"Living in Love and Faith" is a course that was developed, over a four-year period, after General Synod recognised that it needed to engage the whole people of God, in a journey to think more deeply about what it means to be human and about how to live in love and faith. The introduction to the course explains "All around us we see changing understandings of human identity, changing patterns in relationships and families, changing sexual attitudes and activity. What does it mean for followers of Jesus to walk in love and faith and holiness today?" As we learn together about these deep and personal matters, the resources we will draw-upon include: the bible, other disciplines, and real stories where people of faith are filmed talking about their relationships. The films are for us to simply receive as we are aware that this isn’t a debate, rather it’s about learning and growing together. And it’s very helpful that the course has been developed by many theologians from many different perspectives, all working together. We are called to be both “braver” and “safer” than we have been in the past. “Braver” is about having the courage to be open to new ideas and understanding. “Safer” is about all of us feeling safe enough to share stories and ask questions, for example, to be safe from judgement, rejection, and hurt. In this way, as the whole people of God, as we speak and listen, in trust and love, so we will begin to discern what the Holy Spirit is saying to the church today. The Church of England is very aware that in previous discussions some people have been hurt and traumatized, and when people are hurting so badly, the Body of Christ (God’s people) must engage. We may disagree with one another, but we will do so with love, knowing each one of us is a child of God. For example, we will speak carefully, listen with compassion and respect, and keep confidentiality. We pray that as the Holy Spirit guides us so we will come to understand both our own convictions and those of others. To enable this, before we begin the course, we will learn the "Pastoral Principles for Living Well Together". The aim is, for all of us who wish, to do the course before the end of the year. The course is supported by Bishop Mark, the Bishop of Chester, and he has ensured that Chaplaincy support is available.
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