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All Things Considered

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Religious affairs programme, tackling the thornier issues of the day in a thought-provoking manner
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Churches+in+Lockdown
access_time4 days ago
Since emergence of Coronavirus, churches have had to rapidly acquire new technological skills, and to ramp up their mission to serve the wider community. Roy Jenkins looks at a few of the ways in which churches in Wales have had to respond to the emergency, at a time when church buildings are closed. In Newport the Warehouse Church has continued to stream services online, and further developed its foodbank. In Newtown, churches and members of other organisations are helping to serve hot roast dinners to people in the area, whilst in Wrexham one church community have even tackled the issue of supplying PPE to care homes and the NHS - by using 3D printers! Despite the crisis, churches are reporting greater interest in their work than ever before. As the Rector of Newtown says in the programme, 'My mission has never been so fruitful'.
Ramadan+in+Lockdown
access_time11 days ago
Mosques closed, families in isolation, home gatherings forbidden - for some people this has been a Ramadan to forget. But as Azim Ahmed discovers, there are positives as well as negatives to be drawn from the lockdown experience, as communities have rallied round to help sustain foodbanks, and to maintain communication with those living in isolation. For families with young children it has been especially tough; but it's been even tougher for NHS staff such as Dr Faraz Ali, a dermatologist redeployed to general medicine. Faraz has been observing the Ramadan fast while working long shifts on the frontline of the battle against Covid-19, and dressed in full PPE.
Silence
access_time18 days ago
Mary Stallard explores silence, asking what those who embrace it are looking for and whether we have enough of it in our lives.

This programme was first broadcast in October 2017.
Nadia+Bolz-Weber
access_time25 days ago
Roy Jenkins meets unconventional US pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, who talks about her sometimes controversial life and faith.

This programme was first broadcast in September 2016.
Timothy+Richard
access_time1 month ago
Timothy Richard (1845-1917) was one of the most celebrated missionaries of his day, famous for his work in China. On the centenary of his death, Roy Jenkins joins a bus tour exploring Richard's Carmarthenshire birthplace, his place of baptism and the chapel where he was ordained. He explores the man's life and his impressive legacy, which even today has huge importance for China.

This programme was first broadcast in April 2019.
Painter+Karel+Lek
access_time1 month ago
On All Things Considered this week we mark the life and work of the celebrated North Wales artist Karel Lek, who has died aged 90.

As a child, Karel Lek fled Belgium with his Jewish family early in the second world war. He eventually made his home in Beaumaris on Anglesey, and in a career spanning more than fifty years, his work was to become known around the world.

He dedicated himself to capturing the people and landscape of this corner of Wales, but on occasions, he turned his attention to religious themes. His stark depictions of the crucifixion offended some, though many found them inspirational.

In 2009 for All Things Considered Peter Baker visited him in Beaumaris and heard some fascinating reflections on the artist’s life, and his death offers an appropriate opportunity to hear their conversation again.
Poet+Menna+Elfyn
access_time2 months ago
Another chance to hear a programme first broadcast in 2015, featuring Roy Jenkins in conversation with the Welsh language poet Menna Elfyn who had just been made the inaugural president of the Welsh centre of PEN, the international writers’ organisation which promotes access to literature and defends freedom of expression. Roy asks her about her life and her work, from her non-conformist background which continues to influence her, to the many national and international causes to which she has leant her voice. The programme also includes Menna’s own readings of her poetry, in English translation.
New+Hengoed+Chapel
access_time2 months ago
Pot noodles, toast with chocolate spread, cocoa pops, tea and coffee, hip hop and gangster rap all in a Grade II listed chapel - some of the essential ingredients of a challenging, pioneering youth ministry which has been running for seven years in the Rhymney Valley. It's the vision of Kath Miller, a Baptist Minister, who felt compelled to offer a place of unconditional welcome to teenagers, young adults and children in the significantly deprived area of Cefn Hengoed. On two nights a week and on Sunday mornings, they offer a different kind of church which doesn't preach or teach but simply aims to live out the gospel of Jesus by extending love, hope and help to those most in need, the excluded, the poor, the marginalised. They have been barricaded in the church, had number plates stolen and items vandalised yet Kath, together with her husband Carl, and their handful of helpers, are adamant that they will not ban anyone from the church.
Having built up a relationship of trust and mutual respect over several years, the community is now beginning to see the positive and sometimes lifesaving effects of this project at New Hengoed Chapel. Roy Jenkins meets Kath and Carl Miller, young people and members of the church to hear about why the work exists, the impact it is having and plans for the future. (First broadcast 16th April 2017).
Music+for+the+Passion+of+Christ
access_time2 months ago
The story of the first Holy Week will be re-told around the world in the next few days, not least in some of the most glorious music ever written. The theme continues to attract composers eager to put their own stamp on the music of the Passion. And in All Things Considered on Sunday morning we meet three who’ve done just that.

