Frequently asked questions
Our new LGBTI+ Chaplaincy Service is designed to create a safe space where anyone can be confident that their lived experience is listened to with compassion and respect, and that there is appropriate pastoral and spiritual care available.
This page tries to answer questions you may have about the service. If you would like to suggest a topic for this page, please email email@example.com
Who are the chaplains?
Our chaplaincy service team encompasses people from a range of theological backgrounds and perspectives, covering the geographical spread of the Diocese of Oxford. They are lay and ordained and of diverse sexualities. Click here for further information about the chaplains, the gifts they bring to their role and contact details.
How do I know that it’s safe to talk to a chaplain?
The chaplains are committed to, and understand the need for, complete confidentiality. Nothing you share with them will be passed on to a third party without your permission (with the proviso that the chaplains operate within safeguarding best practice). Our chaplains offer non-judgmental listening and support, and prayerful affirmation for LGBTI+ people, their families and friends.
How do I get in touch? Can I self-refer?
Yes, you can self-refer. Use the contact form to get in touch with the the chaplain you think you would most like to talk to, and they will contact you through whatever means you choose.
I’m under 18, or concerned about a young person
Users of the chaplaincy service must be over 18. We are not able to offer the LGBTI+ Chaplaincy Service to children and young people at this time. However our chaplains have a resource list for anyone getting in touch with them about a child or young person.
What will happen?
Following your self-referral the chaplain will contact you to talk through the kind of support you think you feel you need, and how that might best be provided. This might be meeting up, or talking on the phone. There is no single model of support and the chaplain will endeavour to tailor their support to best meet your needs.
How many times will we meet or talk?
How often you meet or talk is something that you and the chaplain will discuss and agree.
Where will we meet?
We understand that a church building may not suit you. The chaplain will have a range of options at their disposal as to where, and whether, you might meet. Your choices and needs will be respected.
Is it free or do I need to pay a fee?
The LGBTI+ Chaplaincy Service is funded by the Diocese of Oxford and operated by volunteer chaplains who are in paid or volunteer licensed ministry in the Diocese. The service is completely free of charge to those who use it.
How are the chaplains accountable?
The LGBTI+ Chaplaincy Service is accountable to the Bishop’s staff of the Diocese of Oxford. It is managed by an Oversight Group which is chaired by the Archdeacon of Buckingham. The Oversight Group meets regularly to review progress. Chaplains receive quarterly group supervision and twice-yearly training and resourcing. If you do not think you have received the kind of support you expected, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Living in Love and Faith (LLF)
Living in Love and Faith (LLF) 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. Find out more about the LLF in this section of the website.