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.
Human beings have been telling one another stories since they first learned to speak. They amuse, warn, educate, and lull small children to sleep; and our guest today is an American spiritual teacher who believes that a particular kind of storytelling can change communities, deepen relationships and cultivate compassion. He spent six months in Wales last year sharing his enthusiasm, at the invitation of the Anglican diocese of St. Asaph.Mark Yaconelli is a writer and retreat leader, a community activist and youth worker, with a wide following across the United States. Like his celebrated father Mike Yaconelli, who trod a similar path before his death after a road accident 13 years ago, he makes regular appearances at Christian festivals in the UK. During his time based in Llangollen, he helped to establish community storytelling programmes, and developing training for youth leaders and clergy. Mark talks to Roy Jenkins about his belief in the transformational potential of the spiritual tradition of sharing the stories of our lives; why he is not afraid of disappointment and doubt; and how imagination is a vital key to the life of the church.First broadcast 10 July 2016.
Pot noodles, toast with chocolate spread, cocoa pops, tea and coffee, hip hop and gangster rap all in a Grade II listed chapel - some of the essential ingredients of a challenging, pioneering youth ministry which has been running for seven years in the Rhymney Valley. It's the vision of Kath Miller, a Baptist Minister, who felt compelled to offer a place of unconditional welcome to teenagers, young adults and children in the significantly deprived area of Cefn Hengoed. On two nights a week and on Sunday mornings, they offer a different kind of church which doesn't preach or teach but simply aims to live out the gospel of Jesus by extending love, hope and help to those most in need, the excluded, the poor, the marginalised. They have been barricaded in the church, had number plates stolen and items vandalised yet Kath, together with her husband Carl, and their handful of helpers, are adamant that they will not ban anyone from the church. Having built up a relationship of trust and mutual respect over several years, the community is now beginning to see the positive and sometimes lifesaving effects of this project at New Hengoed Chapel. Roy Jenkins meets Kath and Carl Miller, young people and members of the church to hear about why the work exists, the impact it is having and plans for the future.
At the start of Holy Week, in which both Easter and Passover are celebrated, and with Ramadan coming soon, Roy asks what it means for these festivals to be considered as Holy, and explores the meaning of Holiness. Joining Roy are:Father Roger Dawson, Director of St Beunos Jesuit Spirituality Centre near St.Asaph; Rabbi Michoel Rose of the Cardiff United Synagogue;Laura Jones, who spent five years as a university Muslim chaplain and is currently taking a second master's degree examining Islam in contemporary Britain; and Rev James Griffiths, former barrister and law lecturer and now curate at St Mark's Evangelical Anglican Church at Gabalfa in Cardiff.
In commemorative events across the country, people have been standing with those bereaved by the Westminster terror attack. But grief is intensely personal: no one can enter fully into another person's pain. On All Things Considered this week Roy Jenkins explores grief with a priest whose daughter died in the 7/7 London bombings, a bishop whose wife died after more than 40 years of marriage, and a professional musician who had to tell his six year old daughter that her mother wouldn't be returning from hospital.