|Source: World Future SocietyColorado Springs|
Does Faith Have a Future?
On February 27th, Jay Gary, a Springs-based writer spoke on the long-term future of humanity at Colorado College and the role of faith in building those civilizations.
Mr. Gary presented an overview of how to think about the future of religion, including science fiction futures, religious projections out to the year 2200, and present day trends in spirituality. Then using creative terms, Gary developed four scenarios or futures of religion over the next half century. The slide below lists these four responses to mainstream, modern religion in America or lame "Ducks." Those futures are: Sectarian Roosters, Theocratic Eagles, Concious Hens, or Renaisannce Owls. Small groups then worked on these scenarios to identify their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
Mr. Gary concluded the evening by sharing how faith communities can cultivate foresight by drawing upon the insights offered from the field of future studies and use that forward view as leaders in socially constructive ways to mitigate conflict and transform communities.
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