Opportunity Forum: Engage & Empower

Sep, 27, 2017

Are you ready to do the serious work of addressing the issues that keep many of our city’s people in poverty? A four-part Opportunity Forum, in response to the findings of the recent Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force Report released earlier this year, begins Wednesday, September 20.

“The Task Force report identified three key directives for getting at the root of ongoing poverty—combatting racism, bolstering early childhood literacy and leveraging social capital,” said Garrell Keesler, Director of Adult Formation. “We’re bringing in community leaders to lead us in understanding these issues and how we as a faith community can be on the front lines of change and action.”

The final three sessions in the Opportunity Forum are:

  • Wednesday September 27: Leveraging Social Capital, Rabbi Judy Schindler
  • Wednesday October 4: Bolstering Early Childhood Literacy, Dr. Munro Richardson
  • Sunday October 29: Cultivating a Community Committed to Education, Dr. Clayton Wilcox

Rabbi Judy Schindler is an Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and Director of the Stan Greenspan Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University. Dr. Richardson is Executive Director of Read Charlotte, a community initiative that unites families, educators and community partners to improve literacy from birth to third grade. Dr. Wilcox is the Superintendent of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.


This Wednesday evening series begins with optional dinner at 5:15 p.m. in Wood Fellowship Hall, with the program beginning at 6:15 p.m.

You may wish to prepare for the series by reading the full Opportunity Task Force report or the Executive Summary.