A contribution to the City of London Festival and its celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity.
The Promised Land in the book of Exodus is described as 'flowing with milk and honey'. After a brief reflection on the ancient context of the phrase including the significant, recent archaeological discoveries at Tel Rehov in the Jordan Valley, the Bishop's talk looks ahead to the City of the future. Every City needs to ensure the supply of everyday nourishing milk. In consequence many of the planning documents produced in recent years have a rather narrow focus on the needs of London and its City as a financial centre. But milk and honey belong together and honey stands for delight in life which makes a vital contribution to the liveability of a City. The talk will deal with the availability of honey in the cultural, artistic and spiritual life of the City and what can be done to promote quantitative and qualitative easing in the supplies from the Honey Bank.
The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres is the Bishop of London and is an Emeritus Gresham Professor of Divinity
This is a part of the series of events which were held in collaboration with the 2010 City of London Festival.