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The religious and ethical news of the week, regularly presented by Edward Stourton.

The religious and ethical news of the week, regularly presented by Edward Stourton.
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The religious and ethical news of the week, regularly presented by Edward Stourton.

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Andrew Brunson, Oscar Romero and Tommie Smith

10/14/2018
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Former Olympic champion Tommie Smith speaks to Rajeev Gupta about how his Christian faith inspired his iconic fist raised protest on the podium at the Mexico City Games 50 years ago this week. A court in Turkey has freed US pastor Andrew Brunson in a case that badly strained ties between the US and Turkey. We bring you the latest on his release. As the canonisation of the assassinated archbishop Oscar Romero takes place, Edward talks to CAFOD's South America regional manager Claire Dixon...

Duration:00:44:00

Archbishop of York, Drones, Green Health Awards

10/7/2018
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As Archbishop John Sentamu announces his retirement, we look at the significance of the role of Archbishop of York in the Church of England. Trevor Barnes visits the winners of the first Green Health Awards, a collaboration of health care professionals and churches. The morality of killing with Drones - Dr Peter Lee, author of "Reaper Force: Inside Britain's Drone Wars" talks to William Crawley about the ethical and moral issues facing drone pilots. And why is Manchester celebrating Syria?...

Duration:00:43:58

Alabama Window, Galileo Letter Revealed, Miracles

9/30/2018
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When four girls were killed by a racist bomb in an Alabama Baptist Church 1963,the late Welsh artist John Petts raised funds for the Church and created a stain glass window depicting Jesus as black. Now the window is in need of protection. Theodore Ted Debro Trustee, a Church Trustee, tells Edward why. A letter by the Italian astronomer Galileo challenging the official view of cosmology has been discovered 405 years after it was written. Dr Anna-Marie Roos sheds light on the significance of...

Duration:00:43:58

Exclusive bereavement survey, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Franklin Graham

9/25/2018
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Sunday reveals the results of the biggest ever UK survey into how people of different faiths cope with death, dying and bereavement. Co-op funeral care Managing Director David Collingwood and theologian Douglas Davies discuss the results. The Archbishop of Canterbury has been accused of 'hypocrisy' this week for his criticism of Amazon, a company the Church of England has shares in. Edward Stourton asks Catherine Howarth of Share Action, how far investors can influence the behaviour of...

Duration:00:44:46

Niqab Wearing Superhero, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

9/25/2018
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Sara Alfageeh, an American illustrator and comic fan, annoyed by the tight costume worn by Marvel's Muslim superhero Dust she redesigned the niqab hero's attire and her designs have gone viral online. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks gives his first broadcast interview after his comments on Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism and he talks to Edward about his new Radio 4 series "Morality in the 21st Century". The Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox Churches are in a tug of war over the status of the Ukrainian...

Duration:00:44:46

Franklin Graham, French Pilgrimage

9/23/2018
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As hundreds of people take part in the annual pilgrimage in the French city of Valenciennes, John Laurenson joins the pilgrims to find out why pilgrimages are becoming so popular in secular France. Usama Hasan, Head of Islamic Studies at Quilliam, gives his reaction to the release of Amjem Choudary. And where politics and morality clash - Edward discusses the cut in funding for Palestinian projects by the US Administration with Nigel Varnell of Embrace the Middle East and Sarah Elliott from...

Duration:00:44:46

Religious education, Recovery walks, Moral economy

9/9/2018
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As Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing comes to an end, the BBC's White House reporter Tara McKelvey talks to William about his religious background and how it might appeal to the religious conservatives. Should Religious Education be renamed Religion and Worldviews and include non-religious perspectives such as Humanism and atheism? A major commission on RE has urged the Department for Education to do just this. William discusses it's findings with Rev John...

Duration:00:48:45

The Pope in Ireland - a Sunday Programme Special

8/26/2018
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William Crawley presents a special programme from Phoenix Park, Dublin: Pope Francis is in Ireland for the World Meeting of Families. What sort of welcome will Pope Francis receive amid global allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church? Over fifty thousand people are expected, and William Crawley will give a taste of the atmosphere as people flock to Dublin from across Ireland and beyond. He will look at the importance of Pope Francis's visit for Catholics in Ireland and examine how the...

Duration:00:43:44

Divine Aretha, Faith in Westminster, Pope in Ireland discussion

8/19/2018
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We reflect on the deep Christian faith and gospel roots of Aretha Franklin with music, archive and the reflections of biographer David Nathan. American pastor Andrew Brunson is at the heart of a trade war between Turkey and the US. Emily Buchanan talks to Pastor Ryan Keating, who was himself deported from Turkey on charges of being a threat to national security about the place of Christianity in Turkey today. A report at the UN this week claimed that China is holding a million Muslim...

Duration:00:43:44

Cremations in Bali, Teaching the history of the Middle East, Why wear the burka?

8/12/2018
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Hundreds of people have died after a devastating earthquake hit the Indonesian Islands of Lombok and Bali this week. As Hindus on the islands start making preparations for the cremations of loved ones, Maria Bakkalapulo reports on the rituals and the significance of food during the ceremonies. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) accused two Catholic schools of allowing abuse to go unchecked for 40 years. They say both Ampleforth and Downside have blocked efforts to reform...

