How do questions about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage fit within the bigger picture of the good news of Jesus Christ? What does it mean to live in love and faith together as a Church?
Living in Love and Faith is the Church of England’s national conversation on human identity – a three-year project that invites people to engage in open, honest discussion: to learn together, listen to one another and listen to God to help discern a way forward for the Church of England in relation to questions of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage – topics which sometimes bring about deep and painful disagreements.
To help facilitate and give these discussions a framework, the Church has produced a range of learning resources which explore these matters by studying what the Bible, theology, history and the social and biological sciences have to say, and by telling the real-life stories of followers of Christ with diverse experiences and convictions.
Great importance is placed on helping to create braver and safer spaces for these conversations to take place where people are treated with grace and where all voices are respected and heard.
Part of the national process has involved gathering feedback from groups who used the learning resources to inform the wider Church as it looks to discern a way forward. Working with the support of the Chelmsford Diocese Living in Love and Faith team, groups from across Chelmsford Diocese provided their feedback to the Church of England ahead of the deadline in April 2022.Thank you to everyone who has contributed that feedback. To find out more about the next steps, please click here
Although the period for collecting feedback from groups is now over, the LLF resources are still available for people and groups wanting to explore these issues in their own contexts.
You will find all of the LLF resources on the LLF Learning Hub :
- the Course - a five-session video course to support small groups
- the LLF Book
- Podcasts – with discussions on LLF themes from the Book
- Story Films – people living in Love and Faith in their own words
- Library – an extensive library of books, essays and articles
- The Pastoral Principles – principles for living and learning well together
The LLF book brings together biblical, theological, historical and scientific perspectives to questions of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. Commissioned and commended by the Bishops of the Church of England, its production has involved many people across the Church and beyond who bring great diversity and depth of expertise, conviction and lived experience to these matters.
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,
into the fullness that is your image in us;
through the Word made flesh,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen
More about Living in Love and Faith
You can find out more about LLF on the Church of England website.
For further information please email the Bishop of Chelmsford’s Adviser for Identity, Sexuality and Relationships, Piers Northam LLM.