From our friends at Bend the Arc, the organization(s) formerly known as Jewish Funds for Justice-Progressive Jewish Alliance-Shefa Fund, the Community Organizing Residency is accepting applications — and nominations. The application deadline for COR has been extended to June 15th and we have created an online form for you to nominate applicants. You can nominate them here.
Where else can you find a Muslim organizer trained by a Jewish organization to work with a coalition comprised mostly of Christian churches? Nowhere but Bend the Arc’s Community Organizing Residency, as covered recently in the NY Times.
The Community Organizing Residency (COR) is creating a nationwide network of religiously diverse community organizers. Jewish, Muslim and Christian residents of different denominations are placed with congregations, unions, or community groups. Each one is paired with a professional organizer who trains and mentors them. They attend intensive retreats together for interfaith study and reflection about the role of faith in organizing.
COR is the only program of its kind in the country. Now coming into its third year, it has been shown to be highly successful, with almost every resident who went through the program now employed as an organizer. Just as important is the qualitative feedback from COR residents, who use words like “transformative” to describe the program. COR residents uniformly speak highly of the training, and tell us that both the professionalism and the interfaith aspects of the program set it apart in its power to support them and impart strong organizing skills.
Residencies begin on January 16, 2013 with a four day opening retreat, and end on July 24, 2013 with a three day closing retreat.
To apply please visit www.RootedinFaith.org. Please contact Info@RootedinFaith.org with any questions or for more information. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and are due no later than June 15, 2012.