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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




All Things Considered: The Unauthorised Version

Roy Jenkins uncovers the secrets of the apocryphal gospels banned by the early church.


The Unauthorised Version

Banned by some of the early Church Fathers as false or heretical, the unauthorised, apocryphal gospels continue to exercise a hold on the popular imagination through novels, new translations and through numerous conspiracy theories. Roy Jenkins investigates some of the many surviving texts that didn't make it into the accepted canon of the New Testament, and asks what if anything they can tell us about Jesus and his followers. Centuries before Dan Brown and The Da Vinci Code, some elements...


Singer of the World

Rosa Hunt meets some of the prodigiously talented men and women competing for the prestigious title of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021. For a significant number of the singers, religious faith is an integral part of their lives, as they engage in a challenging and highly competitive profession. Rosa speaks to baritone Reginald Smith Jr about his early years, growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, in what he calls the 'buckle of the Bible belt'. South African soprano Masabane Cecilia...


The Call

As the time approaches for ordination services in our churches and cathedrals, Roy Jenkins explores what it is that leads people to pursue a vocation with the church as a minister or priest. People serve the church in a variety of ways - whether as local or lay preachers, worship leaders, pastoral visitors and church musicians. But when it comes to working as an ordained minister or priest, the hours can be long. And the pay isn’t all that great either. Some aren’t even paid at all. In this...


Hay Festival 2021

Azim Ahmed talks to four guests participating in this year's digital-only Hay Festival, discussing disparate topics such as the decline of democracy and consequent rise of autocracy in numerous countries; the creation of national library in Somaliland; and how women can save the planet. Historian Anne Applebaum discusses her essay The Twilight of Democracy, which documents a shift towards radical right politics among many intellectuals in countries such as Poland, Hungary, the USA and even...


Leroy Logan

Roy Jenkins' guest today is a man who once failed to recognise his own father because he’d been beaten up so badly by police officers. As a boy, he’d himself been stopped several times as he was carrying his trumpet home from music practice. Yet in his twenties, he gave up a career as a hospital research scientist to become… a policeman. Dr Leroy Logan served the Metropolitan Police for more than 30 years before retiring with the rank of superintendent. Incidents from his life were...



During this year’s ‘Foster Care Fortnight’ Jonathan Thomas finds out about the role foster carers play in Wales today. Research from Cardiff University suggests Wales may lead the world for the number of children in care, and in the borough of Torfaen, one in forty-four children are under the care of the state. We’ll hear from the Head of Children’s Services in Torfaen about why they need more foster carers, and we’ll speak to Noddfa church in Torfaen about how they minister to a community...


Dai Hankey

Dai Hankey is the leader of the Red Community, a Christian charity that seeks to combat human trafficking in Wales. We’ll hear about the issue of modern-day slavery, and the charity’s Embrace project which offers practical help to survivors. For the past four years he’s also run Manumit, a coffee roasting company that employs people who have suffered from exploitation but are now rebuilding their lives. Dai has always worked with people on the margins: often young offenders and those with...


The Most Revd John Davies, Archbishop of Wales.

Today (Sunday May 2nd) the Most Revd John David Edward Davies will preside and preach at his final service in Brecon Cathedral before retiring after 13 years as Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, and three and half years as Archbishop of Wales. But in those few years leading the Anglican Church in Wales, the workload has been extra heavy. Apart from ongoing issues - such as the decline in church attendance, ageing congregations and environmental issues, there have been the ravages of the Covid 19...


Sacred Time

At a time when Muslims across the world are observing Ramadan, Azim Ahmed explores the concept of 'sacred time.' For most people of faith, observing ‘sacred time’ is a key part of their daily religious life. ‘Sacred time’ might be rhythmic, tied to the movement of the sun and the moon. Or it could be very intimate, created through quiet moments of reflection in one’s home. The religious day as well as the religious calendar is punctuated in many religions through times set aside for worship...


