Living in Love and Faith
Living in Love and Faith is the Church of England’s discernment process about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.
The Church of England is 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.
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 churchwide engagement phase has now ended, the LLF book, study guides, podcasts and real-life personal story films are still helpful resources for chaplaincies and individuals around the subjects of sexuality, gender, identity, relationships and marriage.
To access everything you need please visit the Living in Love and Faith website.
What is LLF?
Living in Love and Faith (LLF) is a set of resources produced by the Church of England to aid discernment and decision-making on questions of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. It’s designed to enable a period of church-wide learning using the LLF course, films, podcast and other resources in the online library. Find out more about LLF.
What is the purpose/outcome of LLF?
Through the LLF process, churches across England and Europe have engaged in discussions and learnt together on questions of identity, sexuality, relationships, and marriage. Read the full learning outcomes for the process.
"Prayers of Love and Faith" timeline
- The House of Bishops has commended Prayers of Love and Faith resources for use during regular public worship and private prayer (at the discretion of incumbents). They have been commended for use (Chaplains in the Diocese in Europe) from Sunday 17 December.
- The finalised texts of the prayers have now been published and are available here: Prayers of Love and Faith
- Separately, the House of Bishops will be asking General Synod to authorise special standalone services from Prayers of Love and Faith, under Canon B2. That process is likely to take about two years, will involve consultation with dioceses and will require two-thirds majorities in General Synod.
- However, following an amendment at the recent meeting of General Synod, there is also the possibility that special standalone services could be available on a trial basis before that, using Canon B5A. This trial is still be discussed by the House of Bishops.
- If such a trial basis were agreed, further details including guidance for chaplains will be shared as available.
How can I pray for the LLF process?
Here’s a suggested prayer for anyone who wants to pray for the LLF process:
God, whose name is Love,
Whose gift is life,
Whose word holds all in being;
Bless Living in Love and Faith to your church
As we seek to grow together
Into the truth of our humanity and longings,
Into communities where all find welcome,
nto the fullness that is your image in us;
Through the Word made flesh,
Our Saviour Jesus Christ.