An Opportunity to Explore Together ‘Living in Love and Faith’

‘Living in Love and Faith’ (LLF), is a major initiative within the Church of England exploring Christian faith and learning about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. Following three years of preparation, a large suite of resources was published by the national church just before Christmas. These resources are open to all, and include a 5-week course which churches and groups across the diocese might wish to run.

In a letter to diocesan clergy and lay ministers, Bishop Paul and Bishop Andy shared that the Living in Love and Faith resources can help both individuals and churches to engage with rich biblical, theological, historical and scientific thinking about human identity, sexuality and marriage in a way which deepens discipleship through knowing God and following Christ ever more closely. The Bishops have invited The Revd James Halstead, Principal of the School of Discipleship, to be the key Diocesan advocate and point contact for questions relating to Living in Love and Faith, supported by a small working group.

On 28th April 2021, the diocese will be running an online Living in Love and Faith Bishops’ Study Day for all licensed clergy and lay ministers to set this discussion in its current context.

Following on from this, there will then be a short ‘Gateway’ programme for those interested to learn more and which anticipates offering 2-3 sessions starting in May, led by James Halstead, and which will pave the way for people to enter more deeply into the conversation as well as equip church leaders and teams to discern how best to engage with the LLF resources more fully and as appropriate for their own specific context.

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