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.
The Revd Richard Coles and Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber speak to over 1,000 people at St Paul’s
06 September 2016
What we celebrate in the saints is God’s ability to get beautiful, redemptive stuff done though, of all things, human beings, all of whom are
flawed. Nadia Bolz-Weber
1,200 people came to the cathedral to hear the Lutheran Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber and the Revd Richard Coles talk about finding God in all the wrong
people on September 6th.
Pastor Nadia had come from being a headline speaker at Greenbelt Festival and Richard joined us from filming for the BBC.
Her best-selling book Accidental Saints: Finding God in all the Wrong People was the subject of the evening, and the conversation ranged
from what defines a saint, to the outrageousness of Grace, to where we can find hope in today’s politics, to what really happened in the Garden of
Eden. There was a lot of laughter, and times when, people said afterwards, they’d been moved to tears.
Pastor Nadia ended the evening with a blessing that reimagined the Beatitudes for our time. Introducing them she said ‘Maybe Jesus was
simply blessing the ones around him that day who didn’t otherwise receive blessing, who had come to believe that, for them, blessings would never
be in the cards. I mean, come on, doesn’t that just sound like something Jesus would do? Extravagantly throwing around blessings as though they
grew on trees?’
She went on to bless agnostics, those who doubt, those who can still be surprised; those for whom death is not an abstraction: those who have loved
enough to know what loss feels like; those who no one else notices, the kids who sit alone at middle school lunch, the laundry guys at the
hospital, the street sweepers, and a myriad of others, ending ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they totally get it’.