Mace Lenten talks begin tonight in Edinburgh

The Lauriston Jesuit Centre's Lenten season of talks begins in Edinburgh tonight. Called The Mace Series, its theme is Beyond the Referendum - Values for the New Scotland. The topics for the next four weeks are the four values inscribed on the Mace that is in the Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber. 

The Mace is constructed of Scottish silver with an inlaid band of gold panned from Scottish rivers.  The gold band is intended to symbolise the marriage of the Parliament, the land, and the people.  The words Wisdom, Justice, Compassion and Integrity are woven into thistles at the head of the Mace to represent the aspirations of the Scottish people for the Members of their Parliament.

Solicitor, broadcaster, journalist and artist, Austin Lafferty, will be the first speaker this evening, taking Justice as his topic.  Mr Lafferty has worked in general legal practice since 1981 and was President of the Law Society between 2012 and 2013.

Further speakers will be Sir Harry Burns on Monday 24 March (Compassion); poet Anne Connolly on Wednesday 2 April (Wisdom); and Nancy Adams on Wednesday 9 April (Integrity).

All of The Mace Lenten talks will take place at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre, 28 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ, starting at 7.30pm; admission is by donation.  For further information, see; tel: 0131 477 5788; or email