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.