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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Abbey is no longer open for public worship, general visiting or private prayer. Meanwhile, the community of Abbey clergy are continuing to worship and pray, in-line with government guidance. They are also producing a podcast to mark key liturgical events.

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The Institute

Westminster Abbey Institute works with the public service institutions around Parliament Square to revitalise moral and spiritual values in public life.

The audience for the One People Oration lecture at Westminster Abbey

Public programmes

Our twice-yearly themed programmes focus on issues related to morality in public life. These lectures, dialogues and symposia are open to the public, but priority is given to public servants.

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Public service seminars

Public service seminars

We hold ‘under the radar’, tailored seminars with Government Departments, MPs and Peers, Parliamentary Select Committees, and senior staff in other public service institutions. These offer the opportunity to step back and reflect on moral challenges, relationships, values, virtues and other critical aspects of public service.

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Group photo of Westminster Abbey Institute Fellows

Fellows' programme

The Institute offers a year-long programme in servant leadership for up to 20 public servants, nominated from Parliament, law, teaching, police, Armed Forces, Civil Service, media, clergy, arts, science, academia and medicine, who are moving into senior roles.

About the Fellows' Programme
The Westminster Abbey Institute Steering Group

Institute people

Westminster Abbey Institute is run by a Steering Group, consisting of the Canon Rector of St Margaret’s as Chair, the Director of the Institute, the Canon Theologian and the Receiver General. The Director is assisted by a Manager and an Administrator. The Institute is advised by a Council of Reference chaired by the Dean of Westminster.

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Past public programmes

Videos and podcasts of past public programmes of Westminster Abbey Institute are available.

It’s very hard not to be enthusiastic working at the Abbey. If this place doesn’t make you smile I don’t know what will.

Valerie - Foundation Director

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