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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


Cardiff, United Kingdom




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




Dilys Price OBE

This week's programme marks the life of Dilys Price OBE, who's died at the age of 88. Dilys was perhaps best known as the world’s oldest female skydiver. A remarkable woman whose infectious enthusiasm inspired everyone who met her, she was a dancer, teacher, public speaker, the founder of the Cardiff based Touch Trust, working with people with disabilities, and much more. Her life was one of ups and downs – quite literally – including in her relationship with her Christian faith – and in...



"To be fair, I didn't know he was a burglar at the time!" Would you let a burglar stay in your house? Would you even give him the keys? That's what one of Roy Jenkin's guests did in the name of hospitality! The plight of the hospitality industry is much in the new, and in this context hospitality is largely a commercial transaction. But for many people of faith, showing unconditional hospitality, making room for the stranger, is a fundamental expression of their religion, and a demonstration...


Fur and Feathers

A dog called Eric; a cat called Noel. On World Animal Day, which also happens to be the feast of St Francis, 4th October, Roy Jenkins explores the relationship between people and their pets. Is this something St Francis of Assisi had in mind when he famously befriended a wolf, and preached to a flock of birds? Ideas of Francis have changed over the centuries, according to Professor Mary Heimann, and he has been transformed from staunch Catholic ascetic to a sentimental lover of animals. And...


Elvis and the Gospel

As part of BBC Radio Wales' 2020 lockdown Elvis weekend, this is another chance to hear All Things Considered's 2019 celebration of Elvis' gospel music. This time last year, Porthcawl was gearing up for its 15th annual Elvis festival. Thousands of people were about to come to town for the unmistakeable music, and also to spot smartly dressed Hounddogs, countless rhinestone-studded jumpsuits and no doubt a few pairs of blue suede shoes. But along with the imitation and the adulation, some...



On the eve of World Alzheimer’s Day Roy Jenkins explores the role of faith for those living with dementia. Dementia is a progressive disease that impairs memory, and the condition affects more than 40,000 people across Wales. Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter, discusses the nature and value of faith for people living with the condition. We hear how imagery and touch are vital in crafting accessible worship, and how music also can be particularly powerful in reaching people in advanced stages...


John Bell

In 2019, ahead of his visit to Cardiff where he led workshops at the Llandaff and Monmouth Festival of Prayer, Roy Jenkins met member of the Iona Community, the Rev John Bell. A prolific writer, preacher and broadcaster who’s passionate about social justice and not afraid to say what he thinks, John has often been described as a ‘John the Baptist’ like figure. He’s spent a lifetime devoted to the ministry of music in particular, working to “renew congregational worship” in the church at “the...



For some Christian families homeschooling is a growing trend, and not just during lockdown. It's estimated that some 5-10,000 in the UK have chosen this route, following Biblical guidance, and sometimes using an overtly Christian curriculum. Rosa Hunt talks to some Christian families about the highs and lows of educating children at home.


Visions of Tomorrow

What will, or what should the world look like after the current pandemic? Some Christian organisations are calling for ambitious reconstruction programmes along the lines of the great initiatives that came about at the end of the Second World War. Roy Jenkins looks back to some of the visionary ideas that were proposed 75 years ago, and looks forward to some of the ideas being put on the table now. Featuring historian Martin Johnes of Swansea University; writer Jonathan Langley; theologian...


Church in Wales Centenary

As the Church in Wales begins to celebrate its centenary, Roy Jenkins looks at the difficult circumstances attending the birth of this national institution from the remnants of the Church of England in Wales. The feud between church and chapel which haunted the Wales of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was as divisive as Brexit, and actually lasted longer. When disestablishment finally happened in 1920, much against its will the Church found its status severely reduced, and its...


The Covid Generation

It might seem that Coronavirus has relatively little effect on the young, but the side-effects of lockdown have been enormous: disruption to schools and to higher education, limited job opportunities, greater mental stress. Nevertheless, for some people their faith has become ever more real to them, and ever more valuable at this difficult time. Mary Stallard talks to three young Christians about their experiences of coming to terms with life during the pandemic: Sian Connolly and Nara...


