One People Oration
The One People Oration is a lecture given each year at Westminster Abbey by a guest speaker. The intention of the series is to make people “think not only of all Christian people but of all mankind”.
The orations commenced in 1966, the 900th anniversary year of the consecration and dedication of Edward the Confessor’s original church. The phrase "One People" was coined by Edward Carpenter (then Archdeacon, later Dean of Westminster) in 1965-1966.
One People Oration 2021
Serving as a Leader?
Speaker: Dame Cressida Dick, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service with the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle
Tuesday, 16th November 2021
One People Oration 2019
Faith at the Heart of Nations? Reflections on the future of church and state
Speaker: The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster; Chair: Paul Baumann, Receiver General, Westminster Abbey
Monday, 21st October 2019
One People Oration 2018
Embracing Global Challenges
Speaker: The Rt Hon Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth; Chair: The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster
Tuesday, 16th October 2018
One People Oration 2016
Secret Service? National Security in an Age of Open Information
Speaker: Lord Evans of Weardale, former Head of MI5; Chair: The Very Reverend Dr John Hall
Monday, 14th November 2016
One People Oration 2014
Humanising hell - diplomacy and the search for peace
Speaker: The Rt Hon William Hague MP, First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons
Thursday, 23rd October 2014