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What makes a great city, asks the Bishop of St Asaph

The Bishop of St Asaph will examine what makes a city prosper as he gives the Molendinar Lecture in Glasgow tonight.

The annual lecture at the City Chambers is part of the St Mungo Festival which takes place in Glasgow around the Saint’s feast day (13/14th January) every year.

St Mungo, known as St Kentigern in Wales, founded St Asaph Monastery in the sixth century and is the patron saint of Glasgow, establishing the first Christian community there.

The title of Bishop Gregory Cameron’s lecture tonight is “Let Glasgow flourish: what makes a city tick”, and will reflect on the city status given to St Asaph, as well as the history of Glasgow.  The motto of the Scottish city is “Let Glasgow flourish” and is reputed to have been preached in a sermon by St Mungo.

Bishop Gregory said: “I am honoured to be invited to give this lecture in tribute to the ministry of a remarkable saint, Mungo or Kentigern, who not only founded Glasgow, but my own city and Diocese of St Asaph.

“The links between Scotland and Wales are strong, but personal interaction and exchange reinforces all that we can celebrate in human society.”

Bishop Gregory will speak about the importance of the Cathedral, the University and the Marketplace as symbols of three strands which contribute to the well-being of a city and its citizens, including the importance of the spiritual and the intellectual dimensions of society.  Only where all strands flourish can human society reach its full potential, he will say.

The lecture will be given in the City Chambers in Glasgow at 7 o’clock tonight.

You can read the lecture in full here: Molendinar Lecture 2016