Living in Love and Faith

Living in Love and Faith is a process initiated by the Church of England in 2017 to consider questions of sexuality, relationship and marriage.  Over the last five years everyone was invited to come together to learn and listen to one and other and to God.  

The findings of the responses to this churchwide engagement were published on 2 September 2022 under the title, ‘Listening with Love and Faith’. A resource, ‘Friendship and the Body of Christ’, was also published to encourage reflection and conversations about what it means to be church with diversity and difference. They can be found here.   

The College of Bishops has gathered together on three occasions between September 2022 and January 2023 to agree on outcomes from this process to bring to General Synod in February 2023.   

The proposals, announced on 18 January, offer the fullest possible pastoral provision for all relationships without changing the Church’s doctrine of Holy Matrimony for same-sex couples. This would be provided through a range of draft prayers, known as Prayers of Love and Faith, which could be used voluntarily in churches for couples who have marked a significant stage of their relationship such as a civil marriage or civil partnership.  

Same-sex couples would still not be able to get married in a Church of England church, but could have a service in which there would be prayers of dedication, thanksgiving or for God’s blessing on the couple in church following a civil marriage or partnership. 
 
The formal teaching of the Church of England as set out in the canons and authorised liturgies – that Holy Matrimony is between one man and one woman for life – would not change. 
 
The prayers would be voluntary for clergy to use and could be used in different combinations reflecting the theological diversity of the Church. 

These proposals will be presented to General Synod in February and may be further debated in the General Synod meeting in July as well.  

You can find out more about the Living in Love and Faith journey here.  

LLF Chaplains

If you wish to discuss the LLF process or you are finding it is affecting you personally, you are welcome to contact our LLF Chaplains the Revd Steve Benoy  or Revd Jackie Bullen