How and when will the resources be completed?
The bishops are committed to developing the project in a way that enables people to be informed and involved throughout the project’s development. Members of General Synod and other stakeholders of the Church of England, have been invited to participate at regular intervals in the process of developing the resources.
The original plan was to complete the Living in Love and Faith resources in June 2020 and for members of the Church of England’s General Synod to engage with the resources in their meeting in July 2020. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the House of Bishops decided to postpone the publication of the resources to early November 2020.
The plan is to enable bishops, dioceses, deaneries and local church communities to explore the resources together from the beginning of 2021. Engagement with the materials will need to be responsive to local contexts as churches and dioceses consider the impact of COVID-19 and other challenges on the health, the economy and the wellbeing of the nation. It is envisaged that in 2022 learning and engagement with the materials will move to discernment, decision-making and if necessary, synodical processes. The group that will take this part of the LLF process forward on behalf of the House of Bishops will be led by Sarah Mullally, the Bishop of London.
The Living in Love and Faith Plan
The following plan shows the high level actions across the lifetime of the project.