The Abbey remains open for worship and you are welcome to join us at our daily Eucharist service if you are able to travel here safely within current government guidelines.
However, for the time being we are unable to open the Abbey and St Margaret’s Church for general visiting.
In our parliamentary democracy, leaders are not only elected by the people, they are themselves drawn from the people. Popularity, celebrity and media fascination can fuel campaigns more readily than the less glittering virtues of integrity, truthfulness or wisdom. In other walks of public life, the ability to ‘get things done’ can trump those same virtues. But our leaders need to be both from the people and also virtuous, so how is virtue nurtured and cherished in us all? Moral and spiritual character is formed through example and education, honed by good practice, and often assisted by ancient institutions whose critical role in creating a civilised society is not always recognised. Westminster Abbey Institute’s autumn programme Where does wise leadership come from? will explore the role of three institutions charged with the people’s moral health.
Cardinal Luis Tagle and the Venerable Elizabeth Adekunle
Mark Easton and Rebecca Mitchell
Dame Alice Hudson and Detective Chief Superintendent Clayman
At different times of the day, or in different seasons, the light falling in the Abbey will light up something that you have walked past a million times and never seen before.