We are inviting parishes and groups to run Living in Love and Faith (LLF) courses from autumn 2021–winter 2022. LLF is about encouraging the whole church to think more deeply about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage in the bigger context of being human.
See our About LLF and FAQs pages for more background information about LLF.
Preparing to run an LLF course
The five-session course involves a group of participants working through the LLF materials together that are available on the LLF learning hub online. These will include written materials, videos and shared reflections.
As a diocese we are committed to training facilitators, who will be able to host the conversations and ensure that people are able to speak safely and in ways that allow others to hear. We want to support people to be honest and open, but in ways that are respectful of others and of the potential impact on them.
The Diocese of Bristol's LLF team have so far trained many facilitators and have further dates planned in December and January for training both central and parish-based facilitators – click here to view upcoming training dates or email the LLF team to find out more information. We are encouraging parishes to collaborate with neighbouring parishes to provide facilitators for each other, meaning that all those who want to be part of a group can engage fully without having to take the role of facilitator.
The latest that groups can add to the national conversation is around the end of January 2022. If you have any questions, or concerns, please email the LLF team.
Please note that we have chaplains drawn from across the diocese who are ready and willing to offer chaplaincy support to people within our churches who are taking part in LLF groups. If anyone would value a chat with a chaplain, please email the LLF advocates and we will allocate one to get in touch.