A look at the ethical and religious issues of the week
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Wedding law review, ‘Celebration Earth’, the ‘Holy Blood of Hailes’
The Law Commission is reviewing wedding law which it says “has failed to keep pace with modern life”. Prof Nicholas Hopkins of the Law Commission explains why the current law is problematic and what changes are being proposed. And given the significant ramifications of those changes for religious weddings, Ed Stourton discusses their potential impact with Rev Bruce Thompson, Chair of the Lincolnshire Methodist District, and the theologian and author, Rev Dr Ian Paul.
Next week sees the launch of two international faith-based environmental programmes: a commitment by more than one hundred faith organisations to draw up long-term plans to protect the planet; and a 10-year programme to record billions of personal stories from around the world. Under the banner ‘Celebration Earth’, the projects aim to challenge environmental messages of destruction and gloom to inspire hope and practical change.
Its 750 years since the arrival of the ‘Holy Blood’ at Hailes Abbey in Gloucestershire. The relic was believed to be a portion of the very blood shed by Christ on the cross. It was box office in the Middle Ages before being denounced and destroyed in the English Reformation. Dr Michael Carter, ecclesiastical historian at English Heritage, tells the relic’s remarkable story.
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