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 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.

The Promise

Once upon a time, long, long ago, an aged couple sat at the entrance to their tent, near a famous grove of oaks...

What does this ancient story have to do with us? Why would a promise made to a (definitely legendary, and possibly fictional) nomad sometime in the time before history have anything to say to us today - even if life does feel a little more medieval just now than it did say six months ago

7pm on 9/6/20, hit us up for a Zoom link. The resources will end up on this page, for your convenience

Here is the Change Gear

The Puzzle of The Trinity

Is the idea of the Trinity just some outmoded bunkum, an insistence that people believe "three impossible things before breakfast"? Wouldn't it make more sense to think about God as one thing, rather than with all this theological nonsense? These are all good questions - some of which I daresay I'll have a bash at answering, and some I will ignore, this coming Tuesday (2/6/20) at Cafechurch. Hit us up for a Zoom link - and there is some limited space available in housegroups for those who never want to Zoom ever again in their entire lives.

I suggest this for a change gear

An Elephant on Mount Fuji

Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also.” John 14:6-7a

There is a legend about the great Mughal emperor Akbar. He was a great and wise ruler, and famously not only tolerant of, but actually interested in religion. He had conquered himself a realm which contained a great many different religions and sects - who were continuously squabbling. One day, the story goes, he decided to set a test....

Abundant Life?

Jesus said that he came to bring life in abundance. I don't know know about you, but I don't feel like my life is especially abundant right now. I feel like I'm stuck in the belly of a giant fish like Jonah. What does it mean to have an abundance of life which isn't crushed by something like COVID-19? What does abundance look like in the midst of suffering?
Tuesday 5/5/2020 at 7pm via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/190315168?pwd=eEV1QkZ5Mi9BK25hWVE4K25DYVltQT09

Shepherds and Abundant Life

This coming Tuesday at Cafechurch On Zoom (28/4 at 7pm): Abundant life. Good shepherds. Gates. Sheep. What does abundant life look like in the time of Coronavirus?
Here's the text
Email Alister on info [at] cafechurch.org for the zoom invitation.

Doubting Thomas

If Cafechurch had a patron saint, it would be "doubting" Thomas. We reckon he gets a bit of a bad rap. You shouldn't believe things just because all your friends do. After all, as my mother used to say, if all your friends jumped off the Sydney Harbour Bridge, would you do it too?

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