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.
OPPORTUNITIES TO ENGAGE WITH YOUR COMMUNITY THROUGH RISC
Tuesday, February 25 – 6:30 p.m. Temple Beth El, 3300 Grove Ave. – Housing and Evictions research team
Thursday, February 27 – 6:30 p.m. Ebenezer Baptist Church, 219 W. Leigh St. – Gun Violence research team
Monday, March 9 – 6:30 p.m. Bon Air Presbyterian Church – Our own network team will meet to get updates on the issues and plan for RISC Nehemiah Action on April 27
RISC Contact Info:
Phone: (804) 476-0064 Email: email@example.com riscrichmond.org