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Things Unseen grapples with a spiritual climate that no longer conforms to orderly patterns – with fewer of us attracted to formal religion, but many still believing that there’s more out there than meets the eye. Thought-provoking speech radio for people of faith – and those who just feel intrigued by the spiritual dimension to life.

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    • 4.4, 14 Ratings

Things Unseen grapples with a spiritual climate that no longer conforms to orderly patterns – with fewer of us attracted to formal religion, but many still believing that there’s more out there than meets the eye. Thought-provoking speech radio for people of faith – and those who just feel intrigued by the spiritual dimension to life.

    Phone Prayers and PPE

    Phone Prayers and PPE

    Sarah Niyazi was pleased to get her husband, Arif, home from hospital in February, following treatment for a severe autoimmune condition. Within days they were both ill, but her husband was worse. Struggling to breathe he went back into hospital, one of the earliest UK cases of COVID-19.

    Mark Dowd hears from Sarah about how the following days played out, and from Muslim hospital chaplain Rehanah Sadiq, who was ‘like an angel sent by God’, Sarah says.

    • 29 min
    Ramadan In Lockdown

    Ramadan In Lockdown

    Journalist Remona Aly speaks to Islam scholar Abdal Hakim Murad, also known as Dr Tim Winter, about how to navigate the very different kind of Ramadan experience that Covid-19 brings – including how to cope with having to abandon traditional rituals and customs, and how to find spiritual meaning in a global pandemic.

    • 42 min
    The Last Shall Be First

    The Last Shall Be First

    In self-isolation at her new home in Virginia, former BBC religious affairs correspondent Jane Little reflects on whether the coronavirus pandemic could be a portal to a new world: one in which the poor and marginalized will finally get their fair share.

    • 5 min
    An Easter Like No Other

    An Easter Like No Other

    With churches closed and the coronavirus lockdown firmly in place, the UK faces a very different Easter this year. More and more people each day experience the sudden loss of a friend or family member. Others fear deeply for loved ones who are elderly or vulnerable. So how does the Easter story of death and resurrection help at this traumatic time, indeed does it help at all? Emily Buchanan talks to two remarkable women who have survived terrible sudden bereavement.

    • 29 min
    The Face Of God

    The Face Of God

    Among the saddest stories to come out of the coronavirus crisis so far is that of 13-year-old Ismail, who died without seeing the loving faces of his family around him. In this short reflection, Mark Dowd, a Catholic, considers the importance of seeing a loving face when you are close to death. Even Jesus on the cross saw his mother Mary standing and gazing up to him in his agony. So what hope is there in the Christian message this Easter time, with the families of the sick in lockdown?

    • 5 min
    When Disaster Strikes

    When Disaster Strikes

    Former BBC correspondent Mike Wooldridge has reported first hand on many of the world’s worst disasters of the last few decades, from the famine in Ethiopia to the AIDS epidemic in Uganda. In this short reflection, Mike draws his own lessons for the coronavirus pandemic: we should place the African concept of Ubuntu – a strong sense of our common humanity - at the centre of our response.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Kristine, Series Editor ,

More to life than the material world

We created this podcast because there are large numbers of people out there who are intrigued by matters spiritual, whether or not they identify with a religious community. Our aim is to serve people of all faiths and none and engage them in conversations about the big questions in life - while at the same time telling spellbinding stories!

Lenore B ,

Rare indeed

Intelligent speech podcasts about faith which neither condemn it nor proselytise are a rare beast indeed. Things Unseen has managed to be just that. Please carry on - and don't let yourselves be dragged into any one faith's camp!

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