This spring, the Westminster Abbey Institute will explore issues of moral courage in public life with a season of lectures and conversations entitled Feeding the Soul.

Public events begin in the Abbey at 6.30pm on Tuesday 4th March with the annual Gore Lecture. The Right Reverend Professor NT Wright from the University of St Andrews and the Abbey’s former Canon Theologian will speak on The Faithfulness of God.

A series of Westminster Lectures in the Lady Chapel by Claire Foster-Gilbert, Director of the Institute, will examine Moral Thinking (24th March), Moral Feeling (31st March) and Moral Acting (7th April). The lectures will be chaired by high profile figures from the judiciary, the civil service and parliament, including The Right Honourable The Baroness Butler-Sloss GBE, a former Lord Justice of Appeal; Sir Bob Kerslake, Head of the Home Civil Service; and The Right Honourable The Baroness D’Souza CMG, the Lord Speaker.

Further events will take place throughout the spring with invited audiences, including church musicians, inter faith leaders and sixth formers.

Claire Foster-Gilbert said: ‘We all want our public servants to display moral courage and discernment. The sheer weight of day to day pressures can stand in the way.  The Institute hopes to give public servants the opportunity, in the quiet beauty of the Abbey, stimulated by excellent discussion and debate, to step back from the coal-face and remember their vocation to serve.’

All events are free, but booking is essential. Book online at

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