One Body One Faith working alongside MOSAIC

OneBodyOneFaith have been working to find a way to support members who are seeking to engage safely with the Living in Love and Faith material, following their recent membership survey. To that end, OneBodyOneFaith will be working alongside MOSAIC to signpost safer groups at a diocesan and local parish level.

As an ecumenical organisation, OneBodyOneFaith seeks to partner with likeminded groups who work with specific denominations or traditions. MOSAIC is well placed via our network of local convenors to connect with individuals and churches at a grassroots level who are engaging positively with Living in Love and Faith.

To connect with your local MOSAIC convenor, you can find the full list here.

OneBodyOneFaith remain mindful that, for many, Living in Love and Faith is a process that cannot be engaged with, and they hope that this partnership provides space for each of their members to engage at the level which is appropriate for them.

MOSAIC National Conference

It was great to have some key figures at the MOSAIC National Conference on Saturday 26th June 2021 and you can download the text of some of the speeches made by these key figures below.

The speech that seemed to grip the headlines of the national press was the one presented by the Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt Revd Paul Bayes who said that the Church of England should recognise same-sex weddings and be a place of inclusion and where local leaders can make decisions on whether to marry, or bless the marriage of same-sex couples. The full text of his speech can be downloaded here and the article written for The Guardian newspaper can be found here.

The Revd Rachel Wilson talked about an inclusive church, what it looks, smells & feels like and asked how a truly inclusive church might look. The full text of her speech can be downloaded here and we are sure it will challenge both church leaders and those in church congregations on how they include people from all walks of life.

Dean Govender used an analogy based on cheese to challenge the Conference about which direction they were heading in and how they would ensure that church remained relevant today. The full text of his speech can be downloaded here.

MOSAIC continues to campaign for a fully inclusive church where all can find dignity and fullness of life.

MOSAIC National Conference

It’s not too late to book for our first National MOSAIC Conference – this Saturday 26th June 10am until 12pm.

The title of the talk from each of our key note speakers are:

  • Rev’d Paul Bayes Bishop of Liverpool : “Sex on the brain…”
  • Rev’d Rogers Govender Dean of Manchester: “Who Moved My Cheese?”
  • Rev’d Rachel Wilson, Disability Adviser to Rochester Diocese: “Are you sure it’s meant to look like that?”

The Conference is free and booking details are available on eventbrite.

Q&A from the MOSAIC in the North Conference

Although we managed to answer some questions during the conference, our apologies that we did not have time to answer them all – please see below further answers to your questions.. 

If anyone would like to become a convenor or join with an existing convenor please do get in touch. At the present time we are still looking for convenors in Newcastle, Sodor & Man, Peterborough, Derby and Lichfield. 

Thank you also for your encouraging and positive comments which were very much appreciated by us all.

Yours in Christ

Mosaic Steering Group

How will Mosaic work in tandem with IC? 

We work closely with Inclusive Church. One of our patrons is the Chair of Inclusive Church and we actively encourage people to support the organisation. 

When will bishops who support full inclusion of LGBT+ people stand up and say so? 

We cannot speak on behalf of the Bishops. However, we believe that working constructively with the Bishops of the Church of England and other stake holders is the way forward.

Is there a Mosaic group in the Midlands? 

At present we have convenors in Southall& Nottingham, Birmingham, Worcester and Leicester.

 Can we have Tim Goode’s words?  

Yes you can find it on the website here.

Can we have a transcript of ABY and Tim’s speech? 

The Archbishop did not use notes, but he will in the future be writing about the theology of diversity and he will share those thoughts with Mosaic

Is there a FB group? 

Yes we are thankful to those on the call who offered. 

If another organisation wanted to support and contribute to the work of Mosaic who should they speak to? 

Please get in touch with our co-chairs Trevor Wyatt and Tim Goode.

Would it be possible to share the signed blessing? 

Yes, here it is.

Are there people within Mosaic who would be interested in joining specific calls for action to campaign for change? 

