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23
FEB

Doom Paintings, Illegal Schools; Bloomberg and the Jewish Vote

One of England's largest 'doom' paintings has been restored in St Thomas's Church, Salisbury. These medieval paintings depict the moment when Christ judges souls to send them to either Heaven or Hell. Over the years many were painted over or damaged. William Crawley talks to Rev Kelvin Inglis about what the restoration of the Salisbury 'doom' painting has revealed.

As the government announces more measures to crackdown on illegal schools, many of which have a religious character, we hear from Ruth Wareham from Humanists UK about the work they have been doing to uncover the scale of the issue and what more needs to be done.

And the BBC’s White House reporter Tara McKelvey reports on Michael Bloomberg and asks if he can count on a block vote from the Jewish community as he strives to secure the Democrat nomination in the race for the Presidency.

Producer:
Catherine Earlam
Peter Everett

Series Producer:
Amanda Hancox
16
FEB

When Gospel Meets Hip-hop; Safeguarding; National Holocaust Memorial

Christian rap and grime artist Guvna B travels to the US to explore the fusion of gospel music and hip-hop

The Church of England may have to pay out hundreds of millions of pounds to compensate survivors of sexual abuse following a unanimous vote at this week's General Synod. The Church's incoming Lead Bishop for Safeguarding, Rt Rev Jonathan Gibbs, put forward an amendment calling for serious money to be committed for redress and for a safeguarding policy reshaped by survivors. So is this really a new chapter for safeguarding in the Church of England? William speaks to Donna Birrell who was following the debate.

This week Westminster Council turned down a planning application for a Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens close to the Houses of Parliament. The Council said it contravenes rules on size, design and location. But aside from the planning issue there is a divide within the Jewish community as to whether the memorial should be built at all. We hear from Baroness Ruth Deech and Journalist Justin Cohen.

Producers:
Carmel Lonergan
Louise Clarke-Rowbotham

Editor:
Amanda Hancox

Photo Credit: Hillsong Church London
26
JAN

Remembering the Holocaust; RE in Wales; Ezekiel Bread

To mark 75 years of liberation from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp Frank Bright and Ziggy Shipper both survivors of the camp talk about their experiences.

A loaf of bread based on an ancient recipe in the Old Testament has become the latest nutritional in thing. Victoria Beckham posted a picture of her breakfast of smashed avocado on a slice of toasted Ezekiel bread and others have been following suit. Sunday’s David Cook bakes some Ezekiel bread and Vanessa Kimble tells William Crawley about its prophesised nutritional value.

The Eye As Witness is a new virtual reality exhibition exploring the political and moral motives for witnessing and recording the Holocaust. Reporter Vishva Samani went along to give it a try.

Should the teaching of religion and Sex Education be compulsory in school? William Crawley discusses the reaction to the Welsh Government's decision to make the teaching of both mandatory in all schools.

Producers: Rajeev Gupta and David Cook
Series Producer: Amanda Hancox

Photo Credit ; Adam Soller
19
JAN

A Hidden Life, Xenobots, Synagogue Leadership Row

The true story of a Catholic, Austrian peasant farmer, who refused to pledge allegiance to Hitler but was let down by the Church is the subject of the film, A Hidden Life, out in cinemas this week. Bishop John Sherrington joins Sunday to discuss whether the film sheds new light on the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Nazis.

This week came news that researchers in the US have created the first living machines by assembling cells from African clawed frogs into tiny robots that move around under their own steam. To discuss the possible ethical implications of this William Crawley is joined by Rev Dr Malcolm Brown, Director of Mission and Public Affairs for the Church of England, and Dr Yaqub Chaudhary, Research fellow in Experimental Science at The Cambridge Muslim College.

And Sunday's David Cook reports on allegations of bullying at a flagship London synagogue.

Producers:
Catherine Earlam
Louise Clarke-Rowbotham

Series Producer:
Amanda Hancox

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