Living in Love and Faith Resources

As the roll out of Living in Love and Faith (LLF) continues across the country, MOSAIC want to support individuals and parishes who are looking to engage with the course and material.

Gathered here are a series of links to resources and LLF material to help you with planning the course and how you can engage with your deanery/parish/PCC etc.

To get a flavour of LLF, start by viewing the launch video that can be found here and the introduction to LLF on their website here

To access resources, including the course booklet, the story films, podcasts, recommend wider reading & the pastoral principles go to the LLF Learning Hub where you can register to access all of the above for free.

To purchase a copy of the LLF book directly from Church House Publishing click here

If we can support your LLF journey in any way, please do get in touch we would be delighted to hear from you.

MOSAIC in the North

Yesterday, (Thursday 13 May) Mosaic held its first northern conference focussed
on exploring a theology of diversity and inclusion in the Church of England with
a key note address from Archbishop Stephen Cottrell.   We had 117 delegates
attending the MOSAIC in the North conference which is the first in a series, the
National MOSAIC Conference will be on Saturday 26th of June at 10am on zoom.
 
The Archdeacon of Manchester, Karen Lund who is also the Chair of
Manchester Diocesan Race, Inequality and Justice Group said:
“MOSAIC is in part a way to be one through our diversity and difference, not in
spite of it. I am really delighted to be part of this journey.  It seems to me, that
God calls us to be ourselves in that unique way we have each been created.
We are called to be Love and to live in that Love which comes from God. 
There is nothing to add or subtract from each other’s loveliness in Christ? 
Instead, we seek to be one. The birth of MOSAIC is a welcome Movement
supporting Christians in the quest to learn how to grow into that indwelling life
with God and with one another.  The Ascension Day MOSAIC Conference is an
exciting moment for the Church.”
 
The Revd Jackie Doyle-Brett, steering-group member and convenor, said:
“It has been so helpful to hear from clergy and laity who have an interest and
need for MOSAIC –  at the conference comments included: There is no BUT
after God’s unconditional love. There is a need to name ‘issues’, and a need we
for the breadth of these ‘issues’ to be discussed and embraced. It is important
that we and the church leaders name the challenges that exist to inclusivity.
People on the margins do not wake up and identify themselves as such – it is
what others say and do that defines them as being so.
Mosaic offers those who are marginalised a listening ear and we want to
ensure that all have full participation in the church so that all can find a new
dignity and fullness of life.
 
The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York gave a short address on the
diversity of theology:
 

“In aiming to be a Church that is centred on and shaped by Jesus Christ, one of
the Church of England’s strategic objectives is to be younger and more
diverse. 
God has created a diverse world. In Christ human diversity is brought together,
redeemed and re-created. At Pentecost the Church is called to speak every
language. Therefore in order to enable everyone to hear and receive the
gospel of Christ we must be a diverse Church, humbly recognising that we have
failed to properly welcome and include some people, and boldly living out the
scandalous hospitality of God that we see in Christ.”
The Revd. Canon Tim Goode spoke of Mosaic’s desire to listen to the stories of
the other and discover the integrities of differing ways of engaging with
Scripture. Mosaic does so from a place of confidence, confident in our identity
in Christ, each of us ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’;  confident in our
campaign for full participation and the flourishing of all who have been and still
are marginalised by the church; not ignoring our differences, but rather
seeking safe, undefended conversations rooted and held in mutual respect and
dignity’.

MOSAIC National Conference

The MOSAIC team are excited to announce the first ever MOSAIC National Conference.

This year it will be held as an online event on Saturday 27th June between 10am and 12noon on Zoom and tickets are completely free.

This ground breaking conference will explore contemporary issues impacting the church today including race, human sexuality and disability. We are delighted to announce that the keynote speakers are Paul Bayes the Bishop of Liverpool, Rev’d Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester and the conference will be chaired by Rev’d Mandy Ford (Dean of Bristol) and Diannah Gwilliams (Dean of Guildford).

Tickets for the national conference are available via eventbrite here. We hope you can join us.

MOSAIC in the North Conference

Join Mosaic in the North Conference with His Grace the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell as a keynote speaker, as we explore a theology of diversity, and a future of inclusion within the Church of England. The full program will be emailed to all attendees before the conference.

If you want to discover more about our ideas for a more inclusive church, hear about a theology of diversity, and find out more about Mosaic, then join us online on 13th May from 10:30 until 12:30

To register your attendance at the conference please click here.

Oi Vicar, Why Don’t You Heal Yourself

“Talk about coming down to earth with a bump! The day after I was ordained deacon, and the official start of my time as Associate Curate at Croydon Minster, I stepped out, crutch assisted, into my new parish, wearing a crisp new black clerical shirt with dog collar gleaming fresh and white in the early summer sun. Though I was nervous, being the first time I had gone public in my new ‘uniform’, I wished to inhabit my new role with confidence and go and greet the hustle bustle of central Croydon life.

My planned port of call was Surrey Street Market, which has existed since the 13th century. Just as I started to walk through the market offering welcoming smiles to all who passed, suddenly at the top of his voice, loud and clear over the surrounding melee, a local greengrocer shouted, ‘Oi Vicar, why don’t you heal yourself’….”

The above text has been taken from the beginning of a Blog written by MOSAIC Steering Group Member Rev’d Canon Tim Goode and goes on to talk about Attitude, Access and Agency within the Church of England. You can read the full blog post here.

MOSAIC has Launched

We are pleased to announce the launch of this new campaigning movement for a CHURCH FOR ALL ENGLAND. 

We have brought together leaders from the main inclusive organisations to focus on creating a network in each diocese that will campaign for change.

The launch of the movement was covered by an article in the Church Times which can be found here.