Richmonders Involved to Strengthen Our Communities (RISC) is an interracial, interfaith, nonpartisan organization which brings congregations together to build the power to meet God’s call to ‘do justice’. In the books of Micah and Matthew, there is a clear requirement to do three things: faithfulness, mercy and justice. Most congregations are very good at encouraging our walk with God (faithfulness) and they are often strong at demonstrating kindness (or mercy) with ‘direct service’ programs like CARITAS and Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center birthday parties. But when it comes to doing justice—changing the systems in our community that often put people in a position of need—many of those same congregations fall significantly short.
No one congregation or small group of people has enough power by itself to make those systems change. But by coming together with congregations from across Greater Richmond, we can take part in ‘direct action’ to hold responsible officials accountable for justice and fairness in our community.
And since RISC’s member congregations understand that they need the power of more and more organized people to redeem the systems of Greater Richmond—and that God requires all of us to ‘do justice’—BAPC along with many other member congregations is accepting the challenge to turn out its average weekly worship attendance to the annual Nehemiah Action. The member congregations of RISC are building powerful justice ministries so that they can get beyond the symptoms and solve serious community problems.
Save the Date for region-wide RISC events!
Workshop & RISC Leadership Orientation
Please join clergy and members of faith communities from across the Richmond region as we explore the call of our faith traditions to pursue justice. Through presentations, discussions and hands-on activities, we will “rethink justice” and discern how to act for root-level change as the RVA faith community.
With guidance from experienced RISC leadership, we will also learn the basics of participating in leadership for justice ministry in our own BON AIR congregation, and the resources available to us to successfully act for change.
Thursday, August 9, 2018
5:30 pm-8:30 pm
Location: Second Baptist Church, Southside
3300 Broad Rock Blvd
Light Dinner Included
Sunday, August 26, 2018
4:00 pm-7:00 pm
Light Dinner Included
RSVP: riscrjw.eventbrite.com or (804) 476-0064
RISC Contact Info:
Phone: (804) 476-0064 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org riscrichmond.org