This programme was first broadcast in March 2016.
Written+in+Stone%3F
access_time2 months ago
They’re among the most significant words in history. For around three thousand years, they’ve helped people decide between right and wrong. They’ve guided individual decisions, shaped cultures, and provided many societies, including our own, with the undergirding of a basic legal code.

According to the Bible, the Ten Commandments were spoken by God to Moses on Mount Sinai, and they remain central to both Jewish and Christian traditions.
At one time, most people in this country learned them as children. No longer. So to what extent do they remain known? And even where they are, in what sense can they still be regarded as relevant to the way we should live our lives in a world so totally unlike the one in which they were first delivered?

Joining Roy Jenkins are author Ana Levy-Lyons; Rabbi Michoel Rose; Dr. Rosa Hunt of South Wales Baptist College; Stephen Clark, an evangelical minister in Bridgend; Richard Patterson, of the Cardiff Humanist Group and Gary Slaymaker, Film Critic.

This programme was originally broadcast in February 2019.
John+Stevenson
access_time2 months ago
On All Things Considered this week we mark the death of former BBC Wales political reporter, John Stevenson. In 2014 he spoke to Roy Jenkins about his remarkable and very painful story of what he regarded as a lost decade. His marriage had gone, so had a couple of jobs, and he spent most of those years in an alcoholic haze, sleeping rough on city streets. However, a generous break from a Welsh MP helped him back on his feet.
Communion+and+Coronavirus
access_time3 months ago
From panic buying in supermarkets to restrictions on travel, the cancellation of events and the rapid disappearance of the handshake, coronavirus is changing the way we live. Gathering with other people is increasingly regarded as a potential threat.

While there are voices urging caution against over-reaction, churches have been among groups weighing up their options and already altering their practice.

For many, that’s focussed on their observance of Holy Communion. Otherwise known as the Eucharist, the Mass, the Lord’s Supper, or the breaking of bread – that’s a simple or elaborate response to the command of Jesus to “do this in remembrance of me”. Worshippers share bread and wine: some dip, some use a common cup, some tear lumps off a single loaf of bread – all things which denominational leaders are now advising against.

But why is this act so significant? Why do almost all Christians do it, what happens when they can’t? – and should anyone be worried about taking communion in the current crisis?

Joining Roy Jenkins to answer these questions are:

Rev Prof Gina Radford, the former Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England. She helped lead the public health response to Ebola, particularly in Sierra Leone, and is now a vicar in Devon; Revd Dr. Christopher Hancock, Catholic priest in Merthyr Tydfil; Revd Dr Rosa Hunt (Co-principal, South Wales Baptist College and Minister, Salem Baptist Chapel, Church Village; and Sean Stillman, Founder/minister at Zac’s Place in Swansea, an alternative church community.
Reasons+to+be+Fearful%3F
access_time3 months ago
There’s a lot of fear about at the moment: fear of a global pandemic; fear of flooding in the wake of the climate emergency; fear of economic collapse, and much more. Between traditional media and social media we now have the capacity to generate and nurture fear as never before. There are plenty of reasons we could be fearful – but do we need to be? How reliable is fear as a guide to actual danger? And what place should it have for people of religious faith? Roy Jenkins discusses the issue with a panel of guests who’ve each experienced or observed fear in different expressions.

