Strategies/Start-egies for Making the Vision Reality

Things are quiet once again at CCS. The Pastoral Care Year spring learning circle ended last Thursday.  The following poem by Ted Dodd was used as part of a session on advocacy in pastoral care.  (If you want more thought-provoking words,  here   are some other poems and quotations from that session.)

STRATEGIES/START-EGIES FOR MAKING THE VISION REALITY

Be aware
Learn
Model openness and attitudinal conversion

Accompany
Be an ally
Stand in solidarity

Empower
Encourage

Make change
Embrace transformation

Resist
Denounce
Challenge

Act
Initiate
Offer an alternative

Reflect
Question
Analyze

Build community
Cooperate

Honour diversity
Use collective process
Decide through consensus
Set collaborative goals

Find a voice
Provide a safe space to speak

Claim identity
Sustain (counter) cultural traditions

Tell the truth about the world
Overcome status quo

Be revolutionary
Subvert
Disrupt

Research
Interview
Hold focus groups

Communicate
Develop public relations
Write, phone, email, text, tweet
Contact media
Write letters to the editor
Employ social networks

Lobby
Connect with legislators
Prepare government briefs

Attend court as supporters
Explore alternative justice models

Network
Become board and committee members

Live Simply
Reduce, recycle, reuse
Compost
Turn off the lights, the water, the engine

Organize protests
Demonstrate

Host educational workshops
Fund raise

Hold vigils and ceremonies
Pray

Celebrate
Laugh lots

Be humble
Care
Show compassion
Maintain hope

Love

poem by Ted Dodd