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.
Over 300 people filled St Faith's Chapel in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral to celebrate the launch of Eco Church - an award scheme for churches
who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God's earth. Following a number of inspiring and action-focused speeches, including a
keynote from the Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dr Rowan Williams, the evening also saw St Paul's receive the very first Eco Church award.
Organised in partnership between St Paul's Institute, Christian Aid, Tearfund and A Rocha UK, the crypt was turned green to mark the launch of the
Eco Church aims to equip congregations in England and Wales to care for creation by helping churches integrate environmental care throughout their
church life, through worship and teaching; the management of buildings and land; community and global engagement; and through the personal
lifestyle of church members. All of this work counts towards a prestigious Bronze, Silver or Gold Eco Church Award.
The Revd Canon Philippa Boardman MBE, Treasurer of St Paul's Cathedral, opened the evening with gratitude, stating that "the team behind Eco Church
should be commended and celebrated for providing a clear and yet challenging path forward." Adding that, "this is an initiative that gives clear
guidance on where to improve and how to live up to our responsibilities for stewardship as Christians in our world today."
Dr Ruth Valerio, Churches and Theology Director at A Rocha UK, reminded us that "when Eco Congregation was launched 15 or 16 years ago, it was
actually launched here at St Paul's with Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London...bringing it full circle, here we are again to launch Eco
Congregation's successor." Heartened by the attendance at the launch, she expressed that the "vision is very simply that we want to be a part of
seeing the culture of the Church change...so that it is as common place for a church to be engaged in caring for God's earth as it is for the
church to be engaged in community action, social outreach and so on."
The Revd Nigel Hopper, Churches and Resources Manager at A Rocha UK, laid out the details of the scheme, explaining that "at the heart of Eco
Church lies a unique online survey that enables churches both to record what they are already doing to care for God's earth and to reflect on what
further steps they can take to that end and so act accordingly." Martin Pett from Trinity Church in Southover Lewes gave some comprehensive
examples of how a church can overhaul many different aspects of their daily life, sharing experiences with the previous Eco Congregation scheme and
how they are now aiming to achieving a Gold award through Eco Church.
The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dr Rowan Williams spoke of our responsibility to care for and steward creation. "The great danger" he stated, "is to start by
assuring it's all too big for us. A problem is as big as the number of people who take it seriously." He explored the societal "expectations
[towards faith communities] resting on that assumption that we still have some role in helping to create, and keep going, a moral consensus."
Adding that, "if we're going to talk about it, we need to do something about it. By doing something about it, we show that something can be done.
By showing that something can be done, we begin to shift the moral consensus that little bit further towards a viable, a just, and a sustainable
Speaking of Julian of Norwich's vision of creation as a small, fragile nut in the palm of God's hand, he asserted that "some things are just good
to do - because that is how God wants us to live and wants us to tread." Caring for the environment and respecting our 'neighbours in creation' is
one clear example of how we should embody our relationship with an ever faithful God.
St Paul's receives a Bronze Eco Church awardSt Paul's Cathedral was awarded a Bronze award for its environmental achievements across all areas of
activity and daily life. Canon Philippa collected the award on behalf of the cathedral, with an accompanying challenge that we aim towards
achieving a Silver award - setting York Minster and St Paul's in healthy competition with one another as to who might get there first!
The evening was closed with prayer led by Christian Aid and Tearfund and finished with a reception that included organisation stalls signposting
those attending to initiatives they can bring to their church to help the process of becoming an Eco Church. Bathed in green light, the buzz around
this new project was tangible as people discussed in detail the next steps that could be taken in their local communities.
For those interested in learning more, and to start your journey, all you have to do is register with Eco Church at ecochurch.arocha.org.uk