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Living in Love and Faith resources to be published in November

25 June 2020

geoff crawford/church times

Members of the Living in Love and Faith co-ordinating group at a meeting of the General Synod at Church House, Westminster, in February

Members of the Living in Love and Faith co-ordinating group at a meeting of the General Synod at Church House, Westminster, in February

THE Church of England’s long-running investigation into sexuality and identity, Living in Love and Faith (LLF), will publish its resources in early November, the House of Bishops confirmed on Thursday.

The publication of the project’s resources had been due for June, but was delayed by the pandemic (News, 1 May).

A spokesperson for the House of Bishops said that, at a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, it “endorsed the plan [to publish the resources in November] to enable the whole Church, at all levels, to engage with these learning resources together from the beginning of 2021”.

The Bishop of Coventry, Dr Christopher Cocksworth, who chairs the LLF co-ordinating group, said: “While we understand and share with many that Covid has had a profound impact on all of us, the release of the LLF materials has great potential for us all. The resources and discussion can help the Church in the Christ-like virtues that will sustain and nourish the C of E in the (post)-Covid future and offer a way of reconciled relationships in the face of diversity and disagreement.”

The General Synod will not be given the opportunity to scrutinise the resources when it meets informally online next month (News, 19 June), because it is not a formal meeting. Had the resources been published in June, they would not have been scrutinised by the Synod before publication, the enabling officer for LLF, Dr Eeva John, said (although they would have had a chance to discuss the resources after they were published); so the group will simply confirm the publication at the meeting of the Synod next month.

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