowship for Missions is a fund that honors a former member of Little River UCC whose interest was the mission work of the church. Upon applying, one or more adult or youth church members may receive funds to defray the costs of participating in a mission project of the United Church of Christ or other appropriate mission project. In 2017, a fellowship was awarded to a young woman from Little River UCC to enable participation in Students Helping Honduras, a non-governmental organization constructing schools, establishing relations, and helping to alleviate gang violence and poverty in Honduras.

United Church of Christ Funds

Little River UCC contributes regularly to several special funds of the wider United Church of Christ.

Our Church's Wider Mission
Our Church's Wider Mission OCWM provides essential support for missionaries both at home and overseas, new church starts, the staff of the UCC's 38 conferences, and development of church school curricula, as well as support and resources to about 5,600 UCC churches nationwide.

Strengthen the Church
Strengthen the Church is an all-UCC offering that supports the God is Still Speaking ministry, building youth and young adult ministries, nurturing leadership, funding new church starts, and invigorating existing congregations.

Neighbors in Need
This is an all-UCC offering to benefit our disadvantaged homeland neighbors, as well as to support Native American ministries in the United Church of Christ.

One Great Hour of Sharing
The One Great Hour of Sharing offering underwrites the disaster relief, refugee response, and long-term development work of ten Protestant denominations. Most of the focus is overseas, but it also recognizes and supports similar needs in the U.S.

The Christmas Fund
The Christmas Fund provides financial aid to retired and active ministers and their surviving spouses and children who face overwhelming financial demands.

Potomac Association Support
The Potomac Association is the representative body of the 29 UCC churches in the greater Washington area. Support for the Association underwrites special mission initiatives and programming within the communities it covers.