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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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Cardiff, United Kingdom




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




Vicky Beeching

For a decade Vicky Beeching worked as a Christian recording artist. She began writing in her early teens and by her early thirties she was well known in Christian music in the UK and America. Her songs are used by congregations across the world and translated in to numerous languages. But, through her teens and into adult life she endured an internal battle. Vicky was gay and Christian and this caused great personal tension, and, as she describes it, a ‘lifetime of shame and fear’. As a...



Young people across the UK are drinking less alcohol, and research is showing that many are never starting. According to data on the last decade, abstinence is becoming ‘more mainstream.’ The abuse of drink continues to be a problem for many, however. The charity Alcohol Concern is sponsoring an Alcohol Awareness Week next month, while a cancer charity is already promoting “Sober October”. The Welsh government’s minimum pricing comes into force next year as Wales tops binge drinking tables,...


Climate Change

We’ve just experienced a run of the hottest years on record. Our recent scorching summer in the UK delighted many, while others found the unbroken days of Mediterranean sunshine a trial, and longed for autumn. But around the world, extreme weather events have wreaked devastation with heatwaves, fires, hurricanes, floods and droughts; and melting Arctic ice caps are predicted to raise the oceans to precarious levels. Leading scientists have spent the last week in South Korea grappling with...


Dilys Price OBE

Dilys Price OBE is a teacher, dancer, and founder of the Cardiff based Touch Trust, a charity working with people with disabilities through arts, movement and dance. She’s most widely known as the world’s oldest female skydiver, and now at 86 she’s just become a fashion model. She grew up in a Bible College where her family welcomed Jewish refugees who'd arrived in Swansea on the Kindertransport, and as a young woman she learnt to dance with the celebrated Rudolf Laban, a German exile who...


Faith and Freshers

Freshers’ week starts in many places next week: student life can be a significant time of self-exploration and learning for many, often as they leave home for the first time. But in the context of freshers week partying and then intensive studying, what are the unique challenges facing people of faith, and how important is faith in the wider context of university? Joining Mary Stallard to discuss this are four people with personal experience: Josh Ludlow is a third year student who’s the...


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...