Colonel Robbie Hall, a former bomb-disposal expert, is now a Baptist pastor in Bridgend. In his former profession, he faced many tense situations. Lorraine Cavanagh is a Church in Wales priest, a former university chaplain, and the author of a book on living with fear. United Reformed minister Phil Wall is one of the many people in Pontypridd and other communities, coping with the aftermath of devastating floods. Michael Munnik is a former journalist, and currently a Cardiff University lecturer specialising in religion and the media.
Saint+David
access_time3 months ago
To some he's a teetotal, vegan forager, and a rallying point for Welsh national identity- to others he's a saint with a spiritual message still relevant for today. Roy Jenkins visits the St Davids Cathedral to discover more about Dewi Sant, man and myth, and the cult that grew up around his supposed remains. In the company of the Dean, the Revd Dr Sarah Rowland-Jones, and the Canon Chancellor, Revd Dr Patrick Thomas, Roy Jenkins explores some of the nooks and crannies of the Norman building to find out how David or Dewi became Wales' patron saint. Dr Martin Crampton offers insights into the visual record of St David, whilst the present-day Bishop of St Davids, Rt Revd Dr Joanna Penberthy, explains what St David means to her.
Martyn+Joseph
access_time3 months ago
Roy Jenkins' guest today is the Welsh singer songwriter Martyn Joseph, who’s been described as ‘one of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today… tough and passionate.’ Another commentator says his songs are ‘intelligent and enlightened…both energising and provocative’.

Martyn has recorded 33 albums over the past 30 years, has just finished a UK tour, and is about to be reunited with some of his many fans in the United States. His music takes him not only to big arenas, but also to social action projects in vulnerable communities across the world. It mixes protest with quiet reflection, questioning, and an evolving relationship with the Christian faith.

In this programme Martyn talks to Roy about faith, life and music; and performs "Here Come The Young" live in studio.
Rev+Marcus+Wyn+Robinson
access_time4 months ago
Mary Stallard meets 'Taff the Laugh', former Naval chaplain and current moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Wales. As somebody who saw active service in both the Falkand and Gulf Wars, Marcus has a store of fascinating anecdotes from the frontline of chaplaincy, not only in the armed forces but also in the civilian world from his time as an industrial chaplain to companies such as Kellogs and Airbus.
Single+Christian+Seeks+Similar
access_time4 months ago
Mary Stallard looks at the world of Christian singles, and speaks to people who have found love through Christian dating.

At a time when more and more people are finding themselves single - whether through choice, or through circumstances - churches can often seem obsessed with being 'family-friendly', and the pews might seem to be full of married people. So what can you do when you find yourself single? Embrace a life of celibacy? Or do you try to find that special somebody with who to share your life?

Mary speaks to people who have found soulmates through Christian dating agencies, whether through traditional means or through online dating apps. We hear from the Newport woman who has set up a specific mission for single people within her church. And we bring you a real-life Gavin and Stacey story, when a man from Milton Keynes found love in Swansea, all via a dating app.
Sister+Helen+Prejean
access_time4 months ago
Roy Jenkins guest is a nun who is one of the world’s best-known campaigners against the death penalty.

Sister Helen Prejean came to international fame when she was played by Susan Sarandon in the Academy award winning film Dead Man Walking, based on her best-selling book of the same name. She has had direct dialogue with two popes, and is credited among those who’ve helped move the Catholic Church into opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances.

Helen Prejean has witnessed the trauma of men being executed on six separate occasions, but the willingness to put herself through this, like her worldwide campaigning, required first a revolution in her own thinking - not least in her understanding of her faith.

In a new book River of Fire, she describes her spiritual journey, with passion and humour.
Holocaust+Survivor+Part+2
access_time4 months ago
This week marks Holocaust Memorial Day, and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazis’ most notorious death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland.

To honour this event All Things Considered is broadcasting the testimony of a survivor of the holocaust, Ellen Davis, now 91. She arrived in Swansea as a bewildered 10 year old, having been put on a train in Germany without explanation, forced to leave behind her parents and the brothers and sisters she had cared for all her life.

In the first programme we heard about that traumatic escape, and about the impact of Nazi rule on her young life. In this second of two editions of All Things Considered, first aired in 2005, Ellen Davis shares with Peter Baker her first impression of the childless Jewish couple she was placed with in Swansea, where she still lives.
Church+in+Wales+Centenary
access_time4 months ago
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 financial assets effectively nationalised. The argument back then was that only a minority of Christians in Wales worshipped in church; with the decline of non-conformism, that position has now been reversed. Featuring interviews with John Davies, Archbishop of Wales, Joanna Pemberthy, Bishop of St Davids, together with Professor Norman Doe, Professor Densil Morgan and one of the Church's youngest clerics, Dean Roberts, the programme looks at the Church's historical legacy, and the impact that has had on its mission today.
Holocaust+Survivor+Part+1
access_time5 months ago
Holocaust Memorial Day later this month falls on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazis’ most notorious death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland.

