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Religious affairs programme, tackling the thornier issues of the day in a thought-provoking manner

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    • 4.3 • 85 Ratings

Religious affairs programme, tackling the thornier issues of the day in a thought-provoking manner

    Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the wee donkey; the supporting cast.

    Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the wee donkey; the supporting cast.

    On this Advent Sunday here beginneth your guide to some of the other characters caught up in the Christmas story in addition to 'Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the wee donkey'. When Superintendent Ted Hastings of TV’s 'Line of Duty' referred to the holy family, he had obviously forgotten all the other key suspects who in the next few weeks will feature in readings in Advent and Christmas carol services. Even before the shepherds and magi set foot in Bethlehem, we consider:

    Who was the prophet Isaiah who foresaw the coming of a Saviour?
    Who or what is the Root of Jesse?
    And then there’s John the Baptist and the Archangel Gabriel.
    There always has to be a baddie - his name; King Herod.
    We also find out about that non-biblical and mysteriously beneficent figure who seems to hang around at this time of year.
    Should animals including that wee donkey, be present in the telling of the Christmas story?

    We might know their place in the plot but what do we know (or not know) about them, and why are they so important in the unfolding of the Christmas story? Roy Jenkins consults a modern-day cast of expert seers.

    The Revd Dr Emma Whittick, Chaplain to the University of Wales Trinity St David (Lampeter & Carmarthen Campuses)
    The Revd Dr Peter Hatton, Old Testament Scholar and Methodist Minister
    Dr Meredith Warren, Senior Lecturer, Biblical and Religious Studies, University of Sheffield.
    The Revd Professor Jeremy Duff, New Testament Scholar and Principal, St Padarn’s Institute.
    The Rt Revd Gregory Cameron, Bishop of St Asaph and author of ‘An Advent Book of Days’.

    BBC Sounds episode image: 'The Ox & the Ass’, an illustration by Gregory Cameron, used with permission.

    • 27 min
    Dai Hankey

    Dai Hankey

    Dai Hankey is the leader of the Red Community, a Christian charity that seeks to combat human trafficking in Wales. We’ll hear about the issue of modern-day slavery, and the charity’s Embrace project which offers practical help to survivors. For the past four years he’s also run Manumit, a coffee roasting company that employs people who have suffered from exploitation but are now rebuilding their lives.

    Dai has always worked with people on the margins: often young offenders and those with drug addictions. He’s been a DJ, a skateboarder and a rapper, and he’s a spoken word poet who brings a raw frankness to the way he communicates his message.

    He’s involved in planting new churches, beginning in Trevethin, one of the most deprived areas of Pontypool, the borough where he grew up. He moved here in 2007 with his wife and young family, and here they welcomed worshippers into their living room until they found a church building. It was a model he followed nine years later when they moved to Splott in Cardiff, to establish the Redeemer church which he currently leads.

    This programme was first broadcast in May.

    • 27 min
    Impossible to Forget

    Impossible to Forget

    This year the Royal British Legion marks the centenary of its Poppy Appeal, the national campaign to support those who have served in the armed forces. Roy Jenkins explores the legacy of conflict on those who serve, and hears from the organisations in Wales offering support.

    Martyn Gough, former Chaplain of the Fleet and Archdeacon of the Royal Navy, discusses the significance of the Remembrance Day service and recalls a particularly moving service held at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. Martyn is currently the National Chaplain to the British Legion, and explains why he believes a century after its foundation the Poppy Appeal still retains its significance.

    Alabaré Christian Care and Support is a national charity offering support to ex-service personnel. It offers accommodation from Colwyn Bay to Cardiff for homeless veterans. We hear from their Boots on the Ground project improving wellbeing through outdoor adventure. Each health board in Wales offers an NHS Wales Veterans’ Service for those experiencing PTSD. We hear from their clinical lead, and speak to veteran Martin Thorp, MBE about his experiences of this condition.

    • 27 min
    Responding to the climate crisis

    Responding to the climate crisis

    We are now a week into the COP26 summit. It is being described as the most significant climate event since the 2015 Paris Agreement, with world leaders meeting to make pledges to cut carbon emissions and to limit global temperature rises. And we are all being challenged to make changes to our own lifestyles. Faith leaders around the world have spoken out on the matter, and many church communities are committing to programmes such as EcoChurch and Climate Change Sunday, to play their part. All this raises questions about the church’s underlying role in leading and encouraging its members to be custodians of creation. How are people of faith seeking to contribute? Should safeguarding the environment actually move beyond lifestyle changes, to fundamentally shifting the moral values and principles of society? To discuss all this, Rosa Hunt is joined by:

    Dr Celia Deane-Drummond, Director of the Laudato Si’ Research Institute and Senior Research Fellow in Theology at Campion Hall, University of Oxford;
    Dr Cynan Llwyd, Head of Tearfund Wales;
    Rev Dr Dave Bookless, Director of Theology for A Rocha International, conservationist and Vicar of St Mary’s, Norwood Green;
    And Rachie Ross, an Eco Theologian, Trustee for Operation Noah, and active member of Christian Climate Action.

    • 27 min
    9/11 and being a Welsh Muslim

    9/11 and being a Welsh Muslim

    As we mark twenty years since the 9/11 terror attacks: tragic events which changed the world, and continue to affect us today, Azim Ahmed explores the legacy of this event from the perspective of the Muslim community here in Wales.

    Twenty years ago, British Muslims found themselves at the centre of extra scrutiny: there were questions about whether the politics of the hijackers were shared by Muslims here in Wales and whether the Twin Tower attacks were the beginning of an inevitable clash of civilisations between East and West.

    There was also an increase in hostility and Islamophobia, as Muslims became a suspect community. We hear from members of the Muslim community who experienced this prejudice.

    This crisis also led to positive change, with new initiatives, organisations, and an appetite for greater understanding between communities and religions. We hear how this inter-faith dialogue led to the foundation of the 'Wales Faith Communities Forum' which thrives today, and the foundation of the 'Muslim Council for Wales' to unify the faith community.

    • 27 min
    9/11 and the export of Western values

    9/11 and the export of Western values

    The shocking events of 9/11 took place 20 years ago this week, and this is the first of a number of BBC Radio Wales programmes marking the anniversary.

    One of the responses to the ideology espoused by the 9/11 terrorists has been an attempt to export Western values, particularly those of democracy and human rights. But that’s just the latest episode in a long historical process: whether through the Cold War of the 20th century, or through the missionary activity of colonial nations in the 19th century and earlier, there’s been a belief that Western Judeo-Christian values and systems offer something uniquely important to the world – indeed that it’s a responsibility to share them.

    So what do today’s peacekeepers and aid workers have in common with historical colonialists and missionaries? What’s been learned from past mistakes? And since the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, and President Biden’s declaration of an end to American nation-building, what’s left for the idea of Western values?

    Roy Jenkins talks to

    Colonel Richard Kemp: former commander of UK forces in Afghan
    Dr John Wilsey: Associate Professor of Church History and Philosophy, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    Prof Andrew May: Head of the History Program at the University of Melbourne
    Dr Elaine Storkey: former chair of Tear Fund

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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85 Ratings

85 Ratings

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