Contributor: Scott Neely | Faith Initiative to End Child Poverty Director
Fuse Efforts To End Child Poverty
Faith Initiative to End Child Poverty Summit
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church
502 S. Daniel Morgan Ave., Spartanburg, SC 29306
On Thursday, October 19 the Faith Initiative To End Child Poverty will host a summit from 8:30am-2:00pm at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church (502 S. Daniel Morgan Ave., Spartanburg, SC 29306) focused on education and economic mobility, especially what congregations can do to best support our students and educators. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. All are welcome.
Register below, and invite those you know who may be interested.
Dr. Irvin Scott of the Harvard LIFE (Leadership Initiative for Faith and Education) Program and Zakiya Jackson of the Expectations Project will headline the Faith Initiative Summit. These are national leaders in what faith communities can do to support students and educators.
The Faith Initiative would especially like to invite congregations and educators who are partnered to serve students in our schools throughout Spartanburg County. If you are aware of ministries or congregations that work in partnership with our schools, please share this invitation with them and encourage them to come. The Faith Initiative Summit is in partnership with the Spartanburg Academic Movement’s 10th anniversary conference the day before, on October 18. If you are available, register to attend both events back-to-back! This is an opportunity to fuse our efforts to make Spartanburg a community of thriving for every one of us.
About the Faith Initiative to End Child Poverty
The Faith Initiative To End Child Poverty is a coalition of congregations working to end child poverty in Spartanburg. Our goal is to activate the gifts of the faith community in alignment with wider community efforts. Our strategy is:
- Pastoral: Be with children and their families who are living in poverty. Research (see here and here) shows that being with one another, as God has promised to be with us, radically reduces barriers to economic mobility through connection and resource sharing. This is the heart of our work. Be with one another, today.
- Congregational: Build a network of congregations serving children and their families who are living in poverty. Share knowledge and resources between congregations.
- Community: Align efforts of congregations and organizations serving children and their families who are living in poverty.
- Advocacy: Develop projects and support for gaps in community services and thinking.
- Culture: Create a culture of connection and sharing for our mutual thriving.
To get involved, please contact our director, Scott Neely (email@example.com).