The first residency was very valuable in putting faces and voices to the posts we engage in each week. We spent time in group spiritual direction which allowed us to gain deeper knowledge into who each of our classmates is and where they were journeying with God at that time. After leaving residency I could hear the writers voice each time I read a post. I could see their face behind the words. Each of the residency classes was valuable in the content we were studying but the personal contact with the members of our cohort was precious and added to the deep relationships we now have.