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 series of films and podcasts and an online library of other publications. At the heart of the project is a five-session course which is shaped to encourage reflection, discussion with others and feeding back. The course can be carried out online or in-person (when Covid restrictions are lifted).  It emphasises six 'Pastoral Principles' to enable honest speaking and respectful listening in as safe a space as possible. All churches are invited to participate, with feedback gathered via several means including an anonymised online survey for individual participants and group leaders.

Our diocesan LLF Advocate is our Director of Communications Pete Bate. Pete will be working with a small diocesan Advocacy Group (see below), chaired by Bishop Jan McFarlane, 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.

If you or your church have already done the LLF course, or are planning to, please email Pete to let him know.


Pete Bate

Office:01543 306292
Mobile:07754 785865


Diocese of Lichfield LLF Advocacy Group

The Rt Revd Jan McFarlane (Chair) -

The Revd David Babbington: Priest-in-Charge of St John’s, Walsall / Inclusive Church -

Matt Edwards: Trainee Reader, Barton-under-Needwood -

The Revd James Gandon: Vicar of Sneyd Green / Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship -

Hannah Garside: Deanery Youth Enabler, Hodnet -

The Revd Duncan Gorwood: Curate of Horninglow -

The Revd Dr Jeanette Hartwell: Diocesan Vocations & Training Team Lead -

The Revd Preb Pat Hawkins: Vicar of Ellesmere / General Synod -

The Revd Josh Penduck: Vicar of St Giles, Newcastle / Chair of Fulcrum -

The Revd Jim Trood: Vicar of St Matthew's, Walsall -


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 from 9.30am-1pm on Zoom.

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.”
Register here:


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