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.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR – METRO-WIDE EVENTS!
April 9, 2018, 6:30 PM–RISC Rally at Second Baptist Church Southside, 3300 Broad Rock Blvd.
April 30, 2017, 7:00 PM—RISC Nehemiah Action Assembly
Get Ready for 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