The Corporate Religious House Model was built during August 1968.* The first Global Academy was taught, with 20 people, in the Fall of 1968. David McCleskey was Dean and the faculty members were Joe Pierce, Bill Alerding, and Kaye Hayes (Doris Hahn, 2013).
A teaching team toured Europe and taught in England, Germany, Holland, and Yugoslavia.
Keith Chapman (Packard) came to the preschool in 1968 during its second wave of development into the 5th City Preschooling Institute. Lela Jahn (Campbell, Bayer) was the director. We were developing a spiraled wholistic imaginal curriculum from birth (actually six weeks) through five years. Some of the others on the staff were Ruth Carter, Wanda Lee, Anna Marie Hampton (all from 5th City) and Nancy Grow, Mimi Shinn, Joyce Townley, Raymond Spencer, Gary Forbes, Ken Ellison, Joy Warner, and Sandy Conant (Powell, Strachen) (K. Elise Packard, email, May 2017).
The Imaginal Education course was taught for the first time in the fall of 1968.**
I remember teaching the first weekend course in Imaginal Education with David McCleskey, Rick Loudermilk, and Kay Lush. We designed the course at the request of Joe Mathews’ sister who was teaching in a school in New York. We presented the course to her colleagues sometime in 1968 or ’69. Then the teacher’s guild continued teaching the course around the country for the next few years with the support of the more seasoned trainers to start with (Marilyn Oyler, ICA Dialogue, April 24, 2011).
Chicago:South Side, and Rockford Religious Houses opened in September 1968 (Nelson Stover, Carol Walters, Wendell Refior 2017; Wendell arrived in Rockford, February 1969).
* See Religious House contextual writings, constructs, training, and locations from the Golden Pathways online.
** See the ICA Archives Imaginal Education collection.
The Religious Houses and the Odyssey
One of the most interesting phenomena I remember about the NRM [The New Religious Mode] and the Religious Houses was that in December  when the Priors all came back, each House had experimented with a construct that evolved [into] the Odyssey format we later all came to know and love. The key was that each [house] had done it without consulting with one another. Synchronicity par excellence. That was confirmation that we had struck a deep chord into the Spirit Life ( Jim Troxel, 1992).
Launched the Urban Academy, an intensive six-week program for training Urban leaders from ghettos across the country. George West was Dean. Most of the participants were from 5th City and the South Side of Chicago.