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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The American Evangelical Right

It's said that perhaps a quarter of the US population could claim in some ways to be evangelical. Among white evangelicals, the overwhelming majority vote Republican. The influence of evangelical Christians on the country's government and policies has arguably never been greater, and so as the Presidential election approaches Jonathan Thomas speaks to some key religious leaders to understand their beliefs and hopes for the future. Pastor Mark Burns is a black televangelist with a direct line to the Oval Office; Dr Russell Moore maintains a somewhat more sceptical view about the involvement of evangelicals in politics. He is a key figure in the Southern Baptist Convention and was once described by President Trump as "a nasty guy with no heart". Journalist Sarah Posner, author of a recent book on the evangelical right, 'Unholy', comments on the recent rise of evangelicals within the Republican party, whilst Welsh historian David Ceri Jones offers an historical perspective on the various strands of evavangelicism within the USA.

Graham Kendrick

Graham Kendrick is a prolific songwriter and worship leader whose music is sung by churches of every kind across the world. He celebrates his 70th birthday this weekend.

From his early career travelling by motorbike to play folk rock at church cafes across the UK he went on to leading tens of thousands of people at worship festivals. Along the way he produced perhaps the best known contemporary worship song, Shine Jesus Shine, and a huge number of others - more than 40 albums over 50 years.

Long recognised as one of the key figures of the contemporary Christian music scene, he’s been described as its equivalent of Eric Clapton – though with nearly twice as many albums to his name.

Roy Jenkins talks to Graham about his music and his life.

Modern Slavery

In all probability somebody not so far from you is living in slavery, and if you use a mobile phone or a computer then the likelihood is that you have benefitted from slave labour across the globe. Roy Jenkins investigates this growing problem in Wales and the wider world, and asks what faith communities are doing to address it. Taking part in the programme are the UK's former anti-trafficking commissioner Kevin Hyland; Ali Ussery, founder of the Colwyn Bay organisation Haven of Light; Kathy Betteridge, Director of Anti-trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Salvation Army; and photographer and youth pastor Jane Lasonder, who is based in Penarth. This programme was first broadcast in June 2019.

Statues, the church, and the legacy of colonialism

The shocking killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis this May sparked off a global wave of support for movements celebrating black lives and seeking to address racial injustice. It has led to soul-searching in this country too, questioning how far our own society is tainted by a legacy of racism. This has been expressed very visibly through protests targeting and sometimes toppling statues of and monuments to figures seen to be associated with the UK’s colonial history – a history with which the church itself has a complicated relationship.

But removing or defacing public art is a significant symbolic step which can be highly controversial, and assessing our relationship with the past and the role churches have played is not a straightforward task.

Joining Rosa to discuss the issues are: Patrick Thomas, Church in Wales vicar in Carmarthen, where there’s a current debate about how to respond to a monument to Sir Thomas Picton; Chine McDonald, a black London-based writer and broadcaster who speaks about faith, race and gender; Lester Freckleton, pastor of Vine Community Church and chair of a black church leaders group in Cardiff as well as a learning and development consultant dealing with issues around diversity and equality; and Wanda Zyborska, artist from Bangor who has been making an annual sculptural protest about a statue of Sir Henry Morton Stanley since it was erected in 2011.

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