Six million Jews, and many others, were killed in the camps, but despite innumerable international declarations, and legislation intended to outlaw racism of any kind, anti-Semitism has never disappeared completely, and many fear it’s on the increase.

The stories of the dwindling numbers of survivors remain invaluable to understanding the holocaust.

Ellen Davis, from Swansea, was a child in Nazi Germany when she was put on a train and forced to leave behind both her parents and the brothers and sisters she had cared for all her life. The trauma of that parting was immense. She recounted her experiences in the book Kerry’s Children and at 91 she continues to speak out.

To mark this anniversary, Roy Jenkins has delved into the All Things Considered archive for a two-part programme, first broadcast in 2005, in which Ellen Davis speaks to Peter Baker.
Review+of+the+Year+%E2%80%93+People+2019
access_time5 months ago
As a new year stretches out before us, Roy Jenkins takes the opportunity to remind us of just a few of the people who featured in All Things Considered during the past twelve months.

They have ranged from men and women living on the streets to writers and performers with audiences across the world; from leaders of national campaigns to individuals who’ve given their lives to the communities they’ve grown up in. Many are people of faith, some have faced great tragedies, and all have stories well worth hearing again.

Among the contributors are: Archbishop Rowan Williams, Sarah Jones the Church in Wales’ first transgender priest and poet and theologian Padraig O’Tuama who has recently completed a five-year term as leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organisation.
And we mark the death of Jean Vanier the inspirational founder of the L’Arche communities, where people with learning disabilities, and those without, live and work together.
Review+of+the+Year+%E2%80%93+Events+2019
access_time5 months ago
Roy Jenkins looks back at some of the events and issues which have featured in All Things Considered over the past twelve months. We have explored monarchy and mental health, space travel and social media, poverty and protest and much more, seeking always to reflect in the light of religious faith.

It has been a year of deep divisions and high political drama. As the initial Brexit deadline loomed, we discussed the role of prayer at such a time. We explored the grim facts of slavery in today’s Wales; we marked the 50th anniversary of the moon landings and the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales. And on one of the most important dates in the Islamic calendar, Mary Stallard visited North Wales’s oldest mosque, in Bangor where the celebration was in full swing.
The+Carol+Service
access_time5 months ago
For the christmas edition of the programme, Roy Jenkins looks at the enduring appeal of the traditional carol service.

Attendances at other times of year may be down but carol services appear to be growing in popularity - and not only in churches and chapels.

What’s behind their enduring appeal? Why do people turn up and sing their hearts out? And how much does faith play a part?

Taking part in the programme are:

St Fagan's Museum of Welsh Life
Bargoed Salvation Army Band
Graham Kendrick
The Clink Restaurant, Cardiff and Ebeneser Chapel, Cardiff
The Dean of Brecon
160th (Welsh) Brigade
Victory Church, Cwmbran
Annual+Book+Review+2019
access_time6 months ago
Roy Jenkins and guests gather for the annual All Things Considered book review programme and introduce us to some astonishing people. There is the Welsh surgeon who’s risked his life in combat zones from Afghanistan to Congo, from Syria to Darfur, mending broken bodies and inspiring younger medics.

Also political reformers, one of the greatest novelists in the English language, and some of the most influential thinkers in the story of the Christian church. They’re not exactly in the studio with Roy, but - the next best thing - they feature in our annual pre-Christmas book review programme.

Joining Roy Jenkins are Dr Joanna Penberthy, Bishop of St Davids; George Craig, former civil servant and a regular voice with Weekend Word on Radio Wales Breakfast and historian Dr Elin Jones who among other things is Life President of the mental health charity Hafal.

The books discussed:
War Doctor: Surgery on the front line, by David Nott
A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier
Luminaries: Twenty lives that illuminate the Christian way by Rowan Williams

Our guests’ choices:
Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan,
Mary and Early Christian Women: Hidden Leadership by Ally Kateusz
The River Arth’s Magic by Philip Huckin, Cyril Jones, David Austin
Annual+Film+Review+2019
access_time6 months ago
Forget the Oscars, the Emmys, the Baftas, this is the occasion which should set Hollywood trembling. Roy Jenkins presents the annual BBC Radio Wales All Things Considered film review programme.

