All Things ConsideredAuthor: BBC Radio Wales
14 Nov 2018

All Things Considered

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Religious affairs programme, tackling the thornier issues of the day in a thought-provoking manner

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    Changing Faith? The First World War in Wales

    As the “war to end all wars” drew to a close in 1918, international boundaries had been redrawn, society had changed irrevocably, and communities across the world were experiencing loss on an unprecedented scale. In a Wales recently swept by religious revival, many people were sustained by their faith – but it was frequently challenged, too. A century later, on All Things Considered, Roy Jenkins and guests assess the impact of this epoch-changing conflict on faith in Wales and further afield. Joining Roy are: Dr Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University in Texas, who grew up in Port Talbot: one of his many books is ‘The Great and Holy War: How World War 1 changed religion for ever’; Dr Robin Barlow, author of ‘Wales and World War One’; Dr Robert Pope, Director of Studies in Church History and Doctrine at Westminster College Cambridge; and Dr Elin Jones, who was until recently responsible for the history curriculum in schools in Wales.

  • Posted on 11 Nov 2018

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    Contemporary hymn writer Stuart Townend

    Roy Jenkins guest is Stuart Townend, writer of some of the best-loved hymns and worship songs being sung around the world. They’re part of the musical landscape for churches of many traditions. And if his name isn’t familiar…his music certainly is. He is the man behind such modern day classics as ‘In Christ Alone’, ‘How Deep the Father’s Love for Us’ and ‘Beautiful Saviour’. Stuart Townend’s compositions are credited with what some see as a combination rare in current writing for Christian worship - both theological depth and poetic expression…to go with singable tunes. He travels the world leading worship and performing, and he’s regularly in Wales.

  • Posted on 04 Nov 2018

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    Marilynne Robinson

    Another chance to hear Roy Jenkins interview with one of America’s most distinguished authors. Marilynne Robinson was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Gilead, the first of a trilogy of books based around the family of an elderly Congregationalist minister in a fictional town in Iowa. Numerous honours have followed, among them the National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama for her 'grace and intelligence in writing.' That was more than a formality on his part: her writings, he said, 'have fundamentally changed me...I think for the better' And before he left office, the president chose to interview her for the New York Review of Books. Her non-fiction work includes regular collections of essays in which she explores issues of science and religion, politics and culture - all in the light of her personal commitment to a distinctively Calvinist understanding of Christian faith. The British commentator Brian Appleyard is one of her many admirers: 'I'm not saying you're actually dead if you haven't read Marilynne Robinson,' he wrote, 'but I honestly couldn't say you're fully alive."

  • Posted on 28 Oct 2018

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    Vicky Beeching

    For a decade Vicky Beeching worked as a Christian recording artist. She began writing in her early teens and by her early thirties she was well known in Christian music in the UK and America. Her songs are used by congregations across the world and translated in to numerous languages. But, through her teens and into adult life she endured an internal battle. Vicky was gay and Christian and this caused great personal tension, and, as she describes it, a ‘lifetime of shame and fear’. As a Christian musician she played to audiences and represented churches on stage that were opposed to same sex relationships. She knew that if she revealed her true self, she stood to lose her career, friends and faith community. However, at the age of thirty-five, faced with a major health scare she made the decision to ‘come out’. Undivided – Coming out, becoming whole and living free from shame’ is her memoir of that journey. Vicky no longer writes music or performs. She is a campaigner for inclusion and equality and a vocal advocate for mental health awareness.

  • Posted on 21 Oct 2018

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