Board of Outreach and Social Justice

May 5, 2018

Save the Dates! DC Pride Parade and Festival: June 8 and 9

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) invites you to mark your calendars for DC Pride! The Central Atlantic Conference LGBTQ+ Task Force is currently organizing volunteers to march in the parade and/or help out in 2-hour shifts at the United Church of Christ (UCC) table. Interested? Please contact BOSJ co-chair, Judy Moats at jrmoats@aol.com.

Capital Pride Parade
Saturday, June 8, 2019

4:30 – 8:00 PM
Dupont & Logan Circles NW
Metro – Start: (RED) Dupont Circle
Metro – End: (GREEN) U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo – 13th Street Exit

Capital Pride Festival
Sunday, June 9, 2019

12:00 – 10:00 PM
Pennsylvania Ave. & 3rd St. NW
Metro: (GREEN) Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter

April 21, 2019

ACCA/Good Neighbor Project Update Several members of Little River UCC (LRUCC) have been helping to support refugee families through working with a Homework Club since January. We currently tutor eighteen to twenty children and four mothers during our Saturday morning meetings. This has been a wonderful opportunity to interact with recently arrived immigrants who’ve been granted asylum and enriched our lives. The Homework Club is a joint project of Ravensworth Baptist, Peace Lutheran, John Calvin Presbyterian, and LRUCC. Many thanks to Ginny Dowell, Deborah Growitz, Amanda Halstead, Karen Kleiber, Doris and Bill Perkett, and Jim Wallar for their generous gifts of time, books, tutoring supplies, and computers. We’ve identified three specific mentoring opportunities, two for women, one for a man. If any of these interests you, please contact Janet Parsons Mackey at j.parsmack@gmail.com for more information. First, there’s a high school senior who’s been accepted at a local college. She can use help navigating that system as she’s introduced to college life and challenges. Next, a young twenty-year-old woman will receive her GED in August. She needs support in figuring out her next steps. Both of these speak English well—mentoring them could be achieved through a variety of ways: skype, email, telephone, and personal meetings. Finally, a thirteen-year-old Afghani boy who’s been here for three months has remarkable ability in math and science—he won a national award in India recently. He needs help in raising his English skills and will benefit from a male mentor.


March 24, 2019

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) elected two new co-chairs for this year-- congrats and thanks to Judy Moats and Cindy Fithian! The board discussed plans to fundraise for our unbudgeted benevolences based on themes. Plans are developing to hold quarterly fundraisers as follows: Spring - Hunger and homelessness; Summer - LGBTQ+ concerns; and Fall - Immigration and Refugee issues. Plans were also discussed to partner with the Board of Christian Education to create a church t-shirt to wear in the community and increase the effectiveness of our outreach. Plenty of events focusing on social justice concerns are taking place in our community! To stay connected, please join our justice@lrucc.org listserv by contacting the church office.


March 17, 2019

Community Organizing Update

On March 9th, six members of Little River attended the follow-up Potomac Association Community Organizing meeting at Faith United Church of Christ in DC. Our primary purpose was for to share the results of their 1-1 conversations with parishioners. After categorizing all the responses, the following six “Big Bucket Issues” received the most responses: Protecting Democracy/Voting Rights; Racial justice issues; Economic inequality; Gender politics; Incarceration and criminal justice; Climate change and the environment. The Little River UCC Board of Outreach and Social Justice encourages everyone to support these efforts.


February 17, 2019

Last Sunday, the Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) met to establish our priorities for 2019. We discussed plans to host an interfaith Faith & Film event with the Rumi Forum in the spring. The film is called "The Sultan and the Saint." We also discussed several ideas for raising funds for our benevolences this year. For more information please contact Pastor Alexis at alexis@lrucc.org.


February 3, 2019

The Board of Social Justice and Outreach met on Sunday, February 3 to review our work in 2018 and start to identify priorities for 2019. We were pleased to have our new board members join us and celebrate our outgoing board chairs!


December 16, 2018

Little River Food Pantry Feeds the Community

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice is proud to report that thanks to the generous support of Little River UCC members and friends over the past year, we have been able to distribute 65 very full bags of groceries and two large garbage bags of travel toiletries from the Little River pantry to the community. Recipients included FISH clients, detained immigrant children, Second Story (formerly Alternative House), the George Mason University student pantry, Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA), Thrive, Food for Others, and individuals who came to the church for help.


Thank You!

2018 White Gift Service (Photo courtesy of Alexis Kassim)

2018 White Gift Service (Photo courtesy of Alexis Kassim)

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice sends a hearty “thank you” to the music staff for organizing the White Gift service, and to congregation members for their generosity in giving and in helping with the post-service dinner.

2018 White Gifts (Photo courtesy of Craig Stapert)

2018 White Gifts (Photo courtesy of Craig Stapert)

December 2, 2018

FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help)

What is FISH?  At Little River, we bring food each month to restock the pantry, but do you know that FISH is much more than a resource for hungry people in our area?  For Immediate Sympathetic Help is an ecumenical effort of 14 churches from the beltway west through Fairfax City that work together to provide short-term assistance to those in need.  When Fairfax County Department of Family Services receives a request for assistance that does not fit a regular program, they may pass it along to the FISH phone captain for that day.  When the cupboard is bare, FISH can deliver food.  However, for folks living on the edge, missing a couple of days of work can mean they are unable to pay a rent or utility bill, so FISH can also offer financial aid to prevent eviction or to avert a related crisis.  The 14 churches provide financial support and volunteers who serve as phone captains and drivers.  Please consider volunteering; contact Susan Kennedy, our longtime church representative to the FISH council, for more information.


October 21, 2018

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice enjoyed another successful and spirited meeting Sunday, October 21, 2018. Following member check-in and prayer, updates were provided on several board initiatives. Fellow congregants can look forward to announcements on upcoming Open and Affirming/LGBTQ+, Global Ministries, and Racial Justice Coalition activities. BOSJ also completed the planning for the annual White Gift program. The next BOSJ meeting will take place on Sunday, November 18, 2018 immediately following the morning service.


August 19, 2018

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice met on August 19th.  We worked on plans for a number of upcoming events including the LBBTQA+  brainstorming session on August 26th, the Racial Justice Coalition discussion of The Color of Law on September 2nd, and the Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing event on September 30th. The board also approved a donation drive for items for detained immigrant children for the month of September, and the discussed the possibility of partnering with other churches to sponsor a refugee family. The board is also in the early planning stages of December's White Gift service in order to more effectively manage gift requests, and the board approved the purchase of a new Christmas tree.