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Highlights from 2017

by St Pauls Institute

Posted: 13 Dec 2017

As 2017 ends and the New Year approaches we present some of this year's highlights.

In February we launched the JustWater programme in partnership with churches and cathedrals around the globe highlighting issues of water justice. The launch event was a private dinner for 80 guests with a keynote speech from Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of Cape Town. The programme included Sunday sermons throughout Lent and the Water of Life celebration on World Water Day, stunning Genovès photographs in the Cathedral as well as a Water Politics debate. The series ended in October with the Stations of Water art exhibition, showcasing work from 9 different artists on the Cathedral floor.

In February we held the last of our Dialogues with Lucy Kellaway, who after 31 years left a successful career at the Financial Times to start training to become a maths teacher to find a new sense of meaning. Lucy is encouraging others to do the same, founding the organisation Now Teach to help other people start a career in teaching later on in life. To find out more you can read this article about Lucy's story.

Our event Open Society Under Threat? A Warning from History in May took place in partnership with Cumberland Lodge. Based on Amy Buller's Darkness over Germany, the event discussed how the lessons we learn from the past can help us build a more peaceful, tolerant and inclusive society for the future. You can find a video of the event here.

August saw the arrival of two new members of staff: Maddy Fry joined the Institute as the Senior Researcher and Jodi Kiang as the Institute's Event Planner.

For the third year in a row, St Paul Institute partnered with Girls Talk London to provide an evening of mentoring to girls aged 14-16, giving them an opportunity to meet women working in the professional sector and to inspire them to think about their future careers. Read this article to find out more.

This year's Clergy Learning Day, in November, was on Multifaith Chaplaincy and how it can aid mission. We were delighted to be joined by chaplains from a variety of different sectors and faith backgrounds to think about how we can work together well and the opportunities that chaplaincy presents. A summary of the day can be found here.

To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation the Institute hosted The Protestant Work Ethic and the Changing Nature of Work, a panel discussion considering the role of work in our lives and our search for meaning. We were joined by Richard Sennett, Nick Srnicek and Eve Poole for an insightful discussion on how changes in the workplace, including AI, will affect our sense of purpose. You can watch a video of the event here.

We have an exciting programme of research and events lined up for 2018 and look forward to your continued engagement with the Institute.

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St Paul's Institute seeks to foster an informed Christian response to the most urgent ethical and spiritual issues of our times: equality, stewardship, and the meaning of the common good.


The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of St Paul's Institute or St Paul's Cathedral.