Are you looking for a leadership formation opportunity? Do you want to reconnect with your Jesuit-roots and with other Jesuit-educated alumni? If so, then the new Magis Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLIA) program could be for you.
CLIA is two-year cohort program for Jesuit-educated alumni with an integrated focus on faith, leadership and service. CLIA at Seattle U will be the first cohort on the West Coast and the first to be sponsored at a Jesuit university. Previous cohorts have been run in Washington DC, Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago.
I have always been identified as a leader,” said Stephanie Weaver, a CLIA participant and Georgetown alumna who works for the American Red Cross in Princeton, NJ and is also a founder of A Drink For Tomorrow, a foundation raising funds to bring clean water to villages in India. “There’s still a ton to learn,” she said.
New York CLIA participant Mark Orrs is a doctoral student in sustainable development at Columbia University and a graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He's found that lessons he's learned about spirituality in the group, via regular monthly meetings and a retreat, have been helpful. "What I've taken from it is the spiritual practices and incorporating them into my daily life," he said. Jesuit meditation and spiritual practices such as the Examen and Lectio Divina are part of the program.
Like Stephanie, if you still have something to learn about leadership and dig the Jesuit tradition, then why not see what CLIA is all about. Information, FAQs and an application can be found on the Magis website. Applications are due by Friday, June 17th. Contact Tom Norwood, Assistant Director of Magis at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
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