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News, interviews, book reviews, and discussion each week from the Church Times - the world's leading newspaper on faith and the Church.

    Karen Gibson on her mother's experience of discrimination — and an apology which brought healing

    Karen Gibson on her mother's experience of discrimination — and an apology which brought healing

    This week’s podcast guest is Karen Gibson, the founder and director of the Kingdom Choir.

    She wrote for the Church Times last week about how her mother, a member of the Windrush generation, was asked not to return to a C of E church 50 years ago, but recently received an impassioned apology from its new vicar.

    Karen talks to Ed Thornton about her mother’s reaction to the apology and the conversations that still need to happen within the Church to combat racism, as well as how the members of her choir have leaned on each other during lockdown.

    “We are wired for connection and community. We are wired to reach out and touch somebody. To hold, to hug; that is what we are wired for.”

    Podcast edited by Serena Long

    Picture credit: PA

    • 15 min
    Malcolm Guite: Whole-hearted Loving: a poetic exploration of the love of God and neighbour

    Malcolm Guite: Whole-hearted Loving: a poetic exploration of the love of God and neighbour

    This week, we bring a talk given by Malcolm Guite at the sixth Church Times Festival of Faith and Literature, in Oxfordshire, in February.

    Drawing on some of his own sonnets from his collection, Parable and Paradox (Canterbury Press, 2016), and on the work of Donne and Herbert, Malcolm explores the two great commandments, and, more widely, the call and response of love in the Christian life.

    His most recent poetry collection is After Prayer (Canterbury Press).

    Watch Malcolm’s other talk at the festival, with Roger Wagner, here.

    Malcolm Guite is well-known to Church Times readers for his weekly Poet’s Corner column. The second collection of columns, Heaven in Ordinary, will published on 20 September by Canterbury Press.

    Podcast edited by Serena Long.

    Picture credit: KT Bruce

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    • 58 min
    Ysenda Maxtone Graham on clergy holidays and the significance of the school summer break

    Ysenda Maxtone Graham on clergy holidays and the significance of the school summer break

    On this week’s podcast, Ed Thornton talks to Ysenda Maxtone Graham about her new book, British Summer Time Begins: The school summer holidays 1930-1980 (Little, Brown) (Church Times Bookshop £17.10).

    Ysenda has written a piece on holidays and churchgoing for this week’s Church Times. They discuss Christian house-swaps and clergy holidays, as well as how much the school summer holiday experience has changed.

    “A typical day out meant going somewhere in the fresh air that didn’t charge for entry. . . I like to think that in this coronavirus time we’ve sort of relearned that — the joy of non-materialism.”

    British Summer Time Begins is reviewed here by the Ven. Dr Lyle Dennen.

    “This book would be an interesting read during any summer, to see how the British had been, how children were treated, what people’s values and lifestyles were, the relationship between the sexes, how the class structure functioned, and what people’s hopes and fears were. Read in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, it has a gripping, questioning, and slightly surreal quality.”

    Podcast edited by Serena Long.

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    • 19 min
    How have churchgoers coped during the pandemic? Leslie Francis and Andrew Village

    How have churchgoers coped during the pandemic? Leslie Francis and Andrew Village

    The Coronavirus, Church & You survey was set up to assess experiences of and responses to the Covid-19 pandemic among churchgoers in the UK.

    In this week’s podcast, Church Times editor Paul Handley discusses the results of the survey with its creators, the Revd Andrew Village, Professor of Practical and Empirical Theology, and Canon Leslie J. Francis, Visiting Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, both at York St John University.

    They consider levels of stress and spiritual well-being during lockdown, the highs and lows of online worship, and give insights from clergy and lay people, Evangelicals, and Anglo-Catholics.

    “Clergy are interesting. . . If you look at lay people, they were less stressed, but they were less happy. Clergy reported better spiritual wellbeing, but more stress.”

    You can still take part in the survey: https://yorksj.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cAYhUS8YSvn0ir3

    Podcast edited by Serena Long

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    • 18 min
    Jessica Martin: Scripture as conversation

    Jessica Martin: Scripture as conversation

    On the podcast this week, Canon Jessica Martin reads an extract from her much-anticipated new book, Holiness and Desire: What makes us who we are?

    The extract is published in this week’s Church Times (3 July).

    “Trusting the scriptures is not wilful blindness, but a speaking act of love. Because of love, I believe that the power of a medieval anonymous lyric to move me to tears signals an authentic rather than an historically naïf response. Because of love, I believe that a paradisal early memory of playing with my brother on a carpet of cherry blossom is a present earnest of the joys of heaven, not a corrupted image of a lost event. The fount of all these is the same as the belief which turns me towards my spouse trustfully rather than in suspicion.

    “As with my spouse, I pursue my relationship with scripture assuming that the process of becoming which led to this communicative moment will, in the end, fulfil and not betray my trust — not because it is a history of perfection (that’s true neither of writing nor of people), but because love underpins the conversation; love makes it possible.”

    The Revd Dr Jessica Martin is a Canon Residentiary of Ely Cathedral.

    Holiness and Desire: What makes us who we are? is published by Canterbury Press at £16.99 (Church Times Bookshop £15.30).

    Picture credit: ©David Hartley/Church Times

    Podcast edited by Serena Long

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    • 10 min
    Theology Slam 2020: the finalists' talks

    Theology Slam 2020: the finalists' talks

    The final of Theology Slam 2020, a competition to find engaging young voices who think theologically about the contemporary world, took place online on Tuesday 23 June.

    On this week’s podcast, you can hear the talks of the three finalists, who spoke on Theology and Disability, Theology and #MeToo, and Theology and Race.

    “‘Where are you?’ is the cry of the human spirit to God. It’s written on the placards of protestors; it’s whispered by the survivor of sexual abuse.”

    The winner was Augustine Tanner-Ihm, who spoke about the Church’s responsibility to work towards a “radical new Christian inclusion”, his own experience of racism within the Church, and the importance of belonging. Augustine was previously interviewed on the podcast.

    “Accessibility is being able to get into the building. Diversity is getting invited to the table. Inclusion is having a voice at the table. But belonging is having your voice heard at the table.”

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    • 26 min

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