All Things Considered

BBC  |  Podcast, ±27 min episodes every 5 days
Award-winning series exploring religious, spiritual and moral issues. All Things Considered adopts a variety of formats, from documentary to interview and discussion, but is always revealing. The programme is broadcast weekly on BBC Radio Wales on Sundays 0831 - 0859 and Wednesdays 1832 - 1900.
The death of Martin McGuinness, and before him Ian Paisley, mark the end of an unlikely friendship which spanned a divide. After events in Westminster have again put terrorism in the front of our minds, Roy Jenkins examines the relationship between religious faith and Northern Ireland's historic troubles; finds out how churches there are responding to the new reality; and asks what faith communities of Northern Ireland can teach the world.With Roy are:Dr Gladys Ganiel, a Research Fellow at the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen's University Belfast.Pádraig Ó Tuama, poet, theologian and leader of the peace and reconciliation organisation the Corrymeela Community. Rev Brian Anderson, Methodist Minister and Vice President of the Irish Council of Churches.
It's 50 years since the Act which legalised Abortion. More than eight million pregnancies have ended this way in that time, and arguments surrounding the issue have never gone away: there's a ten-minute bill before parliament this week. As demonstrators picket clinics offering abortion, Roy Jenkins explores the current situation. Is change needed? And with religious figures vocal on both sides, to what extent are insights of faith being sought or listened to?With Roy are:Josephine Quintavalle, co founder of think tank Comment on Reproductive EthicsCanon Steven Saxby, Anglican priest and supporter of Christians for ChoiceDr Sandy Kirkman, former principal lecturer in midwifery at the University of Glamorgan.
The haunting pictures have returned. Every few years, it seems, we're confronted with amaciated men and women, and skeletal children. Now the United Nations has declared famine in South Sudan, and at least three other African nations face the same threat. Roy Jenkins asks what constitutes famine. Can it be prevented? And in a country which is overwhelmingly Christian, what are the churches doing?