There is usually a bewildering range on offer for a night out at the pictures, and more again for curling up with at home through DVDs or streaming services. But we’ve been on the lookout for a few films which reflect in some way on religious faith, or on moral and ethical issues. Our choices feature much celebrated figures, from William Shakespeare to the American preacher’s daughter dubbed the queen of soul; and also a simple character who might have as much to say to us as either of them.

The films we’ve discussed:

Happy as Lazaro Cert 12A
Amazing Grace Cert U
All is True Cert 12

Our guests’ choices:
Eighth grade Cert 12
Toy Story Cert U
Vice Cert 12
Christmas+Adverts
access_time6 months ago
Christmas adverts have now become a phenomenon in their own right, but what have a talking carrot or a green dragon to do with the Christmas story? At the start of Advent Roy Jenkins discusses the latest ads with former copy writer Rhidian Brook, Myfanwy Alexander, Gethin Russell Jones and Rev Dr Trevor Dennis.
Archbishop+John+Sentamu
access_time6 months ago
The Hay Winter Festival lands this weekend - and one of the key speakers there will be the Most Reverend Dr John Sentamu, now in his final year as Archbishop of York. He's there to talk about his new book, Wake Up to Advent.

Born in Uganda when it was a British protectorate, the 6th of 13 children, John Sentamu became a lawyer and a High Court judge by the age of 24. He had to flee the country with his bride of three weeks when he was targeted by the notorious president Idi Amin.

He got to Britain, studied at Cambridge, prepared for the priesthood, became a bishop in London and then Birmingham, before becoming Archbishop of York in 2005. Passionate both about sharing his faith and about social justice, he’s known for straight talking and imaginative ventures in mission.

Roy Jenkins talks to Archbishop Sentamu about his life in Uganda and the UK, the importance of forgiveness in response to racism, and his hopes for the future.
Lots%2C+Luck+and+Providence
access_time7 months ago
'It could be you' was the slogan for the National Lottery when it launched 25 years ago. Roy Jenkins looks at the notion of luck, and discusses whether it has any place in the lives of people of faith. And can we become 'lucky'? His guests include psychologist Dr Matthew Smith, Hindu theologian Akhandadhi Das, pastor Stephen Clark and theologian Rev Dr Jordan Hillebert.
The+Berlin+Wall
access_time7 months ago
Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Roy Jenkins discusses the impact of that event on religious practice and cultural identity in the countries of eastern Europe. His guests include former East German Sven Lauch, Fr Artur Strzepka, Tobias Cremer and Geraldine Fagan.
Rhiannon+Lloyd
access_time7 months ago
Psychiatrist Dr Rhiannon Lloyd from has brought together sworn enemies in countries such as Rwanda, Ukraine and Congo. She talks to Roy Jenkins about her life, her faith, and her work in the field of reconciliation.
Garin+Jenkins
access_time7 months ago
Another chance to hear former Wales hooker Garin Jenkins talking to Roy Jenkins about his life, rugby career and Christian faith. This programme was first broadcast in 2015.
Modern+Slavery
access_time8 months ago
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 Betteridge, Director of Anti-trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Salvation Army; and photographer and youth pastor Jane Lasonder, who is based in Penarth. This programme was first broadcast in June 2019.
Holding+on+to+Hope
access_time8 months ago
The community of Llantwit Major and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast parish have seen a number of tragedies in recent years. Roy Jenkins visits the ancient church to find out about an initiative to foster greater awareness of mental health issues, and speaks to members of the church who have direct experience of caring for suicidal people and their families.
Contemporary+hymn+writer+Stuart+Townend
access_time8 months ago
Roy Jenkins guest is Stuart Townend, writer of some of the best-loved hymns and worship songs being sung around the world. They’re part of the musical landscape for churches of many traditions. And if his name isn’t familiar…his music certainly is. He is the man behind such modern day classics as ‘In Christ Alone’, ‘How Deep the Father’s Love for Us’ and ‘Beautiful Saviour’.

Stuart Townend’s compositions are credited with what some see as a combination rare in current writing for Christian worship - both theological depth and poetic expression…to go with singable tunes. He travels the world leading worship and performing, and he’s regularly in Wales.

