Futures Literacy is the ability to use and imagine different "futures" for different purposes and contexts. Futures Literacy stretches the imagination and helps folx identify underlying anticipatory assumptions. Learning this skill develops one's ability to embrace complexity, and take advantage of change, spontaneity and emergence.
Convergence is hosting a series of Futures Literacy Labs in 2022.
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The church - every church - faces new challenges, imagining what church looks like moving forward from 2020. The Courageous Church Online Summit, dives into leading questions on vision, identity, leadership, and hope, hearing from leading voices and provocative thought leaders on the next best steps for a vital progressive faith movement.
Convergence offers Strategic Planning for emerging from Covid and How to Use Your Church Campus As a Tool for Neighborhood Revitalization; both on demand.
Church Anew's 3-Session Series with Dr. Deanna Thompson, (The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World) interviewing:
And see Diana Butler Bass's Religion after Pandemic blog post.
Nuns & Nones provide an excellent article on emerging from Covid-19 and an interactive resource guide for creating ritual to help us move - individually and collectively - into the future "with little luggage, ready to imagine another world."
5 Key Lessons for Managing Congregations in a Virtual Age by John W. Wimberly, Jr.
Tools for Engaging the Post-Covid Church is a suite of practical resources created for pastors as they navigate the impacts and realities of COVID19. Sign up here.
Mikka McCracken, executive director for ELCA Innovation, and Rabbi Esther Lederman at United Reform Judaism, will be interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio's Kerri Miller. The discussion will center on how faith communities are changing after the pandemic and how congregations may be adapting to meet the needs of people as they rethink how church/Sunday mornings work.
MPR News with Kerri Millerairs weekdays at 9 a.m.
Church Anew's Mark Elsdon is confident that We Aren't Broke.
10 Ways to Cultivate a Creative Culture
How can you cultivate a creative spirit that will carry your ministry beyond the pandemic? Phil Cooke describes 10 ways to nurture a culture that embraces new vision and potential.
The Kaleo Center offers this excellent resource on Sevenfold Social Transformation: excellent reading for vision, mission, and identity discernment; outreach and organizing discussions; and community engagement decisions.
Diana Butler Bass offers an essential shift in perspective and profound ideas in Religion After Pandemic. Please read it!
Rev. Dr. Cameron Trimble frequently considers post-Covid transformations. Her Why Go to Church? is a must-read.
What Will Your Church Look Like Post-COVID-19?
Barry Winders says the COVID-19 crisis is a hinge point for the church. This pivotal time demands mission-focused leaders lest the church slip back into the busyness and nonmissional activities of the pre-COVID-19 past.
Find more Lewis Center for Church Leadership Online Worship & Hybrid Church articles, blog posts, and podcasts here.
Thriving Beyond COVID is a Scripture-based study to encourage, inspire, and challenge congregations for the post-COVID journey ahead. This small- and large-group study is available for free download and includes a leader guide, a participant guide and videos.
MennoMedia's Ex. Dir. Amy Gingerich, reflects on discussions with pastors about the post-COVID church:
...None of us brought rose-colored glasses about future church life. We know that COVID has and will continue to bring enormous change to the church and society. You can’t just not worship in person for 12 months or more and then try to push your congregation back to the way things were. That is worshipping a false god.
People have changed. The church has changed.
...I heard... humbleness around the unknown...[and] generative ideas for building new kinds of congregational life. My encouragement for this week for church leaders is to reach out to other church leaders. Share ideas, collaborate on ministries (even worship), invite God to dream with you about the future.