In the Fall, Team Leaders host House Meetings to discuss community problems and engage participants as Network Members. From November through March, Issue Committees are formed to conduct research into the problems, and ultimately come up with specific, winnable solutions. The Nehemiah Action is held in the Spring, where thousands gather to ask public officials to implement these solutions. After the Nehemiah Action, leaders follow up on the commitments made at the Action, and Network Members are invited to invest in RISC.
THE VISION FOR JUSTICE MINISTRY (RODEF TZEDEK)
Micah 6:8 provides a clear list of requirements for God’s people: to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.
We believe that doing justice is a core part of our faith traditions, and yet one that is often overlooked. Our vision is to build up the Justice Ministries (Rodef Tzedek) within each of our congregations such that justice is an integral part of their culture.
Our best measure of that, is what percentage of the congregaition's average worship attendance (those that gather for faithfulness) turn out to the annual Nehemiah Action (gather for justice). Each congregation's goal is to ultimately turn out 100% of average worship attendance, to the Nehemiah Action.
THE NEHEMIAH ACTION
In 2019, we brought out over 700 people to the Nehemiah Action. In the Spring of 2020, we canceled our Nehemiah Action due to onset of the COVID 19 pandemic. In August of 2020, we held a "Mini-Action" on Zoom with 529 members online.
Our Nehemiah Action 2021 shattered RISC records, with 2,004 people logging on and attending.
To view a recording of our August 2020 Mini-Action, click here.
To view a recording of our March 2021 Nehemiah Action, click here.
NETWORK MEMBERS ARE THE FOUNDATION OF RISC.
Justice Ministry (Rodef Tzedek) Network Members Commit to the Following:
- Attend the 4 RISC Assemblies of the year –
The Community Problems Assembly on November 9th
The Rally on March 14th
The Nehemiah Action on April 5th
The Justice Ministry Celebration on June 13th
- Bring at least 3 people to the NEHEMIAH ACTION
- Consider a serious financial investment in our justice ministry