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Roy Jenkins and guests explore how attitudes to nuclear weapons have changed since the end of the Cold War. It’s more than thirty years since the prospect of nuclear conflict cast a shadow over world peace; prompting massive demonstrations and feeding fierce debate. When the Cold War ended we all moved on, and largely forgot the cloud which had once loomed so threateningly. Until the first week of the Ukraine invasion, when Vladimir Putin openly placed his strategic nuclear weapons forces on high alert and assumptions about peace in Europe were rocked.

The panel discuss whether nuclear weapons make the world a safer place, whether a deterrent actually deters, and with committed Christians on both sides of the debate, how do they square their different positions with their faith?

Joining the panel is Ruth Harvey, Leader of the Iona Community, an intentional Christian community working for justice and peace. She has a background in church ministry and as a mediator with Place for Hope, a charity working in mediation with faith-based organisations. Major General Tim Cross is a retired army officer. He served in the first Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan, and has been an adviser to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee. Jane Harries is Peace Education Coordinator at the Welsh Centre for International Affairs. She’s a Quaker and a key figure in Cymdeithas y Cymod, the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Martyn Gough is National Chaplain to the Royal British Legion. He was previously Archdeacon for the Royal Navy and Chaplain of the Fleet.
access_time9 days ago
Is it possible to be believe in both science and in God? Rosa Hunt discusses the issue with a panel of guests which include Nick Spencer of the Theos Institute, mathematician and physicist Rev Dr Emma Whittick, and former science teacher Rev James Tout, together with members Year 6 of Llanilltud Faerdre Primary School.
access_time16 days ago
Known as a TV chef, author of best-selling cookery books and co-owner of Norwich City FC, Delia Smith was appointed Companion of Honour in 2017 for her contribution to cooking, which coined the phrase the ‘Delia effect’, some would say making her the original influencer. A devout Catholic, her faith has guided her throughout her life, and in the 80s she published books reflecting on her relationship with God. This March she released a new book, 'You Matter', arguably a ‘recipe book for life’, in which she explores the value of the ‘examined life’. Today we are on the verge of Mental Health Awareness week, which this year focusses on tackling loneliness and barriers to connection. And in her book, Delia challenges us to engage with the deeper aspects of life, and to understand ‘what an amazing thing it is to be a person and to be part of the collective human venture.’

In their conversation, Jonathan and Delia discuss faith, philosophy and reflection, and Delia reveals her own 'no-nonsense' recipe for improving our mental well-being.
access_time23 days ago
American evangelist Franklin Graham is Roy Jenkins' guest, ahead of his 'God Loves You' preaching tour of the UK, which will include a meeting in Newport.

Franklin Graham is the elder son of the late Dr Billy Graham, the world’s most celebrated Christian evangelist of his day. It’s a tough act to follow, but for more than 20 years he’s headed up the global evangelistic organisation which bears his father’s name, preaching to more than 8 million people. For 40 years, he’s also led the related relief and development agency Samaritan’s Purse, which works in more than a hundred countries. These have long been multi-million dollar enterprises, and they give him significant influence in the United States, and take him to many places where humanitarian aid is desperately needed – most recently he was supporting teams in Ukraine.
Franklin Graham is also a controversial figure, not least because of his support for Donald Trump, and certain well publicised statements on sexuality and on Islam.
In this candid conversation, Roy Jenkins probes Franklin Graham's views on these and other issues, and also finds out what life was like growing up in the Graham household, with a father who could sometimes be away from home for as long as six months at a time.
access_time30 days ago
Roy Jenkins speaks to the Most Reverend Andrew John, the fourteenth head of the Church in Wales, to find out more about the man, and some of the challenges facing the Church he now leads.
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The small Central African state of Rwanda made a surprise reappearance in the headlines in the past few days, with government plans to use it as processing centre for people seeking asylum in the UK. They’ve been welcomed as a means of protecting borders and fighting people traffickers, but condemned by refugee support organisations as leading to ‘more human suffering, chaos and at huge expense…’ Concern has also been expressed about Rwanda’s own human rights record.

Our guest today is a survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The fighting has long since ended, but the trauma can still reach down through decades to cause continuing pain. As a child during the genocide, Jean Pierre Sibomana was maimed in an explosion which killed his mother. He’s faced many struggles, but that devastating event was eventually to help set a vision for his life. He’s in Wales this week, meeting a couple who’ve kept in touch with him since he was in a Rwandan orphanage when he was eleven.
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Roy Jenkins looks at contemporary crowd behaviour - good, bad and sometimes downright ugly - in the light of the events that led to the Crucifixion. A crowd welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday with cries of Hosanna; a crowd later called for him to be crucified. In all there are over one hundred references to crowds in the Gospels, and the anonymous crowd is at least as important in the narrative as the named protagonists. Crowds can inspire and energise us, as football fans can bear witness; but crowds can also on occasions disgust or terrify us, whether in political protests or football violence. And yet crowds can also show tremendous support, and in the context of worship a crowd of fellow believers can be a rare and precious thing. Roy's guests include historian David Ceri Jones; theologian Robert Myles; Church in Wales priest Manon Ceridwen James; Chief Inspector Stuart Bell; and journalist Paul Vallely.
access_time2 months ago
Deafness gets a pretty bad press in the Bible. But as the current series of Strictly Come Dancing demonstrates, deaf people can and do achieve great things regardless of their disability. In this programme Roy Jenkins reports on some of the remarkable members of Wales' deaf community, as they negotiate their way around Christian worship and some occasionally unwelcoming churches. We hear from Lauren Francis, a Salvation Army band member, who is progressively losing her hearing; and we hear from Rev Pat Collins, who is profoundly deaf, but who has found a voice in the hearing community through her friend and signer Liz Peters. Adam and Maria Guichard talk about setting up Deaf Church West Wales, while Rev Dr Hannah Lewis comments on deaf liberation theology. It is above all a story of ability, not disability. As Lauren Francis comments, 'I don't believe we hear only with our ears, we also hear with our hearts'.

This programmes was first broadcast in December 2021.