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 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.

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?

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Easter is over, and the long, wearing journey of social isolation feels like it has only just begun. Let's pool our resources. Share something that is helpingyou get through this time - something that made you laugh or cry or pause thoughtfully, and think of God.
The photo is of one of the ways I'm coping: comfort eating. Casoulet de Toulouse - essentially baked beans with ham. And duck.

7:00 pm Tuesday 14/4/20 - Email info [at] cafechurch.org for the Zoom invitation!

Why did Jesus have to die?

One of the big theological questions is this: Why did Jesus have to die? It's related to another: why does God allow bad things to happen? Where is God in the midst of suffering? At the intersection of Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter, and the Coronavirus epidemic, these questions are more timely than ever.

We will meet via Zoom. If you want to be part of it, email Alister at info [at] cafechurch.org and he will send you a link!

COVID-19 Response

This page list some resources about our response to COVID-19, and will detail what Cafechurch is doing as a result

Currently Cafechurch is meeting online using Zoom, and keeping in touch with Slack.

Please feel free to email Alister at info [at] cafechurch.org for links to the meeting and Slack - we would love to see you :)

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