Stone cross, St David's Cathedral, Wales
Picture, Don MacGregor

Connexions

Photo: Gillian Paschkes-Bell

This page lists other organisations that have inspired and supported CANA members, and provides links to their websites.

  1.  Meditation /Contemplation

  2. Organisations promoting new thinking on Christianity

  3. Spiritual Movements (Which would include the churches)

  4. .Earth Centred practice

  5. Modern Teachers or Schools

  6. Social Action and Peace – special interest groups

These categories are not definitive, and overlap!

  1.  Meditation /Contemplation
  1. Contemplative Outreach, founded by Fr. Thomas Keating, has built a body of teaching on its method of meditation called Centering Prayer. This is the method taught by Cynthia Bourgeault. It uses a sacred word as the focus. contemplativeoutreach.org/
  2. Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer – founded by Robert Coulson and uses biblical sayings as a focus for prayer, particularly the ‘I AM’ sayings of Jesus. contemplative-prayer.org.uk/
  3. Julian Meetings – they do not teach any particular method of meditation or contemplative prayer, but encourage it for all. thejulianmeetings.net/
  4. World Community for Christian Meditation – founded by John Main and continued by Laurence Freeman, WCCM has become a worldwide movement using a mantra as a focus for the meditation. http://www.wccm.org/ & christianmeditation.org.uk/
 2.  Organisations promoting new thinking on Christianity
  1.  Contemplative Fire, a dispersed community of Christ at the edge, drawing from the well of wisdom across the centuries, from Jesus, the Scriptures and the saints, we share in the adventure, the risk, the quest. The contemplative call is to make time in the everyday flurry of things for reflection and stillness, as we open ourselves to the creative and re-shaping power of God’s life in us. http://contemplativefire.org/index.htm
  2. Living Spirit/ Living Spirituality, mutual support as people explore their own spiritual journeying, broadly rooted within the Christian tradition; a resource through which people can find material, groups and people to help deepen and anchor their explorations through all stages of their journey in times of great change affecting all our institutions, including religious ones, with new forms of spirituality now being birthed. livingspirit.org.uk/
  3. Modern Church, an international society promoting liberal Christian theology.  Founded in 1898 to defend liberalism in the Church of England, it now works ecumenically to encourage open, enquiring, non-dogmatic approaches to Christianity. http://modernchurch.org.uk/
  4. One Spirit Alliance, networking to promote and provide a forum for spiritually-minded people, organisations  to foster connection and collaboration between them. http://onespiritalliance.net/
  5. Progressive Christianity Network of local groups , offering an invitation, not a set of answers,  seeking a credible and inclusive way to follow Jesus, unafraid to question traditional church teaching and valuing contemporary thought and recent biblical understanding. pcnbritain.org.uk/
  6. The Spiritual Companions Trust, an educational charity developing resources and programmes at the interface of health, wellbeing and spirituality, supporting and resourcing the development of compassion in action, including training for organisations, communities and individuals, most recently a new university degree level credit developing from a programme at St Margaret’s Hospice, Somerset. spiritualcompanions.org/
3.   Spiritual Movements (Which would include the churches):
  1. Céile Dé, or Culdee, the oldest continuous spiritual tradition of the Celtic countries.  Union with the Divine, branching into Christ-consciousness, rooted in an authentic Gaelic Spiritual form, having a deep reverence for our Mother Earth and allHer children. www.ceilede.co.uk/
  2. Charter for Compassion, http://charterforcompassion.org/, a document which urges the peoples and religions of the world to embrace the core value of compassion, which is currently available in thirty languages, and is being translated into more. It was initiated by Karen Armstrong, a British author and commentator on comparative religion, known as an ‘original thinker on the role of religion in the modern world’.
  3. Creation Spirituality/ Creation Spirituality Communities.  Honouring all of creation as Original Blessing, Creation Spirituality integrates the wisdom of Eastern and Western spirituality and global indigenous cultures, with the emerging scientific understanding of the universe, and the passion of creativity. It is both a tradition and a movement, celebrated by mystics and agents of social change from every age and culture, and, according to Matthew Fox who puts forward the principle that the universe is fundamentally a blessing, and that our relationship with it fills us with awe, also the tradition of the historical Jesus himself, since it is the wisdom tradition  of Israel. matthewfox.org/ & http://originalblessing.ning.com/
