St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
In the gospels, Jesus never distances himself from people. He talks, prays, eats and parties with them, touching and healing all sorts
of people, especially those who are marginalized, including by religious leaders. In doing so, he changes their lives. And when he leaves, he
says ‘I am with you always’.
But how can we encounter the life-giving presence of Jesus today? Especially in a time of such loss and uncertainty, where can we find
the hope and flourishing that he promises?
Bishop Rachel says that encounter and relationship are at the heart of faith and of life. At a time when ‘social distancing’ is our daily
reality, she calls us to celebrate community, intimacy and the discovery of ourselves and each other through close encounter with God and our
neighbor - the adventure of faith that Jesus calls us to - and to find hope even in times of darkness.
Rachel Treweek is the Bishop of Gloucester, was the first woman to become a Diocesan Bishop in the Church of England, and was
previously a paediatric speech and language therapist. She is the author of Encounters: Jesus, connection and story, past present and
future (DLT 2020).
Paula Gooder is Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral and a leading Biblical scholar. Her latest book is The Parables, in
her Biblical Explorations series.
The event is free, but if you are able to make a donation to the continuing learning programme at St Paul’s Cathedral when you register for the
event we would be very grateful.