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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 20th October 2024 at 11.30am

Preacher TBC 

  • Sunday 3rd November 2024 at 11.30am

Lady Margaret's Sermon at Commemoration of Benefactors - Ms Loretta Minghella

  • Sunday 26th January 2025 at 11.30am

Preacher TBC​

  • Sunday 23 February 2025 at 11.30am

Hulsean Sermon - Professor James Walters ​

  • Sunday 8 June 2025 at 11.30am

Ramsden Sermon - Bishop Minerva Carcaño 

Recent University Sermons

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