Sense-making for COVID-19 and beyond
The Sacred Earth
“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.”
Australian Aboriginal saying
It is no secret that the environments we live in are vast and varied, from the savannahs, to the rainforests to the big city buzz. But just as wide-reaching are the means we have available to connect and make/give meaning to our surroundings.
Our connection to place is important. Taking the time out to situate ourselves in time and space yields an appreciation of the natural and built worlds around us, and importantly a chance to collectively understand how such spaces mediate the ways we relate to one another. Yet in today’s world of diasporic populations and virtual networks, how do we connect back to our roots? What do “roots” even mean in this ever-changing context? And how often do we take a moment to reflect upon our shared and sometimes difficult histories?
This bespoke SenseMaker® framework has been designed to help understand the complex reasons behind congregational decline. Exploring key constructs such as attitude, motivation, social equity, identity, what success means, and future-thinking, this framework will help illuminate voices from the community, congregations and clergy to better understand what is going right, what is going wrong, and highlight possible avenues for change.