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Sermons before the University of Cambridge

University Sermons have been given at Great St Mary's since 1300. All are welcome to these historic University of Cambridge services.

University Sermons

A University of Cambridge tradition since at least 1300, these sermons 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.

All sermons begin at 11.15am at the University Church, unless otherwise noted. Members of the University of Cambridge are asked by University statute to wear academical dress. Those present are invited to take refreshments with the preacher at Michaelhouse after the Sermon.



University Sermons for 2019–2020

Michaelmas Term 2019

  • 20 October, The Revd Nicky Gumbel, Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton.
  • 3 November, The Revd Canon Prof Sarah Foot, Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Canon Professor, Christ Church, University of Oxford.

Lent Term 2020

  • 26 January, Professor Peter Ward, Professor of Practical Theology in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Durham
  • 23 February, Professor Rae Langton, Fellow of Newnham College and Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy (Hulsean Preacher)

Easter Term 2020

  • CANCELED 31 May, Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Resident Bishop of the San Francisco Area, United Methodist Church of the United States of America (Ramsden Preacher)

Michaelmas Term 2020

  • 18 October 2020, Professor Anthony Reddie, Fellow of Wesley House, Extraordinary Professor of Theological Ethics, University of South Africa and Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture, Regent’s Park College, Oxford
  • 1 November 2020, Ms Sarah Teather, of St John’s College, Director, Jesuit Refugee Service UK (Lady Margaret’s Preacher)

Lent Term 2021

  • 31 January 2021, The Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani, Suffragan Bishop of Loughborough
  • 28 February 2021, Professor Karen Kilby, Bede Professor of Catholic Theology, University of Durham (Hulsean Preacher)