This programme was originally broadcast in November 2018
Japan+and+Religion
access_time8 months ago
Roy Jenkins discusses the place of religious traditions in modern Japan. With the help of a panel of experts, Roy discusses the difference between Shinto and Buddhism, the place of Christianity in this society of 125 million people, and the emergence of certain cults. The contributors include Dr Erica Baffelli, Dr Christopher Hood, Kiyo Roddis and Nathanael Ayling.
Elvis+and+the+Gospel
access_time9 months ago
Porthcawl is gearing up for its 15th annual Elvis festival: thousands will be in town for the unmistakeable music, and also looking out for 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 have a particular reason for devotion to the King of rock and roll – they find it in his gospel music.

Roy Jenkins asks whether gospel music reveal the real Elvis; how important his faith was to him; and to what extent his music has a spiritual impact on those who hear it.

Featuring in the programme are:

Rev Wynne Roberts, 2018 winner of the Best Gospel Elvis
Juan Lazano, MD of the Porthcawl Elvis Festival's house band
Lorraine King, singer and songwriter
Rev Martin Gillard, minister of Gilgal baptist church, Porthcawl.
Community+House
access_time9 months ago
50 years ago a Presbyterian Church in Maindee, Newport, embarked on a bold experiment to engage with the surrounding community. Nowadays, it finds itself in one of the most diverse districts of Wales. Roy Jenkins meets some of the church's few remaining members, and finds out about their enormous range of initiatives to bring the multi-faith community together, realising the vision of the late Cyril Summers.
Transgender+Christians
access_time9 months ago
Male and female he created them - so says the first chapter of the Bible, but what if you feel you have been born into the wrong body? Roy Jenkins explores the issue of transgender and Christianity through the eyes of the Church in Wales' first ever transgender priest, Sarah Jones, and to 'Carol', the Baptist mother of a child, 'Jackson', who is transitioning from female to male.
Padraig+O%E2%80%99Tuama+%E2%80%93+Poetry+at+the+Heart+of+Everything
access_time9 months ago
Earlier this year, poet and theologian Padraig O’Tuama completed a five-year term as leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organisation. People visit from around the world to learn some of the lessons forged in the bitterness of the Northern Irish conflict.

In this edition of All Things Considered, he speaks to Roy Jenkins about religion, conflict and the importance of poetry

His poetry has been described by one reviewer as ‘lyrical, soulful, often achingly honest highly recommended for spiritual travellers in need of a tonic.’ But that tonic can have quite a kick to it. Another writer finds it comforting - wonderful even - but warns readers to be prepared to be confronted and challenged as well.

Padraig O’Tuama will be speaking at the Gladfest event at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, in Flintshire on September 6th.
Quiet+Gardens
access_time9 months ago
The Quiet Garden movement was founded by Philip Roderick just over 25 years ago. The idea grew from his experiences as a Christian pilgrim in Wales, and now includes hundreds of gardens across the world. Quiet Gardens spring up wherever individuals, organisations, or communities feel inspired to join the movement by opening their garden to all for reflection, rest, and inspiration.
In this programme, first broadcast in June 2018, Mary Stallard finds out about three very different Quiet Gardens here in Wales, and their healing impact.
God%E2%80%99s+Biker+-+Sean+Stillman
access_time10 months ago
On All Things Considered this week, there’s another chance to hear a programme first broadcast in 2012 in which Roy Jenkins’ meets the man behind one of the most distinctive places of worship in Wales.

He arrives on his Harley Davidson. Leather-clad bikers usually make up at least part of the congregation. And alongside them are many men and women grappling with problems which make them all too familiar with life on the streets. This is Zac’s Place, which describes itself as A Church for Ragamuffins, ‘a place of glorious chaos and complicated beauty.’

Here there is a coffee bar and a soup kitchen, daily breakfast for the city’s rough sleepers, and the major attraction on offer is warmth and tolerance for people who might rarely find it elsewhere.

And the man behind it all is Sean Stillman, the Harley Davidson-riding preacher who in July 2019 became the International President of the Christian motorcycle club ‘God’s Squad’.
Dilys+Price+OBE
access_time10 months ago
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 had fallen foul of the Nazis at the 1933 Berlin Olympics. A whirlwind romance in the 1950s saw her marry the man she'd got engaged to on the evening they first met, and on retiring from a career as a dance teacher and educator she founded the Touch Trust in the late 1990s, just in time to become part of the new Wales Millennium Centre.

