“I’m sick of meditating with your worse self on behalf of your better selves.”
–from The Bridge Poem by Donna Kate Rushin


Justice Leadership can be exhausting, especially if you’re a person of color. In our fight for a better reality, we often come face-to-face with the bleakest versions of ourselves, others, and our communities. When we repeatedly encounter the worst, we often experience trauma, fatigue, and hopelessness.

Justice is a glorious marathon, not a fleeting sprint. In order to stay on course for the long haul, we must learn to lead from a place of love, and not fear. We must be motivated by truth and not anger. And we must deepen our connection to our sustaining spiritual roots.

What is the Cohort for Emerging Leaders of Color?

Limited to just 12 participants, the Emerging Leadership Cohort for People of Color is designed to provide ongoing formation and support for emerging justice leaders who desire to sharpen their justice skills while also deepening their spiritual roots. Cohort members will:

  • engage new ideas through readings, lectures, and discussions

  • learn to integrate their justice work with deepening and restorative practices

  • sharpen their analysis of the impediments to and pathways for justice in their local context

  • engage in a combination of video gatherings, in-person retreats, and peer mentorship that support deep connections with other justice leaders who are facing similar challenges

Cohort Requirements

  • One in-person retreat at CJR’s Haven for Weary Women of Color in North Carolina – June 21-23, 2019

  • Bi-monthly video gatherings – July 2019, September 2019, November 2019, January 2020, March 2020, May 2020

  • Bi-monthly peer mentorship gathering – June 2019, August 2019, October 2019, December 2019, February 2020, April 2020

  • Required reading and writing – 6 books and 6 brief (250 word) reflections

Who should participate?

The Cohort is open to people of color who were born after January 1, 1980.


$600-1200, sliding scale (pay what you are able, monthly installments accepted). Includes program and retreat costs. Does not include books or travel to/from retreats.

The Cohort for Emerging Leaders of Color is made possible by generous contributions from people of all cultural backgrounds. If you’d like to support this vital work, you may do so here.

Apply today! Applications are due February 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in March 2019.