 4.  Earth Centred practice
  1. Be the Change Initiative: purpose is to educate, inspire and empower individuals, communities and organisations to take committed action in the interconnected areas of environmental sustainability, social justice and spiritual fulfilment. bethechangeinitiative.org/
  2. Center for the Story of the Universe, founded by Brian Swimme, inspired by the work of Thomas Berry: “We are between stories.  The Old Story – the account of how the world came to be and how we fit into it – is not functioning properly, and we have not (yet) learned the New Story.”  The new creation story, rooted in the new science in general, and cosmology in particular; on film, Journey of the Universe: an epic story of cosmic, earth, and human transformation. storyoftheuniverse.org/
  3. Forest Church, drawing on much older traditions when sacred places and practices were outside, and also on contemporary research that highlights the benefits of spending time with nature in wild places; not just normal church happening outside; instead it attempts to participate with creation.  An expression of Communities of the Mystic Christ, people exploring a journey in community with the Mystic Christ towards personal transformation and the renewal of creation; site includes resources for the contemplative meditation practice of Lectio Divina, or Divine Reading, and Sensio Divina, literally ‘Divine sensing’. mysticchrist.co.uk/forest_church/groups
  4. GreenSpirit, a network of people who believe that human life has both an ecological and a spiritual dimension, and who celebrate the human spirit in the context of our place in the natural world and Earth’s own evolutionary journey; a radical vision bringing together the rigour of science, the creativity of artistic expression, the passion of social action and the wisdom of spiritual traditions of all ages. and of many faith traditions. greenspirit.org.uk/
  5. The Work that Reconnects, for the healing of our world!.  Drawing from deep ecology, systems theory and spiritual traditions, the Work That Reconnects (WTR) builds motivation, creativity, courage and solidarity for the transition to a sustainable human culture. First emerging in 1978, this pioneering, open-source body of work has its roots in the teachings and experiential methods of Joanna Macy. http://workthatreconnects.org/
 5.  Modern Teachers or Schools
  1. William Bloom, teacher, Spiritual Companions Course/Spiritual Companions Trust. williambloom.com/
  2. The Contemplative Society, an inclusive non-profit association that encourages a deepening of contemplative prayer based in the Christian Wisdom tradition, while also welcoming other meditation traditions, rooted in prayer, silence, mindful work, and in the 1500-year-old wisdom of our Benedictine contemplative heritage.  The Society supports the work of Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault in her role of Principal Teacher and Advisor, sponsoring retreats, wisdom schools, and workshops led by Cynthia and other distinguished teachers of the Christian contemplative path, and through the sales of instructional and inspiration materials supportive of the contemplative life. contemplative.org/
  3. Andrew Harvey, teacher of Sacred Activism and The International Academy of Sacred Leadership: “One of the greatest problems in our world that is facing so extreme a crisis is a chronic lack of sacred leadership, leadership inspired by profound spiritual awareness.” andrewharvey.net/sacred-leadership/
  4. One Spirit Interfaith Foundation, training Interfaith Ministers: ordained ministers and counsellors undertake a diverse range of ministries with the public including ceremonies, rituals, spiritual counselling and healing. Ministers are also engaged in leading retreats, running meditation groups, teaching, and public speaking.  Find a Minister near you…. interfaithfoundation.org/
  5. William Meader/Emergent Light: online source for Esoteric Education, dedicated to promoting the spiritual journey and the evolution of human consciousness. Provides a variety of materials and resources to deepen understanding of the ancient wisdom: many free materials, as well as some that are modestly priced. http://meader.org/
6.  Social Action and Peace – special interest groups
  • Spirit of Peace, a UK based charity, with a heartfelt vision to foster greater peace, understanding and equality in our global society, with the main thrust of the work currently being in the UK and the Middle East.  Contributing to the creation of a culture of nonviolence in our fractured world it is influenced by the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr Martin Luther King and others. http://spiritofpeace.co.uk/

 

Fern cross Photo: Don MacGregor
Fern cross
Photo: Don MacGregor

 

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