Exploring Contemporary Issues

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

Live Better Together 2019

Come along to a series of events taking place in and around Chichester marking International Day of Peace, on Saturday 21 September, to help us think about what peace means in our own lives, local community and the wider world today.

The programme opens with Tasting My Future, a film by Sylvie Collier and Cathy Maxwell, which will be screened on Friday 20 September at 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Priory Road, Chichester, PO191NX. The film features women who fled wars, persecution and danger in their own countries. Reem survived a Baghdad bomb that killed her friends and nearly severed her arm. Diala fled bombs that smashed her neighbours’ homes in Syria. Zainab hid in African forest. Women from Iraq, Syria, Ethiopia, Kurdistan, Turkey and Egypt tell their stories of escape. They seek refuge in the UK to re-build shattered lives. Some live on their nerves, awaiting decisions on asylum. In exile, they share one tradition: cooking. Food is the pulse that drives this film. It’s how women cross cultural boundaries to cook and share traditional dishes. They celebrate together with an exuberant party.

On International Day of Peace visit Chichester Cathedral for Recipe for Peace,  a free drop-in family friendly event for all ages on the Cathedral Green, Saturday 21 September  from 1.30-3.30pm. Find out about recipes from around the world contributed by people who live in and around Chichester. Recipes and some ingredients will be available to take away. This is a partnership project between Chichester Cathedral, Friends Without Borders, the Quakers in Chichester, Sanctuary in Chichester, and UK Harvest. The event will be followed by an Interfaith Thanksgiving in the Cathedral’s Lady Chapel at 4pm.

Live Better Together continues with the scheduled events listed below. Alongside these, at Chichester Cathedral, there will be a Prayer Station for Peace to light candles or offer prayers for peace as well as a Peace and Reconciliation trail to explore.

Talk - From Swords to Ploughshares: Conflict and Climate, Peace and Prosperity  What is the connection between conflict, climate and natural resources? How can we ensure prosperity for all?  Dr Ruth Valerio, Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund, will be speaking on this important topic that is such a significant feature of our world today.  The talk will be from 6:30-7:30pm on Tuesday 1 October 2019 in Vicars’ Hall, Chichester Cathedral. Free to enter but booking essential. Tickets are available from the Cathedral Shop or online, details available here

Interfaith Panel on Climate Change  Discover what an Interfaith panel has to say in answer to the question “What role, if any, should faith-based organisations play in efforts to combat climate change?”  Speakers include Brahmacharini Shripriya (Chinmaya Mission UK), Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah (Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue) and Revd Debbie Beer (Environment Officer, Diocese of Chichester) and will be chaired by Simon Keyes, Visiting Professor at the Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace at the University of Winchester.  The event will be 2.00 – 3.30pm on Thursday 17 October 2019 in Vicar’s Hall, Chichester Cathedral. Free to enter but booking essential.  Tickets are available from the Cathedral Shop or online, details available here.

Annual Quaker Peace Lecture - Stopping Wars Before They Start Speaker Tim Gee is a Quaker, a London-based writer, political activist and author of “Why I am a Pacifist.” He has written for The Guardian, New Internationalist and the Independent, and has worked for Friends of the Earth, Christian Aid, Quaker Peace and Social Witness. Talk starts at 6pm on Saturday 9 November at Chichester Quaker Meeting House, Priory Road, PO19 1NX. Refreshments will be served at 5.15pm. There will be a retiring collection of the speaker’s choice. Further details will be available on the Quaker website nearer to the time.


The theme for 2019 International Day of Peace is “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. 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.