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 Dates for region-wide RISC events!
RISC Justice Rally
April 9, 2018
Second Baptist Church – Southside (3300 Broad Rock Blvd)
Nehemiah Action Assembly
April 30, 2018
St. Paul’s Baptist Church (4247 Creighton Rd)
Doors 6:15pm – Music & Free Childcare 6:30pm
*free tickets available April 9
June 11, 2018
RISC Contact Info:
Phone: (804) 476-0064 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org riscrichmond.org
Justice Rally – April 9, 6:30pm
Justice Rally – Second Baptist Church – Southside, 3300 Broad Rock Blvd
Join with Justice Network Members from all 21 RISC congregations.
Hear the back-story on our months of research in elementary reading, child trauma, and healthcare job training!
Learn how we will bring effective policy solutions in our community and how we expect decision-makers to respond.
All the info and tools you need to get ready for the Nehemiah Action!
Nehemiah Action-Monday April 30, 2018 7:00-8:30 p.m.
St. Paul’s Baptist Church 4247 Creighton Road (carpool from BAPC)
What Does it Mean to DO Justice?
With the power of organized people* we press for accountability and effective policies:
- $80.2 million in affordable housing = over 1,100 families and seniors assisted through Affordable Housing Trust Fund
- Collaboration with Richmond hospital systems to set up and implement a healthcare jobs pipeline
- Continued commitment from Chesterfield County Public Schools to address childhood trauma
- Introduction of proven reading programs to both Henrico County and City of Richmond Public Schools
Our goal for BAPC participation is *100 people. Please join us along with those from 22 member congregations and say YES to the invitation! RISC Team: Carolyn Carper, Barbara Jacocks, John Rupp, Martha Singdahlsen, Ernie Wright
Research community problems & solutions
Committees meet once a month to define the problems and solutions, and strategize for action.
Please RSVP to the RISC Office (804) 476-0064 and speak with staff or your congregation’s team leader before attending, if you are new.
Education – Elementary Reading
Thursday, April 19, 6:30pm
Mental Health – Childhood Trauma Response
Tuesday, April 17, 7pm