Are churches planning ahead for expensive oil?

I keep up with oil prices — and even with the recent increases past $90, $100 and $110 — yelped when New York crude jumped to more than $129 in morning trading.

Moan as I might about governments failing to plan for change and groan as I might that warnings about a bubble seem like wishful thinking, individuals are planning for a future of expensive transportation and food. Are churches among these?

  • What can we do, Unitarian Universalists particularly, given our church growth model of the last two generations has been based on automobile-dependent, suburban establishments?
  • What can we do given our primary mode of training and inter-congregation community building has been in national and regional meetings?

We don’t have a generation to figure out a solution.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. We’re planning in Albuquerque! We are experimenting with a model of branch congregations in mid-distant communities; 20, 30, and 70 miles from us, which use sermon videos. email for more information!

  2. Thanks for the reminder Scott it is such a difficult issue as we don’t want to spend too much but can’t let the pipes freeze. I might call you soon to talk about changes going on in Medford, exciting things and scary too. But a lot of opportunities for church transformation.

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