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Our Purpose and Values

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Our purpose is to make a difference for God through exceptional worship and outreach.

We seek to be prayerful, compassionate proclaimers of the Christian faith helping all to encounter God and his transformative presence. Our continuing commitment is to develop a culture of faith and hope which is joyful, deeply serious and quietly confident. How we do things is at least as important as what we do, and our values seek to communicate this. We do this by focusing on three values in particular:


  • Integrity, reflected in transparent, fair and consistent actions;
  • Generosity, which generates a warm open welcome to all;
  • Compassion, which promotes social justice, equality, diversity, dignity, consideration and respect for all.


Salisbury Cathedral’s ambition is to be a beacon of confident, open Christianity with a reputation for warmth of welcome and willingness to engage with others. The sustained excellence of the Cathedral’s liturgy and music will be the cornerstone of our worship, with innovative activity in place to reach out to new worshippers and visitors and enable them to come to a place where they can encounter God. Our close association with Magna Carta will be known nationally and internationally and our social justice programme will bear witness to how our actions are inspired by the document’s values and by our Christian commitment.


For more information about our plans, download our

 PDF icon Salisbury Cathedral Programme_2016_17.pdf