Living in Love and Faith

‘Living in Love and Faith’ is a set of free teaching and learning resources which draws together the Bible, theology, science and history with powerful real-life stories. 

 

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.

Parishes and deaneries are encouraged to think about how they might also use some of these resources - below are some ideas of how you might get involved. Download a 2-page flyer on engaging with LLF

Director of Ministry and Discipleship, Jonathan Kimber, has been appointed as the Diocesan Advocate for this work - do contact him with any queries or to let him know your plans. 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.

Read comments made by Bishop John on the launch of the resources. 

The resources include:

  • 1 book containing 5 parts, 20 ‘encounters’ 
  • 17 story films 
  • 16 podcasts 
  • 1 course for groups – 5 sessions – videos and booklet 
  • 1 library with 323 resources, of which 61 are written by LLF group members for the LLF project

What pathway might my parish take to engage with LLF

We are offering a range of ways to help parishes engage with this important national project. Your pathway might include some of all of these options; parishes are invited to submit any feedback by the end November 2021. 

Start a discussion about LLF in your church

  • Think about a course leader who can enable a good conversation, even if there may be some disagreement.
  • Will you run the course yourself or join with a diocesan course?
  • What does a braver & safer space look like for your church? Will you partner with a church from a different tradition? •
  • Will you meet over zoom or wait until it is safe to meet in person? (Some may find being in their own home an easier way to deal with potentially challenging materials while for others it may be more important for everyone to be in the same room.)

Overview and Taster events

  • A 90 minute online event
  • Designed especially for clergy and church leaders, to address:
    • What’s LLF all about?
    • What’s the quality and tone of the materials?
    • What are some options for helping my church engage?
    • What support and resources are available?
    • Dates available in April - June
    • See available dates and book on Eventbrite

Group Leaders briefings

  • A 2 hour event, designed for those who are considering or planning to lead an LLF Group
  • Focussing on:
    • Overview and intro to LLF
    • Refresher of group facilitation skills
    • Consideration of online and face-to-face factors
    • Attention to particular considerations with this course material
    • Running in April, May and again in the Autumn
    • See available dates and book on Eventbrite

Diocesan Course for Leaders

  • Designed for and open to: clergy, other church leaders, and people planning to lead an LLF Course group
  • A chance to experience the course for yourself before leading others, or planning how to engage
  • Dates in April and May
  • See available dates and book on Eventbrite

Diocesan Course for Church Groups and Individuals

  • Engage with the LLF Course online with others – come to the five evening sessions, beginning on June 16th
  • We’ll sort out the tech; you just need to book and turn up
  • There are two different ways to engage, each with a separate Eventbrite booking page:
    • If possible, come as a group from your church/benefice
    • You’ll see the course video with everybody else, then be in your own breakout rooms for discussion
    • Make sure you identify a suitable Group Leader, who will lead your group in the discussion sections. We strongly encourage each Group Leader to first attend a Group Leaders Briefing on May 11th or June 9th (both 7-9pm)
    • Some benefices might send 2 or more groups
    • We ask for each group to include no more than 6 people, including the Group Leader
    • One person per group should make the Eventbrite booking. To do so, they will need the name, email address and phone number of all the group members.
  • Engaging as a local church group will normally be the ideal, but we appreciate that it won’t always be possible. We can therefore also offer limited spaces for individuals at the same event:
    • You’ll see the course video with others in plenary, then be with some others in a breakout room for discussion
    • There will be a trained discussion group leader for each breakout room
    • To engage in this way, please register on Eventbrite.

Companions & Chaplains available

The companion’s role will be to accompany and support a particular church or combination of churches, as they plan LLF engagement and lead LLF discussion groups. Contact Jonathan Kimber to arrange this. Chaplains are available to speak to anyone who may be finding this process difficult contact: Stephen Buckley or Christine Holzapfel.

How do we pass on our feedback?

Please do pass on candid and constructive feedback of your LLF experience – whatever that experience has been. All feedback will be anonymised. If you’re using the online version of the course, you will be prompted to do this within the course itself.

The questions at the end of each session are these:

  • What issue, question or comment in the session video materials prompted the most stimulating reflection?
  • What fresh insights (if any) arose from your engagement with the materials?

If you’re not using the online course, do find an appropriate way to summarise the experience and the outcomes of your learning together. Use a format of your choosing (a letter, a ‘report’, a recording, a video). Feel free to share some of the different ways in which insights arose (images, Scripture passages etc). The two questions above will be a good guide.

Churches are encouraged to offer this feedback as a group – but individuals can also provide feedback. There will also be the chance to complete a questionnaire through which you can record your experience of engaging with the LLF resources as a group.

Jonathan Kimber will be very happy to pass on feedback, or, if you prefer, you can send it direct to the national LLF Enabling Officer, Dr Eeva John: eeva.john@churchofengland.org.


Page last updated: 13th May 2021 2:13 PM
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