CANA

CANA is a network of people responding to the new impulse of Spirit at this time. Many of us recognise its resonance with the teachings of Jesus as a way of transformation.

Our hope is to rediscover and re-imagine a path leading towards a more universal spirituality that can operate with respect for all living creatures and all faiths, a path of love and service for the betterment of all.
This is not just about the transformation of the individual, but the global shift of humanity to a higher way of being and of love that Jesus termed ‘the realm of God’.

Our purpose:

To build a framework, resourcing and enabling a path of transformation towards Oneness, journeying together on a pilgrimage from our Christian roots.

What does CANA offer?

CANA aims to encourage those with open minds and hearts who seek to explore the Divine and spiritual dimensions of life, in a way that is open-ended and free from the boundaries that most religious frameworks and structures have imposed. Although we may have Christian roots, we see a more universal path that Jesus taught.

CANA offers support in this exploration through: a newsletter, conferences and workshops, sharing days and retreats. We seek ways ways to facilitate informal conversations, writing and publishing articles, documents and open learning materials as resources and supportive frameworks for learning and exploration.

To see our newletter and other publications, go to the Resources page from the menu above

Towards Universal Spirituality: Journeying with Christianity

We are developing an open learning programme encouraging the journey towards a universal spirituality, discovering a deeper meaning in the Christian message and the love connecting us all. The intention in the longer term is to offer a multi-faceted approach that can be supported both online and by distance learning.
As a first step, the well-received book ‘Stories of Contemporary Christians’ will be republished including updates from the contributors and a few additional stories.

Group meditation

To enhance our individual meditations a number of us have agreed to link together at the time of full moon, opening ourselves to the highest purpose for the highest good, building a pathway towards a universal spirituality, and also at the new moon where the focus is on praying for the planet. Let us know if you would like to link in to either or both of these times.

Want to Join Us?

To  become a ‘contributor’ to the CANA network,  use our sign up form in the right-hand column or contact Jane Upchurch, 20 Manor Road, Ruislip HA4 7LB.
janeupchurch@blueyonder.co.uk, 01895 639476

We welcome all who want to join us in holding the vision for a new working of Spirit leading to a better way for humanity.

Your contribution can be:

  • Intentional/prayerful including joining with us for our full moon meditation.
  • Participating in our courses, events or retreats.
  • Reading and Responding to our newsletter and website.
  • Financial. We appreciate donations which help us develop our course material and website, and provide administrative support. You can donate via the PayPal button on the right, or send a cheque to the treasurer, Jane Upchurch (address above) with your address, email address and phone number for future correspondence including receiving our newsletter. But a regular standing order is particularly helpful, suggested annual amount is  £20 minimum. To set up a standing order,  contact:
    Jane Upchurch, 20 Manor Road, Ruislip HA4 7LB. janeupchurch@blueyonder.co.uk, 01895 639476

If you donate to us and would prefer your name not to be included in any lists of supporters we circulate then please let us know.

More Info…

Christianity is at a crossroads. Its doctrine and theology developed in a world of thought far removed from our own, and we seek a ‘New Story’, which paradoxically means going back to the beginnings of the old story and the message that came from Jesus of Nazareth, but interpreted through 21st century lenses.

We recognise that the path Jesus taught was universal, and speaks into the current shift in human consciousness that will eventually transform both us and the world we inhabit. It is a path of opening to transformational love.

CANA promotes new thought and changing theologies that respect the ancient origins of the Christ impulse. This is an awakening, progressive and emerging Christianity; a Christ path that respects mysticism and the inner path, and at the same time is grounded, practical and respecting of Mother Earth.

CANA encourages spiritual practice centred on meditation and contemplative prayer. We see the follow-through of such practices in the soul-growth of individuals, whose lives demonstrate a creative, compassionate and grounded spirituality. A true Christ path is one of transformation, rooted in the compassion of the heart.

We may refer to the divine in many different words, and recognise that language breaks down before the divine Mystery. Whatever language we use, we see God as the source from which the material world emanates and in which it is sustained. Our role within the world is one of co-creation, respecting all forms of life, and honouring all. We recognise the interconnectedness of all of creation and that essentially, we are all part of the One. We are challenged to find new expressions of the emerging vision: global, ecological and mystical.