Many years ago, Doug Pagitt invited me to be part of a nascent network. That went through several iterations — Young Leaders Network, the Terra Nova Project — until it settled in as Emergent Village. That network had a good 10-year run, and lots of great things were birthed as a result.
Now Doug and some friends are launching a new network. The CANA Initiative may have some of the DNA of those previous groupings, but this is a new endeavor, with new people and different goals. Based on the idea of a “collective action network,” the CANA Initiative has eleven initial goals:
- Articulate a robust emergence/progressive Christian ethos that integrates spiritual vibrancy, theological depth, and holistic mission.
- Establish a social and mass media partnership to promote spokespeople for emergence/progressive Christianity
- Launch a collaborative branding/messaging strategy for emergence/progressive Christianity
- Create a church locator / organization-locator / ministry-locator site/App for activism and engagement
- Establish an online/App news aggregator linked to action
- Facilitate engagement for college students in emergence/progressive Christianity
- Facilitate ongoing training and equipping for a new generation of transformative leaders
- Organize regional connectivity via face-to-face gatherings
- Develop and strengthen key alliances for action
- Focus on “the work of the church” rather than “church work”
- Develop funding for CANA key functions
It’s a “network of networks” — in other words, the CANA Initiative hopes to gather those leaders and organizations who are already involved in the emergence of a new, progressive Christianity, and to activate work that can be done together.
I think the CANA Initiative has incredible potential, and I think it taps some of Doug’s best gifts. I think it’ll be Lightin’ It Up for a long time to come…