Karen Ziel

Karen Ziel

Karen Ziel is the Assistant Director of the Center for Transformational Leadership (CTL) at the Southern New England Conference.  She can help congregations and their leaders with tools and resources for assessment and discernment.  As a member of the CTL team, she can assist with resources for all aspects of leadership development. Karen coordinates Clergy Communities of Practice through the Center for Transformational Leadership.  See the Staff Teams page for more information about how Karen can assist you.

Karen brings training and experience in adult formation and leadership development to her role at the CTL.  Prior to the Southern New England Conference, Karen served in 4 local congregations and served for 12 years in the historic CT Conference UCC.  Karen is a Commissioned Minister in the United Church of Christ.  She is the recipient of the 2021 Association of United Church Educators (AUCE) Founders Award and has participated in wider church teams, boards, and ministry in many ways including as a Dean for Silver Lake Conference Center for over 20 years.

Published Articles


7/14/2021 - The Center for Transformational Leadership Offers Ministry Support in the Way of Jesus

6/11/2021 - Clergy Communities of Practice Offer Nurture and Support

6/8/2021 - Resources in Review- 2 Books on Leadership by Tod Bolsinger

5/11/2021 - Journeying Together - A Transition Time Reflection

4/5/2021 - Communities of Practice Provide Support and Learning

3/8/2021 - Celebrating Eastertide-The Great 50 Days

2/11/2021 - Lean Into Lent

1/19/2021 - Get to Know Faith Formation Team Member Karen Ziel

10/8/2020 - October is Bullying Prevention Month

9/17/2020 - Playlists! An Exciting Innovation

8/19/2020 - Southern New England Conference Churches Selected for Thriving Congregations Initiative

4/3/2020 - Yes: An Online Retreat Can Be Holy Ground

1/24/2020 - In Partnership-Reset for a New Decade

6/5/2019 - Many Voices One Mission: Partners

1/23/2019 - I Believe in Angels-CAUCE Reflects

12/26/2018 - Many Voices One Mission: Where Two or Three Are Gathered

7/11/2018 - Many Voices, One Mission: The Rite of Confirmation

12/11/2017 - Brokenness and Restoration - Six Word Stories

10/16/2017 - Are You There, God? It’s Me, Moses!

6/12/2017 - Laughter

5/10/2017 - In Partnership- An Interview with Participants in Vibrant Faith University

4/12/2017 - Reflection on Mentored Relationships

2/7/2017 - New Faith Formation Leader: Dana Johnson

1/23/2017 - Paradox On The Mount

12/6/2016 - Faith Formation Leaders To Be Mentors

11/29/2016 - New Faith Leader: Jenny Byxbee

9/26/2016 - I Lament

6/13/2016 - Questions

2/22/2016 - Provoked

11/16/2015 - In The Words Of Hymns

8/3/2015 - Live Your Life With Love

4/27/2015 - Bearing Fruit

2/2/2015 - Living Wholeheartedly

11/10/2014 - Mercy Me

6/16/2014 - Catch the Complications

3/17/2014 - For All Who Thirst

12/9/2013 - Mary, Did You Know?

9/2/2013 - Down to Earth

5/20/2013 - Knowing Mystery

3/11/2013 - Mary of Bethany

12/10/2012 - Joy

9/17/2012 - I Don't Want the World Turned Upside Down

2/21/2012 - Create in Me

11/14/2011 - Noticing -- and Acting

8/15/2011 - Experiencing Connection

5/9/2011 - The Questions of Renewal

1/31/2011 - Shining on the Lamp Stand

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