Living in Love and Faith

Living in Love and Faith is a Church of England initiative to encourage engagement across the whole church with Christian teaching about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage - and should be a priority for all leaders in the Diocese of Derby.

This teaching and learning is primarily through a five-session course for small groups.

The Diocese of Derby is committed to participating in LLF and will be holding in-person and online courses across the diocese to help people to explore the material.

Safety for all participants is paramount so training for group facilitators is available to ensure, as far as we are able, that those who may have been wounded by the Church in the past are able to share their experiences in a calm and non judgemental environment.

The breadth of teaching and doctrine in this area is wide and varied. 

This means that all participants will come to the course from a different perspective, so good listening, mutual respect and patience will be encouraged. 

Sharing one another's lived experience is important so that we can learn from each other.

LLF is not about changing people’s minds or rubbishing deeply held beliefs; rather it is about hearing from each other, to seek to understand the pain of the past and to find a way forward as a church that honours God and all of His children.


Get involved

Courses across the Diocese of Derby



St Peter's Littleover - online
Starts on Sunday 13 February - 6pm on Zoom
To register your place go to stpeterlittleover.org.uk/llf 

North East Derbyshire Deanery - online
Start on Thursday, 17 February 2022 - 7pm using Zoom.
Email Kathy Crawshaw-Moore, Deanery Administrator, kathy.crawshaw-moore@derby.anglican.org, to register.
Course dates - 17 and 24 February, 10, 17 and 24 March 2022.
Priority will be given to residents of North East Derbyshire Deanery.

Breadsall, Morley and Smalley - in person
Start on Thursday, 3 March 2022 - 1:30pm at All Saints, Breadsall for 5 weeks
All welcome. Email kateplant2610@gmail.com to register your place.

Breadsall, Morley and Smalley - online
Start on Wednesday, 9 March 2022 - 7pm for 5 weeks
All welcome. Email kateplant2610@gmail.com to register your place.

Derby Cathedral - in person
Thursday, 10 March 2022 - 7.30pm to 9.00pm for 5 weeks.
All are welcome to attend. Please contact Jessica, PA to the Dean of Derby at jessica@derbycathedral.org to register.

Glossopdale - in person
Tuesday, 15 March 2022 - 1pm to 2.30pm for 5 weeks.
Wednesday, 16 March 2022 - 7.30pm to 9pm for 5 weeks.
Both at The Vineyard, Charlestown Road, Glossop SK13 8JN
All welcome to attend. Please contact Revd Nick Gurney GlossopdaleNick@gmail.com to register.

Glossopdale - online / zoom
Wednesday, 16 March 2022 - 1pm to 2.30pm for 5 weeks.
Thursday, 17 March 2022 - 7pm to 8.30pm for 5 weeks.
All welcome to attend. Please contact Revd Nick Gurney GlossopdaleNick@gmail.com to register.



If an issue has arisen for you during your time on the course and you wish to speak to someone in confidence, please contact either Bishop Malcolm or Alicia at the addresses below and they will put you in touch with one of our LLF chaplains.

Bishop Malcolm Mcnaughton  malcolm.macnaughton@derby.anglican.org
Revd Alicia Dring  alicia@stpeterlittleover.org.uk

We have a range of chaplains from across the theological spectrum and want to ensure you speak to someone appropriate to your situation. 

Thank you for your patience.


What happens after the LLF courses?

>> view LLF timeline [PDF] 


If you have any further questions or suggestions for the steering group please contact

Revd Alicia Dring - alicia@stpeterlittleover.org.uk 

All courses listed have trained facilitators and access to a chaplain. 
Courses that are organised locally (ie by a parish church) will usually be run by a parish priest or lay person and we are unable to guarantee whether or not they have undergone the facilitator training.

Click here to register your interest in forthcoming courses and we will notify you when the timetable is available.


More about LLF

Living in Love and Faith (LLF) explores Christian teaching and learning about human identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.

The Church of England's extensive LLF resources draw together the bible, theology, science and history with real-life stories.

They were commissioned by the House of Bishops and include a book, a series of films and podcasts and a course following three years’ work by a group of more than 40 people from across the Church.

They are intended to initiate a process of whole Church learning and engagement in 2021, within a clear timeframe, that will contribute to the Bishops’ discernment of a way forward in relation to questions of human identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.

The Living in Love and Faith resources include a 480-page book, a series of films and podcasts and an online library of other publications.

At the heart of the project is a five-session course which is shaped to encourage reflection, discussion with others and feeding back.

The course can be carried out online or in-person (when Covid restrictions are lifted). 

It emphasises six 'Pastoral Principles' to enable honest speaking and respectful listening in as safe a space as possible.

All churches are invited to participate, with feedback gathered via several means including an anonymised online survey for individual participants and group leaders.

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