The Faith Project is a place intended to promote discussion on the growth of Christian faith, its growth and both the troubles it causes and is experiencing. The intention is not to complain but to work towards contributing solutions and building interest, health and excitement about what it means to be a Christian.
If you’re a pastor or leader, the invitation is for you to read, consider and contribute, whether you agree or not. If you don’t agree, you are welcome to comment eirenically and peacefully; less constructive comments will be deleted so they don’t bring harm.
If you’re trying to work out faith for yourself, for whatever reason, you’re welcome. Go easy with yourself, your own expectations are the hardest master. Sometimes when faith is bruised it takes time to heal, and we hope you’ll be patient with yourself for however long it takes. We hope you’ll find love and acceptance and a Lord who’s pretty darn keen on you, just as you are, in these pages. If faith is something that’s pretty new to you, welcome and we hope you find something worthy of thought as you read; and we invite you to hang around.
Most of the articles here are written by Brian Coogan, a fellow journeyer. Brian knows first hand the struggles of faith and belief and writes from a perspective of contribution and love after years spent in the church. There are a variety of types of articles here – some are merely observational and anecdotal, others are deeply researched, and some are a mix of well considered reasoning and mildly seasoned foolishness. We’ll leave you as readers to decide which is which. Contributions from fellow writers are welcomed.
The following are some of the values and focus topics we hope to cover:
- Integration of faith/belief and action
- High value for the Bible
- High value, respect and love for people of all types and sexualities (LGBT, cis/trans)
- Integration of LGBT issues with faith
- The millennial/GenY exodus from churches everywhere
- Value for reality, depth and healing in people’s lives over pure bureaucracy
- Truth rather than convenience/safety in theology