Welcome to Walking Alongside!
I am very excited to be launching this new project and to have an opportunity to join in with the conversations already going on around suffering and faith.
I have experienced the very best that the church can offer in encouraging and supportive community but have also had some incredibly negative experiences.
In the posts that follow we will hear from a range of people both with lived experience of long term suffering within the church and Christians who are keen to engage in the subject more thoroughly.
There will be stories of personal experience, theological questions explored and practical responses we can offer. I hope that it will be a useful addition to the conversation and will encourage us to look at what the church (by that I mean individual Christians, individual churches and the global church) can do to both practically and theologically welcome and love those in long term challenging life situations.