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.
RISC Research Begins!
We entered the most important phase of the RISC program year on Monday,
November 19 ….gathering our RESEARCH team to study, discern, and determine THE most impactful action we as an organization can take in 2019 to improve HOUSING for our most vulnerable citizens. This is an excellent way to become involved, learn about the issues and get to know our fellow RISC members! Teams working on elementary reading and child trauma response continue their persistent efforts to gain traction and action from our leaders. If YOU feel called to join Carolyn Carper, Lauren Ramseur, Martha Singdahlsen, Amy Compton, and Steve Dickinson, please talk to one of them to find out more. The rewarding work continues into 2019 culminating in the Nehemiah Action Assembly on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. We welcome your participation!
RISC Contact Info:
Phone: (804) 476-0064 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org riscrichmond.org