Some people say the Emerging Church is dead, other people say the Emerging Church has spread so far it’s just been absorbed into the fabric of the American church. (source)
The Emerging Church is not dead, and the new CANA Initiative is evidence of this fact. Earlier this year in May, Emergent guru Brian McLaren sent out a donation plea for a mysterious project. On McLaren’s blog he said,
Readers of my books and blog know that I am a movement person. . .
I’m looking for some people to join in this initiative. . .
If you believe in the kinds of things I write, say, and do, and would like to join me in making a significant financial investment over the next three years – to help a broad-based, diverse, and deep Christian movement rise to the next level, I am hoping we can come together in a joint project.
You might be able to give in the four, five, six, or seven figures. Or you might know a person, foundation, or other donor who can. Or you might be willing to start giving a smaller amount on a regular basis for the long term. (source)
Seven figure donations? What kind of “initiative” requires millions of dollars? Amy Spreeman of Stand Up for the Truth responded to McLaren’s donation plea to which McLaren responded in an e-mail saying that the initiative would be called the CANA Initiative. This CANA Initiative is now up and running. Who are the “initiators”? You guessed it: The typical Emergent cast of Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, Spencer Burke, Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, Phyllis Tickle among many others (source). The homepage reveals other participants:
The CANA Initiative is comprised of Roman Catholic, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant, Orthodox, and other Christians who believe the future for Christian life and mission will be different in many ways from the past and present.
The CANA Initiative brings together innovative leaders from all streams of the faith to collaborate in the development of new ways of being Christian…new ways of doing theology and living biblically, new understandings and practices of mission, new kinds of faith communities, new approaches to worship and spiritual formation, new integrations and conversations and convergences and dreams. (source)