Living in Love and Faith

Living in Love + Faith logo. Illustration of a stained glass windowChristian teaching and learning about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage

Living in Love and Faith is the most extensive research into this area by any church, and it's designed to enable a period of church-wide learning and engagement during 2021 and 2022, after which there will be recommendations made for the future life and mission of the Church.

The deadline to contribute feedback to the LLF listening process has now passed.

Our journey so far

In October 2018, the four bishops of the Diocese of Oxford issued Clothe Yourselves with Love, a pastoral letter on the inclusion of and care for LGBTI+ people within the diocese. Just over a year later, the diocese launched a chaplaincy service for LGBTI+ people and their families.

In November 2020, the Church of England published a landmark set of resources to aid discernment and decision-making on questions of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. The resources draw together the bible, theology, science and history with powerful real-life stories designed to help every Christian explore questions in that area.

We encouraged parishes and deaneries to run the LLF course and engage with the LLF materials between September 2021 and April 2022. This timetable was to allow time for a proper focus on regathering after the lockdowns and, we hope, to enable the conversations to be onsite as well as online. The national Next Steps group have gathered feedback from thousands of different groups across the country.

The listening process will be reported upon at the beginning of September 2022. The plan is to maintain the February 2023 General Synod meeting as the moment when a clear sense of direction is reached.

LLF Course

The deadline for offering feedback has passed, but the LLF materials will continue to be available to use. We recommend those who haven't yet run the course to do so at a time that suits them.

We won't be running any more LLF Course Facilitator training sessions , but you can download the handy short guide to Facilitating Living in Love and Faith GroupsThe LLF Advocates are also available to talk to you about facilitating a group or any other questions you have about running the LLF Course. 

All course material is available for free when you register on the LLF hub. There are also printed copies of the course booklet which you can purchase from Church House Publishing.

Introductory webinars

In June 2021 we hosted three introductory webinars to introduce LLF to the diocese. These events were attended by more than 400 people across the diocese and received excellent feedback from those who attended.

You can watch the presentations within these webinars by clicking the links below. The presenter was the Revd Dr Eeva John, the Church of England’s Enabling Officer for LLF.

Session 1: How can we learn well together

Session 2: Studying the Bible together

Session 3: Thinking about friendship

Session 4: The LLF journey

LLF Advocates

Please feel free to contact any of the LLF advocates below to find out more about how the LLF process might work in your context.

Berkshire Area

The Revd Mark Bennet

Buckingham Area

The Revd Gill Barrow-Jones

Doral Hayes

Dorchester Area

Sue Scott

Tim Budd

Oxford Area

The Revd Anthony Buckley

Diocese-wide

The Revd Marcus Green

Diocesan Facilitator

Hannah Ling

FAQs
 

What is Living in Love and Faith (LLF)?
Living in Love and Faith (LLF) is a landmark set of resources produced by the Church of England to aid discernment and decision-making on questions of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. It’s designed to enable a period of church-wide learning using the LLF course, films, podcast and other resources in the online library. Find out more about LLF.
Why might I want to join in with LLF?
The LLF process is a unique opportunity to play your part in the life and direction of the Church of England. It's about being open together to hearing what God is saying to the Church of England today. Churches across the country have run the LLF course in small groups and contributed responses (as a group or individually) which have been gathered and fed into the next stage of discernment and the General Synod debate later in 2022.
How can I join in?
Whilst the opportunity to contribute your feedback has passed, you can still engage with the LLF materials. Start by asking your vicar or church leadership team whether they are or would consider running an LLF Course you can join. There are other resources available on the LLF Hub that you can go through yourself if you prefer, but the hope is that most people will engage with the resources with others.
What is the purpose/outcome of LLF?
Through the LLF process, churches across England have engaged in discussions and learnt together on questions of identity, sexuality, relationships, and marriage. Read the full learning outcomes for the process.
I still have some questions. Who can I talk to?
If you have more questions, you can contact your area LLF advocate or send your question to llf@oxford.anglican.org.
How can I pray for the LLF process?
Here’s a suggested prayer for anyone who wants to pray for the LLF process:

God, whose name is Love,
Whose gift is life,
Whose word holds all in being;
Bless Living in Love and Faith to your church
As we seek to grow together
Into the truth of our humanity and longings,
Into communities where all find welcome,
nto the fullness that is your image in us;
Through the Word made flesh,
Our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.


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Page last updated: 6th May 2022 5:49 PM