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 Mission of Cafechurch

It’s important to start thinking about Cafechurch’s mission from Scripture, so here is a good place to start.

Jesus said to them again ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’ John 20:21-22

Making Good Decisions Part 1

One of the great challenges of life in our culture is how to make good decisions. We have so many options that it can be fatiguing.

Like Mr Bean trying to pack for his holiday, we aren't sure how to proceed.

In this presentation, Anne gives us a few criteria for making good choices

The Sea of Faith

The Sea of Faith 
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled. 
But now I only hear 
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar, 
Retreating, to the breath 
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear 
And naked shingles of the world. 
Matthew Arnold - On Dover Beach

Is this really true? Is the decline of faith some sort of natural law?

Vik and the Heavenly Lights

Big Universe, Uncaring God?

On Tuesday 17/7/218 we considered the size of the universe and what it means for faith - or the lack thereof.
 
It is true that the universe is huge. Staggeringly, vertigo-creatingly vast. But does it therefore follow that any hypothetical God would therefore not care about humans? Consider the question: which is more important to me - the external monitor I am looking at while type this, or the laptop which is plugged into it?
 
Stars and nebulas

Resistance!

Cafechurch Session 10 July 2018

Jesus, we are told, went back to his home town. But people there didn't buy his story, and said, essentially: who on earth do you think  you are? We have known you forever. And he was amazed to see that he could do no deeds of power there, besides heal a few people (And, really who can't do that? (Joke, obvs.)) (This is my very brief precis of Mark 6:1-6 )

#Spiritus et Locus

We are going to be engaging in our annual photography as a spiritual practice activity this year. We haven't quite decided on a theme yet, but it will be spiritually enriching and even moving. See www.spiritusetlocus.org for more.

Wellness and Christianity

What is the relationship between Wellness and Christianity? What does California have to do with Jerusalem? In this presentation we think about the similarities and differences, and consider how we might integrate wellness with our faith, without identifying the one with the other. Here is the presentation:
Sign on the wall at my gym in Preston

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