Living in Love and Faith

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Published: 19th November 2020

The Church of England has launched ‘Living in Love and Faith’ with a set of free teaching and learning resources which draws together the Bible, theology, science and history with powerful real-life stories. Publishing these resources marks the start of a new process of discernment and decision-making on questions of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.

The Church is home to a great diversity of people. There are serious differences of opinion on a variety of things, including human sexuality, and the Living in Love and Faith resources engage with those differences. They are the product of three years’ work by more than 40 people, led by the Bishop of Coventry. They include a 480-page book, a series of films and podcasts, a course and an online library of other publications.

Bishop John said:

“The hope is that we shall all be willing to use the resources for open, honest and gracious listening, learning and discussion.  It is intended that a period of engagement will lead into a time-limited stage of discernment, followed by the making of whatever decisions are needed for the life and mission of the Church. This will not be an exercise in kicking these questions into the long grass, but a meaningful process with a clear end-point.”

As a diocese, we will be engaging with Living in Love and Faith at our March meeting of the Diocesan Synod, including setting out how we plan to engage with it. Parishes and deaneries will be encouraged to think about how they might also use some of these resources in due course. Director of Ministry and Discipleship, Jonathan Kimber, has been appointed as the Diocesan Advocate for this work and will be looking at how best to support this process. All are welcome to respond to the ‘next steps’ group led by the Bishop of London, which will report back to General Synod in 2022.

Bishop John continued: “As bishops, we recognise that there have been deep and painful divisions within the Church over questions of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage, stretching back over many years, and that a new approach is now needed. Those divisions are rooted in sincerely held beliefs about God’s will, but go to the heart of people’s lives and loves. I hope and pray that people will feel able to engage with this process with love, grace, kindness and compassion.”

The free online resources can be found at churchofengland.org/LLF.

 


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