Encouragement for the Journey 21 June 2015

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Encouragement for the Journey 21 June 2015

Encouragement for the Journey

French cafe

Greetings fellow travller,

Yes, it’s here, Café Church has come around again. So it was not by chance, that while looking for a file in my computer this week I found the following note, from an Essay by Galerie St. Etienne, New York September 19, 2005:

The first European cafés date back to the mid-seventeenth century, industrialisation and the growth of bourgeois capitalism in the nineteenth century transformed these once humble institutions into grand establishments in which members of an increasingly diverse society could meet, not just to drink coffee, but to read, write, play cards, chess or billiards and to discuss the burning issues of the day. Paris, which gave us the word “café,” was in some respects the birthplace of café society, but the Viennese paradigm of the Kaffeehaus was equally important, especially in Central Europe.

When we enter the world of a cafe, with its rich tradition, there is always an opportunity to have good coffee, and for taking a moment to pause, reflect, to become aware that all of life is lived within the divine mystery, we name as God. We may say that the atmosphere and environment in a café, is like a microcosm of humanity, where our interdependence and interconnectedness is present, for no person is an island.

May your experience at our Café Church today, warm your heart, inviting you into a new awareness of your interdependence and interconnectedness to all of life, both within these and outside these walls.

May you experience each day the sacred gift of life either in a cafe or wherever you may find yourself to be. Let your heart be warmed in wonder.

Meanwhile Peace

Alf