Jesus’ vision for his followers was that they should be united as he and his father are united. How might we seek to be faithful to that calling today? How can we seek unity whilst recognising the diversity of beliefs about human sexuality?
Our Living in Love and Faith course, through bible study, discussion and prayer, sets out to inspire us to think more deeply about what it means to be human and to live in love and faith with each other in the Church.
There will be eight sessions on Monday evenings, 7pm-9pm (Sept 20 & 27; Oct 11 & 18 and Nov 1, 8, 15 & 22). Join by Zoom or meet in person at Thorpe Prebend House, Ripon, HG4 1QR. To book ring Victoria Richardson on 01765 603462 or email: VictoriaRichardson@riponcathedral.org.uk.
The Church of England’s Living in Love and Faith (LLF) project seeks to be a ‘learning journey’ to inspire people to think more deeply about what it means to be human, and to live in love and faith with each other. Covering issues around Christian teaching & learning about identity, sexuality, relationships & marriage, it tackles the tough questions and the divisions among Christians about what it means to be holy in a society in which understandings and practices of gender, sexuality and marriage continue to change.
The whole process is supported by a broad range of online and print resources, including the LLF Book, a set of podcasts, life story films and an on-line library for ‘going deeper’ in an on-line learning hub. At the heart of the project are two courses shaped to encourage reflection, discussion with others, and feeding back. The course we are offering combines both courses into one run of 8 evenings together. It emphasises six ‘Pastoral Principles’ to enable honest speaking and respectful listening to one another in as safe a space as possible. The Monday evening sessions will be simultaneously on Zoom and in person at Thorpe Prebend House. So, whether you join by Zoom on in person, we will all form one group.
“My deepest prayer is that in living together in love and faith we demonstrate the same love for one another as we have received from God himself.”
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury