174 episodes

The Sacred is a podcast about our deepest values, the stories that shape us and how we can build empathy and understanding between people who are very different.

Each episode features a conversation with someone who has a public voice, from academics to journalists, playwrights and politicians. We ask them where they have come from, what they are trying to do and what might help heal our very divided public conversations.

The Sacred is hosted by Elizabeth Oldfield, former director of Theos think tank.

For more information about the people and ideas behind the podcast, visit https://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/about/who-we-are or follow us on Twitter @theosthinktank, @sacred_podcast and @ESOldfield.

The Sacred Theos think tank

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 18 Ratings

The Sacred is a podcast about our deepest values, the stories that shape us and how we can build empathy and understanding between people who are very different.

Each episode features a conversation with someone who has a public voice, from academics to journalists, playwrights and politicians. We ask them where they have come from, what they are trying to do and what might help heal our very divided public conversations.

The Sacred is hosted by Elizabeth Oldfield, former director of Theos think tank.

For more information about the people and ideas behind the podcast, visit https://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/about/who-we-are or follow us on Twitter @theosthinktank, @sacred_podcast and @ESOldfield.

    How to Become Fully Alive with Elizabeth Oldfield

    How to Become Fully Alive with Elizabeth Oldfield

    Elizabeth Oldfield, writer and host of The Sacred podcast, alongside The Sacred producer Daniel Turner introduce a brand new series of The Sacred. Themed around her latest book ‘Fully Alive’, Elizabeth speaks about finding steadiness in our turbulent times, community and the desperate need for a rebranding of the word ‘sin’. She also discusses her hopes and fears for the release of her book.

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    💡 Produced by the Theos Think Tank: www.theosthinktank.co.uk/

    • 37 min
    Elizabeth Oldfield on Values, Vulnerability, and the Limitations of Social Media

    Elizabeth Oldfield on Values, Vulnerability, and the Limitations of Social Media

    This series of The Sacred Elizabeth spoke with eight fascinating individuals about their core values, and how the messages, philosophies and experiences from their childhood shaped them into the people they are today.

    She spoke with Greg Wise, Clementine Morrigan, Chris Packham, Katherine May, Freddie Sayers, Elizabeth Alker, Sunder Katwala and Jonathan Haidt.

    In this reflection episode, Elizabeth takes a look back at all these conversations and dwells on a couple key threads that were prominent throughout.

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    The Sacred is a podcast produced by the think tank Theos. Be sure to connect with us below to stay up-to-date with all our content, research and events.

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    Reading Our Times: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/reading-our-times/id1530952185

    • 17 min
    Jonathan Haidt on Religion, Psychedelics and the Anxious Generation

    Jonathan Haidt on Religion, Psychedelics and the Anxious Generation

    Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist, author and professor at New York University Stern School of Business. He is the author of a number of highly influential books including The Happiness Hypothesis (2006), The Righteous Mind (2012), The Coddling of the American Mind (2018), and The Anxious Generation (2024).

    Jonathan spoke about the importance of truth, his atheism, experiences of using psychedelics, and why he thinks we are over protecting children in the physical world and under protecting them and in digital and online spaces.

    Read the full transcript here: https://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/comment/2024/03/27/jonathan-haidt-on-religion-psychedelics-and-the-anxious-generation

    Learn more about The Anxious Generation here: https://www.anxiousgeneration.com/
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    Subscribe (for free) to his Substack After Babel here: https://www.afterbabel.com/
    Follow Jonathan on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/JonHaidt

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    CHECK OUT OUR PODCASTS

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    Reading Our Times: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/reading-our-times/id1530952185

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Sunder Katwala on Race, Identity and Reimagining Patriotism

    Sunder Katwala on Race, Identity and Reimagining Patriotism

    Sunder Katwala is the Director of the think tank, British Future. who have worked on issues such as immigration and identity. He was formerly General Secretary of the Fabian Society, and before that, he was a journalist and a leader writer for The Observer.

    Sunder spoke about growing up Irish Catholic, why he's broadly optimistic about the trajectory around race and identity in the UK, and why football is so central to who he is.

    You can buy Sunder's book How to be a Patriot here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Patriot-country-British-culture/dp/0008553866#:~:text=Book%20overview&text=How%20to%20be%20a%20Patriot%20offers%20a%20new%20way%20of,some%20questions%20to%20work%20through.

