Initiative #3: College Age Initiative

CANA(Convening, Advocating, Networking, and Acting) has a group of four major initiatives to spearhead in the next year. These first four areas can be viewed as a bit of the origin story of CANA over the last nine months, but were clearly defined by participants at the CANA kick off meeting in November 2013 at the Washington Cathedral. The third initiative is the: College Age Initiative Goals:       Facilitate engagement for college aged persons in Generous Christianity practice and ser … [Read more...]

Improvement, Innovation, Invention – We need them all

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Zern Liew is a strategic design consultant.I know of him because I spend a lot time thinking and writing about the interplay of Improvement, Innovation and Invention. And Zern writes about such things. In the area of design consultants the distinction of these three notions really matters. And, I think in the world of faith formation and cultural impact they also really matter.These three stages of creation take on different degrees of the creation process. They are all … [Read more...]

Initiative #2: Transformative Leaders Training

CANA(Convening, Advocating, Networking, and Acting) has a group of four major initiatives to spearhead in the next year. These first four areas can be viewed as a bit of the origin story of CANA over the last nine months, but were clearly defined by participants at the CANA kick off meeting in November 2013 at the Washington Cathedral. The second initiative is the: Transformative Leaders Training Initiative GoalsConnect with and inspire new generation of leaders Generate a … [Read more...]

All-hands-on-deck moment in history

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My friend Thom Olson is right. Thom is a really bright guy with experience as a theater director, seminary graduate, Chemical Dependency Counsellor and Post-prison Program Director. Thom says things like “my faith has been made so much better by spending time with and learning from liars, cheaters and convicts”.Spend any time with Thom and you will hear him say “We live in All-hands-on-deck moment in history”.Thom is right. Especially when it comes to what it will take for us to pursu … [Read more...]

A New Kind of Christianity, A New Kind of Hope

Christianity is at a turning point. A moment of transformation that many are predicting will be more monumental than that of the Great Reformation of the 16th Century. This reformation has been slowly bubbling over the past two decades and is finally coming to a boiling point where a new kind of Christian faith, and indeed, religious faith in general are beginning to reshape into something brand new. Some have called this new think “Emergence Christianity”, others “Convergence”, and many of us ar … [Read more...]

Matthew Perry on Ecumenical Dialogue

Within Christianity today, there exists a multiplicity of ideas that have been labeled and are daily applied to the conversations we have, the people we speak to or know of, the sermons we hear and sadly, often the subconscious decisions we make concerning whom to love more fully. When we are engaged in a discussion about Christian faith and belief, we often have an idea in our heads about what we think the other person needs to say in order for their sincerity of faith to be validated. For many … [Read more...]

CANA Initiative #1

CANA (Convening, Advocating, Networking, and Acting) has a group of four major initiatives to spearhead in the next year. These first four areas can be viewed as a bit of the origin story of CANA over the last nine months, but were clearly defined by participants at the CANA kick off meeting in November 2013 at the Washington Cathedral. The first of the four is the: Vital Spirituality Initiative ·Articulate a robust Generous Christian ethos that integrates spiritual vibrancy, theological … [Read more...]

Brian McLaren on The Future of CANA

If I could write a script for an emerging network of collaboration across Christian groups nationwide — a network aimed to promote and publicize a more generous Christianity — I would focus on these seven outcomes: 1. By June of 2014, I would hope we have a sensible movement infrastructure composed of four well-functioning teams, each with clearly defined responsibilities, time and ethical commitments, learning and personal development objectives, and communication plans. Each team must include … [Read more...]

Phyllis Tickle on CANA’s Becoming

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CANA’s official birthing occurred just before Thanksgiving, 2013 at the National Cathedral in Washington. Neither the time nor the place could have been more appropriate. There had been, admittedly, a lengthy and tender gestation for many months prior to November, just as there had been an anxious and prayer-filled laboring process for some several weeks leading up to the birthing launch itself. So it was that, by Thanksgiving, 2013, CANA was safely birthed and, from the very beginning, created g … [Read more...]

A Generous Orthodoxy: Voices from the CANA Initiative

Justice for all

“If you have a new world, you need a new church. You have a new world.” (Brian McLaren, The Church on the Other Side)Many years ago I sent an essay on the crisis in the church to the Editor of Christian Century. He returned it with the comment, “That Christianity faces overwhelming challenges today is not news. We’re interested in solutions.”This blog series is about the solutions. Too many, from top denominational leaders to people in the pews, still seem paralyzed by the problems. Fixat … [Read more...]


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