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A look at the ethical and religious issues of the week

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A look at the ethical and religious issues of the week

    COVID reflections; Pope Francis and civil partnerships; Bakery for refugees

    COVID reflections; Pope Francis and civil partnerships; Bakery for refugees

    As large parts of the UK enter stricter COVID restrictions this weekend, many businesses and individuals say they face a challenging winter. Seven months ago during the national lockdown, SUNDAY heard from three people who were getting to grips with running their church, mosque and synagogue. Edward catches up with them to hear how they managed and what they have learnt from the experience.

    FRANCESCO is the latest film from Oscar and Emmy-nominated Director Evgeny Afineevsky, featuring exclusive interviews with Pope Francis. It premiered at the Rome Film Festival this week and immediately made headlines for the statements made by Francis supporting civil union laws for same sex partners. His personal position on this issue isn’t new but some commentators believe Pope Francis may be setting a path for the church to follow. Canon lawyer Ed Condon and academic Candida Moss discuss.

    A bakery set up in a church kitchen to train refugee women in bread-making skills is now supplying a local food bank with more than 200 loaves a week. Chernise Neo is the founder of Proof Bakery and she explains how working with dough helps support the women.

    Producers:
    Amanda Hancox
    Louise Clarke-Rowbotham

    • 43 min
    Gordon Brown; Bishop of Liverpool; Martyrs Book

    Gordon Brown; Bishop of Liverpool; Martyrs Book

    Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown makes the moral case for full employment in an exclusive interview for Sunday with the BBC’s Harry Farley.

    A week after the city of Liverpool moved into the Tier 3 system of Covid restrictions, Edward Stourton talks to the Bishop of Liverpool Paul Bayes about how people in the city are coping and how to rebuild trust which, he says, has broken down during the pandemic.

    ‘However awful their end, martyrs matter still,’ writes Catherine Pepinster in her new book "Martyrdom". Edward Stourton asks her why.


    Producers: Catherine Earlam, Rosie Dawson
    Series Producer: Amanda Hancox

    • 43 min
    Amanda Khozi Mukwashi; IICSA reports on the Anglican Church; Jewish weddings

    Amanda Khozi Mukwashi; IICSA reports on the Anglican Church; Jewish weddings

    ‘But Where are You Really From’, is a new book by Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, the CEO of the international aid charity Christian Aid. It tells the story of her family’s migration across southern Africa and her own journey to the UK. As we mark Black History Month, Amanda explores the real questions she believes we need to be asking ourselves and each other about where we come from.

    Damming, shameful and disastrous. Words used by Church of England bishops and the Archbishop of Canterbury himself to describe the report on the Anglican Church by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Amongst the findings published this week it said the church spent decades failing to protect children from sexual abuse, instead, it prioritised protecting its own reputation.

    William speaks to three people who have seen the impact abuse in the church can have; solicitor Richard Scorer, victim and survivor advocate Andrew Graystone and a survivor of adult abuse, Jo Kind. The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell tells William how the church plans to respond to the report.

    For the first time Liberal Judaism in the UK will allow Jews marrying non-Jews to receive the traditional wedding blessing, under the chuppah, a symbolic canopy. Until now it has only been permitted for the marriage of two Jews. The decision means Ruth and Andrew Seagar can renew their vows under the chuppah, 38 years after their first wedding and they tell us what the decision means for them.

    Producers:
    David Cook
    Rosie Dawson

    Series Producer:
    Amanda Hancox

    • 43 min
    Church Bucket List; Survivors Redress Scheme; Jewish Time Capsule

    Church Bucket List; Survivors Redress Scheme; Jewish Time Capsule

    Elena Curti talks to Emily Buchanan about her new book “Fifty Catholic Churches to See Before You Die”. A treasure trove of places of worship from hidden gems to gothic, revival masterpieces, it offers a new way of understanding the history of Catholicism as expressed in its churches.

    For the first time The Church of England has announced a scheme offering financial support to abuse survivors. Emily gets reaction from one survivor and talks to the Church’s Lead Bishop for Safeguarding, the Rt Rev Jonathan Gibbs, about how he hopes this will pave the way to a full redress scheme in the near future.

    Renovation work at the Manchester Jewish Museum has uncovered a time capsule that was placed under the ceremonial corner stone in 1873 when the synagogue was under construction. The museum’s CEO Max Dunbar tells Emily what he can see inside the sealed glass capsule and what it tells us about the community at the time.

    Producer:

    Catherine Earlam
    Louise Clarke-Rowbotham

    Series Producer:

    Amanda Hancox

    • 43 min
    Manchester Camerata ; Cardinal Vincent Nicholls and Baptism Error

    Manchester Camerata ; Cardinal Vincent Nicholls and Baptism Error

    Manchester Camerata will be running a series of online films called “Untold” from Thursday, commissioned and curated by the orchestra. The first film is “Caroline”. Violinist Caroline Pether talks about her story of struggling with acceptance as a gay christian woman, set to music and prose by poet Jackie kay.

    This Sunday is World Day of Migrants and Refugees and we hear from Cardinal Vincent Nichols who will highlight his concerns about the current situation.

    When Catholic priest Father Matthew Hood looked at a video of his own baptism he realised he wasn’t a priest after all. He explains to William Crawley why the use of "I" instead of "we" made all the theological difference.

    Producers
    Carmel Lonergan
    David Cook

    Editor
    Amanda Hancox

    • 43 min
    Leroy Logan; Prayer Wall; Witches Pardon

    Leroy Logan; Prayer Wall; Witches Pardon

    Leroy Logan spent his 30-year career with the Metropolitan Police trying to change it from within. He describes his decision to join the police as a ‘calling’. His autobiography, ‘Closing Ranks’ is out this week and he discusses policing, race and faith with Edward Stourton.

    The Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer got the planning permission green light this week but what about the prayers of none-Christian believers? Edward Stourton talks to Richard Gamble whose dream for a massive Christian monument is fast becoming a reality.

    And the woman behind the campaign for a pardon, apology and memorial to the two and half thousand people - mostly women - accused of witchcraft in the 16th to 18th century - Claire Mitchell QC joins the programme.

    Producer:

    Catherine Earlam
    Rosie Dawson

    Series Producer:

    Amanda Hancox

    • 43 min

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