Community Organizing Residency

The interfaith Community Organizing Residency:

The interfaith Community Organizing Residency (COR) is a six-month leadership program for organizers from diverse religious backgrounds who want to strengthen their organizing careers while building a supportive community with other faith-based social justice leaders.

COR 5 group photoCOR cohorts begin with an all-cohort opening retreat and end with an all-cohort closing retreat. Between retreats, residents will participate in reflection, mentorship, and gatherings with fellow residents in their regions. COR is the only program of its kind in the country.COR is for individuals currently working in community-based organizations, congregations, or unions who are seeking leadership training, mentorship, and an opportunity to explore other faith traditions with a cohort. COR residents should live in one of the following areas: New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco Bay Area, CA; Chicago, IL; or Twin Cities, MN.

During COR Residents Will:

  • Learn personal leadership practices that will help bring wholeness and sustainability to organizing work for the long-term.
  • Build transformational relationships as a community of community organizers across faith tradition, organizing affiliation, race, ethnicity, and region.
  • Create powerful connections bridging faith and social change efforts. Residents will study and reflect on the roots of struggle and justice in the texts and traditions of Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

COR Background:

COR was founded to break down barriers of faith and organization affiliation among organizers across the country and bring organizing methodology into the lives of faith leaders.

The COR Alumni Community -- trained community organizers and religious leaders from the first four COR cohorts -- is uniquely networked to create alternate public religious narratives, organize at a movement level, and collaboratively build the power of the multi-faith movement for justice.

COR 5 Program Dates:

Attendance at both all-cohort retreats, in addition to regional gatherings, is required for participation in COR. Retreat travel costs are covered as part of program participation.

Opening retreat
: March 2-6, 2016 (Wednesday-Sunday); Ossining, NY

Closing retreat: August 25-28, 2016 (Thursday-Sunday); Pacific Palisades, CA

Recent Headlines


Breaking Down Barriers Across Lines of Faith, Race and Class


Bend the Arc’s Community Organizing Residency builds relationships between organizers of different faiths in a nation that appears increasingly fractured. As the fifth cohort of the program came to a close, one resident reflected, “I gained so much insight connecting with people both in and outside my faith tradition, my city, my race, and my gender. We need each other!”

Community Organizers from Five Faiths Come Together


"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," said one participant. This is what happens when leaders from five faiths come together at a farm in Upstate New York.