Religious affairs programme, tackling the thornier issues of the day in a thought-provoking manner
Have yourself a merry zooming Christmas
As we begin the season of Advent, the pandemic means Christmas this year will probably be like none other ever since Mary and Joseph set out for Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago. While it looks as though churches and places of worship will be allowed to hold services, there will be restrictions and health precautions. What then will this Christmas be like, and how are churches going to celebrate? Christmas is the season for giving and remembering those in need; we ask whether Covid will cast a long shadow over the meaning of this holy season.
In this programme laced with Christmas music, Rosa Hunt has been talking to those who celebrate Christmas year-in year-out, but who this year have had to find new ways of marking the birth of Christ, from innovative use of the internet to quiet meditation. Guests include Dr Emma Gibbins, director of music at St Woolos Cathedral, Lucy Graham - one of the choristers there, Revd Aled Davies of the Welsh Sunday School Council, Cath Woolridge, a contemporary worship leader and author, and Revd Dean Aaron Roberts, Rector of a group of parishes centred on Rudry near Caerphilly.
Waiting at shops, waiting for a vaccine, grappling with changing rules... we're often reminded these days that 'patience is a virtue'. But how important a virtue is it? Roy Jenkins talks to some people whose patience has been tested to extremes, and who have all managed to overcome their natural impatience. Rev'd Shirley Murphy has patiently put up with racism, whilst Rev'd Zoe Heming has had to bear chronic pain. Special needs teacher Myra Harris talks about the patience required in her job of teaching young autistic and non-verbal children, (not to mention teaching piano to young students!) whilst theologian Paul Dafydd Jones has become so fascinated by the various uses, and misuses of the term in Christian theology, that he's writing a two-volume work on the subject.
Lord Jonathan Sachs
All Things Considered on BBC Radio Wales today marks the death of one of Britain’s most influential religious leaders.
Lord Jonathan Sacks was Chief Rabbi for 22 years, widely honoured far beyond his own community as an intellectual giant, an original thinker making profound teachings accessible to non-specialists.
More than 20 books and many lecture tours gave him a global audience; millions listened to his regular broadcasts; and his views were widely sought.
As Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of the Commonwealth, he carried responsibility for most Orthodox Jews, and walked some very difficult lines. But he persisted in setting out what he believed it meant to be Jewish.
Roy Jenkins met Jonathan Sachs in 2009 when he published his book ‘Future Tense – a vision for Jews and Judaism in the global culture’.
Remembrance at a Time of Pandemic
Is now the time to start to remember all those men and women who have given their lives in service to others (doctors, nurses, police officers and others) as well as those who have served in the armed forces? Roy Jenkins explores the the significance and expression of remembrance during the current restrictions, and talks to a number of people from around Wales, including writer and artist Ted Harrison, Rev'd Zoe King, Professor Uzo Iwobi, Rev'd Euryl Howells, and undertaker Alan James.
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