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.
Justice Ministry Kick-Off Dinner – Thursday, October 10, at 6:00 p.m. in Room 101-103
Bring empty stomachs, open minds, and a willingness to listen. We’ll hear Harrison Hayes, Director of Pathways to Health Care Workforce, speak of building a workforce pipeline for health care jobs. Join us as we discuss the issues that matter most to our community.
We celebrate several JUSTICE MINISTRY ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Commitment of $2.9 million by City Council to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and $485,000 for Eviction Diversion Fund. Launch of a 2014 RISC initiative, the Pathways to Health Care Workforce by VCU Health with more than 106 participants since July 2018, 37 hired by VCU Health and Bon Secours. Reading Mastery program established in 8 Richmond Public Schools.
Fun, food, and fellowship makes this evening a CELEBRATION!
You also will have an opportunity to COMMIT your TIME and TALENTS to continue growing this vital Justice Ministry Network
RISC Contact Info:
Phone: (804) 476-0064 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org riscrichmond.org