The second annual urban lecture was delivered by the Bishop of Manchester, Rt Rev David Walker on Monday 23rd June.
The challanging lecture was delivered to help us think though the opportunities, rewards, challenges and insights that urban ministry provides. The theme built upon the first urban lecture delivered by Dean Pete Wilcox last year.
The three main talking points of the lecture were as follows:
Belonging in the City - considerations surrounding activities, events, people and place. Reflective practice and contextual training for the city.
Being a Christian community in the City - Building confidence, sustaining and retaining. Growing in faith as we grow in practice. New monasticism in the city. Ethnolinguistic communities. Prayer and social capital. Embracing diversity to get better results considering cities have migrant communities.
Building up the city - Faith in the public square, Voicing the unheard voices, The city and the common good. Foodbanks, street pastors etc. Celebrating business and commerce in the cathedral and participating in the cultural life of the city.
Bishop David said "Cities are highly complex structures. In my Urban Lecture, "Grace in the City", I tried to show how an evidential approach to understanding city dwellers, especially in their religious beliefs and belonging, can guide and direct how the church can best engage in mission and ministry there."