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.
Organised by St Paul’s Institute with CCLA, the debates will be chaired by BBC Economics Editor Stephanie Flanders.
Good People – Thursday 11 April – 6.30pm
Archbishop Vincent Nichols with Peter Selby; Polly Toynbee; Tracey McDermott
In our relations with friends and family we reckon to know what goodness is and how it informs our lives. In the context of the 21st
century market place, what does it mean to be a good person and contribute to the common good?
Good Money – Tuesday 7 May – 6.30pm
Robert Skidelsky with Andrew Bailey; Ann Pettifor; Tarek El Diwany
If the influence of money over us is unavoidable, how can we ensure that the results are positive? Does the issue go beyond our attitude to
money to the nature of money itself? Is there such a thing as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ money? Is it just the ‘love of money’ we must guard against,
or has something happened to money itself?
Good Banks – Wednesday 12 June – 6.00pm
Archbishop Justin Welby with Shirley Williams; Antony Jenkins
The relationship between banks and society has been described in the aftermath of the financial crisis as a ‘social contract’, but what is
the objective of the contract? What is the purpose of banking and how do we foster a culture that helps that purpose be realised?
The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley, Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, said: "After four years of discussion about what has gone wrong and who
might be responsible, there is now a call for changes that will reinforce a culture of integrity and prudence and ensure that we do not
repeat the mistakes of the recent past. But if we are to discuss the individual steps, do we not first need to ask: what kind of ‘City’ do
Michael Quicke, Chief Executive of CCLA, said: "The pressure to maximise short-term shareholder value inevitably strains even the strongest
commitment to integrity. It is tough to balance what is good for clients and what is good for shareholders, especially when your pay and
future employment are aligned with short-term shareholder returns. The system we have is finding it difficult to reform itself, and I hope
this series of debates will encourage further examination of the link between morals and markets at a time when the public is acutely aware
that the single minded quest for profit can come at a great cost to both individuals and society at large.”