Spiritual Resources

Dean Nicola Sullivan Recommends

Saying Yes to Life
by Ruth Valerio
(available in the Cathedral Shop and Southwell Minster’s Online shop)

Southwell Cathedral is focusing on ‘Caring for God’s Creation’ as this year’s Lent theme. We are basing Lenten reflections on Tuesday evenings around this accessible, practical and theologically engaging book.

Saying Yes to Life: This month's book choiceRuth Valerio brings her wide experience to this urgent question of how Christians are called to make a difference in sharing in stewardship of God’s creation. The book is well informed, balanced yet hard hitting in suggesting lifestyle changes, returning the reader to the Bible’s first book, Genesis as a starting point. It is a rich resource directing us to an extensive bibliography and lists of academic papers, journals, podcasts and websites for further study. It will not leave the reader complacent or indifferent to the pressing issue of climate emergency.

The Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan
Dean of Southwell


The City is my Monastery: A contemporary rule of life
by Richard Carter
(available in the Cathedral Shop and Southwell Minster’s Online shop)

The beginning of the calendar year is a popular time to make resolutions, whether to take more exercise, consume less alcohol, or get more sleep. The Christian tradition offers the idea of a ‘rule of life’ to keep balance to ensure that prayer, silence and reflection infuse our everyday lives of work, family commitments and all that ‘stuff’ that make us over busy.

Dean Nicola Recommends The City is my MonastryRichard Carter is a priest working in one of the busiest and nosiest parish churches in the country, St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square. He writes in refreshing ways about the complexity of modern living in a cosmopolitan city while drawing on an ancient wisdom from desert monasticism. He invites us to discover a holiness which is attractive and possible rather than remote and unattainable.

In this beautiful anthology of prayers, poems, stories and commentary, Fr Richard helps us to embrace the Christian faith in the Spirit by slowing down, cultivating attentiveness and joy, being unafraid at solitude and yet learning from the rich, varied and challenging community of other people. This is a book to feed, inspire and travel with through a new year and decade.

The Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan

Dean of Southwell


The Theology Group

7.30pm to 9pm at Sacrista Prebend Retreat House
Tuesdays: 13 September - 20 December 2022

This group meets at Sacrista on alternate Tuesday evenings in term-time and is led by Alison Millbank.

The first meeting on the 13 September is a party to get to know one another. The group will decide what they want to study. Recent books include:

  • Julian of Norwich Revelations of Divine Love
  • Rowan Williams On Being Human
  • Tom Wright Luke for Everyone

Alison Milbank is Professor of Theology and Literature at the University of Nottingham and Canon Theologian at Southwell Minster. She works on many aspects of the relation of faith and the arts from Dante to Harry Potter, with a particular expertise in Gothic and horror fiction. She is currently writing on divine indwelling and the agency of nature in natural philosophy, poetry and art and a sequel to For the Parish, which she co-wrote with Andrew Davison in 2010: The Once and Future Parish.

To book a place please email: michele.hampson@southwellminster.org.uk

Retreat House

Sacrista Prebend Retreat House is a quiet space in the heart of Southwell. The house, with its chapel and large tranquil gardens, is available for anyone seeking stillness and peace, for individual or group quiet days, and for short periods of retreat.

To find out more, please visit the Sacrista Prebend Retreat House website or email sacristaprebend@southwellminster.org.uk

Hopeful Words/Hurting World - with The Rev James Halstead

A collaboration between Southwell Minster and the School of Discipleship: Hopeful Words/Hurting World. An opportunity to dig into Scripture to hear what God might be saying to his people today in the context of COVID-19 and lockdown. Presented by The Rev James Halstead, we will look at a different Old Testament Prophet every session and see what they have to say for today. Keep an eye out on our events page here to see when the next session is and how to get involved. Previous sessions can be viewed below and handouts to do with the seminar are available below the video.

Hopeful Words has also been set up as a module on a new Learning Hub, so that people can access the videos as a course to use in churches/small groups etc. The link to register to access the materials is here.

Hopeful Words/Hurting World - archive

Malachi - 21 November 2021
Zechariah - 17 October 2021
Haggai - 12 September 2021
Zephaniah - 25 July 2021
Habakkuk - 20 June 2021
Nahum - 9 May 2021
Micah - 22 March 2021
Obadiah - 14 February 2021
Jonah - 17 January 2021
Amos - 22 Novemer

Amos Handout



Joel - 18 October




Hosea - 20 September

Transcripts of Talks and Sermons


29.12.19 The First Sunday After Christmas (Hebrews 2: 10-end; Matthew 2: 13-end) - The Very Revd Nicola Sullivan 

22.12.19 Hope - The Reverend Dr Alison Milbank

15.12.19 Speaking Truth to Power - Canon Angela Ashwin

01.12.19 (Advent Sunday) The Second Coming - The Revd Canon Dr Richard Frith

24.11.19 Festival of Christ the King (Luke 23.33–43) - The Revd Canon Dr Richard Frith

17.11.19 Painful Upheavals - Canon Angela Ashwin

03.11.19 Black and White - Canon Angela Ashwin

22.09.19 Farewell Sermon - The Revd Canon Nigel Coates

08.09.19 Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary (John 2.1–12) - The Revd Canon Dr Richard Frith

18.08.19 Jeremiah 23.23-29 and Hebrews 11.29-12.2 - Prebendary Stephen Lynas

28.07.19: Colossians 2:6-15 and Luke 11:1-13 – The Lord's Prayer – Canon Angela Ashwin

21.07.19: Colossians 1:15 and Luke 10:38-42 – The Revd Canon Nigel Coates

23.06.19: Legion – 'What is your name?' – Canon Angela Ashwin

15.06.19: The Friends of Southwell Cathedral

21.04.19: Sung Eucharist: Easter Sunday – The Rt Revd Paul Williams, Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham

17.04.19: Chrism Eucharist: 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 and Mark 10:13-34 – The Rt Revd Paul Williams, Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham

02.04.19: Lent Homily: The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax-Collector – Father Matthew Askey

24.03.19: Third Sunday in Lent: Issiah 55 – The Revd Canon Nigel Coates

10.02.19: Launch out into deep water – Canon Angela Ashwin

03.02.19: Patronal Festival Eucharist: The Virgin Mary – The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester

06.01.19: Epiphany: The Surprise – The Revd Dr Alison Milbank

The Walter Hilton Way –  A one day pilgrimage

Thurgarton to Southwell. This 5 mile pilgrimage across the lovely, quiet fields of a hidden part of Nottinghamshire follows in the footsteps of the fourteenth-century spiritual writer, Walter Hilton who lived as an Augustinian Canon at the Priory. Find out more about Walter Hilton and the route in detail on the British Pilgrimage Trust website.