Faith Communities for Metro-wide Transit
The Metro Richmond Clergy Committee for Rapid Transit is prayerfully committed to cultivating civic friendships rooted in faith in order to coordinate congregational involvement and broad-based witness for a metropolitan-wide bus rapid transit system.
The Clergy Statement of Support was created by the Metro Richmond Clergy Committee for Rapid Transit to provide a metropolitan-wide public witness and call for the kind of transit system that both symbolically and palpably reconciles our counties and city, genuinely opening access and connectivity for all.
The Clergy Committee was formed at Richmond Hill in the spring of 2015 and represents congregations unified across the metropolitan area. New members, lay people as well as clergy, are always welcome to join in this ministry. Our God-given strength lies in having an informed, diverse, and expansive array of voices calling tirelessly for regional transit. We pray and work for the day when, in both symbolic and palpable ways, our counties and city will be reconciled and connected via rapid transit for the collaborative and mutual prosperity of all.
- A comprehensive and attractive metropolitan-wide bus rapid transit system.
- The cultivation of inter-congregational relationships, spiritual growth, and racial reconciliation around issues of justice in our region.
- The formation of a broad-based congregational voice for BRT.
- The persistent, public, and strategic expression of that voice around the step-by-step decisions that need to be made for BRT to come to fruition – continued expression of this unified voice until those decisions are finally and fully made.
The Clergy Committee also created a four-session small group study to create awareness around the issue of public transportation in metropolitan Richmond. It is designed for congregations to use, alone, or in congregational pairs.
If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer food to the hungry, and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like noonday.
The Lord will guide you continually...Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.
- Isaiah 58:10-12