Exploring Contemporary Issues

The Cathedral regularly holds events which explore contemporary issues and promote conversation about current affairs.

Live Better Together is a series of events that takes place each year in Chichester, to mark International Day of Peace. 


Listen here to the stimulating and inspiring Interfaith Panel on Climate Change that took place as part of the programme in October 2019.  Speakers included Brahmacharini Shripriya (Chinmaya Mission UK), Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah (Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue), Revd Debbie Beer (Environment Officer, Diocese of Chichester) and Mr Makbul Rahim (The Islamic College and Middlesex University) and was chaired by Simon Keyes, Visiting Professor at the Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace at the University of Winchester.

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The theme for 2019 International Day of Peace was “Climate Action for Peace”.  The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace. For further information about UN Day of Peace click here.

To find out more about the Live Better Together programme contact us on 01243 812997 or booklearning@chichestercathedral.org.uk.

Marking Holocaust Memorial Day in Chichester, 27 January 2020

Performed on Holocaust Memorial Day at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre, PUSH tells the true story of Simon Gronowski who, as an 11-year-old, was pushed from a train to Auschwitz by his mother, to save him from the gas chambers. Retold as an opera, written by acclaimed composer Howard Moody and performed by Chichester Community Choirs, school children and University students, it is ultimately an uplifting story about the strength of the human spirit, and considers the ongoing plight of refugees. Organised by Chichester Marks Holocaust Memorial Day, which is supported by Chichester Cathedral, there is a special showing of the opera in the afternoon for schools and a public performance in the evening. For tickets for the evening performance please visit https://www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/push-an-opera