See also What Can I Do About
What churches and temples can do
and Y2K Questions for Campaigning
Politicians and Elected Government Officials
One needs to think not only about survival, but survival of what.
- Mary Catherine Bateson
A church, temple or faith community could:
- Find out what their town is doing in preparation for Y2K
-- electrical power, water treatment, sewage, police service,
ambulance services, etc.
- Organize to educate their local government about Y2K concerns.
- Organize to help members copy essential papers ­p; bank
statements, mortgages, wills, etc. ­p; notarize them and keep
the copies at home and at the home of another church members.
And groups of church members could arrange for safe deposit boxes
at various banks to hold the original documents. Maybe a member
can become a notary to help with this process.
- Organize to make sure that elderly members have adequate
plans for staying warm in the winter if the heat were to go off.
- Organize to make sure that all members who require special
medications have an extra month of their prescription medicine
available in their homes by 11/99.
- Learn about how to stay warm in the winter from members who
are knowledgeable about winter camping.
- Devise a plan for checking in with each other and sharing
news in the event of serious disruption of services.
The above list is from a
sermon by Rev. Dacia Reid. To it I would like to add several
- Put political pressure
on politicians to address the Y2K needs of local communities.
- Speak out in the official channels of one's denomination
to expand the Y2K responses of its higher offices and broader
- Take care of the emotional
needs of members of the congregation as they come to terms
with the implications of Y2K.
- Plan for water, food and safety of all members of the congregation,
for at least 2 weeks-2 months.
- Discuss how the health
and security of each member is connected to the health and security
of their physical neighbors. Explore the practical and ethical
questions of individual welfare in a world of suffering and need,
and the role of simplicity, service, justice, and privilege.
- Link up with other faith communties to care for the welfare
of less advantaged members of the broader community, particularly
those who have been abused by the society in the past.
- Explore what it is about our culture that led to this happening
to us -- all the many dimensions
of that -- and what we might change in our lives, communities
and larger society to become more healthy
and resilient over the long-term.
- Notice the richness that comes from collaborative work for
the common good. Wonder why it is that we do so little of it,
and how we might sustain doing more of it in the future, when
things are better and it seems less compelling.
I expect that dozens of more items could be added to these lists.
Please send any you can think of to email@example.com.