Education and Learning

Life never stands still, but we are not alone on that journey. Our talks and courses are open to all, and are designed to help you explore spiritual and ethical issues alongside fellow seekers and believers. We also offer a well-equipped resources room for people wanting to read or study further.

Cathedral talks

We organize regular talks and discussions for people who want to explore issues of faith in greater depth. These include sessions on the Bible, the bedrock of the Christian faith, and on contemporary ethical and social issues. Many feature outside speakers and some are run jointly with partners such as the University of Winchester.

When: Autumn, spring and summer programmes. Talks are normally in the evening and last about an hour, with extra time for questions

Attendance: Open to all. You are welcome to attend individual talks or join us for a whole programme

Price: Free, but donations to cover expenses and speaker fees welcome

Contact Canon Roland Riem for more information

Cathedral fellowship meetings

You are welcome to join us for these lunch-time meetings, whether or not you attend other Cathedral events and services. They offer a great chance to meet and chat informally. Held in our beautiful Prior’s Hall, they include a shared meal of sandwiches and fruit, followed by a talk of general interest.

When: Mondays (lunch at 12.30pm, talk at 1.00pm), monthly from Sep-Apr

Attendance: Open to all and especially useful to those looking to make new friends

Price: We ask you to contribute £4.00 to the cost of providing lunch

Contact Canon Roland Riem for more information

Quiet days

Our quiet days are not completely quiet! They’re designed to give you time to get away from it all and reflect with others so that you can continue to grow as a Christian, and pray and live with more confidence. There are times of silence but also a few optional meditations on a theme. You may also want to talk with your course leader who will be available for personal conversations during the day.

When: Three a year – one each term

Attendance: Open to all

Price: Usually £10.00-£15.00 to cover cost of drinks and room hire

Contact Canon Roland Riem for more information

Study days

We hold annual study days for people who want to grapple with a particular faith-related topic, such as taking an in-depth look at the 6th-century monastic Rule of St Benedict and what it has to say to us today. These days are focused on active learning and discussion rather than quiet prayer and meditation.

When: One a year, normally 10.00am-4.00pm

Attendance: Open to all. Some background knowledge or interest in the particular topic is useful

Price: Usually £10.00-£15.00 to cover cost of drinks and room hire

Contact Canon Roland Riem for more information

Learning Adviser

We are grateful for the advice and support of Professor Bill Lucas, Learning Adviser at Winchester Cathedral. Bill has helped to develop the education outreach programme for Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation and is working with us to diversify the ways in which we encourage learning in and from the Cathedral. He regularly delivers talks as part of our Adult Education and Spirituality programme. Bill is also Professor of Learning and Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester, amongst other roles. He is known internationally as a speaker on the subjects of learning, change, creativity, healthcare improvement and leadership. Bill is a prolific, award-winning writer, and has authored and co-authored over forty books and chapters and many peer-reviewed papers.

Other faith-related activities:

Action and Advisory Groups

Our volunteer Action and Advisory Groups give their skills and time to helping us with some key areas of our mission and ministry. Set up by the Dean and supported by members of Chapter, they offer both strategic and practical support with, for example, developing our worship, education and outreach activities and links with the Diocese.

Diocesan Resources Room

The Resource Room will be unavailable from Wednesday 15th January until further notice, while it is relocated from the Education Centre to Wolvesey

For more information, please call the Diocesan Resource Room Co-ordinator, on 01962 710970.

Find out more

Get in touch
Email Canon Roland Riem or call him on 01962 857216

See our adult education events
Information and dates for the Cathedral fellowship, Lent lectures and other spiritual events