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Education is a central aspect of the Cathedral’s mission.  We offer opportunities for learning, dialogue and engagement with issues of public debate.

At the Cathedral, people of all ages can learn about faith and discipleship. We run a Sunday School and are developing work with young people; there are occasional study groups and Lent Lectures.

The Cathedral is a theological and educational resource for the Diocese, supporting the work of clergy and parishes. The Cathedral works with the Diocese in planning and delivering an annual summer school.

Working with other institutions in and around Stag Hill, for example the University of Surrey, the Cathedral is committed to engaging with issues in the public sphere (including social responsibility, science, ethics, the arts and inter-faith dialogue).  There will be an annual series of talks alongside seminar based groups.

Transcripts of these talks are, where possible, included below.

For details of forthcoming talks, please see the Cathedral Diary and What's On 



Showing Talks 11 to 20 of 22.

Be strong, take heart

In this first talk in the Lent series this year I want to explore with you courage and fear.  What they have in common and how closely they sit together, how they each shape the other and of the essential role they each have in the human condition.  I will suggest that because fear is s… Read more

Talk by Dianna Gwilliams on Thursday 26th February 2015

Handbells Festival 2014

Remembrance and Peace The headline in  this morning's Independent reads: The First World War does not grow old as other wars grow old. This weekend in London will have three rivers: of water, people and poppies. Millions of people will have travelled to the Tower of London to see the cerami… Read more

Talk by on Saturday 8th November 2014

Church and the Kingdom

To see the text of Chris Temple's presentation: 'Faith in Action?  developing a public theology for the 21st century', click here Read more

Talk by Chris Temple on Thursday 23rd October 2014

The Holy Spirit

Go to my lap-top. Turn it on. Wait. Wait a bit more---the lap-top is four years old. Wave my hands in a circular, hurry-up motion. Wait. You know the story. Eventually, Google appears on the screen. And so into the search box I type “Holy Spirit”, and then click on Google Image. And wi… Read more

Talk by Christopher Herbert on Sunday 8th June 2014

In the hems of God’s senses

“I lie down and sleep and rise again, because the Lord sustains me.” Psalm 3.5 It is a great delight to be here today. I would like to thank the Dean and Chapter for their kind, and trusting, invitation and to the Canons’ PA, Catherine Butler, for her unstinting help in preparat… Read more

Talk by on Saturday 8th March 2014

Mary in the Bible

This lecture explores the role of Mary in the biblical narrative. Read more

Talk by Paula Gooder on Monday 3rd February 2014

Compassion – what does it mean to suffer with?

Firstly, I’d like to say how honoured I am to be addressing you in this, the first lecture of its kind at Guildford Cathedral starting something which I am sure will grow year on year into a quite significant stimulating voice in an ever changing society where Faith has a great deal to contr… Read more

Talk by Chris Rich on Monday 11th November 2013

Being Church - Entering the Easter Mystery

Lent Talks 2013 – 5 – Entering the Easter Mystery: life, death and the Kingdom of God This evening, we come to the end of our reflections on what it is to “be church”. We have considered our gifts, our unity and our common purpose, and the challenges and blessings within t… Read more

Talk by on Thursday 21st March 2013

Being Church - One Body, Many Parts

Lent Talks 2013 – 4 – One Body, Many Parts: gifts for the common good To be human is to be made in the image and likeness of God.  To be human is to be a recipient of God’s gifts and to live in relation to a God who gives freely, gratuitously, abundantly.  To be human… Read more

Talk by on Thursday 14th March 2013

Being Church - One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic

Lent Talks 2013 - 3 – One Holy Catholic and Apostolic – set apart for mission  (common life in relation to the world) We believe in... This evening we are thinking about what it means for the church to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic. It is a statement of belief (in the Nic… Read more

Talk by on Thursday 7th March 2013