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.
We know that laughter is great for our wellbeing, builds relationships and helps us deal with failure, but does it have anything to
teach us about God?
Saturday 11 January 2020
2 - 4.30pm
£15 (bursaries are available)
Christianity has had a very mixed relationship with it. The puritans and some saints condemned it outright but the writer of Ecclesiastes says
that there is a time to laugh, as well as a time to weep. And in the medieval church, the Easter service included uproarious jokes so that the
people greeted the Resurrection with an outburst of joyful laughter.
Tricia Hillas says that joy and laughter are profound gifts which can lead us into a deeper understanding of God and what it means to be the
children of God. She also says that if we want to change the world, especially in dark times, we must change it with radical joy.
In this afternoon, we will explore the place of delight, wonder, joy and laughter in the spiritual life and in becoming people of change and
hope in the world.
Tricia Hillas is Canon Pastor at St Paul’s Cathedral. Before ordination, she was a social worker specialising in working with people with
HIV/Aids and she has recently completed her MSc in conflict resolution and mediation.