A University of Cambridge tradition since 1300
A University of Cambridge tradition since at least 1300, the Sermons Before the University challenge us to consider faith more thoughtfully.
University Sermons have inspired the English Reformation, the Abolitionist movement, and more. Each year prominent women and men from many different traditions deliver Sermons on topics of particular interest to students. The services are very simple, last about an hour, and are open to all.
Members of the University are reminded that they should wear academical dress in the University Church when attending University Sermons. All are welcome and if circumstances permit, those present will be invited to take refreshments with the Preacher afterwards.
Upcoming University Sermons
Sunday 26 February 11.30am
Hulsean Preacher, The Revd Dr Nicholas Austin, SJ, Master of Campion Hall Oxford
Recent University Sermons
The Most Revd and Rt Hon. Justin Welby, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury 'Driven Out or Driven Under - the Choice of the Church'
The Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, "Sent out to live the Gospel!"
Professor Karen Kilby, Bede Professor of Catholic, University of Durham 'Mercy Justice and Truth: Picking a Path through a Polarised World'
Sarah Teather, director of the Jesuit Refugee Service UK 'The cry of Earth and the cry of the poor'
Professor Anthony Reddie, 'Reclaiming the Ordinary’
The Reverend Doctor Ayla Lepine, '"Life is a Complicated Business": Groaning Inwardly and Growing Up'
The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley, 'Daylight sanity and vigour: George Herbert, Poetry and Truth Decay'
The Reverend Dr Jane Leach 'The Spirit that Crosses Borders'
The Very Revd Dr David Hoyle, MBE, formerly Fellow and Dean of Magdalene College, member of Corpus Christi College, Dean of Westminster and formerly Dean of Bristol (Lady Margaret’s Preacher)
Professor Rachel Muers, formerly Fellow of Girton College, member of Clare College,
Chair of Divinity, The University of Edinburgh, 'Making Evil Boring Again'