Attracting leading practitioners and theologans, Liverpool Cathedral is renowned for exploring issues relevant to our ministry as a prominent cathedral in an urban setting.

We have a regular series of lectures including:

The Lent Lectures - "Liberty for the Captives"

Traditionally, these have been hosted, and often delivered, by the Dean or Bishop of Liverpool on a bi-annual cycle. The lectures usually cover contemporary topics in a challenging fashion. This year is no different, as we consider the pithy and very contemporary subject of slavery, both historically and in its modern-day forms. We will also be encouraged to reflect on how we, as Christians, can work harder truly to bring freedom and dignity for all those who are enslaved around our world, sometimes inadvertently fuelled by the lifestyles that many of us in the West enjoy.


Given Liverpool's strong connection with, and subsequent legacy from, the Transatlantic Slave-trade, we should rightly be exploring how we can become more aware of our history, and how many churches benefitted from it, directly and indirectly.  We also want to  grow our awareness of modern-day forms of slavery, both in our city, region and nation, and around the world, and support the aspiration of many to end it in all its forms. Each lecture will be streamed live from Zoom via FaceBook. Participants do not therefore need to pre-book but can watch via our Cathedral FaceBook and respond with questions using the ‘Chat’ facility. The Bishop of Liverpool will be our host each evening, and Dean Sue will chair the Q&A session. Each Lecture will conclude with short act of worship.


The Lectures will be on five Mondays, 22nd February to 22nd March inclusive, 7.00-8.15pm. We have a distinguished line-up of contributors, locally, from the Uk, and from around the world. As the BLM movement has so powerfully reminded us, we need to make space to listen to all the voices that inform this issue. Our Lent Lectures are a step towards that.


For more information, please visit the 'Events' section of our website


The Micah Lecture

Inspired by the same scripture as led to the establishment of our charity Micah Liverpool this annual lecture explores matters relating to social justice. Previous speakers include Bishop Steven Croft, Bishop David Walker, Bishop Pete Wilcox, Bishop Paul Bayes, Canon Lucy Winkett and Ann Morisy and Angus Richie.

Watch the 2020 Micah Lecture 

We were delighted to welcome Dr Ruth Valerio to deliver this year's lecture on zoom. You can watch the video here


The Gilbert Scott Lectures

Exploring the relationship between faith and science this annual series of lecturers brings a range of practitioners from scientific and medical backgrounds. This year, we once again have a distinguished line-up of contributors, and all lectures will be given on-line. The series will be offered on Tuesday eveniings, starting on 27th April. The subjects and lecturers are as follows:

  • Tues 27th Apr 2021
    • “Climate Change: Science and Faith Responses”
    • Prof Ric Williams, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chair in Ocean Sciences, University of Liverpool and Liz Atherton, Arts Coordinator for Interfaith and Environmental Development, Faiths4Change
  • Tues 4th May 2021
    • “The Science of Cathedral Studies”
    • The Revd Canon Prof Leslie Francis; Canon Theologian, Liverpool Cathedral. Professor of Religions and Psychology, University of Warwick
  • Tues 11th May 2021
    • “Thoughts from the sharp end - surgery, science and faith”
    • The Revd Alex Baker; Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, ; Assistant Priest, Parish of St Cuthbert and St Thomas, Halsall, Lydiate and Downholland, Liverpool
  • Tues 18th May 2021
    • “Miles to go before I sleep: how my cancer became a source of joy”
    • Dr Claire Foster-Gilbert; Director, Westminster Abbey Institute, London
    • Montgomery Trust
  • Tues 25th May 2021 – no lecture
  • Tues 1st Jun 2021
    • “God and a world of suffering, injustice and pain - how might that work?”
    • The Revd Canon Dr Mike Kirby, Canon Scientist, Liverpool Cathedral; Radiotherapy Physics Lecturer, University of Liverpool.

Currently lectures are suspended or online until Covid restrictions are lifted. You can find out more at our events pages