Faith in the Roots Webinar
CRCC managing director and American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI) co- founder Brie Loskota moderated a recent webinar “Faith in Roots,” reporting out on the stories from the first year of the Community Organizing Residency (COR) on to launch the second year of the program. (Watch the replay.)
Joshua DuBois, director of White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, called in to congratulate COR on their work in the program’s first year. COR recruits and places individuals from different faith backgrounds in leading organizing groups in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area to gain on-the-ground experience while organizing and receive mentorship from seasoned organizers. The program is an initiative of the Jewish Funds for Justice, with program support from AMCLI, the Poverty Initiative at the Union Theological Seminary, and the Jewish Organizing Initiative.
Presenters of the event included Naim Shah, Jr., a member of the first AMCLI cohort and organizing resident at LA Voice; Rachel Feldmen, Jewish Funds for Justice director of organizing; Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, organizing resident at IKAR; Susana Lopez, organizing resident at United Power for Action and Justice. During the talk, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian organizing residents shared reflections on their placements, curriculum, struggles with sustainability, their personal faith journey, and what they learned about organizing other faith communities. The event was sponsored by AMCLI, Poverty Initiative at the Union Theological Seminary, the Jewish Organizing Initiative, Interfaith Funders, and Jewish Funds for Justice.
The application deadline for year two of the residency program is April 8, 2011. For applications and more information about the Community Organizing Residency (COR), visit www.rootedinfaith.org.