The URJ communities of practice process
takes place over 18-24 months. Each begins
and ends with in-person gatherings, to be attended by all of the
community of practice's congregational representatives, and includes
and monthly virtual gatherings.
The communities of practice curriculum includes five components:
Research/Study of the Field:
Exploration of relevant topics, learning from experts, studying best principles and exploring common challenges.
Experiment Design: From Theory to Visioning:
After learning together for a few months, each congregation team
crafts an experiment/pilot proposal that challenges the engagement work
being done in
the congregation. With support and guidance of other members, the
experiment's parameters are honed to ensure they include clear vision,
and benchmarks for success.
Experiment Implementation: Getting Our Hands Dirty:
In this phase of the curriculum, members launch the pilot in their own
congregation, sharing successes and troubleshooting challenges with
the full community of practice.
Using the pilot's benchmarks for success, congregations track the accomplishments of the experiment.
Community of practice congregations have ample opportunity to share
successes with the Movement-at-large, at URJ Biennials and other
webinars and through the Knowledge Network.
Although URJ communities of practice learn, experiment and reflect
together for 18-24 months, ultimately the process designed to serve as a
change, helping congregations transform into communities of belonging,
meaning and purpose. The relationships that emerge from the communities
will last well beyond the formal assembly.