Sara Parkin, Founder Director of Forum for the Future, speaking about the impact of population growth (10 billion by 2100?) encouraged us to be positive deviants. In seeking to address the challenges that face our planet we have to live the change we want for our world, we have to be prepared to be a positive deviant from the prevailing culture. Our positive deviance is aimed not at maintaining/protecting our present living standards but at enabling all to become individuals who are flourishing participating citizens.
Addressing the future needs of our global village can seem overwhelming but we were reminded of an Hasidic saying: It is not yours to complete the task but neither are you free to neglect it.
Is not the role of the Church to be a positive deviant in the midst of society?