In her post "Message From Meg", Meg Riley of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, suggested that we, the stakeholders in our society, ask ourselves some difficult questions, before we plan the next four years:
1. How will you take care of your body in hard times
2. How will you take care of your spirit in hard times?
3. Who are your people?
4. How will you resist oppression, your own and that of others?
5. What would be the worst thing you could imagine yourself doing in this time?
I think these questions are required after any election but the recent one in the US is devastating to many who have worked so hard for inclusive justice.
Her message looks deeply into each question and is worth reading and thinking about. For the 30 year plan we might need to imagine how the world will look and then to write a future/back history. How did it get there? What pressures caused what events? What visions empowered new movements for social justice, for the economy, for health, for the environment?
Then to look into how we could organize a preferred future. This would be a good exercise for a group, a family, a congregation. You can read more about Imaging the Future (Elise Boulding) here.
Being a citizen is not easy. It requires time, conversation, the patience to listen, the courage to speak, and a sober acknowledgement we are all in this together.