All Things Considered

BBC  |  Podcast , ±27 min episodes every 1 week, 1 day  | 
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.

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Godly Play

Godly Play is a a global movement for faith education for children and adults; taught in over sixty-six countries across the globe and used by all the major Christian denominations. It's rooted in the philosophy of Maria Montessori, and is based on a trust in children’s innate spirituality. Through stories and play, children are encouraged to develop an understanding of God through wonder, rather than instruction.

This autumn the first Godly Play stories will be published in Welsh, and we begin with the translator Cass Meurig, at Christ Church, Bala with her regular Godly Play group. Peter Privett is the lead trainer for Godly Play in the UK and has been closely involved with the movement since its outset. He discusses the philosophy and rationale underpinning the movement. In Lancashire an enterprising church community have developed a mobile Godly Play bus, and practitioner Ellen Monk Winstanley takes us on a tour. Hannah Rowan leads Godly Play sessions in churches and chaplaincies across Wales and explains why she believes the movement has just as much relevance for adults as for children.

The Welsh translations of Godly Play will be launched in Bangor Cathedral at 6pm on 26th October.

Royalty and Religion

At her Coronation , the late Queen took a sacred vow to become 'Defender of the Faith' - the Protestant faith, that is. That vow has been repeated by King Charles III on his formal accession to the throne, and it's just one of many ways in which religion has helped shape the monarchy, and helped preserve its continuity. In this programme Jonathan Thomas looks at some of the profound and curious religious foundations for the British monarchy, as it draws on Biblical precedent for some of its authority.

This programme was first broadcast in June 2022.

BBC @ 100

Roy Jenkins looks back at a century of religious broadcasting on the BBC.

With a motto inspired by a Biblical source, the early BBC was avowedly Christian, and largely Anglican at that. Sir John Reith (a man lacking in neither religious conviction nor self-belief) placed enormous importance on the radio as a means of disseminating the Christian message. Roy Jenkins looks at Reith's legacy of religious programmes on the airwaves, and subsequently on television, as producers tackled the increasingly complex make-up of multi-cultural Britain.

From the broadcasting of services and state occasions to talks such as C.S. Lewis's hugely popular essays and Dorothy L Sayers' experimental drama The Man Born to be King, the BBC was at times innovative and prepared to court occasional controversy. Some of the BBC's religious programmes, such as The Daily Service - first broadcast in 1929 and still with us today - have a remarkable history almost as long as the BBC itself. Others, such as Songs of Praise, have faced diminishing audiences, as well as changes of slot times - a reflection on an increasingly secularised audience perhaps.

Roy's guests include Sian Nicholas, Professor of Modern History at Aberystwyth University; Leslie Griffiths; Ian Tutton, a former member of the Central Religious Affairs Committee whose job it was to oversee religious broadcasting; and Caitriona Noonan, Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at Cardiff University.

Franklin Graham

American evangelist Franklin Graham is Roy Jenkins' guest, ahead of his 'God Loves You' preaching tour of the UK, which will include a meeting in Newport.

Franklin Graham is the elder son of the late Dr Billy Graham, the world’s most celebrated Christian evangelist of his day. It’s a tough act to follow, but for more than 20 years he’s headed up the global evangelistic organisation which bears his father’s name, preaching to more than 8 million people. For 40 years, he’s also led the related relief and development agency Samaritan’s Purse, which works in more than a hundred countries. These have long been multi-million dollar enterprises, and they give him significant influence in the United States, and take him to many places where humanitarian aid is desperately needed – most recently he was supporting teams in Ukraine.
Franklin Graham is also a controversial figure, not least because of his support for Donald Trump, and certain well publicised statements on sexuality and on Islam.
In this candid conversation, Roy Jenkins probes Franklin Graham's views on these and other issues, and also finds out what life was like growing up in the Graham household, with a father who could sometimes be away from home for as long as six months at a time.

This programme was first broadcast in May 2022.

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