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.
The Isaiah Project organizes broad-based, encouraging showings of support for expanded public transportation during public comment period at Board of Supervisors meetings in Henrico and in Chesterfield. We go out four times a year, twice to Henrico and twice to Chesterfield. These outings are called "Isaiah Project Speaks." While communities of faith in each locality lead the way, we invite broad regional solidarity and participation. For more information on the fall Isaiah Project Speaks in Henrico click here, and for more information on the fall Isaiah Project Speaks in Chesterfield, click here.
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For more details or to sign up to join in a Board of Supervisor meeting, please contact email@example.com or see rvarapidtransit.org/isaiah.
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.
Corridors for the Kingdom
The Isaiah Project has also created a four-session small group study to create awareness around the issue of public transportation in metropolitan Richmond.
Clergy Statement of Support
The Clergy Statement of Support was created by the Metro Richmond Clergy for Rapid Transit on June 18, 2015, at Richmond Hill. With its broad-based, diverse array of signatories, it provides a metropolitan-wide public witness and call for the kind of transit system that both symbolically and quite palpably reconciles our counties and city, genuinely opening access and connectivity for all. Read and sign the statement below:
As clergy across Metropolitan Richmond, we call on the political and economic leaders of our differing jurisdictions to unite in creating a first-class public transportation system for the entire metropolitan region.
We believe that the people of Metropolitan Richmond have endured centuries of division and conflict and that we should now step forward in solidarity, telling the world that we intend to be the capital city of reconciliation.
We believe that God wants our people to live in mutual prosperity, in constructive relationships, in educated diversity, in justice, and in hope for the future.
We believe that Metropolitan Richmond must be linked together with a comprehensive public transportation system for the sake of all our citizens.
We know that Metropolitan Richmond is currently ranked in the bottom ten percent of American metro areas in public transportation, and can move to the top ten percent by building the four rapid transit lines, which have been identified by transportation planners and RVA Rapid Transit.
We join with citizens of all of our jurisdictions, and with clergy and members of faith communities all over Metropolitan Richmond, asking our leaders to unite without delay in this common constructive cause.
We invite clergy throughout Metropolitan Richmond to support this statement.