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Religious affairs programme, tackling the thornier issues of the day in a thought-provoking manner

Religious affairs programme, tackling the thornier issues of the day in a thought-provoking manner


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Religious affairs programme, tackling the thornier issues of the day in a thought-provoking manner




BBC @ 100

Roy Jenkins looks back at a century of religious broadcasting on the BBC. With a motto inspired by a Biblical source, the early BBC was avowedly Christian, and largely Anglican at that. Sir John Reith (a man lacking in neither religious conviction nor self-belief) placed enormous importance on the radio as a means of disseminating the Christian message. Roy Jenkins looks at Reith's legacy of religious programmes on the airwaves, and subsequently on television, as producers tackled the...


All Things Considered: BBC @ 100

Roy Jenkins looks back at a century of religious broadcasting on the BBC.


Qatar, Football and Human Rights

Roy Jenkins and guests discuss human rights and the Football World Cup with a live audience at Wrexham Glyndŵr University. The panel discussion is part of a range of programmes being broadcast by BBC Radio Wales in Wrexham this weekend to mark the Wal Goch Festival of Football. The Football World Cup is just a week away and it’s the first time Wales has qualified since 1958. It’s also the first time the World Cup has been hosted by a Muslim nation, Qatar, and the country is expecting 1.3...


A Hindu @ No 10

Roy Jenkins looks at what some regard as one of the most significant developments for religious faith in Britain for generations: a practising Hindu in the highest office in the land. It’s only 8 years since Rishi Sunak became an MP, so the speed of his ascent has been astonishing. But this is a Prime Minister from a very different mould to many of his predecessors: he really does ‘do faith’. Only it’s not the Christian one. Roy talks to three Hindus in Wales to discover what they make of...


Tax: why pay it?

Tax is an issue which none of us can avoid. It can spark furious debate, be the cause of sleepless nights, and it’s just hastened the demise of a prime minister and her government. Few of us relish paying tax, but most accept that it’s the price of living in a society. But can it ever be made fair? How much should the well-off be paying? And how is a religious faith meant to shape how its followers approach such questions? Roy Jenkins is joined by four guests to discuss the issues. Rebecca...


Where Earth Meets Heaven

This week we escape to the hills. If you explore the beautiful mountains and valleys of Wales, you don’t have to go too far before coming across an ancient Christian church founded many centuries ago by a Celtic saint who settled there. Such places, sometimes in a rugged remote setting, offer a powerful spiritual connection for those who might chance to visit. There’s also the lure of the hills and mountains. Amongst British Muslims – especially younger ones, the countryside and the Welsh...


"It’s the book I love the most but find the hardest.”

This week Roy Jenkins is in conversation with Siân Rees, the new Head of Bible Society in Wales who’s less than two weeks in the job. The charity has its roots in Wales with Mary Jones’s 26 mile walk to Bala in mid-Wales over 200 years ago to buy a bible in her own language. Today, Bible Society (formerly known as the British and Foreign Bible Society) is finding new ways of telling (as the hymn goes) the old, old story. Only this month the society has released a new video “The Bible in four...


Food Security

What is the true cost of food in a world facing war, inflation, and climate change? Jonathan Thomas discusses the ethics of food production with a panel of guests: Elizabeth Myendo is Tearfund's lead for disaster management in Southern and East Africa; Gerald Miles is an organic farmer based near St Davids; Victoria Shervington-Jones is a poultry farmer based near Newport, whilst Simon Bowkett is a chaplain and an upload beef and sheep farmer based in West Wales. In Britain, as in many other...


Pastor Mick Fleming

Today's guest is widely recognised for his hands-on ministry to people in need. During the lockdowns of the pandemic, when many churches in his home community of Burnley in Lancashire closed their doors, he offered ‘Church on the Street’; and it attracted wide media attention. Pastor Mick Fleming had previously spent decades in a life marked by hard crime and addiction. On the verge of an illegal operation, a spiritual encounter began a challenging journey: confronting past trauma and...


Godly Play

Godly Play is a a global movement for faith education for children and adults; taught in over sixty-six countries across the globe and used by all the major Christian denominations. It's rooted in the philosophy of Maria Montessori, and is based on a trust in children’s innate spirituality. Through stories and play, children are encouraged to develop an understanding of God through wonder, rather than instruction. This autumn the first Godly Play stories will be published in Welsh, and we...


