Listening

Every fall, each congregation holds small group meetings to discuss their hopes and concerns. 

In 22 congregations across the Richmond region and representing a diverse range of religious, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds, we all answer the question, "Among your family or close friends, who do you worry about? Why?" The result is always a heartfelt and relational discussion of the ways we are all impacted by problems in our community. 

House meetings of 8-10 people are also a great opportunity to build relationships within our congregations. During house meetings, the host also invites each person to participate in RISC as a network member. Network members multiply our impact by bringing at least 3 people to the Nehemiah Action once a year. They also attend events throughout the year to stay informed in the work of justice, and have the opportunity to invest financially and participate on research teams.

Example:

Every fall, our congregations hold small-group house meetings to discuss our hopes and concerns for the community. In 2012, 200 people attended house meetings, and dozens shared how they were struggling to find full-time jobs.

After sharing stories, all RISC members gather to vote on the problem they want to take on together. We hold an event called the Community Problems Assembly, where every member gets to vote. In 2012, over 200 RISC leaders voted to address the problem of unemployment.

This year on October 29, 2018 at our Community Problems Assembly, network members in RISC congregations voted to address housing and evictions as our next initiative!

 

Click here to learn about the next step in our process, Research.

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