80 episodes

A podcast about the things we hold sacred ,and how to talk to people different from ourselves.

The Sacred Podcast The Sacred Podcast

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9, 91 Ratings

A podcast about the things we hold sacred ,and how to talk to people different from ourselves.

    #70 Adam Wagner

    #70 Adam Wagner

    Adam is a human rights barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, a visiting professor at Goldsmiths University, Chair of the human rights charity EachOther, and host of the Better Human Podcast.

    In this episode he speaks about why he is nervous of the concept of the sacred, his Jewish religious practice, how human rights frameworks temper our worst selves, and why he is still a fan of Twitter.

    • 39 min
    #69 Mary Harrington

    #69 Mary Harrington

    Mary is a writer and columnist for Unherd. She writes about how we navigate family life in an age of radical individualism, the emerging backlash against the regressive left and the crisis in modern democracy.

    In this episode she speaks about the influence of her Steiner school, the negative impact of post-modernism on her mental health, the challenges of speaking about motherhood in public, and what drew her to post-liberalism.

    • 44 min
    #68 Jay Hulme

    #68 Jay Hulme

    Jay is an award-winning transgender performance poet, speaker and educator. Alongside his writing and regular performances he teaches in schools and speaks at events and conferences on the importance of transgender inclusion and rights. This year Jay contributed a chapter to 'The Book of Queer Prophets' a collection of 21 essays on the intersection of LGBT+ identity and religious faith, curated by previous guest Ruth Hunt.

    In this episode Jay speaks about why poems give us permission to really feel things, why he thinks debates about transgender issues are currently so fraught and how he found faith after swearing at God in a cathedral.

    • 50 min
    #67 Alistair Burt

    #67 Alistair Burt

    Alistair is a British politician who served as MP for his native Bury North in Greater Manchester from 1983 until 1997 and for North East Bedfordshire from 2001-2019, when he was one of the 20 Conservative MPS to have the party whip withdrawn by Boris Johnson. He was Minister of State for the Department of Health in 2015-2016 and Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office from 2017-2019.

    In this episode Alistair speaks about the dangers of polarisation, his Christian faith and why he thinks being a moderate isn’t just a cop out.

    • 36 min
    The Sacred Reflections: Democracy and Non-Violence

    The Sacred Reflections: Democracy and Non-Violence

    Our next episode of The Sacred Reflections is with Shadi Hamid. Shadi, who was our guest on episode 31 of The Sacred, is a political scientist and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, in their Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World in the Center for Middle East Policy.

    In this episode he speaks to Elizabeth about how this pandemic is revealing our individual and national characters, and how full obedience to an enforced lockdown would feel almost impossible for the American public character. This episode also features a short reflection from Iona on the difference between knowledge and wisdom.

    We would love to hear how you are processing this season, if this crisis has crystallised or even changed what you hold sacred, and what it might tell us about our collective sacred values. You can send us your thoughts in a voice note to 07778160052 or you can email us at sacredpodcast@gmail.com and we may use your reflections at the end of an episode. Please keep your responses to under a minute and a half if you can.

    • 25 min
    #66 Glynn Harrison

    #66 Glynn Harrison

    Glynn was former Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Bristol where he was also a practising psychiatrist. He is a past President of the International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology and acted as an advisor to the WHO. He is also the author of ‘A Better Story: God, Sex and Human Flourishing’ and ‘The Big Ego Trip: Finding True Significance in a Culture of Self–esteem’.

    In this episode he speaks to Elizabeth Oldfield about his career in psychiatry, his concerns about the self–esteem movement and what Christians can learn from the sexual revolution.

    During the pandemic we are releasing short extra episodes called ‘The Sacred Reflections’ in response to the strange times we are living through. Former guests are returning to reflect on how they are processing this season, if this crisis has crystallised or even changed what they hold sacred, and what it might tell us about our collective sacred values.

    We would love to hear your responses to these same questions. You can send us your thoughts in a voice note to 07778160052 or you can email us at sacredpodcast@gmail.com. Please keep your responses to under a minute and a half if you can.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
91 Ratings

91 Ratings

Cate C72 ,

Really makes you think!

I discovered this at the start of lockdown and it is hands down my favourite. I love the space that is created to really try and understand someone in their own terms without feeling the need to argue them down or agree with them. When I’ve been tempted to skip an episode (because I really do disagree/object to the person featured) I’ve always been glad I persevered and chastened by the fact I’ve been challenged to think when listening to their ideas- which is the whole point.

streathamhill ,

Elizabeth in therapy?

This is a great podcast! It’s fascinating to hear Elizabeth Oldfield’s stream of consciousness reflections on her doubts and personal struggles, punctuated every now and then by a question to her invited guest.

Marcus Jeffers ,

Thought provoking

This is well worth listening to. Elizabeth asks good probing question, and guests respond well to this. Good range of participants too. A valuable input in today’s times, thank you.

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