Duration:00:44:00

Empire of the Sikhs, Pakistan elections, Consecrated virgins

7/22/2018
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Poonam Taneja reports on the Empire of the Sikhs exhibition, a rare collection of stunning objects and works of art that reveal the remarkable story of the Sikh Empire and the European and American adventurers who served it. BBC Religious Affairs Editor Martin Bashir looks ahead to this week's review by the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) of the case of Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Gloucester, who was imprisoned in 2015 for abusing young men. Following the...

Duration:00:43:40

Shaolin Grandmaster; Ofsted, religion and schools and new churches

7/15/2018
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We are familiar with yoga and mindfulness but now there's growing interest in an old Chinese practice called Qigong. 5000 years old, it was used by Kung Fu masters to increase their strength. One of the best known Malaysian Chinese Grandmasters is Wong Kiew Kit. Emily Buchanan met him to learn more about this ancient practice. The Church of England has announced plans for 100 new churches in England. The Bishop of Burnley, Philip North and Rector of Holy Trinity Guildford Robert Cotton...

Duration:00:43:40

Antony Gormley; General Synod and Fossil Fuels

7/8/2018
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The government announced plans to end conversion therapy this week after a survey showed most instances of attempted conversion therapy occur in a religious context. Harry Farley reports on the impact of this controversial practice and what it might mean for religious organisations that carry it out. Trevor Barnes is at the Church of England's General Synod in York reporting on the key issues and debates. Members of the General Synod are being urged to "strengthen the hand" of the Church's...

Duration:00:43:52

Chester Mystery Plays, Chief rabbi, Is the NHS a religion?

7/1/2018
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The nave of Chester Cathedral has been transformed into a huge theatre set for the performance of medieval mystery plays which take place in the city every five years and are running now. Rosie Dawson has been to a rehearsal. Nigel Lawson once likened the NHS to a religion; Trevor Barnes explores whether people think the NHS is a religion. After several years of mental illness, Guy Stagg set off one morning, from London, to walk to Canterbury. This led him to follow the paths of the medieval...

Duration:00:43:41

Sikh Amritsar Files, Church Abuse Report, Theology in the White House

6/24/2018
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Police are treating the vandalism of a Jewish cemetery in Manchester this week as a hate crime. It follows a spate of other attacks on religious sites across the UK. Dr Chris Allen, Associate Professor in Hate Studies at Leicester University, explains why these attacks are happening now. Armed police officers have arrested at least 20 Jehovah's Witnesses in raids across Russia this week. Anastasia Golubeva explains why Jehovah's Witnesses are seen as an extreme organisation in Russia....

Duration:00:43:57

Windrush, Tax Justice Sunday and What does God look like?

6/17/2018
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Is this what God Looks Like? Psychologists at the University of North Carolina have put together a photo-fit image of what American Christians think God looks like - it's younger and more feminine than the Sistine Chapel's version. Bishop Joe Aldred and Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin join Edward to discuss how the churches responded to the Windrush generation and how it shaped worship in the UK today. Austria's government has begun the process of closing down several mosques and expelling imams....

Duration:00:43:56

Tory Islamophobia Allegations, Vicar of Baghdad, World Cup 'Morality Police'

6/10/2018
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Thirty years since the start of construction began on the largest regeneration project Britain has seen in modern times - Canary wharf - the area's former vicar and now Bishop of Salisbury, Nicolas Holtham, returns to find out what's changed and meet some old friends still working in the community. The Government have announced funding to increase security at places of worship at risk of hate attacks. It comes in the same week a mosque and Gurdwara were fire bombed in Leeds. Home Office...

Duration:00:44:05

Volunteer week, Anti-trafficking app, Grenfell

6/3/2018
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On Monday religious think tank 'Theos' will publish a report, on how faith based organisations responded to the fire in Grenfell Tower. Report author Amy Plender, Muslim Aid's Jehangir Malick, and the Rev Mike Long from Notting Hill Methodist Church talk to Edward about what lessons can be learned. There's scant reference to Phoebe in the New Testament. A former slave who became a wealthy deacon in the 1st Century Christian church she was entrusted by Paul to take an epistle to Rome. She is...

Duration:00:44:11

Manchester Bomb Anniversary, Chilean Bishops Resignation, New Stornoway Mosque

5/20/2018
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It's a year since the bomb attack on the Manchester Arena. In the aftermath, the actions of one young Muslim man captured the imagination of artist Ghislaine Howard. Her paintings of Baktash Noori offering hugs to strangers near St Anne's Church have just gone on display there. David Cook has been hearing their story. Dan Hett's brother Martyn was one of the 22 people killed in the Arena. He tells Edward why he is the lead signatory of a letter that urges the public to play an active role in...

Duration:00:44:04

A Sunday programme special from Jerusalem

5/13/2018
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As Israel turns 70 this programme examines how those years have impacted on the three great Abrahamic faiths. Edward Stourton meets Dr Micah Goodman, of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, to discuss the complex religious history of this land and the current mix of challenges and opportunities. Edward visits Bethlehem to hear how the anniversary is viewed by Christians and Muslims living in the city. Trevor Barnes reports on what the creation of the state of Israel has meant for...

Duration:00:43:48