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Durham Cathedral is a Christian Church of the Anglican Communion, the Shrine of St Cuthbert and the Seat of the Bishop of Durham. It is a focus of pilgrimage and spirituality in north-east England.

Our purpose

Our purpose is to:

  • worship God
  • share the gospel of Jesus Christ
  • welcome all who come
  • celebrate and pass on our rich Christian heritage
  • discover our place in God’s creation

Our vision

Following the example of Saints Cuthbert and Bede, we share our faith and heritage globally and empower people to transform the communities in which we live and serve.

Our place

We inhabit a treasured sacred space set in the natural and human landscape of the World Heritage Site.

 

Our values

Our values help guide us in recognising how we fulfil our vocation as a cathedral. They reflect the qualities we believe are essential to our life and work as a 21st century cathedral.

We use them to highlight the necessity of working in ways motivated by wisdom, responsibility and ethics. In all things, we are inspired, motivated and challenged by the Christian faith and the values of the Gospel.

Spirituality

We recognise and respond to God’s presence in our world and among us, practising a reflective approach to what we do.

Respect

We recognise the image of God in all human beings, honour their dignity and treat them with courtesy.

Justice

We deal fairly in our personal and collective behaviours, work to the highest ethical standards, and are honest in our speech and behaviour.

We think, speak and act with integrity, are professional in our conduct, and are publicly accountable for our actions.

Collaboration

We are a community founded on trust that prizes team working and builds partnerships that contribute to the common good.

Sustainability

We are business-like in our corporate life and prudent in our stewardship of resources. We pursue the sustainability of our operations and environment.

Welcome

We are welcoming and hospitable to all. We show Christian love and care to our guests and those who need our help.

Aspiration

We are an outward-facing Cathedral that reaches for the future with energy and courage, and reaches out to our communities in the hope of personal and social transformation.

An award-winning team

We are proud to have been awarded the Gold Award from North East Better Health at Work.

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