An online haven
Liz Carter shares how she has experienced God’s loving care through the screen
I’M SO GLAD TO GET BACK to normal church”, I read online the other day. “We should all ditch online church now. It’s unhelpful and it discourages community. Let’s get back to reality.”
I was saddened to read this for a number of reasons. Over the pandemic, online church became a place where many people from disability and chronic illness communities came together and felt – at last – part of Church. After years of calling for inclusion and accessibility, the pandemic forced the issue, and many people found that these new spaces became havens of authenticity, care and love expressed for one another in the midst of a very difficult time. To hear these expressions of Church dismissed as second best is offensive to those, like me, who have found new life through them.
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