Living in love and faith

Living in Love and Faith (LLF) explores Christian teaching and learning about human identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.

The Church of England's extensive LLF resources draw together the bible, theology, science and history with real-life stories. They were commissioned by the House of Bishops and include a book, a series of films and podcasts and a course following three years’ work by a group of more than 40 people from across the Church.

They are intended to initiate a process of whole Church learning and engagement in 2021, within a clear timeframe, that will contribute to the Bishops’ discernment of a way forward in relation to questions of human identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.

Bishop Michael said: “These teaching and learning resources are an important part of the Church of England’s engagement with the complex issues of human identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.

“I hope that churches will have good conversations within and between themselves, whatever their background or tradition, as we listen and learn together. The Living In Love and Faith resources offer real-life examples of people’s journeys from a wide variety of starting points to aid these ongoing conversations, while being shaped by the rich guidance of Holy Scripture, Christian tradition and contemporary science.

“We want these conversations to move graciously beyond polarising views, to bring people together and to help us all to grow as disciples of Jesus.

“We appreciate that many churches and communities are under pressure due to the Covid-pandemic. There is no rush to begin these conversations straight away but I would encourage churches to engage with this carefully prepared material as we seek to discern God’s will in these crucial areas.”

The Living in Love and Faith resources include a 480-page book, a course for discussion groups, a series of films and podcasts and an online library of other publications in what is thought to be the most extensive work in this area by any faith group in the world.

Our diocesan LLF Advocate is our Director of Communications Pete Bate. Pete will be working with a small diocesan Advocacy Group, chaired by Bishop Jan, bringing together clergy and lay people from across the diocese with a range of backgrounds and views. The role of the group will be to advocate for the LLF process, to point people to the resources, and to listen and gather together views expressed from people and churches across the diocese.


Pete Bate

Office:01543 306292
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Introduction to LLF - Thursday 10 June

An introduction to Living In Love And Faith for clergy and licensed lay leaders in Lichfield Diocese is being held on Thursday 10 June.

The Introduction morning will feature national LLF Enabling Officer Dr Eeva John and provide an opportunity for people to find out more about the purposes of LLF, to engage with the LLF Course and experience how it may work in their church context.
Bishop Michael said: “I hope that all our churches will engage with these important issues and the high-quality LLF resources are a great way of doing this. I am delighted that Eeva will help facilitate our morning and would encourage all clergy and licensed lay leaders to attend.”
Due to the ongoing restrictions we anticipate the morning will be held on Zoom. Registration details and further information will be available in due course. 


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