The Church of England has published Living in Love and Faith (LLF) resources to help us look at Christian teaching and learnings on identity, sexuality and marriage with respect and a genuine commitment to living and listening well across difference.
The resources are available from the LLF hub which can be found here: https://llf.churchofengland.org/
Bishop speaks on Living in Love and Faith
Bishop Martyn has spoken about the LLF process in his Presidential Addresses at recent Diocesan Synod meetings where there have been discussions about the process. He has also recently (January 2023) recorded a video on our diocesan priority of Reconciling Communities, highlighting his ongoing commitment to retaining the unity of the Church across difference. Read more here.
Open meeting with the bishops
31 January, 7.30pm at St Martins House
Following the Living in Love and Faith (LLF) period of discussion and reflection on issues relating to relationships and human sexuality the College of Bishops is currently considering proposals which will go to General Synod next month. The College of Bishops next meets on 17 January and it is thought that the proposals will be made public following that meeting.
Bishops Martyn and Saju will be holding an open meeting for anyone from the diocese who wishes to discuss the proposals. At this meeting they will outline the proposals that will be going to General Synod and then facilitate a discussion around the implications of these proposals. No decisions will be made at this informal gathering but it is intended as an opportunity for Bishops Martyn and Saju to both provide information and to hear voices from across the diocese. The ‘pastoral principles for living well together’ will be used in the meeting, and there will be pastoral support on offer.
Booking in advance via Eventbrite will be necessary as the number of people attending will inform the format of the meeting. Book here.
LLF involves engaging across difference about matters that are deeply personal and relate to questions of identity. A number of people have come forward to offer chaplaincy to those who feel vulnerable or need support as a result of taking part in the course or engaging with the resources.
Our LLF chaplains are as follows:
- Revd Canon Karen Rooms
Acting Dean of Leicester
- Revd Wendy Dalrymple
Rector of All Saints, Loughborough, member of the Inclusive Church network. Chair of House of Clergy of Leicester Diocese Synod.
- Revd Canon Chris Oxley
In city parishes in Leicester for 25 years, followed by six years in rural parishes and retired five years ago. Heads up the Chaplaincy Team at the cathedral, also a Spiritual Director. Currently attached to St Mary de Castro in Leicester.
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- Martin Pilton and Jackie Wainwright
Parents to LGBTQI+ children; offering affirming support to other parents with questions arising from LLF discussions.
- Ven Richard Worsfold
Archdeacon of Leicester, previously Vicar of The Church of the Martyrs in Leicester and also served at Ratby, Groby, Newtown Linford and Countesthorpe
• Revd Matthew Gough
Rector of St Mary's, Anstey and All Saints' Church Thurcaston with Cropston; previously Assistant Curate at St Mary Magdalene, Knighton.