The Isaiah Project
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
The Isaiah Project is an initiative of faith communities and clergy across metro Richmond to pray, educate, organize, and advocate for regional public transportation. Participants in the Isaiah Project bear witness to the mutual prosperity, constructive relationships, educated diversity, justice, and hope for the future that regional transit would afford neighborhoods throughout our region.
Faith communities are often acutely aware of not only the dire need but also the enormous benefits of frequent and far-reaching public transportation. Furthermore, they recognize and can uniquely speak into the ways our lack of regional public transportation splits and separates our region, particularly along racial and class lines.
The work coordinating this broad array of clergy and congregation support for regional public transportation began at Richmond Hill in 2013 - these were the first seeds of RVA Rapid Transit as a grassroots organization.
Participants in the Isaiah Project pray and work for the day when, in both symbolic and palpable ways, our region will be reconciled and connected via public transit for the collaborative and mutual prosperity of all. Our God-given strength lies in having an informed, diverse, and expansive array of voices calling tirelessly for regional transit.
Volunteers and partners are always welcome to join in this movement of faith communities to lead the way forward for our region.
Please contact Rev. Nelson Reveley (firstname.lastname@example.org) to join in or learn more about upcoming opportunities to get involved.
The Metro Richmond Clergy for Rapid Transit, a group formed in 2015 and flowing with Isaiah Initiative spirit, also created the Clergy Statement of Support 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.
Metro Richmond Clergy for Rapid Transit also created a four-session small group study to create awareness around the issue of public transportation in metropolitan Richmond.