The Lessons of the Wilderness

Starting with Mark's version of the story of Jesus' temptation in the wilderness, we touch on the film 2015 Wild (starring Reese Witherspoon), and examine the links between wilderness, suffering, and the way Lent works as a sort of portable wilderness, teaching us the importance of travelling light.

View it below, or else download the pdf

The Cafechurch session from 24/2/15

Deep Desire

How do you get in touch with your desire for God? We pay lip service to the idea that God is the end of all our desiring, but how do we make that real in our life?

One way, a little surprisingly, involves both imagining yourself as a tree, and using fariy tales. What do the fairy tales you remember from your past tell you about your desire for God - and, indeed, about God's desire for you?

You may like to use the following exercise from the presentation:

Deep Desire

What Is Church For?

[In the New Testament, Church is] what happens when the news and presence of Jesus, raised from the dead, impact upon the human scene, drawing people together in a relationship that changes everyone involved, a relationship which means that each person involved with Jesus is now involved with all others who have answered his invitation, in ways that are painful and demanding but are also lifegiving and transforming beyond imagination.

Rowan Williams, quoted in Moynagh  "A Church For Every Context."

Desire Part One

Ignatian spirituality is very strongly a spirituality of desire. God inspires each of us with particular desires and those desires which are deepest in us are therefore the same desires that God has for us.

The Cliff & The Sea

A collaborative project, with writings and images by members and friends of Cafechurch, the fruit of inspiration, reflection, struggle, and joy. Drawn from our experience of life in post-modern Melbourne, created by a group of friends, the written and visual musings in this little volume reflect on the beauty and the pain of being human, and our quest for an authentic spirituality: the search for the God who so often eludes us.

God Loves You

God's love for you is the first, primary, basic fact about you. Here are three ways in which we can try to process this, on the surface, uncontroversial idea

• Theologically
– What does it mean to say this as a Christian?
•Spiritually / Experientially
– How do I come to know this at increasingly deep levels of myself?
• Transformationally
– God’s love is transformational – the best evidence is the life transformed into Christlikeness
 
 
St John of the Cross

Caravan and the God Shaped Hole

I came across an interesting article this week, written by the redoubtable Barney Zwartz in The Age. I was struck by this quote:

"The really liberating thing is that I didn't have to believe anything in advance. It's just a practice, and if it leads to a deeper life, then it will be obvious in the doing of it.''

Bachelard rediscovered that glimpse, and it deepened. In 2006 she was ordained an Anglican priest, and two years ago launched the Benedictus community in Canberra, an ecumenical group for whom meditation is at the heart of worship.

Summer season: Movie Night and Cafechurch The Demo

Hiya Everyone

I hope you have all found somewhere cool to hide today. Only another 7 or 8 hours until things change - though it will probably take a while for our house to cool down.

* Movie Night *

I have to tell you, I'm not feeling a lot of love about the movie night... Also, I'm wondering if doing it that last week of Jan is a good idea, with Cafechurch The Demo and Caravan.

Cafechurch Email for January 2014

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are having a good summer, and, if you are in Melbourne today, that you are enjoying, or have somewhere airconditioned to hide from, the heat!.

Here is what is coming up for Cafechurch over the the next little bit:

Saintly Abolitionism

“And may that Power enthroned on high!
He whom Christians ye adore,
Root in your hearts humanity,
And trampled human rights restore.”
— William Lloyd Garrison, 'Hymn 7'

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