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Communities of Practice

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Community of Practice in Indianapolis, Indiana Photo by Lori Sirtosky

To be an effective and successful leader, you need to be part of a team and supported by a larger, interconnected community.  An important part the UU Leadership Insitute experience is being a part of a larger learning community where synergy and generative learning can happen.

What are they, exactly?

Our in-person Communities of Practice provide an environment that fosters deep conversation and sharing of ideas and insights.  You will engage with case studies (where you can bring your “expertise” from your courses), reflect on your own grounding as a leader in small groups and create a small project with other leaders.  The Communities of Practice normally meet on a Saturday, late in the semester.   (See the UU Leadership Institute Calendar for the schedule.) 

The Communities of Practice may be convened by a UUA Congregational Life Consultant or by a local Peer Host.


Sample Saturday Schedule:  

9:00 am  Opening Worship
9:15 am  Check-in (Wins and Challenges)
9:45 am  Credo Groups  (in groups of 6-8)   A chance to reflect on the “faith” aspect of being a religious leader.   These may include reflection questions based on the common “lens” session.
11:00 am Break
11:15 am Case Study Groups (includes a mixture of track participants)   A case study and reflection questions will be provided.   Participants will be able to use their “expertise” to share their insights.   Last 5 minutes devoted to process observation.
12:30 pm Lunch
1:15 pm   Large group discussion / Project Planning / Real Case Studies
2:15 pm    Reflection / Process Observation
2:45 pm   Closing