The Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) Alumni Leadership Program nurtures young, faith-centered, emerging leaders so that they can impact society and culture. This two-year cohort experience for Jesuit-educated alumni, who currently reside in the Puget Sound region, includes retreats, monthly interactive sessions, study and discussion, prayer, lecture (speaker series), and service and justice opportunities.
By providing both spiritual formation and secular leadership training, the CLA program is unique and intentionally goes where other leadership or spirituality programs for young adults have not. It is our hope that participants will:
CLA cohorts currently operate in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Syracuse, NY and are run by the Jesuit Collaborative. The 2011-2013 Magis CLA program is the first cohort on the West Coast and the first cohort sponsored by a Jesuit university! Magis is currently recruiting for its second CLA cohort.
Listen to an America Magazine podcast by Daniel Hendrickson, SJ, chaplain to the CLA program in New York. His podcast about CLA is called Forming Faith Leaders.
We are now accepting applications for the 2013-2015 CLA cohort. Applications are due Friday, May 17th, 2013. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the CLA Program Manager, Katie Steele.
Please find more details and the 2013-3015 cohort application and schedule here. Still have questions? Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.
See complete biographies of our inaugural cohort members listed above.
September 18, 2012 Initial *Social Justice Project Pitches September 29, 2012Year 2 Opening Retreat Facilitated by Bill Weis, Hartley McGrath, and Tom Norwood focusing on Emotional Intelligence and Peer Coaching October 16, 2012 Social Justice Project Formal Proposals November 13, 2012 Leading from Where you Are with Sharon Daloz Parks December 11, 2012 Faith Sharing and Faith-Centered Leadership & [Social Justice Project Check-ins]January 15, 2013 More on Peer Coaching with Bill Weis and Tom Norwood [& Social Justice Project Check-ins] February 19, 2013 Service and Justice [& Social Justice Project Check-ins] February 25, 2013 Chris Lowney Talk (on "Heroic Leadership")March 19, 2013 Heroic and Ignatian Leadership [& Social Justice Project Check-ins] April 16, 2013 Social Justice Project Final Presentations Cohort members invite family, friends, community partners, and CLA Advisory Team May 8, 2013Be Ignited: Summit on Ignatian LeadershipMay 21, 2013Panel of Faith-Centered Leaders and Servant LeadershipMay 31- June 2, 2013 Mission and Commissioning Closing Retreat
For a complete Year 1 schedule, please click here.
The second year of the CLA cohort experience is centered around a significant group project, which invites participants to apply and reflect upon many of the learnings from CLA Year 1. The project is adapted from Seattle University’s Executive Leadership Program (ELP) practicum “Leadership for a Just and Humane World.” Working in small groups, participants have the opportunity to lead a project, in partnership with those whom they hope to serve, that addresses a social injustice. The project has four objectives:
For a complete Social Justice Project description, please click here.