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.
What is it that makes you who you are? In the West we live with a passionately autobiographical sense of self – I am who I am so long
as I can tell my own story. Research tells us that people are more afraid of dementia than cancer because loss of identity is the worst thing
we can imagine.
Monday 16 April 2018
6.30 - 8pm
But are there other ways to think about this? Beginning from the experience of people whose identity is seemingly dissolving in dementia,
two of our greatest theologians will consider what it really means to be a human being.
They will reflect on what roles our bodies, communities, faith and memories play, and ask how God in the person of Christ invites us to a
radically new consideration of our humanity in all its variety and vulnerability, including its place in the very heart of the divine life.
John Swinton is the Director of The Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability and the Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the
University of Aberdeen. His theology is founded in his background in nursing, ministry and healthcare chaplaincy. His books include
Dementia: Living in the Memories of God, winner of the 2016 Michael Ramsey Prize for best contemporary theological writing, and
Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship (both SCM Press).
Rowan Williams is the Master of Magdalene College Cambridge and was formerly Archbishop of Canterbury. He is a poet and theologian and the
author of numerous academic and popular works of theology, including Being Christian, Being Disciples, and Being
Human: Bodies, Minds, Persons (all SPCK).
The evening will be chaired by Canon Tricia Hillas and include plenty of time for questions and answers.