Emerging Church Conference, Seattle 17th April

Pleased to say, that the COTA community hosted an emerging church conference yesterday, supported by Si, Gareth & myself. It was a great day. Much discussion and exploration. Gareth & Si talked of emerging church and justice, I and Karen talked about Emerging Church & leadership & models of church. Dwight Friesen from another local emerging church led a discussion on Emerging Church & Theology. COTA led worship at different points in the day, all in all, it went well.

Gareth & I have learnt a lot from being here, we are off home today, and will miss loads of the discussions, dreams and hopes – and the practical experience of running a sucessful cafe church. For more info on the conference see Si’s blog, Dwight’s blog, and Dave Paisley’s blog.

Si is staying on for a couple of days, there is a story there but he can tell you that!!

I come home reinvigorated that cafe church models are such a great way of doing incarnational mission, alternative worship and engagement in the arts. So a big thanks to COTA.

POSTED 18.04.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Emerging Church Conference, Seattle 17th April

A Taster of the Living Room in Seattle

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Recent write up from Seattle Press

The Scene – Living: Room (write up in Seattle Weekly April 13th 2005)
Seattle Weekly

Living:Room This non-profit tea bar lives up to its name. Its atmosphere is more relaxed than you’re likely to find at any other bar, lounge, performance space, or club in town. And with good reason: It’s a self-proclaimed “third place”, a term coined by sociologist Ray Oldenburg to identify venues that “host the regular, voluntary, informal, and happily anticipated gatherings of individuals beyond the realms of home and work.” During a recent visit, living:room was hosting a farewell party for Chicago-bound local band, yet there wasn’t a members-only feel about the festivities. Anyone could wander in, choose from the massive tea menu, and settle into a couch to chat about this or that. Someone’s sort-of-abstract film was being projected on a screen at the back of the place, with sleek drum and bass music thrummed beneath all the small talk. Though your personal night-on-the-town philosophy may involve not talking to strangers, the mood of this place might cause you to reconsider.

When it cam time to pick a tea, we opted for “Moroccan mint,” a roughly 50-50 belnd of mint leaves and green tea, living:room serves the stuff in a decorative teapot; per Moroccan tradition, we dropped sugar cubes into our colourful glass tumblers before pouring. (The sugar is almost a must, since the blend is powerful, verging on bitterness.) Besides stocking an impressive assortment of teas – from comfy chamomile to exotic Kashmiri chai, orchard oolong, white Persian melon, and strong, smoky yerba mate – living:room also keeps a number of delightfully obscure sodas in the fridge, including the German-made Africola, sweetened with cane sugar rather than corn syrup, and Buckin’ Root Beer, a product of Jackson Hole, Wyo., that will make any root beer you’ve previously quaffed seem utterly irrelevant. 4301 Fremont Ave. N, Fremont.


POSTED 15.04.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on A Taster of the Living Room in Seattle

Further Hello from Seattle

Well Gareth and I have been here a couple of days, and tasted the events of the Living Room, from film nights, art shows, nightly performance by bands and DJs, an alt. worship service, and the cafe just being a cafe. Lots of things go on in this little cafe, and I have no idea where Karen gets her energy from. COTA is a perfect example of a successful Cafe Church, which has inspired Gareth and I to shape up our dreams concerning moot and cafe church.

On another note, we have had fun being tourists, hence the cheesy photo below. See below for a short movie of the monorail from Seattles space needle to downtown.


POSTED 12.04.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Further Hello from Seattle

Hanging out with the Church of the Apostles, Seattle

Pleased to say that I have arrived, and have spent the last couple of days hanging out with Karen, Ryan and the team. The Church at present exist out of a cafe-church setting called the Living Room, in Fremont just outside downtown Seattle. They are an inspiring bunch, already I have recharged on their vision and enthusiasm which as expected are very close to the aspirations of Moot, except they are doing it.

They have managed to get three staffed salaries from anglican charities in the USA, and rely on the giving of those involved to keep the show on the road. They do alt.worship services, discussion evening, film nights, and cafe that is open every day. It is so what I want for us in Moot. They are even buying an old church building to turn it into a new cafe church gallery and music centre…… they are radical and very committed – and something I am already learnt from. More to follow…..

POSTED 06.04.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Hanging out with the Church of the Apostles, Seattle