Hi! I’m Alister.

I’m ordained in the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA), and I have a slightly complex role as the minister in three different settings. They are (in alphabetical order)

  • Cafechurch – a community of faith deconstruction and reconstruction, who have been meeting in pubs and cafes since 2000. I’ve been the key leader since 2009.
  • Chalice – Northcote UCA –  a project in transition in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs. I’ve just started here, and we’ll be starting interesting things here. I’ll keep the blog updated about it.
  • Preston High Street UCA – a faithful community with a missional heart who meet together to worship on Wednesday evenings in High Street on the Resevoir / Preston boundary.

This blog is about what I am thinking, learning, and doing while trying to do church 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. I also put my sermons online here from time to time.

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 repertoire 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 enrolled in a Masters in Computer Science UCL , intending to do it for a year or so.

I ended up doing Software Development for 16 years as my main thing.

In 2002 we moved to Melbourne, first to the beautiful, but inconvenient, Dandenong Ranges, off to the East of the city, and, in 2012 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 )

In 2018 I completed my ordination training, along with my third masters degree (because no man can serve with two masters), and in 2019 I was ordained to the Preston and Chalice congregations.

I am married to Anne, a recovering social worker, and trained Spiritual Director in the Ignatian Tradition,  who works part time with me at Cafechurch, part time for the Sisters of Mercy, and is doing a PhD in Spirituality at the University of Divinity in Melbourne.

You can follow me on Facebook or email me at alister-at- apwd.com.au (email slightly obfuscated in an attempt to reduce my spam)

2 replies on “About”

Enjoy reading your articles on suffering and doubt. You have got very unique experience and background. I wholeheartedly hope your CafeChurch ministry help those Christians in doubt who are serious about their faith.

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