Henry Vaughan @ 400

Mary Stallard looks at the life, work and faith of Henry Vaughan, poet and physician, who was born and in the Usk Valley 400 years ago, and who celebrated his native land under the guise of 'The Swan of Usk'. Vaughan lived through the troubles of the Civil War - shut out of his beloved church, living and working in a country divided by deep political divisions, and where plague was a constant threat, Vaughan's poetry is strikingly relevant to our times. Mary's guests include Professor Helen...


The Empty Tomb

In some regards it's the original locked-room mystery: suddenly, two women discover that a dead body has gone from the sealed tomb. But gone where? And how? Roy Jenkins discusses Jesus' resurrection with a scientist, an artist, and former rector his wife who volunteer to guide visitors around the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem. How do Christians make sense of the absence of Christ's body in the tomb? Retired vicar Stuart Bell and his wife Pru are enthusiastic tour guides to the Garden Tomb in...


Eco-friendly Church

The United Nations climate change conference (COP 26) will meet in Glasgow this November. It’s the first time the conference has been held in the UK, and representatives from nearly 200 countries will meet to tackle the climate emergency. For many this is seen as a crucial opportunity to work together to reduce global carbon emissions. The Bishop of St. Davids, Joanna Penberthy, has launched a virtual pilgrimage to Glasgow to draw attention to the conference, and churches across Wales are...



"Kind words are like honey" the Bible tells us, "they are sweet for the soul and healthy for the body". But as Roy Jenkins discovers in this week's programme, kindness isn't always about saying nice things to people; true kindness can sometimes involve telling unpalatable facts. The programme shares the stories and insights of four very different people who’ve both received and sometimes offered kindness in extraordinary ways. Brenda Fogg started a charity for homeless people in Llandudno...


Ave Maria

A programme to mark Mothering Sunday that has our presenter’s name all over it; Mary Stallard explores the relevance and significance for us today of Jesus’s mother, Mary of Nazareth. We hear about some of the long-standing traditions that have evolved around Mothering Sunday. It’s a day on which many church communities will honour their mothers and grandmothers as well as Mary herself. During the programme we hear from both Roman Catholics and Protestants about what Mary means to them. We...


Count Me In

Rosa Hunt looks at the implications of censuses for people of faith. The religion question is a relatively recent development in the census for Wales and England, but population censuses go back to ancient times. Some of the earliest references are to be found in the Bible, although within Jewish tradition there is deep suspicion towards the idea of counting individuals, as Professor Dan Cohn-Sherbok and Orthodox rabbi Michoel Rose explain. In Christian tradition the most famous census of...


Missionaries to Wales

The fires of Revival in the nineteenth century sent missionaries from Wales around the world, and many of them fostered Christian communities which still thrive today. On the eve of St. David’s Day we ask why Christians from different countries are drawn back to Wales and why many feel so passionate about this land. Chris and Lyra Vaz are pastors at the Gateway Church in Abergavenny. Lyra’s home region of Shillong in North Eastern India was visited by Thomas Jones, a missionary from...


Just Punishment?

A recent government announcement stated that anybody found to be lying about entering the UK from a red list country could face a maximum prison sentence of ten years - considerably more than some sexual offences, and even violent crime. Although serious, does the crime merit such stringent punishment? And what in any case is the purpose of punishment, when so many prisoners re-offend soon after their release? Roy Jenkins looks at some of the issues, and talks to a number of people who have...


The Home

Ideally ‘home’ is a place of comfort, security and a place to return to. But under lockdown our homes have become a microcosm of the outside world; they are serving as an office, a classroom, play space and even an isolation unit. This experience is challenging for us all, and we’ll hear from recently ordained deacon and poet Ben Lines about ups and downs of family life. Lockdown is immeasurably tougher for those who are already vulnerable and living in poor or unstable accommodation. Roy...


Truth and Lies

Is it always wrong to lie? Is even sometimes acceptable to lie? Jonathan Thomas looks at the range of lies, from little white lies, small fibs to subtle deceptions and giant whoppers. Despite our moral outrage at being lied to, most of us learn to lie at a young age, as a normal part of our development. Professor Victoria Talwar of McGill University, Montreal, has studied lying in children at her research laboratory, establishing that the vast majority of children between the ages of 4-7...