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

The Mission and Social Justice Commission at The Riverside Church partners with staff in the shaping of Riverside’s social justice agenda. We seek ways to support the ministries under MSJ’s umbrella to pursue excellence in carrying out their missions, collaborating whenever possible with other ministries in the work of justice. We identify opportunities for the Riverside community to take action individually and collectively.

MSJ at a Glance

2021-22 Members with MSJ Offices and Liaison Assignments

Sumati Devadutt (MSJ Chair)
Victoria Anderson (Church Council)
Michael Barnes (Stewardship)
Derrick Biney-Amissah (Building & Grounds)
Frances Connell (MSJ Vice Chair)
Pamela Davis
Lissa Dodington (Secretary)
Rainer Engelken
Linda Fentiman (Budget & Planning)
Carol Fouke-Mpoyo (Nominating)
Susan Wersan


MSJ Meetings

The Mission and Social Justice Commission meets on the second Monday of each month from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm ET. Contact Sumati Devadutt for more information.

Live Justice Now

Live Justice Now is Riverside's ongoing initiative to take action in response to the great need for truth, justice, and compassion in our world. Come learn about the latest justice news, activities, and actions you can take part in.

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Mission & Social Justice Events

1:00 PM

Latino Ministry

Sunday, December 19

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1:00 PM

Latino Ministry

Sunday, December 19

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1:00 PM

Men’s Class

Sunday, December 19

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2:00 PM

Theatre of the Oppressed

Sunday, December 19

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8:00 PM

Theatre of the Oppressed

Monday, December 20

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1:00 PM

Prison Ministry

Sunday, December 26

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2:00 PM

Theatre of the Oppressed

Sunday, December 26

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2:00 PM

Ecclesia Ministry

Sunday, December 26

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8:00 PM

Theatre of the Oppressed

Monday, December 27

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8:00 PM

8:00 PM

1:00 PM

Latino Ministry

Sunday, January 16

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