Religious affairs programme, tackling the thornier issues of the day in a thought-provoking manner
Waiting at shops, waiting for a vaccine, grappling with changing rules... we're often reminded these days that 'patience is a virtue'. But how important a virtue is it? Roy Jenkins talks to some people whose patience has been tested to extremes, and who have all managed to overcome their natural impatience. Rev'd Shirley Murphy has patiently put up with racism, whilst Rev'd Zoe Heming has had to bear chronic pain. Special needs teacher Myra Harris talks about the patience required in her job of teaching young autistic and non-verbal children, (not to mention teaching piano to young students!) whilst theologian Paul Dafydd Jones has become so fascinated by the various uses, and misuses of the term in Christian theology, that he's writing a two-volume work on the subject.
Lord Jonathan Sachs
All Things Considered on BBC Radio Wales today marks the death of one of Britain’s most influential religious leaders.
Lord Jonathan Sacks was Chief Rabbi for 22 years, widely honoured far beyond his own community as an intellectual giant, an original thinker making profound teachings accessible to non-specialists.
More than 20 books and many lecture tours gave him a global audience; millions listened to his regular broadcasts; and his views were widely sought.
As Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of the Commonwealth, he carried responsibility for most Orthodox Jews, and walked some very difficult lines. But he persisted in setting out what he believed it meant to be Jewish.
Roy Jenkins met Jonathan Sachs in 2009 when he published his book ‘Future Tense – a vision for Jews and Judaism in the global culture’.
Remembrance at a Time of Pandemic
Is now the time to start to remember all those men and women who have given their lives in service to others (doctors, nurses, police officers and others) as well as those who have served in the armed forces? Roy Jenkins explores the the significance and expression of remembrance during the current restrictions, and talks to a number of people from around Wales, including writer and artist Ted Harrison, Rev'd Zoe King, Professor Uzo Iwobi, Rev'd Euryl Howells, and undertaker Alan James.
Agreeing to disagree and the health of democracy
250 years ago this November, the Methodist John Wesley preached a sermon in which he popularised that phrase: “agree to disagree”. The idea that those with opposing points of view can co-exist within a system, has always been essential for democracy to work. In both the US and the UK, the democratic practices of churches had a significant impact on the development of our contemporary political systems.
But there’s a growing sense today of polarisation in democracies around the world, epitomised by this year’s particularly bitter US election battle. What’s happened to our ability to agree to disagree? What could we learn from those democratically pioneering churchmen, and does a faith-driven ethic have anything to offer democracy today?
Talking to Rosa Hunt about these issues are:
Chris Anderson: social scientist, a professor in policy and politics at the London School of Economics
Gina Miller: Political campaigner
George Craig: Methodist preacher and a former senior civil servant at the Welsh Assembly
Rev Jamie Washam: Minister of the First Baptist Church in Rhode Island
Philip Jenkins: professor of history and religion at Baylor University in Texas, and a contributing editor for American Conservative Magazine
Sarah Teather: former minister in the coalition government, now the director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK
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