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 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.
Ramsden Sermon 2021
On Sunday, 23 May, the Feast of Pentecost (Whitsun), The Most Revd and Rt Hon. Justin Welby, Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, preached before the University, at the University Church, on 'Driven Out or Driven Under - the Choice of the Church'.
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 Reverend Doctor Ayla Lepine, "Life is a Complicated Business": Groaning Inwardly and Growing Up (Hulsean Sermon, 28 February 2021)
The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley, '‘Daylight sanity and vigour’: George Herbert, Poetry and Truth Decay (1 November, 2020)