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

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




Religion, Peace and Human Rights

With conflicts and crises in every news bulletin, the United Nations International Day of Peace on 21st September can hardly arrive too soon. Whether it will actually change anything is more doubtful, but it’s always worth hoping. Its theme this year is “The Right to Peace – the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”. But what is peace? What role does religion play in making it and contributing to its absence? And where do Human Rights fit in, when the declaration is both hailed as a...


Sally Magnusson

For more than 30 years Sally Magnusson has presented a wide range of news and current affairs programmes across the BBC, reported for Panorama, anchored Breakfast Time for a decade, and become a familiar member of the Songs of Praise team. Alongside regular television and radio commitments in Scotland, and bringing up five children, she’s made time to write books - from a biography of the Olympic athlete Eric Liddell of Chariots of Fire to a children’s series featuring Horace the Haggis. Her...


Greenbelt 2018

For the past few years over the August bank holiday weekend the beautiful parkland around Boughton House in Northamptonshire is transformed into a huge campsite. Thousands of people from all walks of life, from many faiths and none, gather for a Christian-based festival that’s been running in various places since 1974. Greenbelt Festival combines the arts, faith, politics and activism seeking an inclusive way to “re-imagine the Christian narrative for the present moment.” But what does that...


Ageing and Spirituality

On All Things Considered this week there's another chance to hear a programme first broadcast in October 2017 in which Roy Jenkins and guests discuss ageing. One in three children born today is expected to live to the age of 100. It is a staggering thought, with all kinds of implications. The rapid rise in life expectancy has created a large privileged group, with time on their hands, and the health and money to enjoy it. It has also left many older people struggling with illness, poverty...


Interfaith marriage

The summer wedding season is in full swing, as ancient castles, swish hotels and theme parks now vie for a business which was once dominated by places of worship. But for some couples, choosing the venue can be a relatively minor headache compared with opposition from their families - and others - who think they shouldn't be marrying someone from a different religion. A report this week expresses concern that synagogue membership has fallen because more Jews are marrying non-Jewish...


Dr Gemma Simmonds

Theologian Dr. Gemma Simmonds talks to Roy Jenkins about her work with street children in Brazil, as a chaplain in Holloway Prison and the place of women in the Catholic Church.