Living in Love and Faith
Living in Love and Faith (LLF)
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.
Last term about 30 people attended the adult version of the course. JGL youth have also been doing the course this term. Many of those attending were keen that our parish does more to welcome LGBTQI+ people and to affirm their varied relationships. Others grappled with the material and came to no firm conclusion/ resolution, and a few stood by their support of the church’s traditional view of sexual ethics regarding same sex relationships.
It is proposed that a group be formed to discuss what steps our parish takes next, acting on the desire of many to affirm LGBTQI+ relationships, but also taking particular care to keep people of all viewpoints informed and included in the way forward. If you want to be part of this group 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.”