Mission and Social Justice

As agents of God’s justice, healing, and love the Mission and Social Justice Commission of The Riverside Church in the City of New York seeks to transform individuals, communities, and systems of racial, economic, social, and environmental oppression.

What We Do

Mission and Social Justice at Riverside, led by Rev. Nyle Fort, is comprised of the MSJ Commission and fourteen ministries that work to identify and address specific areas of great human need. MSJ identifies opportunities for the Riverside community to express their faith through social action, and its guiding principle is collaboration between all ministries, commissions, church bodies, and the broader community outside the church. In January, 2022, MSJ identified three focus areas where the work of its ministries could make a positive difference: Democracy, Earth, and Equity.

MSJ at a Glance

Latest News & Programs

Welcome Rev. Nyle Fort, Minister of Justice, Advocacy, and Change

Rev. Fort is an ordained minister, faith-based organizer, and activist-scholar committed to both the sanctity of ...

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Polls Need Souls: Defending Democracy, Preserving the Earth, Advancing Equity on the Road to the Midterms

A series of programs and calls to action on critically important election issues.

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What’s at Stake on 11/8: A Dying or Thriving Democracy

Sept 25: Join us for conversation with Andrea Miller and Rev. Michael Livingston on what is ...

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Climate Justice: Beyond Denial and Despair

Thursdays Sept 22 – Nov 10: A series of programs, trips & gatherings exploring the growing ...

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Volunteers Needed! Help Asylum Seekers Being Bused to NYC from TX

Riverside's MSJ and Sojourners Ministry invites you to volunteer to help asylum seekers from Texas being ...

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Beloved Earth Community’s Monthly Newsletter: Save Our Future

Beloved Earth Community, a MSJ ministry of The Riverside Church, calls Riversiders to protest the climate ...

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Discussion: Developing Anti-Racist Identity & Voice in Faith Communities

Sept 23: Join this Zoom discussion on faith communities developing distinct a Anti-Racist Identity and United ...

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Updated Anti-Racism Task Force Resources

Download the latest resources and toolkits from Riverside's Anti-Racism Task-Force.

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Riverside Lift Every Voice & Vote Campaign

Let's get out the vote! We're working to ensure everyone is heard in NYC, in the ...

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Members & Meetings

2022-23 Members, Officers, and Liaison Assignments

Sumati Devadutt (MSJ Chair)
Derrick Biney-Amissah (MSJ Vice Chair, Building Committee Rep.)
Lissa Dodington (Secretary)
Milly Akinsulure
Victoria Anderson (Church Council)
Michael Barnes (Stewardship)
Gary Bogle (Nominating Committee Rep.)
Frances Connell
Pamela Davis (Budget & Planning Rep.)
Rainer Engelken (Liaison Young Adult Ministry)
Susan Wersan (Representative to Institutional Affiliations)

Minister of Justice, Advocacy and Change

Rev. Nyle Fort


MSJ Meetings

The MSJ Commission meets on the second Monday of each month from 6:30-8:00 pm ET. Email us for more information.


 

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Latino Ministry

Sunday, October 16

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Theatre of the Oppressed

Sunday, November 13

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Latino Ministry

Sunday, November 20

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Theatre of the Oppressed

Sunday, November 20

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Theatre of the Oppressed

Sunday, November 27

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Theatre of the Oppressed

Sunday, December 11

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