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Spiritus et Locus

It’s been quite a while since I blogged last. The reason? I’ve been very, very, very busy putting an exciting project together for Cafechurch and Carlton Church of All Nations, called Spiritus et Locus. It’s an interesting challenge – how do you reimagine the ancient practice of the examen for today’s distracted, wired, socially-connected generation? How do you talk about something as inherently religious as “finding God in all things” in a way that is authentic to the Christian tradition, and to Cafechurch’s DNA, but accessible to people without a settled faith, but without turning into something bland and boring – or something as ridiculous as “The Secret”? How do you make it something that people want to be involved in, and are prepared to share? It’s definitely a sort of pre-evangelism – making the riches of the tradition available to people so that they can kind of try them on for size. But – how?

When I next have some time, I’ll explain more about my thinking here. But in the meantime, check out the website (reasonably mobile-friendly), or the facebook page, or twitter, or sign up to our email list… and try out our seven ways, ready for August, when things kick off properly.

What do people think of the idea? Have you ever tried something similar – and if so, how did it go?

By Alister Pate

I'm a minister in the Uniting Church in Australia, with two congregations: one in Northcote / Chalice, which now includes Cafechurch Melbourne, and one up the road in Reservoir, confusingly known as Preston High Street. I am

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