SundayAuthor: BBC Radio 4
13 Dec 2018

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A look at the ethical and religious issues of the week

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    The Knife Angel and Divorce in the Sikh Community

    Naz Shah MP, parliamentary ambassador for Islamic relief's ‘Honour Her’ campaign, speaks candidly to Edward about her personal reasons for joining the campaign to tackle all forms of violence against women and girls. A bitter divorce case in the orthodox Jewish community of Stamford Hill has revealed instances of housing benefit fraud - with some claiming it's prevalent in the community and assisted by local community organisations. Melanie Abbott has been investigating. And Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a staunchly Catholic conservative career politician, has been elected as the successor to Angela Merkel as leader of Germany’s Christian Democrats. We'll be exploring how her faith may shape her policy. Producers: Rajeev Gupta Helen Lee Editor: Amanda Hancox

  • Posted on 09 Dec 2018

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    Hanukkah and Christingle; Funeral costs

    This Sunday is the first day of Hanukkah - the Jewish festival of light. It is also the first Sunday in Advent on which Christingle services will be held in many Christian churches. We look at the significance of both festivals. The competition regulator has issued a report highlighting the rising costs of funerals. We discuss whether this will lead to transparency and lower funeral costs. The Charity Commission has launched an inquiry into the Buddhist group, the Rigpa Foundation. The founder and former Spiritual Director Sogyal Rinpoche faces accusations of sexual abuse and assault. Harry Farley reports. Continuing our series on public servants and the moral dilemmas they face, Dr Claire Foster-Gilbert talks to Sir David Normington, former permanent secretary at the Department of Education and the Home Office and first civil service commissioner. 80 years ago today the first Kinder transport arrived in Harwich bringing 196 children from a Jewish orphanage in Berlin. Rosie Wright hears from Kinder who made that journey to the UK and examines the political debates that took place to allow child immigration into Britain. Producers: Carmel Lonergan and Harry Farley Editor: Amanda Hancox

  • Posted on 02 Dec 2018

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    Brexit; Church Growth

    Sunday morning religious news and current affairs programme presented by Edward Stourton.

  • Posted on 25 Nov 2018

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    Anglo Saxon religion; Asia Bibi

    The British Library is hosting an exhibition on the Anglo Saxons, looking at 600 years of art, war and religion. Harry Farley speaks to lead curator Dr Claire Breay about the role of faith between the fall of Roman Britain and the Norman Conquest. David Neuberger, former President of the Supreme Court, opens up about his regrets, concerns and the difficulties facing the judiciary as part of a new series looking at the moral and ethical dilemmas faced by public servants. Asia Bibi, the Christian Pakistani woman acquitted for charges of blasphemy, is still in danger from mob violence, her supporters warn. As pressure builds on the Home Office to offer her asylum in the United Kingdom, we speak to a close friend of the family John Pontifex, from Aid to the Church in Need, and Usama Hassan, from Quilliam. Producer: Harry Farley Editor: Amanda Hancox

  • Posted on 18 Nov 2018

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    Sunday: A Remembrance Special

    In this special programme commemorating 100 years since the armistice was signed, Edward Stourton looks at the commonwealth contribution to the war effort , the impact of the war still felt across the globe today and we hear the thoughts of young people on the importance of remembrance. Also to mark 100 years on from the end of the First World War, the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has written a sonnet to mark the moment which she has recorded especially for Radio 4. Producers: Rajeev Gupta Carmel Lonergan Editor: Amanda Hancox

  • Posted on 11 Nov 2018

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