Alister's Blog

If you are interested in reading more about Cafehchurch-y stuff, you might find our pastor Alister's blog interesting. Rather unimaginatively, it is at alisterpate.com

He is particularly proud of

Alister in Krakow back in 2011

Cafechurch, Faith, and Mystery

In a segment filmed for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel, author Brene Brown reflects on why she left the Roman Catholic faith of her youth, and how she has found herself back in the Episcopal church.

One of the key points she makes is that she originally “fell in love with the faith and the mystery piece.” However, over time her experience of church, “became less about faith and mystery, and more about politics and certainty.”

The Faith of the Canaaite Woman

Jesus answered, "It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs."

The woman said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."

Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed instantly. Matthew 15: 21-28

Would you leave the boat?

And after Jesus had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea... Matthew 14:23-25

The Trinity

Matt Julius - Cafechurch member and UCA ordination candidate - led the session about the Trinity on 21/7/20. Check it out
Image: The true Trinity in true unity, Hildegard of Bingen, Date: c.1165

An Elephant on Mount Fuji

One of the key things about Cafechurch is that we are a safe space to deconstruct and reconstruct your faith. Many of us are making that journey, and we think that it is best done with fellow pilgrims. We are compiling some resources called An Elephant on Mount Fuji, for reasons which totally make sense in context.

No-One Talks About It

Recently the Christian interwebs were set a-twitter by a few high profile leaders saying that they had lost, or were losing, their faith. I was particularly struck by Marty Sampson's story. He was a worship leader at Hillsong church, and a big figure in the Pentecostal world. You can read what he has to say about his faith at Relevant Magazine (the original Instagram post seems to have been taken down.)

Community in a Time of Crisis

Anne writes: This coming Tuesday we will engage with how we can be community for one another in this time, through guided prayer and sharing. As Robyn Whitaker (Senior Lecturer in New Testament, Pilgrim Theological College, University of Divinity) wrote in The Conversation in March at the start of the lockdown, 'how do you "love your neighbour" when you aren't supposed to be near them?'

Here is the guided meditation. You will need two cups, one with water in it.

The Existential Faith of Abraham

What does it mean to be Jesus' disciple? I haven't quite decided which of the weekly readings I'm going to go with for Tuesday. Either the troubling and mysterious story of the time God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, or Jesus' instructions to his disciples before he sent them out two by two. Either way, it should be an interesting evening.

Engaging Holy Wisdom

This week at Cafechurch, Rev Dr Sally Douglas, minister of Richmond Uniting Church and associate faculty at Pilgrim College will be resourcing our conversation about the female Divine.

The evidence indicates that in the earliest church Jesus was celebrated in the language and imagery of the female Divine, Woman Wisdom. We will dive into this evidence and explore some of the potential implications of re-engaging with this ancient understanding today.

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