She says she has a mission to spread joy and eliminate fear; and in this week's programme Mary Stallard meets her to talk about her journey of faith through the - sometimes literal - ups and downs of a remarkable life.

This programme was first broadcast in September 2018.
Worldwide+bestselling+author+Alexander+McCall+Smith
access_time10 months ago
It is twenty years since one of the world’s best-loved fictional crime-fighters cracked her first case. Precious Ramotswe, founder of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, cheerful, gentle and armed with canny intuition, has now appeared in eighteen books set in Botswana, selling a staggering 20 million copies in English alone, and translated into more than 46 languages.

Her creator, Alexander McCall Smith, has received huge praise from critics, not least because they find her charm a reflection of his. As one put it:

“If he has a raging ego, extreme vanity or hopeless insecurity, or, indeed, any of the other traditional writerly frailties, Alexander McCall Smith keeps them well hidden. He is charming, avuncular, a global publishing phenomenon who looks like a Rotary Club chairman.” (The Times, March 15th 2008)

He might have made Precious Ramotswe Botswana’s most famous sleuth, but he sets much of his prolific output in his home city of Edinburgh, including the 44 Scotland Street series and the Sunday Philosophy Club. There are also more than 30 children’s books, a string of stand-alone novels, and various non-fiction titles, quite apart from his academic work as a professor of medical law.

This edition of All Things Considered was first broadcast in May 2018
Royal+Welsh+Show
access_time10 months ago
Roy Jenkins reports from the 100th Royal Welsh Show to see how churches and faith communities are addressing some of the issues facing farmers in today's uncertain times. He speaks to members of the Show's chaplaincy team, to the Lady Ambassador, and to a working farmer who is trying to plant micro churches among the farming community.
Forest+Church
access_time11 months ago
There’s a palpable sense of urgency around environmental issues in public dialogue, often reflected by a desire to live in closer sympathy with nature: many religious traditions find inspiration and resources for this in their scriptures and prayers relating to creation.

In 2012, the Forest Church movement was founded in Wales. It's now become a worldwide phenomenon, and is a leading part of a growing movement exploring green expressions of the Christian faith.

In this programme, Mary Stallard visits a Forest Church training retreat held at Cae Mabon in Snowdonia, and hears from Bruce Stanley, co-founder of the Forest Church movement; and Maria Nita, an academic who's been studying Green Christianity for many years.
Space+Exploration+and+Faith
access_time11 months ago
Fifty years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first walked on the moon, Roy Jenkins explores some of the fascinating links between space exploration and religious faith. This includes the Welsh bishop who first conceived of a manned mission to the moon; the story of the first ever communion service to be conducted on the surface of the moon; and the deep and continuing relationship between NASA and Webster Presbyterian Church in Houston. New discoveries about the cosmos are having a profound effect on our understanding of our place within it.
John+Bell
access_time11 months ago
Ahead of a visit to Cardiff next weekend where he’s leading workshops at the Llandaff and Monmouth Festival of Prayer, Roy Jenkins meets 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, he 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 grass roots” – and to that end he’s produced an ever-growing list of hymns which have been taken up around the world, many of them with a distinctly Scottish melodic flavour.

Roy Jenkins talks to him about his life, work , and passions.
Investiture%4050
access_time11 months ago
For many in Wales the Investiture was a delight; for others, a provocation. Half a century later, we live in a very different country, and a very different world. Can we imagine a future Investiture on that scale? Or indeed imagine the kind of Coronation which the Queen enjoyed, and the survival of notions of a monarchy sanctioned by divine ordinance? Roy Jenkins discusses the future of the monarchy, and its religious status, with a panel of guests, all of whom have their own memories of the occasion. Revd Marcus Wyn Robinson was a schoolboy guide to Caernarfon Castle; Mansel Jones was a reporter for the Western Mail. The Guardian's former Royal Correspondent Stephen Bates was a schoolboy, as was Alun Lenny, who recalls a fervid atmosphere of protest.
Modern+Slavery
access_time12 months ago
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 Betteridge, Director of Anti-trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Salvation Army; and photographer and youth pastor Jane Lasonder, who is based in Penarth.
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