Work and Faith

How do we live a human life, with its rhythm of labora et ora - work and pray, and perhaps even work as prayer, and prayer as work?. We don't have easy answers, but the question feels urgent.

One question to be highlighted: how do we work out what we want to do? It seems easy enough, but actually for a lot of us it is surprisingly hard to answer. The journey begins with asking myself: what did I like to do when I was a child?

Philosophy, Story or Stomething Else

This slideshow is part of our journey of trying to understand what it means to be a Christian in our culture. We start here with the Enlightenment, and explore a little bit about its history and continuing significance. It also looks a bit at some of the limitations of the ideas, and concludes with C.S. Lewis's famous idea about Christianity as true myth.

A medieval bridge on the Camino de Santiago in Spain

Existential Faith - Three Ironic Heroes of Faith

This was a session in Cafechurch where we talked about the sort of faith we want - a faith which underpins our lives, even when we don't get the things we prayed for so hard, things which God seems to approve of. The three heroes were Job, Jonah, and St Thomas - all people who had to walk a hard path, but who were fundamentally, existentially open to God.

Alister wrote a blog post along similar lines, which might interest you...

A view of the the sun rising from Mt Sinai

Faith Development #1 - God of the Superego

This is the first part of a series we are doing about faith development at Cafechurch Melbourne (, l argely based on John J Shea's book "Finding God Again." We want to be adults, with fully functional adult faith, but how do we go about it? This session is about the God of the superego with which we start our journey. These images of God aren't wrong exactly, but they become increasingly inadequate, and as we develop, we need to develop more adequate notions of God.

Blake's Ancient of Days

Faith Development #2 - The Living God

In the second of our series on faith development, based largely on John J Shea's book "Finding God Again", we talk about the transformation of our ideas of God from those of the Superego God to the Living God, a God as Thou, God of Love, God of Mystery, God of Freedom and God of Community.

Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross


Gratitude is a worthwhile thing to cultivate. The Bible seems keen on it
("Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances", 1 Thessalonians 5:!8.) Your life, the universe itself,
is nothing but a free gift from God. There are times in life when it is hard to do, but those are also the times when
it is most important. As we see below, the science backs this up. Let us learn and practice gratitude.

What-Went-Well Exercise (Also Called “Three Blessings”)

Seligman, M. Flourish Kindle edition Location 732

Votive candles in Notre Dame, Paris