On March 2-6, 2016, the fifth cohort of the interfaith Community Organizing Residency (COR) came together for the first time at their Opening Retreat. These 21 faith-rooted organizers hail from the Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, the Twin Cities, and Chicago and make up COR’s most religiously diverse cohort to date. The COR Alumni Community played a large role in recommending and recruiting these Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist leaders.
The opening retreat was held at Bailey Farms in Ossining, New York. Residents focused on developing personal leadership skills, sharing connections between faith and justice, and preparing for the next six months of the COR program. There was also a strong emphasis on building transformative relationships and an overall supportive cohort community.
One resident stated, "The faith reflections, the discussions around purpose and vision and talking about leadership were all extremely valuable for me. Most importantly though was building relationships with everyone."
Another resident shared, "I don't think I've ever been a part of a community that is all at once so diverse, so open, and so justice-driven."
Throughout the next six months of COR, city sub-cohorts will come together monthly for experiential gatherings, such as attending a faith service or a public community meeting, followed by time to reflect as a group. Residents will be connecting virtually through monthly online journal entries and one-on-one as peer mentors. Locally, residents will be meeting with and learning from professional organizing mentors, many of whom are part of the COR Alumni Community.
Learn more about COR and meet the inspiring residents of COR 5.