Professor Hugh Mackay is an Australian psychologist, social researcher and writer. He has spent a lifetime listening to people talk about their dreams, their fears, their hopes, their disappointments and their passions — their search for meaning.
Over many years Professor Mackay has documented the impact of changes that have radically reshaped society, but in his recent book – What Makes Us Tick?: The Ten Desires that Drive Us – he identifies some of the things that don’t change. In his exploration of why we do the things we do, he goes to the heart of some of life’s big questions, and lists what he believes are the the ten motivations common to most people:
The desire to be taken seriously
The desire for ‘my place’
The desire for something to believe in
The desire to connect
The desire to be useful
The desire to belong
The desire for more
The desire for control
The desire for something to happen
The desire for love
Maybe you identify with some of these desires. Viktor Frankl said that concern about meaning in life is the truest expression of the state of being human. In other words, we all wonder about the big questions of life from time to time. Who am I? Why am I here? What happens when I die? What’s it all about?
Many of the important decisions we make in our lives – about careers, family, personal relationships and how we spend our time – are greatly influenced by how we answer these sorts of questions. Why does the universe exist? Why is there something rather than nothing? What is the point of existence? Can life have any significance or value?
Maybe you would you like a relaxed, friendly environment in which to explore these kinds of questions with others. If so, you are warmly invited to explore the meaning of life on our Alpha course.
What is Alpha?
The Alpha course is an opportunity for anyone to explore the big questions of life and what the Christian faith has to say. There’s no requirement to come to church or even believe in God. It’s a safe place to explore Christianity, where no question is too simple or too hostile. It’s relaxed, low key, friendly and fun.
The Alpha course itself consists of a series of short films looking at a variety of topics, after which there’s discussion over coffee with time for questions and conversation.
If you are interested then please fill in the form on our Alpha page and we will be in touch with more details.