Living in Love and Faith

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Living in Love and Faith is the Church of England’s national conversation about human identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.  It is about learning and listening to one another and to God.

This webpage contains background information and explains how you can participate in conversations about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage in the Diocese of Manchester during 2021 and into the early part of 2022. This page will be regularly updated. If you need information or support not covered here, please email llf@manchester.anglican.org

About Living in Love and Faith

 

 

 

The Church of England is keenly aware that issues of gender and sexuality are intrinsic to people’s experience; their sense of identity; their lives and the loving relationships that shape and sustain them. We also know that the life and mission of our Church – and of the worldwide Anglican Communion – are affected by the deep, and sometimes painful, disagreements among us which have been debated and discussed on many occasions over the years.

These divisions have come into sharper focus because of society’s changing perspectives and practices, especially in relation to lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and intersex people. The Church wants to understand what it means to follow Christ in love and faith given the questions about human identity and the variety of patterns of relationship emerging in our society, including marriage, civil partnership, cohabitation, celibacy and friendship.

The LLF resources 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.

Living in Love and Faith in the Diocese of Manchester

Every diocese has at least one diocesan Advocate and Reference Group to promote LLF learning and discussions. Bishop David has appointed Canon David Holgate to be the Manchester diocesan Advocate working with a diverse Reference Group of lay and ordained members drawn together at his invitation.

The Group has been meeting regularly to get to know one another, do the five-session LLF Course together and to prepare for diocese-wide conversations. You can contact the group via llf@manchester.anglican.org or you can reach out to us 1-2-1 for further support in your communities.

LLF Reference Group

  • David Holgate (Diocesan Advocate) - Manchester Cathedral
  • Ian Hepburn (Associate Diocesan Advocate) - St Peter and St Philip, Bolton-le-Moors
  • Jackie Heaton - Bury Parish Church
  • Kate Burgess -  St Matthew, Stretford
  • Duke O’Baka-Torto - Benefice of Hamer and Healey
  • Steve Hilton - Manchester Cathedral
  • Nick Campbell - William Temple Church, Wythenshawe
  • Debbie Jones - Holy Trinity, Platt
  • Jeremy Sheehy - St Peter & St Augustine, Pendlebury and All Saints, Wardley
  • Graham Baker, Ordinand

One of the liberating features of the LLF process is that there is no definitive roadmap or predetermined set of outcomes. The resources offered, including the support from the Reference Group, are wide ranging and designed to suit a wide range of audiences.

Each of us who participates in the LLF learning and listening process is ‘building the bridge as we cross it’. To change the metaphor, we don’t know where God will lead us but we do know that we are seeking to follow God together in faith and love.

Thank you for considering how you will engage with LLF in and for your communities. 

The LLF Learning Hub

The Living in Love and Faith process is at its heart an invitation to learn though conversations with others. The LLF Learning Hub is the place where all the resources are located. Registration and use of the resources are free. The resources include: a large book with detailed information and discussion, a five-session course, short films about real people, podcast discussions, and an extensive library of resources. 

Click here to visit the Living in Love and Faith Learning Hub

Our recommendation is that you begin by reviewing the Course, either on video (available on the Learning Hub) or in the printed Course booklet (available from Church House Publishing), and by watching the video introduction to the Pastoral Principles.

The next step is to find an opportunity to discuss them with others. You can do this one to one with a friend or colleague or join a group doing the LLF Course, or run the Course on your own. 

If you want to dig deeper, do explore the other resources, such as the large LLF book and the podcasts.  

Help for your discussions

The Church of England has recently developed some helpful guidelines for discussing things about which people disagree. These Pastoral Principles for Living Well Together are introduced in the first session of the LLF Course.

There are some simple guidelines you can follow for your LLF conversations:
•    Create a safe place where all voices are heard and respected
•    Pray for those you will invite to participate
•    Try to have diverse groups, particularly thinking across parish boundaries
•    Follow the prayer, plan and prep guidance in the coursebook (available online)
•    If you require a facilitator or access to support, the LLF Reference Group will be able to offer advice and encouragement
•    Pray for those you will invite to participate
•    Get diverse opinions and stories

There is even a separate course for exploring the Pastoral Principles.

Supporting your LLF learning and conversations

The process of engaging with the LLF materials is self-directed rather than one that is imposed on you by others.  You are invited to explore them as you wish, ideally in conversation with people who may see things differently from you. 

If you need support or advice, you are invited to email the LLF Reference Group at: llf@manchester.anglican.org

Support could range from one simple conversation about LLF, to help with introducing LLF conversations in your parish or deanery. It could mean talking through some of the concerns you might have, or discussing next steps in the journey for your community.

Safeguarding the LLF process

Any safeguarding or ‘at risk’ issues should immediately be referred to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (Abbey Clephane-Wilson on 0161 828 1451 or 07436 589606 or abbey@manchester.anglican.org  If the issue is urgent and the DSA is unavailable the issue should be reported directly to the police.

 


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