In this changed and changing world:
- Societies will be called upon to address inequality and repair social safety nets.
- Action on social justice will increase.
- Focus on long-term value will create new organizational models. Consumers will see a new role of companies for good and will value companies demonstrating a long-term agenda in culture, purpose, and ethics.
- Church leaders and others could be challenged to draw people out of their digital bubbles: Social distancing, remote work and learning are making it harder for people to establish new and trusting relationships.
- Consumption could decline: Minimalist and self-sustaining lifestyles could endure beyond the pandemic.
- Mental health will come into focus, which could reduce stigma and increase availability of support services.
“Beyond COVID-19: Will You Define the New Normal or Watch it Unfold?” Ernst & Young Global Forum. John de Yonge. June 22, 2020.
More readings as we contemplate the future:
“Five Pathways to a Better Future after COVID-19” World Economic Forum COVID Action Platform. Per Heggenes, Chief Executive Officer, IKEA Foundation. June 9, 2020.
“'Things Will Never be the Same.’ How the Pandemic has Changed Worship” National Public Radio. Tom Gjelten. May 20, 2020.
“The Coming ‘Religion Recession'” Religion & Politics: Fit for Polite Company. David Gibson. June 23, 2020.
The future of our national religious life is the subject of growing speculation, with the sunny-side-up view arguing that we are primed for a new “Great Awakening.” The data and history tell a different story, the writer argues.