A Community of Practice, often abbreviated in writing as a CoP, is a group of people who are active practitioners. The purpose of a CoP is to provide a way for practitioners to share tips and best practices, ask questions of their colleagues, and provide mutual support and guidance.
The basis for membership in any community of practice is similar experience, training or role and responsibility within the vocational journey. In other words, one should have at least some recent experience performing the role or areas of leadership as the other members who will gather for a CoP. In many UCC Conferences, communities of practice for clergy practitioners have existed for some time and have been known as Excellence Groups.
For the purpose of gathering to learn, develop and deepen capacities in faith formation, our groups will be known as Excellence Groups. This language describes our Conference’s intent to develop sacred spaces for leaders to attain excellence in their vocational lives. We know that well formed and healthy leaders contribute greatly to well formed and healthy congregations, in other words, those that are most effective in vital faith formation.
Here are some updates: (If you miss these first meetings but would like to participate- contact Karen Ziel at 860-761-7104 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Central-Eastern Group will begin on Thursday November 21, 2019 at 6:30 PM in Gilead, CT.
Central-Southern Group will begin on Tuesday, November 19th, at 10:00 AM at Unity Hill United Church of Christ in Trumbull, CT.
Western Group will begin on Thursday November 21, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Green's Farms Church, Westport, CT.
North-Central Group will begin on Thursday December 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM at First Congregational Church, West Hartford, CT.
For more information on Communities of Practice.