Royalty and Religion

At her Coronation , the late Queen took a sacred vow to become 'Defender of the Faith' - the Protestant faith, that is. That vow has been repeated by King Charles III on his formal accession to the throne, and it's just one of many ways in which religion has helped shape the monarchy, and helped preserve its continuity. In this programme Jonathan Thomas looks at some of the profound and curious religious foundations for the British monarchy, as it draws on Biblical precedent for some of its...


God and Robots

Could a sentient robot be capable of sin? Rosa Hunt looks at some intriguing ethical and theological dilemmas arising from recent developments in AI or Artificial Intelligence. Some have claimed that a chatbot - Google's LaMDA program- shows signs of genuine sentience, and are already looking into the issue of rights for robots. Others dispute whether humans can ever successfully replicate true emotional intelligence, and fear the dangers of turning machines into humans, and humans into...


Franklin Graham

American evangelist Franklin Graham is Roy Jenkins' guest, ahead of his 'God Loves You' preaching tour of the UK, which will include a meeting in Newport. Franklin Graham is the elder son of the late Dr Billy Graham, the world’s most celebrated Christian evangelist of his day. It’s a tough act to follow, but for more than 20 years he’s headed up the global evangelistic organisation which bears his father’s name, preaching to more than 8 million people. For 40 years, he’s also led the related...


You don’t know what’s going to happen out of the silence.

This week Delyth Liddell explores the Quaker movement in Wales; their act of worship is spent together mostly in silence – a concept that isn’t necessarily easy to portray on radio. They’re also known as the Society of Friends or Crynwyr in Welsh. We find out more about the Quaker movement and witness at first hand how meeting in silence actually works. Quakers are a Christian movement but what are their beliefs? This week is the 40th anniversary of the ending of the Falklands War. Conflicts...


Science and Religion

Is it possible to be believe in both science and in God? Rosa Hunt discusses the issue with a panel of guests which include Nick Spencer of the Theos Institute, mathematician and physicist Rev Dr Emma Whittick, and former science teacher Rev James Tout, together with members Year 6 of Llanilltud Faerdre Primary School. This programme was first broadcast in May 2022.


Sister Helen Prejean

Roy Jenkins guest is a nun who is one of the world’s best-known campaigners against the death penalty. Sister Helen Prejean came to international fame when she was played by Susan Sarandon in the Academy award winning film Dead Man Walking, based on her best-selling book of the same name. She has had direct dialogue with two popes, and is credited among those who’ve helped move the Catholic Church into opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances. Helen Prejean has witnessed the...


Rob Parsons

Rob Parsons is an international speaker and the author of over twenty books. Born and raised in Cardiff, he worked as a lawyer before founding Care for the Family, a national charity with centres around the UK. For more than 30 years the charity has offered down-to-earth practical guidance on such matters as bringing up children, preparing couples for marriage and supporting people through bereavement. He’s travelled all over the world as an inspirational speaker, for both Christian and...


Heroes and Villains

Do we get the leaders we need, or do we just get the leaders we deserve, with all the character flaws that we ourselves may possess? Trust in politicians is low, and standards of behaviour in public life not always of the highest. And yet, is it reasonable for us to expect flawed human beings like ourselves to be perfect? Jonathan Thomas discusses the issue of contemporary leadership with a panel of guests: Dr Thomas Prosser, Reader in European Social Policy at Cardiff University and author...


Faith on the Ocean Waves

For many Christians the second Sunday in July is Sea Sunday; traditionally it’s the day when many churches remember and pray for all those whose working lives are spent on the ocean waves. About 90% of the world’s goods and fuels are transported around the globe handled by an estimated 1.6 million seafarers. At sea, working conditions can be tough at the best of times but the pandemic has had a number of knock-on effects on their lives, as has the war in Ukraine. In this programme Roy...


Archbishop Mark O'Toole

On Monday, Bishop Mark O’Toole of Plymouth was installed as Archbishop of Cardiff. In Swansea three days later, he was also made Bishop of Menevia. With those two positions, he became leader of most of the Catholics in Wales, and in the county of Hereford. Roy speaks to Archbishop Mark, to find out more about the man, his appointment, and his hopes for the challenging task that lies ahead.