The American Evangelical Right

It's said that perhaps a quarter of the US population could claim in some ways to be evangelical. Among white evangelicals, the overwhelming majority vote Republican. The influence of evangelical Christians on the country's government and policies has arguably never been greater, and so as the Presidential election approaches Jonathan Thomas speaks to some key religious leaders to understand their beliefs and hopes for the future. Pastor Mark Burns is a black televangelist with a direct line...


Graham Kendrick

Graham Kendrick is a prolific songwriter and worship leader whose music is sung by churches of every kind across the world. He celebrates his 70th birthday this weekend. From his early career travelling by motorbike to play folk rock at church cafes across the UK he went on to leading tens of thousands of people at worship festivals. Along the way he produced perhaps the best known contemporary worship song, Shine Jesus Shine, and a huge number of others - more than 40 albums over 50 years....


How Can I Keep from Singing?

‘How can I keep from singing?’ asks the old American hymn. At the moment though, the answer to that question is simple - we can’t. In our churches, chapels and cathedrals, congregational and choral singing is not allowed for fear of spreading the coronavirus. Yet for thousands of years, singing has been an an important part of Jewish and Christian worship, and the desire to sing is deep rooted in the human condition. In this week’s edition presented by Roy Jenkins, we explore the importance...



In recent months most of us have experienced greater isolation than we could ever have imagined. For some this unexpected solitude has been a welcome relief, a chance to reflect and take stock, but for others it has been accompanied by profound feelings of loneliness. Loneliness can affect people of any age, and most of us will feel lonely at some point in our lives. We hear from three different people in Wales about their experiences of loneliness. Zahra is a Muslim and made a new home in...


Modern Slavery

In all probability somebody not so far from you is living in slavery, and if you use a mobile phone or a computer then the likelihood is that you have benefitted from slave labour across the globe. Roy Jenkins investigates this growing problem in Wales and the wider world, and asks what faith communities are doing to address it. Taking part in the programme are the UK's former anti-trafficking commissioner Kevin Hyland; Ali Ussery, founder of the Colwyn Bay organisation Haven of Light; Kathy...


Statues, the church, and the legacy of colonialism

The shocking killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis this May sparked off a global wave of support for movements celebrating black lives and seeking to address racial injustice. It has led to soul-searching in this country too, questioning how far our own society is tainted by a legacy of racism. This has been expressed very visibly through protests targeting and sometimes toppling statues of and monuments to figures seen to be associated with the UK’s colonial history – a history with which...


Faith and Farming

The Corona virus emergency caused a crisis in our food chain; panic buying left gaps on supermarket shelves, and the closure of the hospitality industry left some farmers with no option but to pour their milk away. Mary Stallard speaks to farmers in Wales who were affected by the crisis. She explores how faith can be a resource in times of great uncertainty, and we hear how a network of farming chaplaincies in Wales are offering support to their community.


Churches and Social Action during Covid-19

Roy Jenkins looks at the work of some churches in addressing social issues that have become starkly prominent during the Covid emergency. From foodbanks to debt counselling, churches are increasingly undertaking work once considered the domain of the welfare state. But with rising demand for food aid, and the fear of a major financial as well as health crisis, it is likely that many of these initiatives will continue for some time to come.


Archbishop John Sentamu: Racism, forgiveness, and the future

Dr John Sentamu preached his final sermon as Archbishop of York last Sunday. For 15 years, he’s been among the best recognised, most loved figures in the Church of England. He’s also a man who knows what it’s like to be on the receiving end of vicious racism. As the public killing of George Floyd at police hands in Minnesota continues to spark fury and protest around the world, and trains a fresh spotlight on racism much nearer home, All Things Considered revists a conversation between Roy...


Online Church

Research published last month has indicated that a quarter of UK adults has watched or listened to a religious service since the Covid 19 lockdown began, many for the first time ever. Across the country, people have flocked to various online platforms to take part in services, pray together, and share their faith: many churches have seen their attendance figures far exceed those they had pre-lockdown. Church members and leaders have had to learn a whole range of skills, and adapt during the...