    Read the full transcript here: https://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/comment/2024/03/20/sunder-katwala-on-race-identity-and-reimagining-patriotism

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    The Sacred is a podcast produced by the think tank Theos. Be sure to connect with us below to stay up-to-date with all our content, research and events.

    CONNECT WITH THE SACRED

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/sacred_podcast
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    CONNECT WITH ELIZABETH OLDFIELD

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ESOldfield
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elizabethsaraholdfield/
    Substack: https://morefullyalive.substack.com/

    CONNECT WITH THEOS

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    Website: https://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/

    CHECK OUT OUR PODCASTS

    The Sacred: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-sacred/id1326888108
    Reading Our Times: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/reading-our-times/id1530952185

    • 56 min
    Elizabeth Alker on Fairness, Foster Care, and Accent Stigma

    Elizabeth Alker on Fairness, Foster Care, and Accent Stigma

    Elizabeth Alker is a BBC Radio 3 presenter, and previously spent several years working at BBC Radio 6 Music.

    Elizabeth spoke about growing up with parents who fostered, the role of faith in her life, fairness as a sacred value and her reflections on being northern.

    Read the full transcript here: https://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/comment/2024/03/13/elizabeth-alker-on-fairness-foster-care-and-accent-stigma

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    The Sacred is a podcast produced by the think tank Theos. Be sure to connect with us below to stay up-to-date with all our content, research and events.

    CONNECT WITH THE SACRED

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/sacred_podcast
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sacred_podcast/

    CONNECT WITH ELIZABETH OLDFIELD

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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elizabethsaraholdfield/
    Substack: https://morefullyalive.substack.com/

    CONNECT WITH THEOS

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    Website: https://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/

    CHECK OUT OUR PODCASTS

    The Sacred: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-sacred/id1326888108
    Reading Our Times: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/reading-our-times/id1530952185

    • 56 min
    Freddie Sayers on Political Tribalism and Questioning the Status Quo

    Freddie Sayers on Political Tribalism and Questioning the Status Quo

    Freddie Sayers is Editor-in-Chief of UnHerd and host of the podcast UnHerd with Freddie Sayers. He was the former Editor-in-Chief of YouGov and founder of Politics Home.

    Freddie spoke about his sacred value of beauty, his unconventional path into political journalism, why he began to question some of the underlying logic and culture of liberalism, his outspoken criticism of lockdown policy's during COVID-19, and how he navigates being unorthodox and questioning without descending into tribalism.

    Read the full transcript here: https://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/comment/2024/03/06/freddie-sayers-on-political-tribalism-and-questioning-the-status-quo

    ** Listen to Freddie's podcast UnHerd with Freddie Sayers here https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/unherd-with-freddie-sayers/id1540134798

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    The Sacred is a podcast produced by the think tank Theos. Be sure to connect with us below to stay up-to-date with all our content, research and events.

    CONNECT WITH THE SACRED

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/sacred_podcast
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sacred_podcast/

    CONNECT WITH ELIZABETH OLDFIELD

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ESOldfield
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elizabethsaraholdfield/
    Substack: https://morefullyalive.substack.com/

    CONNECT WITH THEOS

    Theos monthly newsletter: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/d/E9E17CAB71AC7464
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    Website: https://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/

    CHECK OUT OUR PODCASTS

    The Sacred: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-sacred/id1326888108
    Reading Our Times: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/reading-our-times/id1530952185

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

kathryn.elizabeth71 ,

Like taking a deep breath

Sacred podcast is my favorite new discovery for 2023 and it will take a bit to budge it from that spot. Every episode is so thought provoking, in fact provoking at times at every level. Listening to people not like me raises all sorts of interesting and confronting feelings. I find Elizabeth’s ability to articulate and ask questions I’d want to ask, and give people space a true gift.

Chancod ,

Not promising

I tried listening to one episode of this series. The interviewer talked for long that I gave up all hope of hearing anything useful.
No more for me.

Sadwood ,

Deeply needed

This has been a revelation to me and has had a profound impact on my spiritual imagination. Elizabeth's multiple intelligences and her facility with language is food for the soul.

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