Westminster Abbey Institute works with the public service institutions around Parliament Square to revitalise moral and spiritual values in public life.
The Institute draws on the Abbey's resources of spirituality and scholarship, rooted in its Benedictine tradition, to regenerate faith in public life as a force for good. It is a forum for lively truth-telling and provocative conversation on issues of morality, faith, politics and policy-making.
Spring Lectures and Seminar Series
Integrity offers a series of seminars, dialogues and lectures to the Abbey’s neighbours on the Square and beyond, as a rich and nourishing resource for their public life and service.
The work of the Institute is supported by the Director, Steering group, Council of Reference and the Administrator.
Associate programmes with younger public servants and partnership events with public service institutions around Parliament Square.
One People Oration
The phrase “One People” was coined by Edward Carpenter (then Archdeacon, later Dean of Westminster) in 1965-6. The orations commenced in 1966, the 900th anniversary year of the consecration and dedication of Edward the Confessor’s original church. The orations were intended to make people “think not only of all Christian people but of all mankind”.
Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lectures
Eric Abbott was Dean of Westminster between 1959 and 1974. Previously he was Dean at King's College, London (1945-55), Chaplain to King George VI and HM Queen Elizabeth II, and the warden of Keble College, Oxford . The lecture is repeated each year at Keble College. He died in 1983 and was buried in the Abbey’s Nave. A memorial trust was endowed by his friends to provide for an annual lecture on spirituality and the first lecture was held in 1986.
Charles Gore (1853-1932) was a Canon of Westminster between 1894 and 1902. As a memorial to him an endowment fund for a series of annual lectures was established and since 1935 a lecture has been held at the Abbey almost every year.