About the ALEPH Network Communities Council
The ALEPH Network Communities Council, launching in 2017, will be made up of representatives from across the ALEPH Network. The purpose of this new group is to connect Network members (organizational, congregational, and individual) with one another; to discern what Network members need from the Network and from ALEPH; and to enable Network members to share resources and best practices with each other. The Council will serve as a conduit for information flow and among between Network members, and also as a mechanism for supporting ALEPH as the institution beneath whose ethics jurisdiction all Network members are covered.
Our hope is that the inaugural council will begin meeting in July 2017, so stay tuned!
What Kinds of Things Will the Communities Council Work On?
Our hope is that this group will do a variety of different things, including:
Exploring what Network members need most from the Network and from ALEPH;
Discerning what Network members can give to one another, and what kinds of resources, programs, and ideas Network members can share;
Creating good conduits for information flow between and among Network members, figuring out how best to tap wisdom across the Network and how best to keep the whole Network informed of what the Council is doing and thinking;
Connecting ALEPH Network members with existing resources within ALEPH -- resources relating to community ritual and davenen (prayer), music / song / chant, personal spiritual practices, liturgies for unique circumstances, practices both traditional and new, and educational resources for a variety of age groups;
Developing and sharing new resources in areas such as congregational consulting, interim clergy support, best practices for clergy contracts, working with boards, etc.
Supporting ALEPH as the institution beneath whose ethics jurisdiction all Network members are covered.