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 last year, the Church of England published a landmark set of resources to aid discernment and decision-making on questions of 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 to take place during 2021, after which there will be recommendations made for the future life and mission of the Church.

The resources draw together the bible, theology, science and history with powerful real-life stories designed to help every Christian explore questions of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.

In the Diocese of Oxford, we are encouraging parishes and deaneries to run the LLF course and to engage with the LLF materials between September and December. This timetable is to allow time for a proper focus on regathering after the lockdowns and, we hope, to enable the conversations to be face to face as well as online. The national Next Steps group will be gathering feedback from thousands of different groups across the country. This timetable will allow responses to be made as part of the national process.

Register for introductory webinar

Three webinars taking place in June are intended to introduce LLF to the diocese, and our team of LLF advocates will be arranging and leading further sessions for clergy and lay leaders, who will go on to facilitate the LLF course in the autumn.

Click a link below to register your attendance at one of the introductory webinars

Register for LLF Course Facilitator training

If you are planning to facilitate the LLF Course with a local group in your parish/benefice or deanery, please register for this 3 hour training session for Course facilitators. You can run the Course locally without having done this training, but the sessions will help you think through how you are going to structure the materials and lead your local group.

Tues 13th July (9.30am – 12.30pm) 

Tues 20th July (6pm – 9pm)

Wed 21st July (6pm – 9pm)

Tues 7th Sept (9.30am – 12.30pm)

There is a limit of 18 places available for each date. More training sessions in the autumn will be added if needed.

A comprehensive suite of LLF resources

  • A book, available to order from Church House Publishing
  • Story films and podcasts
  • A five-session course for small groups, including videos and a booklet to use
  • An online resource library of over 300 resources to draw from

Other links and useful information