Yes please get in touch with the co-chairs (above)

Does Mosaic have a ‘to do’ list for campaigners, as well as well intentioned conversations?  

Our current ‘to do’ list is to find a convenor for every diocese and to work with Nic Tall and IC to support candidates for GS. At our next meeting we will be looking at ‘next steps’ following the national conference in June.

The conference seems clergy heavy/ Is it possible to see more lay leads involved? 

We agree with you. This is a priority for us and we have worked hard to rectify this with limited progress. If you know of anyone who would be interested, please do get in touch. It is also on our agenda for the next Steering Group meeting.

A sign post to the current convenors please? 

You can find the full list of contacts in each diocese here.

If you are in the northern province, here are the direct links:

NewcastleCarlisleDurhamSodor & ManLeedsYorkBlackburnLiverpoolManchesterSheffieldChester, and Southwell & Nottingham.

Where has graciousness got us? (Answered by Rev Tim Goode)

 It has got us our theology of inclusion. It has given us a theology that guides us to fully and selflessly serve the other. It has offered us a lens through which we are able to discern the God given image of the other. It is through grace that we can discern that love goes beyond, that love is generous, that love is selfless, that love is vulnerable, that love is costly but ultimately the only way to live if we wish to see God’s ‘will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ 

If the question is implying that graciousness should have got us somewhere, that it should be seen as a means to an end – a strategy so to speak, then we are going to be very disappointed. Grace is never self-serving – it can only be self-giving and self-emptying. It is a way of life.

Can Mosaic help us to think about what are/if there are limits to inclusivity? (Answered by Rev Tim Goode) 

For God, no, there are no limits to inclusivity. There are no limits to God’s desire to be in flourishing and life-giving relationship with each and everyone of us. Inclusivity must be seen in terms of relationship. At Mosaic we wish to include; we wish to be in relationship; we wish for all God’s people to know that they are loved, valued and precious in God’s eyes. Our response to being recipients of God’s overwhelming and immeasurable love is to love our enemies as our selves. So, the start of this therefore is to not just acknowledge that we are loved but for our very sense of self to be open to the utterly transforming knowledge and experience of that love. As it states in psalm 139 v.14 ‘I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made’. Because I know that I am loved, valued and precious in God’s eyes, all I can do is worship. All our worship therefore is in response to the fact that we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’.

For us as human beings – we seek therefore to mirror God’s love, God’s generosity and God’s overwhelming hospitality. But ultimately the nature of relationship is that the other has the agency to not respond in kind. We then have to be aware of and monitor the safety of the relationship and reflect on our capacity to hold the ensuing tension. That will be a personal choice though not necessarily a unchangeable one, for we will be continuingly changing in and through being recipients of God’s love. It is why Mosaic states that ‘we seek safe and undefended conversations rooted and held in mutual respect and dignity’. Stepping back from a conversation because the conversation is not safe or healthy does not stop you loving the person you wished to be in relationship with or desiring to restart the conversation once it felt safe and healthy to do so. 

National MOSAIC Conference

The forthcoming National MOSAIC Conference takes place on Saturday 26th June – 10am until 12pm and you can register for the event here.

Speakers are:

  • The Bishop of Liverpool, Paul Bayes
  • Very Rev’d Rogers Govender MBE Dean of Manchester
  • Rev’d Rachel Wilson – Disability Adviser to Rochester Diocese

Chairs for the Conference are:

  • Very Rev’d Canon Dr Mandy Ford Dean of Bristol
  • The Very Revd Dianna Gwilliams Dean of Guilford

We look forward to seeing you there!

Northern MOSAIC Conference

The Northern MOSAIC Conference took place on Thursday 13th May 2021. The Revd Canon Timothy Goode addressed the conference about why MOSAIC is important and needed at the present time and asked some key questions to those who attended.

  • Within your own church and diocese who do you believe are excluded from full participation within the Body of Christ and how can MOSAIC be a partner for change?
  • How can we reframe conversations around inclusion and diversity within our churches and dioceses so that we move away from the need for winners and losers?

If you would like a copy of the full address, it is available for download here.

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
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