Spirited display


Approximately 40 people gathered in North Carlton last week to view images that varied from a miniature study of a leaf’s veins to a family of elephants.

The exhibition was put on as part of Cafechurch’s Spiritus Et Locus, an event which has been running for five years as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

“The idea is that people submit photos of when they have seen the Spirit in the everyday,” Cafechurch pastor Alister Pate said.

“This year for the second time the photos were submitted via Instagram, this year with the hashtags #spiritusetlocus and #greening.”

There were about 100 entries, with some international submissions, in response to Cafechurch’s invite to show where people found the greening of God’s Spirit.

You can see all the Spiritus Et Locus images here or use the #spiritusetlocus on Instagram.

Cafechurch is a faith community that is run in partnership with the Church of All Nations in Carlton.

It reaches out to younger people who might not frequent traditional church gatheringsand meets weekly, usually on a Tuesday night upstairs in The Union Club Hotel in Fitzroy.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Cafechurch can contact Alister Pate on 0400 013 799 or email info@cafechurch.org.


You can also visit their website or find them on Facebook.

Synod’s new and renewing communities catalyst Mat Harry said Cafechurch is a great example of a ‘new and renewing’ Uniting Church community.

“It gathers in a different way to engage people in their 30 to 40s,” Mat said.

“These people probably wouldn’t be inspired in their faith in a traditional Sunday morning community.

“The Synod has recognised how important it is to have different expressions of church to reach different groups of people by making it one of the strategic priorities.”

If you would like more information on how to approach creating new communities or renew existing ones please contact Rev Mat Harry by email at  Mat.Harry@victas.uca.org.au or call 0413 309 280.



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