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”.
Details of the next One People Oration will be announced in 2018.
6 November 2017 The Responsibilities of Democracy
The One People Oration 2017 will be given by The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH, who was Prime Minister from 1990-1997.
14 November 2016 Secret Service? National Security in an Age of Open Information
Lord Evans of Weardale, former Head of MI5, delivers the 2016 One People Oration.
10 March 2011 One People Oration 2011: The original worldwide web
Lecture given by: His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary-General.
Lecturer: Mr Tony Colman (former Chair, UK Parliament UN Group)
Lecturer: Lord Carey of Clifton (then Archbishop of Canterbury)
Lecturer: Mr Richard Dowden
10 July 2000 The One People Oration 2000
Lecturer: General Sir Michael Rose