Social Action and Mission

The Potomac Association seeks to support its member churches in all of the ministries to which they are called.

Open and Affirming

At the Fall 2010 Association Meeting, a discussion began on declaring the Potomac Association Open and Affirming (ONA).  The process for this discussion and discernment will be managed by the Committee on Social Action & Mission.

For more information on ONA, please follow this link.

On October 22, 2011, delegates of the Potomac Association met at its annual Fall Meeting and voted on a resolution put before the Association by the Social Action and Mission Committee, to declare the Association open and Affirming.  The Resolution as modified was approved. The full text of the resolution can be found by following this link.

Ministry Partners

Through its Social Action and Missions Committee, the Potomac Association also provides support to these specific local ministries:

Shaw Community Ministry
The Shaw Community Ministry develops and implements religious, educational, and social programs that enhance the developmental growth of children, youth, and adults in Northwest Washington, the Lincoln-Westmoreland apartments, and the Shaw community area.  For more information visit

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services
Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services provides homeless prevention services for the low-income working poor, disabled and elderly. Additional details are available at

Downtown Cluster of Congregations
The Downtown Cluster is a non-profit, ecumenical association founded in 1972 for the purpose of cooperatively meeting pressing human service needs in the District of Columbia.  More information is available at

Community Ministry of Montgomery County
Community Ministry of Montgomery County’s mission is to pursue social justice with an emphasis on identifying and meeting the needs of the poor by leading and engaging Montgomery County’s Faith communities in service, education, and advocacy.  Additional information is available at

Community Ministry of Prince George’s County
Community Ministry of Prince George’s County is an interfaith, nonprofit, congregation-based organization that addresses human need throughout Prince George’s County in areas such as substance abuse treatment, emergency food and shelter, affordable housing, mental health services and health care services.  More information is available at

Community Ministries of Rockville
Community Ministries of Rockville combines the efforts of congregations to provide shelter and empowerment for the homeless, assist the frail elderly in their homes, and house working, formerly homeless men.  Additional information is available

Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington
The Interfaith Conference brings together people from different religions, economic levels and races to deepen understanding and respect for our diverse traditions and to collaborate on key issues of the day.  Additional information is available

Virginia Council of Churches
The Virginia Council of Churches brings together eighteen denominations in the Commonwealth of Virginia to foster Christian unity and to meet human needs.  More information is available at

Virginia Interfaith Center
The Virginia Interfaith Center engages and educates both the faith community and the public regarding social issues, the legislative process, and faith-based advocacy.  For additional information go to