For your contemplation–
From Sydney Harris: “All organizations pretend that they are deeply interested in ‘innovation,’ but what they really want are new things that can be handled the same old ways by the same old people with the same old attitudes” (in Gerlach and Hines, People, Power, Change: Movements of Social Transformation, p. 207)
Agree or disagree? Is this true for your church, your denomination, your seminary?
And from Joshua Cooper Ramo in The Age of the Unthinkable: “We’ve left our future…largely in the hands of people whose single greatest characteristic is that they are bewildered by the present” (p. 9).
What do you think?
And again from Gerlach and Hines: “The most effective response to a movement is another movement, for in times of rapid social change, survival lies not in stability but in flexibility, not in devotion to the past but in commitment to the future” (p. 218).
How do religions social organizations move forward–drawing from the past, but stretching towards the future? It is an art form…it is not easy…but it is absolutely necessary.