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University Sermons

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 15th October 2023 at 11.30am

Ms Chine McDonald of St Catharine's College, Director of THEOS​

  • Sunday 5th November 2023 at 11.30am

Lady Margaret's Preacher: The Revd Dr Helen Dawes of Trinity College, Principal of Westcott House  ​

  • Sunday 28th January 2024 at 11.30am

The Revd Michael Parker KHC, Chaplain-General to HM Land Forces​

  • Sunday 25th February 2024 at 11.30am

Hulsean Preacher: The Revd Dr Harriet Harris​ MBE, Chaplain, University of Edinburgh 

  • Sunday 26th May 2024 at 11.30am

Ramsden Preacher: The Rt Revd Dr Paul Swarup, of Clare College, Bishop of Delhi, Church of North India​

Recent University Sermons

  • Ramsden Preacher: Baroness Berridge of Emmanuel College   'Exporting and Importing Treasure'

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