Living in Love and Faith

Living in Love and Faith (LLF)

In September, we ran a 5 week course in the parish called “Living in Love and Faith”. We are hoping to run it again via zoom for those who were unable to come to the last one.

Living in Love and Faith sets out to inspire people to think more deeply about what it means to be human and to live in love and faith with one another. It tackles the tough questions and the divisions among Christians about what it means to follow Jesus in a society in which understandings and practices of gender, sexuality and marriage continue to change.

Each of the 5 sessions explores one key topic, with an opening reflection about learning together, followed by teaching, time for discussion and Bible study and prayer. You can share or speak as much or as little as you like, as we all recognise that we may have very personal and deeply held views.

Some of us in parish leadership have already done the course and warmly commend it to you. Indeed, our archbishops and bishops have “invited every church to use the Living in Love and Faith resources to learn together, and they appeal to us to join them in discerning a way forward for the church that is open to new vistas on our disagreements and new perspectives on our differences”.

If you have any questions at all about the course or want to sign up please do speak to Ben Goodyear. And of course, if this course or the topics above raise any personal issues for you or your family or friends that you would like to discuss in confidence, please do speak to Ben Goodyear or Gill Tayleur.

Resources to listen to, read or watch

Watch the short video above introducing Living in Love and Faith

which is full of resources including podcasts, books and videos.

You can download or purchase a paper copy of the The LLF Book from here. We also have a few copies you can borrow from Parish Office ( or 02077374978).

You can subscribe to listen to the LLF Podcasts here or on whatever podcast app you use.

As well as the above resources from the Church of England we have a range of articles to read, videos to watch and podcasts to listen to are listed below. They deliberately reflect a wide variety of differing viewpoints to help us understand other people’s views better.

This parish doesn’t hold a particular stance, but we provide these as useful resources ahead of the sessions.

You might like to start with these four websites represent some of the views held by people in the UK.
“Q Christian Fellowship is cultivating radical belonging for LGBTQ+ Christians and allies.”
“We want to see Christians living out their sexuality and identity in ways that enable all to flourish in Christ-like faithfulness.”
“Why evangelicals must think again about homosexuality.”
“The Church of England Evangelical Council is pleased to present ‘The Beautiful Story’ – a film to encourage and enable evangelicals to engage and contend in discussions about human sexuality.”

For wider views still, these North American websites have interesting material:
“Changing the conversation on love & inclusion. Freeing hearts to love & be loved. For LGBTQ+, parents, allies, friends. Reminding us all that we are beloved!”
“The Bible and same sex relationships: A review article” by Tim Keller
“Your guide to becoming an inquisitive, fearless, SEX POSITIVE, free thinking Christian in the modern world.”

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