This blog is about what I am thinking, learning, and doing while trying to do chuch in Post-Modernity. What does it mean to be faithful in our post-modern, post-Christian context? This is an exciting adventure, risky but, ultimately, joyous, and best done with openness, honesty, and as much humour as possible, as befits a Feather on the Breath of God.
The place I mainly do this is a little emerging church which (mainly) meets in a pub in Melbourne – Cafechurch Melbourne – where we try to work this out together, engaged in expressing Christianity in a way which speaks to our emotional, imaginative, aesthetic, and rational faculties. Food and drink, good company, and travellers’ tales for The Way.
I studied Philosophy and Classics at the University of Newcastle, and was rather surprised to discover, on my arrival in London, that there wasn’t quite as much money in the Philosophy game as I had supposed. After a few years working through the backpacker repetoire of kitchen portering (where I learned how to dice an onion like an expert), personal care (where I realised how lucky I was to have my health), and admin (where I discovered quite how bad at admin I was), and doing some light travelling, I went to UCL to study Computer Science, intending to do it for a year or so.
I ended up doing IT for 16 years as my main thing – and really I’m still not quite free of it.
In 2002 we moved to Melbourne, first to the beautiful, but inconvenient, Dandenong Ranges, off to the East of the city, and, a few years ago, to Preston, in the (reasonably) inner city.
Somewhere in the middle of all that, I found time to do an MDiv at the University of Divinity, which was a great experience, if a slow one, and walk the Camino de Santiago (I blogged about it at notjustalongwalk.wordpress.com )
Thanks to funding from the Uniting Church in Australia, I have been freed up to devote most of my energy to Cafechurch. I am also an Ordination Candidate in the UCA system. It’s a big departure for me, and I’m both excited and nervous about it. Which means, among other things, I am going back to university to add another degree to my collection
I am married to Anne, a recovering social worker and lecturer in Spiritual Direction at Sentir Graduate College of Spiritual Formation, which is a college dedicated to using Ignatian spirituality to “provide personal spiritual formation that enables creative leaders to transform the world.”
My aim is to post every Monday morning, Australian time.