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.
Scandal and Glory: The Cross in the Bible and Poetry
Paula Gooder and Mark Oakley
Is Christ on the cross our brother in suffering or our King in triumph?
Tuesday 13 March 2018
6.30 - 8pm
Jesus’ death is at the heart of Christianity, but the four Gospel accounts are very different and the cross has been seen as both the
throne of God’s glory and the place of ultimate desolation and defeat. In addition we have 2,000 years of interpretations, paintings,
poems, theologies and liturgies that add to the complexity, and sometimes to the confusion.
The cross is also commonly interpreted as the event which reconciles God and humanity in love. But how does that happen? And what does
Jesus mean when he tells us that we must take up our cross and follow him?
Paula Gooder and Mark Oakley will look at different aspects of the cross through the gospels and poetry, exploring some of what we might
learn from it not only of sin and reconciliation, but also of new life, love, freedom and creation made new.
Paula Gooder is Director of Mission, Learning and Development in the Birmingham Diocese. A much-loved Biblical scholar, writer and teacher,
her best-selling books include Journey to the Empty Tomb, Body: Biblical Spirituality for the Whole Person and
Heaven (all SPCK).
Mark Oakley is Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, overseeing its learning and visual arts programmes. His latest book, The Splash
of Words: Believing in Poetry (Canterbury Press), was published in 2016 to great acclaim.
The evening will be chaired by Canon Tricia Hillas, and include plenty of time for questions and answers.